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Michael Thomas Is Setting Records, but Julio Jones Is the NFL’s Best WR

Julio Jones is a likely Hall of Famer. Michael Thomas set the single-season reception record last year. They’re both incredible wide receivers.

Jones is slightly better.

Sure, Thomas was voted the fifth-best player and top receiver by his peers in the NFL Network’s Top 100 countdown. Jones finished just 11th in the balloting and third among receivers, with DeAndre Hopkins eighth overall and second among receivers. Not to quarrel with the ultra-scientific Top 100 balloting procedure—players scribbling a bunch of names at their lockers like they are picking the high school homecoming court—but the countdown got things wrong.

With all due respect to Hopkins (the third-best receiver in the NFL and the best contested-catch target), as well as Tyreek Hill (fastest), Chris Godwin (best up-and-comer), Odell Beckham Jr. (most talented, frustrating, and best source of copy) and Allen Robinson II (most likely to make Christian Hackenberg, Blake Bortles and Mitch Trubisky look like real quarterbacks), the battle for the title of the best receiver in the NFL is a two-man race between Thomas and Jones.

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