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Inexperience at wide receiver

Posted by Doug on April 7, 2006

From this article:

Wide receiver Reggie Brown impressed the coaching staff enough as a rookie that the team is looking at him as being its No. 1 wide receiver this season.

Brown had a respectable rookie year, catching 571 yards worth of passes. The Eagles' alternatives are Todd Pinkston (career high 798 receiving yards), Greg Lewis (561), and the newly-signed Jabar Gaffney (632).

With this crew, the Eagles become the 20th team since 1995 to enter the season without a receiver who has ever caught more than 800 yards worth of passes. Here are the others:


Team WR Prev Car High
cin 2000
Damon Griffin 112
Craig Yeast 20
Ron Dugans 0
Peter Warrick 0
Danny Farmer 0

ari 2003
Jason McAddley 362
Larry Foster 283
Kevin Kasper 180
Nathan Poole 108
Bryan Gilmore 14
Bryant Johnson 0
Anquan Boldin 0

chi 2004
David Terrell 415
Justin Gage 338
Bobby Wade 137
Bernard Berrian 0

kan 1996
Victor Bailey 545
Lake Dawson 537
Tamarick Vanover 231
Danan Hughes 103
Chris Penn 24
Sean LaChapelle 23
Joe Horn 0

bal 2002
Travis Taylor 560
Brandon Stokley 344
Randy Hymes 0
Javin Hunter 0
Ron Johnson 0

pit 1995
Charles Johnson 577
Yancey Thigpen 546
Ernie Mills 386
Andre Hastings 281
Johnnie Barnes 137

tam 1997
Horace Copeland 633
Robb Thomas 545
Karl Williams 246
Brice Hunter 0
Reidel Anthony 0

nyj 1995
Charles Wilson 652
Ryan Yarborough 42
Wayne Chrebet 0

phi 2001
James Thrash 653
Na Brown 188
Todd Pinkston 181
Dameane Douglas 79
Gari Scott 0
Freddie Mitchell 0

hou 2003
Corey Bradford 697
Jabar Gaffney 483
Andre Johnson 0
Derick Armstrong 0

cle 1999
Leslie Shepherd 712
David Dunn 509
Darrin Chiaverini 0
Kevin Johnson 0
Ronnie Powell 0
Zola Davis 0

pit 2001
Troy Edwards 714
Bobby Shaw 672
Hines Ward 672
Will Blackwell 297
Plaxico Burress 273
Lenzie Jackson 5

nyg 1999
Ike Hilliard 715
Amani Toomer 360
David Patten 226
Joe Jurevicius 146
Brian Alford 11

det 2004
Tai Streets 756
Az-zahir Hakim 734
Reggie Swinton 117
David Kircus 53
Roy Williams 0
Scott Vines 0
Eddie Drummond 0

hou 2002
Jermaine Lewis 784
Corey Bradford 637
JaJuan Dawson 281
Avion Black 90
Atnaf Harris 0
Jabar Gaffney 0

ind 1996
Sean Dawkins 784
Aaron Bailey 379
Brian Stablein 95
Marvin Harrison 0
Scott Slutzker 0
Chris Doering 0

bal 1999
Jermaine Lewis 784
Qadry Ismail 696
Billy Davis 691
Justin Armour 300
Patrick Johnson 159
Brandon Stokley 0

nyg 1997
Chris Calloway 796
Thomas Lewis 694
Kevin Alexander 88
Amani Toomer 12
Ike Hilliard 0
David Patten 0

Some of these teams didn't intend to be quite so inexperienced at the position. The 2000 Bengals, for example, also had Darnay Scott on the roster, but he missed the season with an injury.

If you're a fantasy footballer thinking this situation might be fertile ground for a young wide receiver to break out with a big season, think again. By my count, only five of these teams produced a 1000-yard receiver.

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