Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dialing Three 800

Three Eagles reached 800 yards receiving in 2011.

Dialing Three 800

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Last season, for the first time in their history, the Eagles had three players who each gained more than 800 yards receiving. And since Jason Avant was fourth on the team with 679, they fell just 121 yards of becoming the first team in National Football League history with four 800-yard receivers. At least that leaves them something to shoot for in 2012.

The closest they had come to having three was 2009, when Jeremy Maclin (left) fell 38 yards short of being their third “800” guy.

Including 2011, they have had nine seasons with multiple 800 receivers:

 Year  Player  Yds.      Player  Yds.      Player  Yds.
 1960   Pete Retzlaff    826    Tommy McDonald    801    Bobby Walston    563
 1962  Tommy McDonald  1146    Timmy Brown    849    Pete Retzlaff    584
 1973  Harold Carmichael  1116    Charle Young    854    Norm Bulaich    403
 1980  Charlie Smith    825    Harold Carmichael    815    Keith Krepfly    450
 1994  Fred Barnett  1127    Calvin Williams    813    Herschel Walker    500
 1996  Irving Fryar  1195    Chris T. Jones    859    Ricky Williams    444
 2009  DeSean Jackson  1167    Brent Celek    971    Jeremy Maclin    762
 2010  DeSean Jackson  1056    Jeremy Maclin    964    LeSean McCoy    592
 2011  DeSean Jackson    961    Jeremy Maclin    859    Brent Celek    811
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