As the NFL becomes more of a passing league with a new wave of shutdown corners emerging, the value of having a big-play threat on offense is higher than ever. For the league’s best home-run threats, they only need the football once to put six points on the board.
Not every great player can be a home-run threat. There are elite talents, like Michael Thomas, who thrive at moving the chains and leave the big plays to someone else. That’s what makes the NFL’s most explosive players so special, they can do it all when they step on the field.
Whether it’s a running back capable of ripping off an 85-yard touchdown run or a top receiver turning a screen into a 70-yard sprint to the end zone, these are special athletes. Let’s take a look at the five most explosive home-run threats in the NFL today.
Julio Jones, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Say hello to one of the NFL’s all-time greats at wide receiver. Julio Jones’s stats are simply off the charts.