NFL wide receivers that should have been league MVP: 18. Julio Jones, 2015
Julio Jones was unstoppable in 2015. Seriously, everyone knew that the Atlanta Falcons were going to go to Jones early and often in the 2015 season, but he still had catches from every part of the field. He had nine games with over 100 yards and he finished the season with eight touchdowns. Only Calvin Johnson had more yards in one season than Jones did in 2015. He even added a ninth touchdown.
The highlight of the season was when they ended the undefeated bid of their division rival. The Panthers were 14-0 when they faced the Atlanta Falcons. No big deal, Jones only went for 9 catches and 178 yards and a touchdown to give them their only loss until the Super Bowl.
Jones was the only thing keeping the Falcons afloat. Roddy White seemingly got old overnight and was mostly ineffective. Jacob Tamme was the team’s second-leading receiver. Matt Ryan had one of his best seasons, and it was directly because of Julio Jones.
He was the team’s MVP, and he was the top dawg in the league when it came to the position. The Falcons would have been in the running for the number-one overall pick without Jones. That isn’t conjecture, it just shows the impact he had on this roster in 2015.