Best Dallas Cowboys Receivers In The Past
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In any given season, the Dallas Cowboys have always had a quality single receiver. But if you go back and go through the history of the team, there have only been a few occasions where the team has had two top receivers on the roster simultaneously. No coincidence, during those seasons, the Cowboys were one of the best teams in the NFL.
Going back to the late 1960s, the Cowboys had a pair of quality receivers with future Hall of Famers Bob Hayes and Lance Rentzel. The two came within five yards of breaking the 1,000-yard mark in 1967.
Fast forward almost 10 years, and Drew Pearson and Tony Hill were the Marquis receivers in Big D. In 1979, Pearson and Hill passed the 1,000-yard mark. Cowboys fans had to wait until the 1990s for another dynamic duo and that came in the form of Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper.
Irvin did the lion’s share of the work, passing the 1,000-yard plateau seven of the pair’s ten years together. The closest Harper had ever managed to pass 1,000 yards was in 1994 when he finished with 821 and caught eight touchdowns. Irvin finished with 1,241 yards and six scores this season.
2019 Cowboys top receiving corps
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Last season the Dallas Cowboys receivers were one of the best groups in the NFL. Amari Cooper led the way with 79 receptions for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns. Michael Gallup had 66 catches for 1,107 yards and added six touchdowns on his own.
The third of the line last season, Randall Cobb, caught 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns as a slot receiver. He left Dallas for Houston during the offseason.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick from the University of Oklahoma. In Lamb’s three years with the Sooners, he has dominated the 1,000-yard field in his last two seasons. Last season, he caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Dallas Cowboys receivers look to make history in 2020
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Going into training camp with rookie Lamb, coupled with last season’s success, veteran Amari Cooper said he believes 2020 is the year the team could have three 1,000-yard receivers.
“I think with Michael Gallup and I went 1,000 yards last season, I think we expect to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year,” Cooper told reporters.
Owner Jerry Jones said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan last week that this group of Dallas Cowboys receivers were hands down the best he’s seen in over 30 years as an owner.
“I would say that in terms of the time we’re playing right now, we’re more in a passing game. I would say this group of receivers gives us the best breach under the rules that I have been associated with compared to what you are asking our recipients.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Dallas Cowboys receivers this season. If the squad meets those expectations and each receiver breaks the 1,000-yard mark, it would be the first time this has happened in 12 years and only the sixth time in NFL history. A historic year in attack can only mean good things
All statistics are provided by Pro Football Reference.