Hail to the Victor Cruz: long range scores
Posted Mar. 02 at 12:00 AM
Victor Cruz’s 9 touchdowns last year came from a league-high average of 52 yards. That’s very impressive. Only four times in the previous 13 years have receivers caught 6-plus touchdowns and averaged over 50 yards per score.
But repeating that kind of success isn’t easy. It’s damn near impossible.
The rundown on how those other four big-play receivers did in their next seasons.
BIG-PLAY RECEIVERS – THE NEXT YEAR
How receivers averaging over 50 yards on touchdowns fared in their next seasons:
TD Avg Year
2 22.5 1999 Jermaine Lewis, Balt.
0 ---- 2008 Joey Galloway, T.B.
4 13.5 2009 Bernard Berrian, Minn.
4 33.3 2011 DeSean Jackson, Phil.
Again, not making the case that Victor Cruz is due for a downturn. He was very impressive last year and is back in the same offense with the same quarterback (and a good one).
But it’s not easy to consistently score from long range. For 2012, for Cruz to remain a top-10 receiver, he’ll need to make more of an impact in the red zone area. The odds are stacked against him again racking up a bunch of touchdowns form long range.
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