We’ve compared quarterbacks and running backs and tight ends. It’s finally time to hit wide receivers. And where better to begin than in Pittsburgh and Green Bay, as we compare the top receivers from the last two teams to meet in the Super Bowl? They’re both relatively small, ridiculously fast and remarkably sure-handed.
One has more time on his side, but the other has proven himself to more of a degree. One’s still emerging, but one’s an established leader.
Who would you rather have on your team?
Experience: 3rd season
Career stats: 38 GMS, 132 REC (3.47 REC/GM), 2625 YDS (69.1 YDS/GM), 19.9 AVG, 20 TD (0.53 TD/GM)
Last 16 games: 79 REC, 1515 YDS, 19.2 AVG, 10 TD
This season: 6 GMS, 33 REC, 612 YDS, 18.6 AVG, 4 TD
Playoff stats: 3 GMS, 13 REC, 115 YDS, 8.9 AVG, 1 TD
Experience: 6th season
Career stats: 81 GMS, 357 REC (4.4 REC/GM), 5752 YDS (71 YDS/GM), 16.1 AVG, 44 TD (0.54 TD/GM)
Last 16 games: 91 REC, 1479 YDS, 16.3 AVG, 12 TD
This season: 6 GMS, 35 REC, 530 YDS, 15.1 AVG, 4 TD
Playoff stats: 7 GMS, 36 REC, 518 YDS, 14.4 AVG, 5 TD
So dating back to about midway through last season, Jennings has been slightly more productive. Jennings is also probably a more refined route runner, might have slightly better hands and, as mentioned, has emerged as a leader on a Super Bowl-winning roster. He outperformed Wallace in last year’s postseason.
But due to his age advantage, Wallace has more upside. And he’s a more reliable deep threat. Wallace has averaged 1.3 catches of 20-plus yards per game and 0.55 catches of 40-plus yards per game, while Jennings has averaged 1.1 and 0.38 in those respective categories. And Wallace clearly has the advantage in terms of yards per reception.
Sean Tomlinson’s take: There’s the age with Wallace, but what impresses me more is that he’s put up equal and in many cases better numbers than Jennings in an offense that typically has a run-first mentality, whereas Green Bay is all air all the time. That’s not taking anything away from Jennings — he’s fast, runs near perfect routes, and has become the ideal downfield option for the strong-armed Aaron Rodgers. But Wallace’s numbers in an offense that often looks to control the clock show his greater burst and explosiveness. I’m going with him.
Gagnon’s take: Wallace might not be quite as reliable as Jennings, who has somehow continued to put up All-Pro numbers despite being surrounded by a slew of quality targets in Green Bay, but I’m still taking him. Age is a huge factor here: I think Wallace will only continue to improve over the next few seasons. By the time he reaches Jennings’ current age, he might be the most productive receiver in football.
So, who would you rather?
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