Cowboys Receiving Trio Could Reach Historical Mark

Miles Austin, Dez Bryant

Miles Austin could join Dez Bryant in reaching 1,000 receiving yards this year.

Until 2006, the Cowboys managed to have two receivers hit the 1,000-yard mark in the same season once. That occurred in 1979 when Tony Hill and Drew Pearson passed the mark.

Since 2006, the Cowboys have have four pairs reach 1,000 yards. This included Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens (2006), Owens and Jason Witten (2007), and Witten and Miles Austin (2009 and 2010).

It is possible that the Cowboys could have three receivers surpass 1,000 yards this year. Dez Bryant already has 1,028 yards. Witten has 880 yards, while Austin has 819. There are three games remaining, and two of the defenses (Saints and Redskins) are not especially good at defending the pass.

Below is a list of the 1,000-yard receivers in team history.

Games Receiving
Player Year ? Age Draft G Rec Yds Y/R TD
Frank Clarke 1962 28 5-61 12 47 1043 22.19 14
Bob Hayes* 1965 23 7-88
14-105AFL
13 46 1003 21.80 12
Bob Hayes* 1966 24 7-88
14-105AFL
14 64 1232 19.25 13
Lance Rentzel 1968 25 2-23
6-48AFL
14 54 1009 18.69 6
Drew Pearson 1974 23 14 62 1087 17.53 2
Drew Pearson 1979 28 15 55 1026 18.65 8
Tony Hill 1979 23 3-62 16 60 1062 17.70 10
Tony Hill 1980 24 3-62 16 60 1055 17.58 8
Tony Hill 1985 29 3-62 15 74 1113 15.04 7
Michael Irvin* 1991 25 1-11 16 93 1523 16.38 8
Michael Irvin* 1992 26 1-11 16 78 1396 17.90 7
Michael Irvin* 1993 27 1-11 16 88 1330 15.11 7
Michael Irvin* 1994 28 1-11 16 79 1241 15.71 6
Michael Irvin* 1995 29 1-11 16 111 1603 14.44 10
Michael Irvin* 1997 31 1-11 16 75 1180 15.73 9
Michael Irvin* 1998 32 1-11 16 74 1057 14.28 1
Rocket Ismail 1999 30 4-100 16 80 1097 13.71 6
Terry Glenn 2005 31 1-7 16 62 1136 18.32 7
Terry Glenn 2006 32 1-7 15 70 1047 14.96 6
Terrell Owens 2006 33 3-89 16 85 1180 13.88 13
Jason Witten 2007 25 3-69 16 96 1145 11.93 7
Terrell Owens 2007 34 3-89 15 81 1355 16.73 15
Terrell Owens 2008 35 3-89 16 69 1052 15.25 10
Jason Witten 2009 27 3-69 16 94 1030 10.96 2
Miles Austin 2009 25 16 81 1320 16.30 11
Jason Witten 2010 28 3-69 16 94 1002 10.66 9
Miles Austin 2010 26 16 69 1041 15.09 7
Dez Bryant 2012 24 1-24 13 75 1028 13.71 9
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/11/2012.
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