The NFL has been trending toward youth for a while now.
With the current collective bargaining agreement giving a financial incentive to go with younger players and the wide-open nature of offense making speed and athleticism vital, the NFL has begun to see young players, especially at wide receiver, make all the difference to the success of teams.
Madden 20 is no different, with the ability to break away from a defense and beat a defender in space crucial to putting points on the board.
While some of the more experienced wide receivers may be better at route running or have more reliable hands, the young players often have the most athleticism to offer, as well as the longevity to put your offense on their back for years to come.
Who are the best young wide receivers in Madden 20 that can lead your team to a Super Bowl in franchise mode?
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Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (94 OVR)
Best Stats: Speed (99), Acceleration (99), Agility (98), Deep Route Running (96), Jumping (93), Release (91), Short Route Running (90), Catching (90), Catch In Traffic (90)
Tyreek Hill is a big play master. In his 3 years in the NFL he is averaging 14.6 yards per catch. In 2018 he was a monster and made 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns. In his time with the Chiefs he has also scored 5 return touchdowns and become one of the most impactful weapons in the game.
In Madden 20 Hill is a speed demon. With maxed out speed (99) and acceleration (99) he can fly past defenders and find the endzone even on a quick screen. His deep route running (96) is the best in the game and while his catching (90) isn’t elite he is highly consistent with his hands and has the release (91) to get open quickly.
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Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (92 OVR)
Best Stats: Catching (97), Spectacular Catch (95), Short Route Running (93), Acceleration (93), Agility (93), Medium Route Running (92), Catch In Traffic (91), Speed (91)
Stefon Diggs has been in the NFL for 4 years, arriving on the scene as a 5th round pick in 2015. As a rookie he made 52 catches for 720 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he only pushed on from there. In 2018 he topped 1,000 yards and 100 catches for the first time while scoring 9 touchdowns.
Diggs’ hands are amazing. His catching (97) is strong, as is his spectacular catch (95) and catch in traffic (91). Along with strong hands Diggs is a terrific route runner (short 93, medium 92, deep 89) and he has the athleticism to make big plays with his acceleration (93) and speed (91).
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Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (89 OVR)
Best Stats: Agility (96), Speed (92), Catching (91), Release (90), Medium Route Running (90), Short Route Running (89), Spectacular Catch (89), Jumping (89)
Amari Cooper was the fourth-overall pick for the Oakland Raiders in 2015 but never really took off. As a rookie Cooper made 72 catches for 1,070 yards and 6 scores, and he improved on that with 83 catches and 1,153 yards in 2016, but a poor 2017 and start to 2018 saw him traded to the Dallas Cowboys mid-season. His 9 games with Dallas established Cooper as a strong player once again though. He averaged 13.7 yards a catch and scored 6 times with the Cowboys.
Cooper is a strong receiver. His agility (96) will lead to a lot of missed tackles in the open field and his route running (short 89, medium 90, deep 88) will get him open regularly too. He has the speed (92) to go past defenders and the hands to make the spectacular catches (89).
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Juju Smith-Schuster (88 OVR)
Best Stats: Catching (94), Jumping (93), Spectacular Catch (93), Catch In Traffic (93), Acceleration (92), Speed (91), Agility (88), Release (88), Medium Route Running (86)
Juju Smith-Schuster was a second-round pick for the Steelers in 2017 at the tender age of 19. He came in without missing a beat though. As a rookie Juju made 58 catches for 917 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2018 he became a key piece of the offense, making 111 catches for 1,426 yards and another 7 scores. His success and youth was a big reason the Steelers felt comfortable trading away Antonio Brown.
In Madden 20 Smith-Schuster is a superb player. He has amazingly consistent hands, with terrific catching (94), spectacular catch (93), and catch in traffic (93). His jumping (93) makes up for some of his lack of height (6’1″) while his speed (91) and release (87) will carry him beyond coverage players.
Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams (87 OVR)
Best Stats: Speed (95), Agility (95), Catching (93), Short Route Running (90), Deep Route Running (88), Spectacular Catch (87), Medium Route Running (87), Jumping (86), Catch In Traffic (86)
Brandin Cooks was a first-round pick for the New Orleans Saints in 2014, and has since been traded twice, both times for first-round picks.
As a rookie he made an impact in the notoriously explosive Saints offense, catching 53 passes for 550 yards. By his third year with them he caught 78 balls for 1,173 yards and 8 touchdowns. A move to the New England Patriots had him in Super Bowl LII, and a trade to the Rams saw him play the Patriots in the Super Bowl the very next year. He’s had four-straight 1,000+ yard seasons already.
In Madden 20 Cooks has blazing speed (95) and strong catching (93). His short route running (90) makes him deadly on quick passes and his agility (95) can break the ankles of would-be tacklers.
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Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (83 OVR)
Best Stats: Catching (94), Acceleration (92), Speed (89), Jumping (88), Agility (87), Spectacular Catch (87), Catch In Traffic (86), Short Route Running (86), Medium Route Running (87)
Tyler Boyd was a second-round pick for the Bengals in 2016. It took him a little time to bed in with the Cincy offense, he scored 1 touchdown on 54 receptions as a rookie and then 2 on just 22 catches in 2017.
In 2018 Boyd did make an impact though. In 14 games he made 76 catches for 1,028 yards and scored 7 touchdowns as he established himself as one of the better young playmakers in the NFL.
In Madden 20 Boyd is a little underrated. His speed (89) is not electric, but his catching (94) is remarkable. He has the jumping (87) to compete for high passes and solid enough route running (short 86, medium 85) to get open.
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (83 OVR)
Best Stats: Spectacular Catch (91), Speed (90), Acceleration (90), Catching (90), Catch In Traffic (89), Jumping (88), Agility (88)
Kenny Golladay was a third-round pick for the Detroit Lions in 2017 and made little impact as a rookie, with just 28 catches and 477 yards to his name. In his second year Golladay exploded, with 70 catches, 1,063 yards, and 5 touchdowns.
At 6’4″ Golladay is a physical receiver far more than he is a speedster, but in Madden 20 he still has enough speed (90) and acceleration (90) to beat defenders. His spectacular catch (91) and catching (90) are good, as is his jumping (88). His route running isn’t great, but with plenty of time to improve this Golladay could become a massive red zone threat.
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|Tyreek Hill||Kansas City Chiefs||94||25||99||90||93||88|
|Stefon Diggs||Minnesota Vikings||92||25||91||97||89||95|
|Amari Cooper||Dallas Cowboys||89||25||92||91||89||89|
|Juju Smith-Schuster||Pittsburgh Steelers||88||22||91||94||93||93|
|Brandin Cooks||Los Angeles Rams||87||25||95||93||86||87|
|Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||83||24||92||94||88||87|
|Kenny Golladay||Detroit Lions||83||25||90||90||88||91|
|WIll Fuller V||Houston Texans||82||25||95||87||86||84|
|Corey Davis||Tennessee Titans||82||24||90||88||92||87|
|DJ Moore||Carolina Panthers||81||22||93||86||93||88|
|Chris Godwin||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||81||23||91||89||87||85|
|Mike Williams||Los Angeles Chargers||81||24||89||88||83||93|
|Dante Pettis||San Francisco 49ers||80||23||91||86||94||86|
|Devin Funchess||Indianapolis Colts||80||25||88||86||91||88|
|Dede Westbrook||Jacksonville Jaguars||79||25||93||83||83||83|
|Calvin Ridley||Atlanta Falcons||79||24||93||80||76||83|
|Michael Gallup||Dallas Cowboys||78||23||90||83||86||85|
|Curtis Samuel||Carolina Panthers||78||23||95||83||88||81|
|Zay Jones||Buffalo Bills||78||24||90||87||87||90|
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