Since 1979, the New England Patriots have only had 10 players surpass the 1,000-yard receiving plateau in a single season.
Despite all of their success over the last 10 years, the New England Patriots have struggled in regards to their wide receiver position.
It comes off as a bit of a surprise when considering that Tom Brady — the greatest quarterback of all-time — was the quarterback in New England for the last two decades.
During Brady’s historic tenure in New England, the Patriots successfully created a more balanced offense that utilized the running backs and tight ends as receiving options in addition to however many wide receivers were on the field. In doing so, it allowed Brady to spread and open up the field more.
Surprisingly enough, throughout the last 20 years, the Patriots have only had four wide receivers and one tight end surpass the 1,000-yard plateau in the Brady era.
But for the most part, Brady produced a powerful moving offense … and most of those five players consecutively reached the 1,000-yard feat.
A large part in the Patriots having spotty wide receivers over the years has been because of scouting and the draft process. Since 2010, the Patriots have drafted nine wide receivers, and only two of them have actually played meaningful downs for the team: Malcolm Mitchell in 2016 and N’Keal Harry, who the Pats just drafted in 2019.
With that being said, the New England Patriots have had five receivers both before and during the Brady era who surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark.
Here are the last 10 players to reach 1,000 receiving yards in Patriots history.