Masterful, elegant, fierce and determined to succeed, Jones is just the slightest notch below Calvin Johnson, Bryant and Thomas in the overall rankings at the receiver position.
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Jones has been Atlanta’s top receiver since the start of the 2013 season. With 4,330 yards and 26 touchdowns to his credit, he’s just scratching the surface of his potential. Therefore it’s not surprising to hear there is a “general sense” the Falcons will hammer out a deal with Jones before the start of training camp (h/t ESPN’s Vaughn McClure).
The speedy, diminutive Hilton is a home run waiting to happen. With a career average of 15.4 yards per catch and 19 touchdowns to his name, the small-school sensation is going to get PAID next year, whether it’s with Indianapolis or another team.
One of the most productive receivers of this new era, Brown is electric. He routinely takes simple slants to the house and also has the afterburners to torch defenses 50 yards down the field. Brown caught a league-leading 126 passes last year for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Brown still has another year left on his contract after 2015. But if he comes close to matching these numbers this season, then the Steelers will likely be facing a contract standoff in the summer of 2016.
Hopkins is severely underrated in the national media, but NFL insiders have marked him as an up-and-coming star. Despite uninspiring quarterback play, Hopkins has tallied over 2,000 yards with eight touchdowns in the first two years of his young career.
The former Clemson star is due for a tremendous boost in income sometime between the end of the 2015 season and training camp in 2016.