The Bucs have had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season just twice in franchise history. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson first accomplished that feat in 2014, which was Evans’ rookie season. Evans and Chris Godwin both had 1,000-yard seasons in 2019.

But Tampa Bay has never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season before.

In fact, it’s happened just five other times in NFL history.

The first occurrence happened in 1980, when Don Coryell’s Air Raid offense in San Diego saw wide receivers John Jefferson (82-1,340-13) and Charlie Joiner (71-1,132-4) team with tight end Kellen Winslow (89-1,1290-9) to each top 1,000 yards receiving.

Washington’s Gary Clark (79-1,229-9), Art Monk (86-1,186-8) and Ricky Sanders (80-1,138-4) were next. They became the first team to have three wide receivers hit that accomplishment in 1989.

In 1995, Atlanta running back/slot receiver Eric Metcalf (104-1,189-8) and wide receivers Terance Mathis (78-1,039-9) and Bert Emanuel (74-1,039-5) all reached the 1,000-yard mark.

The 2004 Indianapolis Colts also had three 1,000-yard receivers. A 28-year old Peyton Manning passed for 4,557 yards and 49 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions that season. Who were his record-setting targets? Future Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (86-1,113 yards-15), Reggie Wayne (77-1,210-12) and Brandon Stokley (68-1,077 yards-10).

Bucs WRs Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown

Bucs WRs Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown – Photo by: USA Today

The most recent team to have a trio of 1,000-yard receivers was the 2008 Arizona Cardinals. Receivers Larry Fitzgerald (96-1,431-12), Anquan Boldin (89-1,038-11) and Steve Breaston (77-1,006-3) all topped 1,000 yards.

It’s early, but through Week 5 the Bucs’ top three receivers – Evans, Godwin and Antonio Brown – are all on pace to reach 1,000 yards this season. They would be the first trio in Tampa Bay to do that and just the sixth in NFL history to accomplish that feat. The fact that there is an extra 17th game on the schedule only increases the likelihood of that happening.

Evans leads the way for the Bucs this year with 29 catches for 393 yards (13.6 avg.) and four touchdowns. Godwin also has 29 receptions, but for 366 yards (12.6 avg.) and a pair of TDs. Brown, who missed the Rams game, has 20 catches for 325 yards (16.3 avg.) and three scores.

Evans is on pace to catch 98 passes for 1,336 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Godwin is also on pace to reach 98 receptions, but for 1,244 yards and six TDs. Brown is on pace to hit 68 catches for 1,105 yards and 10 scores.

Evans has posted 1,000 yards in each of his first seven years in the league, which is an NFL record. Godwin hit 1,000 yards and led the Bucs in receiving in 2019, his lone Pro Bowl season.

The 33-year old Brown has had seven 1,000-yard seasons in his 12 years in the league. Brown led the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 (1,698) and in 2017 (1,533), but has not had a 1,000-yard season since he posted 1,297 yards and a league-high 15 touchdowns in 2018.

Ironically, the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis in 2004 was Tom Moore, who is Bruce Arians’ offensive assistant in Tampa Bay. Clyde Christensen, the Bucs quarterbacks coach, was the Colts wide receivers coach during the 2004 season. Moore and Christensen could be part of another record-setting trio of wide receivers – this time in Tampa Bay.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at:
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10 days ago

Maybe, but it’s still way too early to talk about season long records for individual receivers, particularly in an offense where Tom Brady is able to distribute the ball to so many talented receivers besides the three listed here. The players have made it clear, as recently as this Sunday, that they are not focused at all on individual records but on team performance, which in the end is all that matters. If there is any passing record to be beaten that is actually meaningful to team success is the all time season passing record of 5,477 yards, currently held… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by Naplesfan
10 days ago

Sweet! I’m so happy that individual Buccaneers r beginning to get their props and people realize what an amazingly deep team we have here in Tampa. Usually, the records everyone was talking about the Bucs breaking were not records u wanted to talk about. I’m so thankful that Brady decided to finish his career in Tampa. Has paid off for both Tom and the Buccaneers! Enjoy Buc fans, because u r witnessing history in the making!

Last edited 10 days ago by bucballer
10 days ago

How about let’s get to Philly tomorrow. Play well Thursday night. Come away with a win and no serious injuries. Go to 5-1 and then get ready for the Bears. One step at a time. Stuff like this is silly at this point.

Reply to  Buc76
9 days ago

I’m sure you remember the days when no matter how the Bucs tried, we couldn’t find even one quality WR, let alone two and certainly not three. It’s a whole lot more fun talking about the possible record setting trio than seeing what pass catchers Mel Kiper is pimping.

9 days ago

I remember all the way back to Isaac Hagins and Morris Owens. Oldies but goodies. Also the Alvin Harper debacle and many others so I know where you’re going that one. It is nice to have basically 3 number 1 receivers.