Seattle Seahawks star wide receiver DK Metcalf enthused “The Herd” co-host Jason McIntyre after he recently shared his top five NFL wide receivers of all time.
Arguably one of the best receivers in the league, Metcalf was asked to pick who he thinks are the top five receivers in NFL history on a recent episode of the “All Things Covered” podcast, and some of the names might surprise him.
Topping Metcalf’s list is Antonio Brown, followed by Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice and Julio Jones in fifth place.
McIntyre agreed with most of the players on the list, like Rice and Moss, but couldn’t believe where Metcalf had ranked them: second and fourth, respectively.
“If you don’t have Jerry Rice up there (first) … you’ve got some problems,” McIntrye said. “Julio Jones, I love that call at five.”
McIntryre’s real problem with Metcalf’s picks was Brown’s placement at No. 1, saying it “discredits the list” entirely.
“Good player, but I can’t have him in the top five,” McIntyre added.
McIntyre went on to share his list of the NFL’s top five wide receivers of all time, which shared four of five names with Metcalf’s list in a slightly different order and traded Brown with the six-time Pro Bowler and NBA star. Detroit Lions, Calvin Johnson.
Here’s the breakdown:
Key career statistics: 13,629 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns; active leader in receiving yards, receptions (903), yards from scrimmage (13,792) and yards per touch (14.9); second all-time in receiving yards per game (87.9); NFL record for most games with 250+ receiving yards (three), most seasons averaging 100+ receiving yards per game (five), and most games over 100 receiving yards in first eight seasons (49); seven time professional bowler
McIntyre’s thoughts: “The only blow is [that] he only had one season with double-digit touchdowns. But a lot of [his] the numbers historically stack up with the big ones.”
Key career statistics: 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns; third in receiving yards per game all-time (86.1); tied for NFL record with two 1,600+ receiving yard seasons and most games with 200+ receiving yards (five); active leader in most receiving yards in a single game (329 on October 27, 2013); six time professional bowler
McIntyre’s thoughts: “6 foot 5 inches, 237 (pounds) and [ran] faster in the 40s than Justin Jefferson. [He] he retired early at the age of 30, which some people will say, ‘Oh, he doesn’t have the numbers,’ but he’s in the Hall of Fame.”
Key career statistics: 15,934 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns; third all-time in receiving yards and receiving TDs; eighth all-time in receptions (1,078); led the NFL in receiving touchdowns three times; only player to have a 200+ yard game with 3+ teams; six time professional bowler
McIntyre’s thoughts: “I don’t think there’s an argument. He [has] He had some issues with his teammates in a couple of stops, but nothing that came close to Antonio Brown’s realm. Terrell Owens ranks third all-time in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.”
Key career statistics: 15,292 receiving yards and 156 touchdowns, fourth all-time in receiving yards and receiving TDs; all-time leader for most touchdown receptions in a single season (23 in 2007); all-time record for most seasons for 1,200 receiving yards to start his career (six); all-time record for career best yards per catch average (15.6) for any player in NFL history (min. 900 receptions); six-time professional bowler; NFL All-Time Team 100
McIntyre’s thoughts: “Best innovative receiver I’ve ever seen… The speed, the size… That season Moss was with [Tom] Brady, caught 23 touchdowns, an NFL record. Essentially, Randy Moss was unstoppable. The only person who stopped Randy Moss was Randy Moss.”
1. Rice Jerry
Key career statistics: 22,895 receiving yards and 197 touchdowns, all-time NFL leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards, receiving TDs, and scrimmage yards (23,540); NFL leader in career postseason receiving yards (2,245); NFL leader in career postseason receptions (151); NFL leader in career postseason touchdown receptions (22); all-time record for most consecutive games with a reception (274); 13-time professional bowler; NFL All-Time Team 100
McIntyre’s thoughts: “At 40, he had a 1,200-yard season. His numbers will never be touched. He holds the NFL record for receptions, receiving yards [and] receiving touchdowns… [and] holds the NFL postseason record for receptions, receiving yards [and] receiving touchdowns. Jerry Rice is the GOAT, no question about that.”
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