One of the goals for a receiver in the NFL is to hit the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards. When you look at the top receivers in the league, like Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins for example, you almost guarantee that they will hit that mark at one point during the season.

Last season, 21 players hit the milestone of over 1,000 yards. Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons led the league with 1,677 while Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys just hit the mark with 1,005 yards. Some notable names that were on the leader board were Mike Evans (1,524), T.Y. Hilton (1,270), and Keenan Allen (1,196). Some notable first-time members of the 1,000-yard club in 2018 was JuJu Smith-Schuster (1,426), Robert Woods (1,219), and Kenny Golladay (1,063).

So who has the chance to join the club for the 2019 season? Here is a list of 10 wide receivers who I believe will hit the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in their NFL career.

10. Robert Foster

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  • Team: Buffalo Bills
  • Years in NFL: One
  • Highest Season Total: 541 (2018)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 541

Foster went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft and signed with Buffalo immediately after. It took a couple of weeks for him to develop but ended up being a nice target for Josh Allen as the season progressed, which included multiple games with over 100 yards receiving. Right now, he is behind Cole Beasley, John Brown, and Zay Jones on the depth chart but if he continues to impress this season, he could be one of the leader receivers for the team once the season ends.

9. Terry McLaurin

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  • Team: Washington Redskins
  • Years in NFL: Rookie
  • Highest Season Total: None
  • Career Receiving Yards: None

McLaurin was drafted in the third round by Washington after a great career at Ohio State. He was impressive in the preseason and is currently behind Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn on the depth chart. The recent release of Josh Doctson also shows that the team is high on McLaurin and should be involved in the offense right away. He was also college teammates with fellow rookie Dwayne Haskins, so there is already a great connection once Haskins gets the starting job.

8. Courtland Sutton

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  • Team: Denver Broncos
  • Years in NFL: One
  • Highest Season Total: 704 (2018)
  • Career Receiving yards: 704

Sutton was drafted in the second round in 2018 of out SMU. It took him a few weeks but towards the end of 2018, he started to look like a solid future number one receiver once Emmanuel Sanders went down with an injury and Demaryius Thomas was traded. He is set to start alongside Emmanuel Sanders and look for him to develop an immediate connection with new quarterback Joe Flacco.

7. Marquise Brown

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  • Team: Baltimore Ravens
  • Years in NFL: Rookie
  • Highest Season Total: None
  • Career Receiving Yards: None

Since 2010, the Ravens have only had over a 1,000-yard receiver twice (Steve Smith in 2014 with 1,065 and Mike Wallace in 2016 with 1,017). The team has also never had a true number one receiver in quite some time. Hollywood Brown was taken 25th overall in this past draft and looks to be a star in the offense right away. He has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his two years at Oklahoma so he has the potential to do so in the pros. He is a speed receiver that’ll look to be Lamar Jackson’s favorite target.

6. D.J. Moore

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  • Team: Carolina Panthers
  • Years in NFL: One
  • Highest Season Total: 788 (2018)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 788

Moore was drafted 24th overall in 2018 by the Panthers. He had a solid rookie season, where his first career catch was for 51-yards. He finished the year with close to 800 yards and looks to take the next step forward in year two.

Coming into the 2019 season, Moore will look to be the number one target for Cam Newton. Guys like Curtis Samuel, Greg Olsen, and newly acquired Chris Hogan will also get looks but look for Moore to be the team leading receiver once 2019 comes to a close. You also have to factor in Christian McCaffery, who is a huge factor in the receiving game as well as running the ball.

5. Tyler Lockett

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  • Team: Seattle Seahawks
  • Years in NFL: Four
  • Highest Season Total: 965 (2018)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 2,781

Lockett is the most experienced player on this list, being drafted 69th overall in 2015. For the first couple of seasons, he was an occasional starter but was mainly used as Seattle’s primary kick returner, where he has earned three All-Pro nods in that department. 2018 was the first time he was mainly used as a receiver and posted a career-high in receiving yards and touchdowns (10). With the recent retirement of Doug Baldwin, Lockett looks to be the number one receiver and will start alongside rookie DK Metcalf. Although there is a lot of hype surrounding the big-bodied rookie receiver, Russell Wilson still has another reliable target in Lockett to throw to.

4. Robby Anderson

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  • Team: New York Jets
  • Years in NFL: Three
  • Highest Season Total: 941 (2017)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 2,280

Anderson went undrafted in 2016 and had to fight for even a roster spot. He made the team in 2016 as the fifth WR and now, three years later, Anderson looks to be the number one receiver for the New York Jets.

He has shown that he is a vertical threat in the passing game. The Jets look to be on the rise this year with the number of improvements they made on both sides of the ball and Anderson could very well be a top receiver in the NFL.

3. Mike Williams

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  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Years in NFL: Two
  • Highest Season Total: 644 (2018)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 759

Williams had an excellent career at Clemson, becoming Deshaun Watson’s favorite target in college. He was drafted 7th overall in 2017 and look to be Philip Rivers’ top target off the bat. Injuries limited him to only 95 yards on no touchdowns his rookie season but improved greatly in his second season with 644 yards and 10 touchdowns.

With Tyrell Williams signing with the Oakland Raiders, look for Williams to improve those numbers once again as he heads into his third season. Williams and Keenan Allen form a solid starting receiving duo.

2. Dede Westbrook

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  • Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Years in NFL: Two
  • Highest Season Total: 707 (2018)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 1,046

Westbrook had a stellar final season at Oklahoma, raking up 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns while also being a Heisman Trophy finalist. The Jaguars took him in the fourth round and had an average rookie season but had an improved sophomore campaign.

With a consistent quarterback in Nick Foles, I believe Westbrook will put up great numbers. It helps now that he is the clear number one receiver with guys like Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns for example not on the team anymore.

1. Calvin Ridley

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  • Team: Atlanta Falcons
  • Years in NFL: One
  • Highest Season Total: 821 (2018)
  • Career Receiving Yards: 821

Ridley was one of the top college receivers back in 2018 and was viewed as the next star receiver. The Falcons selected him 26th overall and made an immediate contribution. His 64 catches, 821 yard, and 10 touchdown season led all rookies in 2018, showing that he will be a force soon.

Obviously, having a star in Julio Jones starting opposite of you as well as having another solid receiver in Mohamed Sanu will take some potential targets but Ridley proved that when he gets the ball, he can do some damage. The Falcons will look to be a top offense in the league and Ridley will play a huge role in that.


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