In 1982, Chargers receiver Wes Chandler played in just eight games of a nine-game, strike-shortened season, and yet he still managed to catch 49 passes for 1,032 yards. That average of 129.0 receiving yards per game remains an NFL record, and few receivers have ever even come close.
But Browns receiver Josh Gordon might break it this year.
Gordon, who was suspended for the first two games of the season, is currently leading the league with 1,400 receiving yards. That average of 127.3 yards a game puts him in second place on the all-time yards per game list, dangerously close to breaking Chandler’s record.
For Gordon to break the record, he would need to gain 407 receiving yards over the last three games of the season, and finish this season with 1,807 yards. Considering that Gordon has 774 yards in his last four games, it’s certainly not a stretch to think he can gain 407 yards in his next three games.
If Gordon does break Chandler’s record, his 2013 season will deserve to be remembered among the greatest seasons that any wide receiver has ever had.