Let’s talk about some of the greatest receiving seasons in Eagles history, shall we?
These days, in a passing league that plays 17 regular-season games, 1,000-yard seasons grow on trees, but that wasn’t always the case. The Philadelphia Eagles have been playing football since 1933. 16 players who have worn the jersey have enjoyed seasons in which they have eclipsed the 1,000-yard threshold. Two of those players were tight ends (Zach Ertz in 2018 and Pete Retzlaff in 1965). The other 14 included 13 wide receivers and a Pro Football Hall of Famer that caught 373 career receptions despite also playing on defense and special teams as one of the best hybrid players the game has ever seen. (Pete Pihos).
The current Eagles iteration is home to two of the top talents at the wide receiver position this franchise has ever seen. A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith made history in 2022, becoming the first receiving duo in the franchise’s history to collect 1,000 yards receiving in the same year.
Before last season, Philly hadn’t had anyone reach that threshold since Jeremy Maclin did so in 2014. Seven players of those guys have done it multiple times. DeSean Jackson, Harold Carmichael, and Mike Quick are the only wideouts to hit the mark three times in the franchise’s history.
Tommy McDonald, Harold Jackson, Fred Barnett, and Irving Fryar caught over 1,000 yards twice in their career with the Eagles. The aforementioned Pete Pihos was the first franchise legend to reach the plateau. He did so in 1953.
Every story is different. We’ve seen Harold Carmichael lead the NFL in receptions (67), yards per game (79.7), and receiving yards (1,116) in 1973 but fall short of a double-digit touchdown total. He had nine that year.
We have also seen Pihos reach double-digit TDs (ten) while still leading the league in receptions (63), yards per game (87.4), and receiving yards (1,049). This story, however, is about the best of both worlds. Here’s a look at the best combo seasons, personal bests by wide receivers that racked up yards AND found their way into the end zone.
Let’s count down the top five. This is certain to be a lot of fun.