“There ain’t no telling,” Jones said of what White and he could accomplish. “Me and Rod — 1,500, 2,000 (yards) … You never know what we can do out there.”
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Let's start with 1,500 receiving yards — if both White and Jones surpassed that mark, they'd be the first pair ever to do it. Two pairs have come close — the Detroit Lions' Herman Moore (1,686) and Brett Perriman (1,488) in 1995, and the St. Louis Rams' Torry Holt (1,635) and Isaac Bruce (1,471).
(An aside: Scott Mitchell was the one throwing to Moore and Perriman, and check out at Mitchell now.)
There only have been 33 1,500-yard seasons in the history of the game, and they have been accomplished by a combined 22 receivers. The closest White has come was in 2010, when he totaled 1,389. As for Jones, his single-season high is 1,189 yards in 2012, the only of his three NFL seasons in which he played every game.
The problem with Jones has been injuries. They have plagued him dating back to high school. Jones is on a every-other-day practice regimen as the Falcons aim to keep him healthy for the season. No ruling has been made yet on if Jones will play in the preseason opener this weekend.
Jones looked like a star in the five games he did play last season, averaging 116 yards per contest, but he says that wasn't even his best level possible.
“Even though everybody said I was having an outstanding year, I didn’t think I was having that good of a year,” Jones said. “I always think I can improve.”
Those five games from Jones and White's final five games of the season — 43 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns — have the pair thinking anything is possible now that they are both in much better health. White almost went on the disabled list early in the season with hamstring problems and later suffered a shoulder injury, both of which held him back significantly in the Falcons' stunning 4-12 season.
So even with the pair's skill, is this statistical goal even possible? Matt Ryan, the man who could help them reach it, says it's not a crazy idea.
“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.
“I’m lucky to have two of the best guys and the best tandem in the NFL. I think they’re both going to have big years.”
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