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3 Packers receivers on pace for 1,000-yard seasons

Sep. 18, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers' James Jones runs for a first down on a long reception against Washington Redskins' David Amerson in the second quarter as Randall Cobb looks to block on the play.
Green Bay Packers' James Jones runs for a first down on a long reception against Washington Redskins' David Amerson in the second quarter as Randall Cobb looks to block on the play. / Dan Powers/Gannett Wisconsin Media

If they keep up at their current pace, Packers receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones will shatter the 1,000-yard yardage pleateau.

Cobb has 16 catches for 236 yards, which would put him on pace for 1,888 receiving yards in a full season. Nelson (10 catches, 196 yards) is on pace for 1,568 yards and James Jones (11 catches, 178 yards) would be headed for a 1,424-yard season.

Jones said prior to the start of the season that he would like to see three Packers receivers go over 1,000 yards. They can’t possibly keep up this pace, can they?

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers weighed in on that lofty goal.

“That’s a pretty high bar there,” said Rodgers. “I think it’s possible. We have some great weapons. We’ve been throwing it around a lot the first two games. It just depends on how teams are going to play us.”

Rodgers said the Packers’ resurgent running game last week could help the receivers.

“If you have that balance you’re going to have the opportunity to spread it around a little bit,” said Rodgers. “I told the guys, I reminded them, I’m going to go through my progressions and I’m going to throw to the open guy and the high percentage throw. Some games it might be a few targets and some games it could be 15 but to those guys’ credit, they run their routes to win all the time and they’re incredible after the catch. It’s my job to put the ball in the proper number and the proper spot and allow them to make some plays after the catch. If it shakes down that they’re around 1,000 at the end of the year, then so be it.”

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