It was a good opening weekend for transplanted wide receivers. A.J. Brown, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill all came up big for their new teams.
Brown was particularly pivotal for the Eagles, with 10 catches for 155 yards. The Raiders came up short, but Davante Adams did his thing, catching 10 for 141 and a touchdown. And Tyreek Hill helped Miami past New England with 8 catches for 94 yards – toss in his 6-yard gain on a run, and he also made it to 100 yards.
Jarvis Landry isn’t on the same level with those guys, but he also had a successful debut, helping the Saints come back to win at Atlanta with 7 carries for 114 yards, including a key 40-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
All of those players have also gone over 100 yards in season-opening games with other teams. That doesn’t happen all that often. Prior to yesterday, there were only 20 players since 2000 who had put together 100-yard games in openers for two different franchises.
(A few of the receivers listed below had 100-yard openers with three different teams, including Randy Moss, DeSean Jackson and Anquan Boldin.)
|100-YARD OPENERS WITH TWO TEAMS|
|Player||Old team||New team|
|Keenan McCardell||Jacksonville||San Diego|
|Laveranues Coles||Washington||NY Jets|
|Anquan Boldin||Ariz., Balt.||San Francisco|
|Donte Stallworth||New Orleans||Philadelphia|
|Terrell Owens||San Francisco||Philadelphia|
|Plaxico Burress||Pittsburgh||NY Giants|
|Antonio Bryant||Dallas||San Francisco|
|Randy Moss||Min., N.E.||New England|
|Brandin Cooks||New Orleans||Houston|
|Danny Amendola||New England||Detroit|
|Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh||Tampa Bay|
|DeSean Jackson||Phil., Wash.||T.B., Phil.|
|Jarvis Landry||Cleveland||New Orleans|
|Davante Adams||Green Bay||Las Vegas|
|Tyreek Hill||Kansas City||Miami|