Falcons' Julio Jones, Roddy White target 1,500 receiving yards apiece
No tandem in NFL history has ever done so, with just two pairs coming close. The Lions' Herman Moore had 1,686 yards and Brett Perriman had 1,488 in 1995, while the Rams' Torry Holt had 1,635 yards and Isaac Bruce had 1,471 in 2000.
Neither Jones nor White has ever tallied 1,500 receiving yards in their careers. Jones' highest total is 1,198 yards in 2012, and White's is 1,389 yards in 2010. Both players couldn't put together full seasons last year, as Jones broke his foot in Week 5 and missed the rest of the season and White struggled with multiple injuries until the season's last five weeks.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, for one, believes Jones and White can reach the historic mark.
"I think it’s possible, absolutely,” Ryan said. “When you look at what Roddy has done historically here, he’s always been consistent. I think everybody knows what he’s capable of doing. Julio has had three really good years when he has been healthy. Last year through five games, certainly he was on pace to do that."
Jones has two years remaining on his rookie contract after Atlanta picked up his $10.2 million option for 2015. The Falcons and White agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension in the offseason.
- Ben Estes