Brad Oremland noted in his last post that Stanley Morgan is the only player in history to average more than 19 yards per catch in a career with at least 500 receptions, and that such distinction will probably stand forever. Brad’s likely right: given today’s environment, Vincent Jackson and Calvin Johnson are the two preeminent deep threats of the last decade with at least 500 catches, and Jackson (16.97) and Johnson (15.89) were far shy of that mark.
That’s a fun bit of trivia, but let’s expand it. You can use reception cut-offs to come up with lots of Yards per Catch Kings. Here’s an exhaustive one:
- Jerry Rice is the all-time leader in yards per reception (14.78) among players with at least 1,079 receptions.
- Terrell Owens (14.7811 to Rice’s 14.7805) is the all-time leader in yards per reception among players with at least 1,025 receptions.
- Isaac Bruce is the career leader in YPR, at 14.85, among players with at least 983 receptions.
- Randy Moss (15.57) is the only player to average 15 yards per reception and record 820+ receptions.