White 1,000-Yard Receivers of the Past 20 Years

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  1. Thrashen

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    With the 2017 regular season in the books, here is the updated list of white pass-catchers who've eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards since 1985. Considering the injuries of varying lengths (Edelman, Olsen, Hogan, Ertz), to reduced roles for slot receivers (Humphries, Beasley), to big names like Nelson and Decker being rendered completely useless due to bad QB play, it turned out to be a fairly successful season for white TE's and WR's. Kupp finished with 869 yards and Ertz finished with 824 yards. By comparison, only 12 black players finished with over 1,000 yards, with two players (Mike Evans and Golden Tate) within 5 yards of missing the mark. In looking at the data below, it's fascinating to note how many white players have hit to 1,000-yard mark from 2011 to present...

    1985 - Largent, Collinsworth

    1986 - Christensen, Collinsworth, Largent, Bavaro

    1987 - None

    1988 - None

    1989- None

    1990- None

    1991- None

    1992- None

    1993- None

    1994- None

    1995 – None

    1996 – None

    1997 – None

    1998 – Chrebet, McCaffrey

    1999 - Jeffers, Schroeder, McCaffrey

    2000 – McCaffrey

    2001 – None

    2002 – None

    2003 – None

    2004 – Bennett, Stokley

    2005 – None

    2006 – Furrey

    2007 – Welker, Witten, Curtis

    2008 – Welker

    2009 – Welker, Clark, Witten

    2010 – Witten

    2011 – Welker, Gronkowski, Nelson

    2012 – Welker, Hartline, Decker, Witten

    2013 – Nelson, Decker, Edelman, Hartline

    2014 – Nelson, Gronkowski, Olsen

    2015 – Gronkowski, Olsen, Decker, Barnidge

    2016 - Olsen, Kelce, Edelman, Nelson

    2017 - Gronkowski, Kelce, Thielen
     
  2. Upside

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    We had 16 of our guys finish with 500+ yards receiving this year.
    10 were tight ends; 1 was a running back (McCaffrey).

    Just missing the cut was Jordy with 482 and Hogan with 439, but both were still among the top 100 pass catchers of 2017.

    Other notables:
    Trent Taylor - 430
    Tyler Kroft - 404
    Jesse James - 372
    Nick O Leary - 322
    Kyle Juszczyk - 315
    Cole Beasley - 314
     
  3. Thrashen

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    Through 4 weeks, there are 6 white players currently on pace for 1,000 yards: Thielen, Kupp, Ertz, Kittle, Kelce, and Nelson.

    If Gronk strings together a few good games, he could be right back on the mix. Hogan, too, but that seems unlikely.

    It would be a nice victory to see Adam Thielen lead the NFL in receiving yards, but I don’t think it’ll happen. A white pass-catcher hasn’t led league in receiving since Steve Largent in 1985. Wes Welker was a close 2nd in 2011-2012.
     
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    Add Thielen to the list for 2018-2019. This week, he achieved his 2nd 1,000-yard season!

    Kelce has 914 yards and, barring injury, should achieve his 3rd straight 1,000-yard season in the next week or two.

    Ertz has 804 yards and with 6 games remaining seems destined for his 1st 1,000-yard campaign of his injury-riddled career.

    Kittle has 775 yards and will need to average about 37 yards per games in the final 6 weeks for his 1st 1,000-yard season. Seems likely, but given his history of injuries, anything could happen. Either way, Kittle has been one of the real bright spots of the season. Nobody predicted he could be a superstar in the NFL...aside from the folks here at CF, who’ve been following him for years.

    With Kupp’s devestating knee injury, the next highest white players in terms of receiving yards are Humphries and McCaffrey, both of whom have 500 yards. They have no chance. McCaffrey does have 632 rushing yards and will need to average about 60 yards in the final 6 games to become the first white RB to rush for 1,000 yards since Peyton Hillis in 2010-2011. That would be awesome!

    As I predicted, the “Golden Rule” (no more than 4 whites shall eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark in one season) stands firm in 2018-2019. Given the rise of superstar white TE’s, how is this statistically possible for so many years? The most obvious answer is that there are so few white starting WR’s in the league, so if any of them suffer injuries, the “Golden Rule” wins again.
     
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    Wow the 90's must've been a terrible time to be a football fan lol.
     
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    This is why its good that we document all of these stats. We can get depressed sometimes, but at least when it comes to White receivers, we’ve made considerable improvement.

    90s: 5 thousand yard seasons.
    00s: 11 thousand yard seasons.
    10s: 27 (counting Thielen this year).

    Since this decade has the rest of this year and next still to go, it’s safe to assume over 30. That is pretty exponential growth. We have to make sure the 20s is even better, assuming the league doesn’t collapse first or the country is in civil war.
     
  7. white is right

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    To be historically accurate you need to factor in the heavier running in this era too. The formula for winning was run first and pass second, so overall there were less 1k receivers.

    Even with this different style of play White receivers were pigeonholed into slot receivers who came on the field in passing situations. Don Beebe , Ricky Proehl and Bill Schroder aside I can't recall any White outside receivers having any significant impact in the NFL in this decade.
     
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    In addition to Thielen and Kelce, George Kittle and Zach Ertz achieved the first 1,000 yard season of their respective careers yesterday.
     
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    And Kittle was just 5 yards short of all time highest receiving yards for a TE in a game.

    BTW, McCaffrey could get 1000 yards if he gets an even 100 yards per game in the remaining three :p
     

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