The National Football Post recently released their rankings of the top 5 quarterback/wide receiver tandems heading into the 2012 season. It comes as no surprise, then, that Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson appear in the top-five as those rankings. As usual, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is overlooked, but don’t be surprised in Maclin finishes the season with better statistics across the board. Also, somewhat interesting that Mike Wallace, a guy that’s not even in camp with Pittsburgh, is ranked with teammate Ben Roethlisberger a spot ahead of the Eagles combo. But whatever.
Michael Vick & DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson’s vertical speed and elusiveness make him very difficult to defend for the 3-4 seconds required for pass rushers to get to the quarterback. However, the problem for opposing defenses is that Vick’s instincts and cut-on-a-dime mobility allow the Eagles signal-caller to extend plays past the 3-4 second window, giving Jackson more time to toast his mark and get free down the field. In the two years that these two have been working together, no QB-WR tandem has recorded a higher yards per reception average (19.2 YPR, minimum 90 receptions). It should be fun to watch this duo go head-to head with the Roethlisberger-Wallace combo on October 7.