Johnson has the most receptions in the league over that time frame, but Wes Welker is only one catch behind him… and he has just one reception where he was tackled at the one-yard line. Of course, that’s only for data over the last year and a half.
Since 1999, 25 players have had at least seven receptions where they were tackled at the one-yard line. As it turns out, Brian Finneran fantasy owners have been the most unlucky, as Finneran was tackled seven times at the 1-yard line on 238 career receptions.
Or perhaps the most unlucky is my main man Steve Smith: not only do his 18 near touchdowns top the list, but his average reception on those plays went for 25 yards!
On the other hand, some players have done a nice job of the above list. In some cases (think T.O.) it may have been because they had a nose for the end zone (whatever that means), while in other cases (yes, you, Mr. Witten) it’s more likely due to the fact that their teams simply didn’t target them near the goal line. The table below shows all players with at least 500 receptions since 1999 who had six or fewer receptions where they were tackled at the one-yard line.