Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin is the latest NFL analyst to enter the “best receiver in football” debate. Todd Haley and Jason Garrett both have Calvin Johnson at the top of the list, as does Andre Johnson. Rob Ryan ranks Miles Austin and Dez Bryant towards the top. But Michael Irvin? Well the former Cowboys star is going in a different direction.
“If you ask ‘Who is the best receiver in the league?’ I say it’s Wes Welker,” Irvin asserted during a guest spot on Jim Rome Is Burning. “His versatility makes him one of the best. Period. And we don’t want to hear that, because he’s not a 6’4″ 230 pound Andre Johnson, or Brandon Marshall, or Calvin Johnson. He goes inside and he plays outside. Man, I love Wes Welker.”
It’s not just Welker’s spectacular start to the season that impresses Irvin, it’s also his ability to recover from a major knee injury suffered in 2009.
“I had a knee injury that almost ended my career. I went into depression,” Irvin admitted. “I couldn’t come out of that thing. [Welker] snaps right back.”
Welker leads the NFL with 40 catches and 616 receiving yards through four games. He’s blowing away the field in both categories, but Irvin should know better than to fall into this trap.