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Dynamic Duos

Hill, Waddle a historically productive pair

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are quite a one-two punch. They’re both really fast, and the Dolphins have been effective getting the ball in their hands – Mike McDaniel knows how to draw up pass plays.

They combined for 3,066 receiving yards last year, the 3rd-highest total by a pair of pass catchers in the Super Bowl era. Having a 17th game helped their cause, but only five other pairs of wide receivers have combined to average more yards per game.

RECEIVING DUOS WITH 2600 RECEIVING YARDS
YearTmPlayer1Player2NoYardsAvgTD
1995Det.Herman MooreBrett Perriman2313,17413.723
2000St.L.Torry HoltIsaac Bruce1693,10618.415
2022Mia.Tyreek HillJaylen Waddle1943,06615.815
2014Den.Demaryius ThomasEmmanuel Sanders2123,02314.320
2000Den.Rod SmithEd McCaffrey2012,91914.517
1961Hou.Charley HenniganBill Groman1322,92222.129
2011N.E.Wes WelkerRob Gronkowski2122,89613.726
2018K.C.Tyreek HillTravis Kelce1902,81514.822
2005Ariz.Larry FitzgeraldAnquan Boldin2052,81113.717
2014G.B.Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb1892,80614.825
2021LARCooper KuppVan Jefferson1952,74914.122
2011NYGVictor CruzHakeem Nicks1582,72817.316
2018Pitt.JuJu Smith-SchusterAntonio Brown2152,72312.722
2013Den.Demaryius ThomasEric Decker1792,71815.225
2013Chi.Alshon JefferyBrandon Marshall1892,71614.419
2000Min.Randy MossCris Carter1732,71115.724
1984Mia.Mark ClaytonMark Duper1442,69518.726
2022Phil.A.J. BrownDeVonta Smith1832,69214.718
2020K.C.Travis KelceTyreek Hill1922,69214.026
2003St.L.Torry HoltIsaac Bruce1862,67714.417
2006Ind.Marvin HarrisonReggie Wayne1812,67614.821
2007N.E.Randy MossWes Welker2102,66812.731
2004St.L.Torry HoltIsaac Bruce1832,66414.616
1999Min.Randy MossCris Carter1702,65415.624
2002Pitt.Hines WardPlaxico Burress1902,65414.019
1980S.D.John JeffersonKellen Winslow1712,63015.422
2009N.E.Wes WelkerRandy Moss2062,61212.717
1997Ariz.Rob MooreFrank Sanders1722,60115.112

The most productive duo in league history continues to be Herman Moore and Brett Perriman from the 1995 Lions. Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce from the 2000 Greatest Show on Turf is the only other pair that finished with more yards than Hill-Waddle. If you look instead at per-game production, Charley Hennigan and Bill Groman from the 1961 Houston Oilers ranks No. 1, with 2,922 yards in only 14 games.

All pairs of pass catchers with at least 2,600 yards are listed below. Interesting, Hill-Waddle averaged 15.8 yards per catch, 5th-highest among these pairs. Also note that Hill-Waddle averaged a touchdown per 204 yards, the 3rd-worst among these duos (and well ahead of No. 4 – Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey averaged a touchdown per every 172 yards).

—Ian Allan

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