Ricky Proehl had one of many actually distinctive careers in NFL historical past. He performed 17 years within the NFL as a large receiver, by no means made a professional bowl, and wasn’t actually concerned closely as a particular groups returner. In case you have a look at the record of fellows who performed probably the most profession video games with out ever being chosen as a professional bowler, Proehl is seventh in video games performed. The six guys in entrance of him embrace two lengthy snappers, two kickers, and a punter. Blair Bush is the one place participant to seem in additional video games.
I might submit that it’s important to be fairly good to maintain getting alternatives once you aren’t one of many elites at your place. And this put up is an homage to the Ricky Proehl All-Stars, these broad receivers who put up strong if unspectacular stats and continued to get alternatives as a result of they had been higher than quite a lot of different guys.
To provide you with this record, I used a simplified level system. A season with 601-700 receiving yards counted as a 10. Each 551-600 and 701-750 yard seasons counted as eight factors. Seasons of 501-550 and 751-800 had been value 6 factors, and after that each 50 yards was another level off. Nevertheless, as a result of we’re looking for the fellows with these common starter stats, large seasons are literally unfavourable factors. Thus, our Proehl All-Stars needs to be racking up seasons of between 450 and 900 yards. (All profession knowledge is courtesy Professional Soccer Reference).
I went again to guys who performed nearly all of their careers since 1988. Right here is your record:
#1 Ricky Proehl (78 factors)
Proehl’s profession excessive was 65 catches and 877 yards in 1993. However he had at the very least 40 catches in a season 9 instances, and had at the very least 441 yards in 12 completely different seasons. He performed for six completely different franchises and caught landing passes from 16 completely different quarterbacks, led by Steve Beuerlein (10) and Kurt Warner (eight).
#2 Nate Washington (74 factors)
Nate Washington, one of the best participant ever from Tiffin, spent his profession going from being the third receiver in Pittsburgh to enjoying in Tennessee with a menagerie of quarterbacks on largely dangerous passing groups. His profession excessive was 1,zero23 yards in 2011, and he caught touchdowns from Vince Younger, Kerry Collins, Jake Locker, a 36-year-old Matt Hasselbeck in his profession yr, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Zach Mettenberger whereas in Nashville. Washington performed to age 32 and had eight seasons with between 450 and 800 yards.
#three Shawn Jefferson (67 factors)
Jefferson, a ninth spherical choose in 1991, moved right into a beginning position with the Chargers throughout their 1994 Tremendous Bowl yr. He went to New England two years later and began 61 video games over 4 years, after which went to Atlanta. His profession excessive was 841 yards in 1997 with the Patriots, and he had a seven yr stretch with between 621 and 841 yards each season.
#four(t) James Jones (60 factors)
James Jones had his profession excessive of 890 yards in his remaining season in 2015 when he returned to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers. He spent one yr in Oakland, gaining 666 yards. He averaged 649 yards per season whereas in Inexperienced Bay.
#four(t) Danny Amendola (60 factors)
Danny Amendola has by no means reached 700 yards receiving in a season. His profession excessive of 85 catches and 689 yards got here in St. Louis with Sam Bradford. He spent each different yr with New England harm, and in odd-numbered years, had about 650 receiving yards. He then signed with Miami final yr at age 33 and put up a really Amendola stat line. 59 catches, 575 yards (proper on his 9.7 profession common) and one landing.
#6 Ike Hilliard (58 factors)
Ike Hilliard spent a lot of his prime in New York serving as a second receiver to Amani Toomer (and third or fourth possibility when you think about Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey). He topped out at 996 yards at age 23 and had a 12-year profession within the NFL. In 2007, after two years as a backup in Tampa, he had 62 catches for 722 yards at age 31.
#7(t) Michael Crabtree (56 factors)
You could be stunned to see Michael Crabtree on this record. However whereas he has been a constant possession receiver and crimson zone risk (eight touchdowns or extra in 4 completely different seasons) he has solely averaged greater than 60 receiving yards in a season twice (and each of these simply barely). He has completed with 618 and 607 yards within the final two seasons, is a free agent, and can flip 32 in September.
#7(t) Deion Department (56 factors)
Deion Department gained a Tremendous Bowl MVP award as a member of the Patriots. His profession excessive was 998 yards in 2005. He was traded to Seattle after that season, and put up middling stats earlier than being despatched again to New England, and excelling for a 1.5 yr stretch. In whole, he performed 11 seasons and had between 400 and 1,000 yards in all however the remaining one.
#9 Torrance Small (55 factors)
Torrance Small spent a decade within the league, after being a fifth spherical select of Alcorn State. From ages 24 to 30, he had between 32 and 49 catches each season. Over that point, he bounced from the Saints to the Rams to the Colts to the Eagles. He had his finest season in his one yr in Indy, when he caught seven touchdowns from a rookie named Peyton Manning.
#10(t) Brandon LaFell (53 factors)
Brandon LaFell is the definition of the second or third possibility. He completed because the 2nd or third main receiving on a workforce in seven of his 9 seasons thus far. He was behind Steve Smith and Greg Olsen within the pecking order in Carolina, then a 3rd possibility in New England as the surface receiver, earlier than transferring to Cincinnati behind A.J. Inexperienced. His profession excessive is 968 yards, in New England in 2014.
#10(t) Irving Fryar (53 factors)
Irving Fryar’s identify may shock right here. Even with the penalty for large seasons, he makes the record. He had 5 seasons over 1,000 yards, however the first didn’t come till age 29. And he had ten completely different seasons with between 450 and 910 receiving yards. The ultimate one got here at age 38, in Washington. He caught a landing go from 19 completely different gamers, and caught at the very least 10 from the eclectic quartet of Dan Marino, Steve Grogan, Ty Detmer, and Tony Eason.
Others of observe:
Wayne Chrebet (52 factors)
Antwaan Randle El (52 factors)
Curtis Conway (50 factors)
Kelvin Martin (50 factors)
Jabar Gaffney (48 factors)
Mark Service (48 factors)
Jason Avant (47 factors)
Michael Jenkins (47 factors)
Invoice Brooks (47 factors)