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Where Does Evans-Jackson Combo Rank?

Posted Jul 13, 2017

Most agree that the Buccaneers' combination of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson is one of the NFL's best at the wide receiver position.

There’s no question that the Buccaneers’ wide receiver combination of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson should be considered one of the league’s best. A season ago, Evans finished tied for second among wide receivers in touchdown receptions and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Jackson averaged 17.9 yards per catch during the 2016 season, which were the most of any player with 40 or more receptions.

FOX Sports believes that Evans and Jackson are the second-best wide receiver in the league, trailing Green Bay’s one-two punch of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Coming in at No. 3 were Oakland’s Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, while Denver’s combination of Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders finished fourth.

NFL.com agrees that Jackson and Evans are among the league’s best, but didn’t rank them nearly as high. On Good Morning Football, Nate Burleson ranked Evans and Jackson as the No. 7 receiver combination in the NFL.

Burleson also had the Packers at No. 1, but it was the combination of Nelson and Devante Adams that put Green Bay in the top spot. New England’s Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks came in at No 2, followed by Cooper and Crabtree.

While some opinions differ, the fact that the Buccaneers are represented highly on both lists is a reason to be optimistic as Tampa Bay prepares for training camp.