The NFL has seen a shift in its offensive style of play over the last decade.
Teams are becoming reliant on throwing the ball down the field. This evolution has been hinged on the plethora of strong-armed quarterbacks entering the league.
As these offenses have developed, a number of quarterback-wide receiver duos have emerged across the league.
Here is a ranking of the top seven signal-caller-to-pass-catcher connections across the NFL, entering the 2022 NFL season.
7.) Derek Carr-Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders)
This duo has yet to play a professional game together, as Adams was sent to the Las Vegas Raiders in an offseason trade. However, these two players are among the top players at their respective positions.
This connection does have previous experience together, having played together for two seasons collegiately at Fresno State. Adams totaled 3,031 yards in two seasons lining up out wide for the Bulldogs, while Carr threw for 12,843 yards. In fact, Adams caught 24 of Carr’s school-record 50 touchdown passes in 2013.
This tandem will certainly be interesting to follow. The NFL won’t be the Mountain West Conference, where they did a majority of their damage in college. But, their previous experience together should make them dangerous in a competitive AFC West division.
6.) Jared Goff-Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions)
This may be a surprise to some, but Goff and St. Brown developed a solid connection over the final stretch of their first season together. When Lions head coach Dan Campbell took over the play-calling duties midway through the year, both Goff and St. Brown found a new gear of production.
In Year 2 together, plenty is expected of this duo.
The Lions have a somewhat favorable schedule, and are viewed as dark-horse playoff contenders. Goff and St. Brown will play a major part in how the Lions fare in 2022.
With St. Brown playing the role of a slot receiver, first-year Detroit offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is tasked with finding unique ways to get him the ball. Expect the Lions to get creative in finding ways to get this tandem to connect.