Receivers / long-range touchdowns
Posted Mar. 04 at 11:00 PM
I mentioned earlier how Victor Cruz averaged 52 yards on his 9 TDs last year, which is a remarkable number. It’s pulled from the chart below (average distance of touchdowns is one of the stats that we track).
In the last 10 years, only 19 wide receivers have averaged over 40 yards on touchdown catches (that is, among those with at least 6 TD receptions – no credit for a guy who’s only TD is a 73-yard bomb).
Two other guys from last year also make this list – Pierre Garcon (very impressive, considering what was around him) and Julio Jones (also impressive, with him being just a rookie).
Receivers averaging 40-plus yards on TD catches
(Among wide receivers with at least 6 TD receptions in the last 10 years).
54.7 2010 DeSean Jackson, Phil. (6 TD recs)
52.4 2008 Bernard Berrian, Minn. (7)
52.0 2011 Victor Cruz, NYG (9)
50.2 2007 Joey Galloway, T.B. (6)
49.1 2006 Lee Evans, Buff. (8)
45.9 2002 Quincy Morgan, Clev. (7)
45.6 2009 DeSean Jackson, Phil. (9)
44.0 2011 Pierre Garcon, Ind. (6)
43.7 2005 Santana Moss, Wash. (9)
43.1 2010 Mario Manningham, NYG (9)
42.8 2005 Kevin Curtis, St.L. (6)
42.1 2011 Julio Jones, Atl. (8)
42.0 2006 Santana Moss, Wash. (6)
42.0 2002 Joey Galloway, Dall. (6)
41.8 2009 Hakeem Nicks, NYG (6)
40.8 2009 Mike Wallace, Pitt. (6)
40.8 2002 Corey Bradford, Hou. (6)
40.7 2010 Mike Wallace, Pitt. (10)
40.0 2010 Braylon Edwards, NYJ (7)
Posted by Moishe Steigmann | Mar. 05 at 03:50 AM
Thanks as always, Ian. Now for the money question: how did those WRs do the next year?
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Mar. 05 at 10:18 AM
Moise: I ran the Factoid on Cruz a couple of days ago. The guys over 50 yards haven't done well. If you look at the 40-plus range, you'll see some names coming up multiple times. Mike Wallace, Santana Moss, Joey Galloway.
Posted by Moishe Steigmann | Mar. 05 at 11:43 AM
I do remember that Factoid. That one had the list on WRs averaging 50 yards or more on 6 TDs; this is 40. So, the sample size here is considerably larger. That's why I thought to ask for this list rather than rely on the previous one. But, if it's too much work, I certainly understand. I continue to be awed by all the work that you do and that you share!
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