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Four On The Receiving End

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Four On The Receiving End

Hank Baskett makes a catch in Game 5 of the 2006 season ( Jerry Lodriguss / Inquirer )
Hank Baskett makes a catch in Game 5 of the 2006 season ( Jerry Lodriguss / Inquirer ) INQ LODRIGUSS


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For only the fourth time since 1960 (as far back as we can check), four different players have led the Eagles in receiving yardage in their first four games.

Of the previous three times (1989, 2005, 2006), only the 2006 club had a fifth different player do so in Game 5.

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If wide receiver Jason Avant or running back LeSean McCoy (or somone out of the blue) were to lead the Birds in receiving yardage Sunday against the Steelers, they would match that 2006 club.

Below are the leading receivers from the first five games from each of those seasons:

 1989  Opponent  Result  Receiver  Rec.  Yds.  LG  TD
 Sept. 10    Seahawks  W 31-  7     Mike Quick    6  140  40  1
 Sept. 17  at Redskins     W 42-37  Keith Byars    8  130  31  0
 Sept. 24  49ers  L  28-38  Heath Sherman    4    53  17  0
 Oct. 2  at Bears  L  13-27  Cris Carter    8  113  37  0
 Oct. 8  Giants  W 21-19  Cris Carter    2    27  23  0
 Sept. 10  at Texans  W 24-10  Donte Stallworth    6  141  42t  1
 Sept. 17  Giants  L  24-30  L.J. Smith    7  111  30  0
 Sept. 24  at 49ers  W 38-24  Reggie Brown    5  106  50  0
 Oct. 2  Packers  W 31-  9  Greg Lewis    2    75  45t  2
 Oct. 8  Cowboys  W 38-24  Hank Baskett    3  112  87t  1
 Sept. 9  at Packers  L  13-16  Jason Avant    3    54  31  1
 Sept. 17  Redskins  L  12-20  Brian Westbrook    8    66  18  0
 Sept. 23  Lions  W 56-21  Kevin Curtis  11     221    68t    3  
 Sept. 30  at Giants  L    3-16  Correll Buckhalter      4    35  14  0
 Oct. 14  at Jets  W  16-  9  Kevin Curtis    5  121  75t  1
 Sept. 9  at Browns  W 17-16  Jeremy Maclin    7    96  46  1
 Sept. 16  Ravens  W 24-23  Brent Celek    8  157  28  0
 Sept. 23  at Cardinals  L    6-27  Damaris Johnson    5    84  26  0
 Sept. 30  Giants  W 19-17  DeSean Jackon    6    99  32  1
 Oct. 7  at Steelers            
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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