Randy Moss was good for 10+/yr until he got to Oakland, then had a brief renaissance with NE, 11(6) in '07. He's the standard.
DeSean Jackson is good for 7+ 30+ air yard receptions per year. Same for Calvin Johnson. Andre Johnson gets 5 or 6 30+ per year (remarkably consistent, it's always 5 or 6 except for one season and last year when he was hurt), but usually only 1 or 2 40+. Larry Fitzgerald is the same way. Steve Smith is also good for 5 or 6 per year, his best coming in 2008 with 9.
Sanchez to Edwards, flat footed in the AFCCG in '09.
Sanchez to Edwards in Detroit in the 1st half of the comeback game.
Then the others that have already been mentioned. Sanchez was one of the better vertical passers in the league through his first two seasons, even while he struggled with much of the rest of his game. KC Joyner wrote a piece on this for ESPN, I don't have it bookmarked.
Great runner though I won't take that from him.
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He caught FIVE 50+yd throws in one season and supposedly he can't stretch the field.
These excuses by our lovely MMM fanatics are getting funnier by the minute. It's the O-Line, the coaching, the defense (they're great but not the best of all time and they allow a 1st down every once in a while, can't have THAT happen of course), now it's the receivers being too stupid to run a straight line. It's never Marky Mark the Messiah. This team is dragging him down and ruining his HOF career. It's not the other way around.
At least with the Tebow fanatics you get SOME objectivity, that he's inconsistent, at times he throws awful passes, his mechanics are a work in progress and all that. But not so with the MMM fanatics. The guy is the best in the world at everything. Sure he can play even better (not that he sucked for 3 years, "he can play better" is what they say) but he doesn't have to. If we fix every other position and get all the best players in the NFL around him then we're superbowl bound baby. Don't touch the QB. All we need is major upgrades...at EVERY other position.
Five 30+ yarders, 3 of them 40+ yarders; which account for 50% and 75% of his career 30+ and 40+ yard receptions.
That was 2007. It's the only year he was a good deep receiver.
If someone does something once in their career, and never repeats that performance, you disregard it. Something is only a skill if you're able to repeat the performance on a regular basis.
That '07 is average output for a good deep receiver. Holmes was called an "elite" deep receiver in this thread. Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson, and Randy Moss are (or were) "elite" deep receivers. They catch 7+ 30+ yard and 4+ 40+ air yard receptions every year.
Tebow is a horrible qb. Good RB. Please stop. This is so annoying anyone that thinks Tim tebow is a legit nfl qb needs to learn what they are watching. He sucks. He can't throw the short ball, forget about the long ball. He couldn't hit a barn wall if he was inside the barn. I wish he never came here. Elway is a friggin genius
Receptions on passes thrown 30+ yards in the air (40+ yards in the air)
Holmes: 1 (0)
Edwards: 4 (1)
Do you not read?
There was no problem finding Edwards down the field.
Holmes hasn't caught a pass that traveled 40 yards in the air since 2008. He's only caught 3 of them in his career.
Julio Jones had 3 40+ air yard receptions last year in his rookie season.
1 scrimmage and so many conclusions.
Tebow makes plays behind a crappy OL. He turned nothing into something several times last night, in situations where Sanchez would have gotten sacked. Yeah, his throwing mechanics stink. But to be fair, let's see him with the starters. That would be interesting.