One town has altered the landscape of America over the last few years, producing an American Idol, a humble and amazing blogger, and the NFL’s leading receiver in 2010. Brandon Lloyd has been in the league now since 2003, and his career best season was 48 catches and 733 yards for a bad San Francisco team in 2005. At age 29, he has almost reached that total (589 receiving yards) after five games. After three seasons of wandering the league in which he had 36 total catches, he has found a home in Denver playing in Josh McDaniels’ system, and catching passes from Kyle Orton.
How rare is it for a wide receiver to have a breakout season at age 29 or older, like Lloyd? Well, not as rare as I would have thought. Here is the list of wide receivers who had their first 1,000 yard receiving season at 29 or older, since 1960. I also list the number of additional 1,000 yard seasons for these older breakouts.
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We have some great names from the past on that list, including some guys who turned out to be one-hit wonders, like Mervyn Fernandez and Mike Furrey. We”ve also got one guy who was (dubiously in my opinion) selected to the Hall of Fame in Joiner, and others who experienced a career revival as they entered their 30’s. Half of the late breakouts would go on to have at least one more 1,000 yard season. Given the quality of his roots, I think you have to like Lloyd’s chances.
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