It was a good year for rookie receivers. Three of them went for 900-plus yards, and three others also have very bright futures. Overall, a much deep group than what’s typically seen.

A.J. Brown led the way with 1,051 yards and 9 TDs. His college teammate, DK Metcalf, also went over 1,000 yards if the postseason is included. Terry McLaurin caught 58 passes for 919 yards and 7 TDs despite being stuck on a lesser team.

Deebo Samuel, Darius Slayton and Diontae Johnson also had their moments, and all six of those receivers scored at least 6 TDs.

All six of those receivers scored over 165 points in PPR leagues. Only once in the last 10 years has there been another year (2014) with six such players. In the last eight other years combined, only 15 wide receivers have gone over 165 points.

Outside those first six (from 2019) another four receivers showed some potential. Hollywood Brown looks like he's going to be Baltimore's No. 1 wide receiver. Mecole Hardman looks like he could develop into an impact player; he was Kansas City’s 4th receiver in most games. Hunter Renfrow appeared to be developing into Oakland’s best wide receiver before being sidelined by a broken rib and lung injury. And Steven Sims had a couple of good games late in the year for Washington.

On the chart below, you’re seeing catches and receiving yards. The touchdowns includes those scored on runs and returns. And the points (PPR) includes rushing yards, even though those aren’t listed.

ROOKIE RECEIVERS (last 10 years)
2014Odell Beckham, NYG911,30514.312297.0
2016Michael Thomas, N.O.921,13712.49259.7
2014Mike Evans, T.B.681,05115.512245.1
2014Kelvin Benjamin, Car.731,00813.89227.8
2010Mike Williams, T.B.6596414.811227.4
2013Keenan Allen, S.D.711,04614.78223.6
2016Tyreek Hill, K.C.615939.712219.0
2011A.J. Green, Cin.651,05716.37218.0
2019A.J. Brown, Ten.521,05120.29217.1
2015Amari Cooper, Oak.721,07014.96214.7
2018Calvin Ridley, Atl.6482112.810208.8
2011Julio Jones, Atl.5495917.88203.5
2014Jordan Matthews, Phil.6787213.08202.2
2014Sammy Watkins, Buff.6598215.16200.0
2017JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pitt.5891715.88197.7
2019DK Metcalf, Sea.5890015.57193.1
2019Terry McLaurin, Was.5891915.87191.9
2019Deebo Samuel, S.F.5780214.16191.1
2014Jarvis Landry, Mia.847589.05189.4
2012T.Y. Hilton, Ind.5086117.28187.0
2012Justin Blackmon, Jac.6486513.55184.8
2016Sterling Shepard, NYG6568310.58184.4
2011Torrey Smith, Balt.5084116.87180.0
2017Cooper Kupp, LAR6286914.05178.9
2019Darius Slayton, NYG4874015.48170.0
2015Tyler Lockett, Sea.5166413.08167.4
2019Diontae Johnson, Pitt.5968011.56167.1
2018DJ Moore, Car.5578814.32163.0
2013Cordarrelle Patterson, Minn.4546910.49161.7
2012Josh Gordon, Clev.5080516.15160.5
2014Allen Hurns, Jac.5167713.36154.7
2011Doug Baldwin, Sea.5178815.54153.6
2012Kendall Wright, Tenn.646269.84151.0
2013Terrance Williams, Dall.4473616.75150.0
2019also: Marquise Brown, Bal.4658412.77146.4
2019also: Hunter Renfrow, Oak.4960512.44133.5
2019also: Mecole Hardman, K.C.2653820.77123.5
2019also: Steven Sims, Was.343109.16109.5

—Ian Allan