Before the season, James Jones predicted the Green Bay Packers would have three 1,000-yard receivers. Through two games, they are on pace to do just that and naturally, the media is eating it up.
If Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb maintain their current pace, this is what their numbers will look like.
Cobb: 128 catches, 1,888 yards
Nelson: 80 catches, 1,568 yards
Jones: 88 catches, 1,424 yards
There’s actually a possibility that tight end Jermichael Finley could join them. He’s currently on pace for 88 catches for 968 yards.
So, let’s put this into perspective.
Has four 1,000-yard receivers on one team ever happened? Nope.
Three have happened only six times in NFL history.
2008 Arizona Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston)
2004 Indianapolis Colts (Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokley)
1995 Atlanta Falcons (Eric Metcalf, Terance Mathis, Bert Emanuel)
1989 Washington Redskins (Art Monk, Ricky Sanders, Gary Clark)
1981 San Diego Chargers (Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner, Wes Chandler*)
1980 San Diego Chargers (Winslow, Joiner, John Jefferson)
*Chandler totaled 1,000 between the Chargers and Saints.
Is there reason to believe the Packers could do it this season? Sure, if everyone stays healthy.
The Packers obviously don’t have a plan to throw the ball to the No. 4 and 5 guys — Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross — right now. Neither guy has even been targeted so far this season.
Throw into the mix that both Greg Jennings and his whining about not getting the ball enough is in Minnesota and Donald Driver is sitting at home in Texas, and it’s pretty clear the top four guys are going to get a lot of targets.
So, let’s add the 4,000-yard passer to the mix. Aaron Rodgers will inevitably surpass that mark.
That takes Washington out of club.
2008 Arizona Cardinals (Kurt Warner)
2004 Indianapolis Colts (Peyton Manning)
1995 Atlanta Falcons (Jeff George)
1981 San Diego Chargers (Dan Fouts)
1980 San Diego Chargers (Fouts)
Do we even want to throw a 1,000-yard rusher into the mix? Not really. James Starks is probably going to be splitting time with Eddie Lacy when he returns, a situation which doesn’t lend itself to a 1,000-yard rusher.
That scenario has actually happened just three times in NFL history.
2004 Indianapolis Colts (Edgerrin James)
1995 Atlanta Falcons (Craig Heyward)
1981 San Diego Chargers (Chuck Muncie)
So I say we just shoot for four 1,000-yard receivers and be done with it. Then switch it up in the playoffs and let Starks and Lacy pound the shit out of people.