For a National Football League player and especially those who play for the Green Bay Packers to reach 1,000 yards is a unique milestone. While it’s not as glamorous as it once was, it’s still one of those coveted statistics.
In today’s game that contains high-octane offenses and bend, but don’t break defensive philosophies, there are more individual players who hit the 1,000-yard mark than in years past.
It’s become a passing league where receivers, if targeted enough times during a season, can reach and exceed the 1,000-yard mark … not that just any player can do it – ask Randall Cobb – he fell just short last season.
But consider the 2013 Packers under the direction of Aaron Rodgers, clearly the best quarterback in the league. James Jones came out earlier this spring with a bold statement saying that he, Cobb and Jordy Nelson all have the potential to hit 1,000 yards. He’s probably not off the mark by much.
It would surely be an accomplishment.
But I wouldn’t stop there. Should he keep his head screwed on straight and stay out of the trainer’s room, Jermichael Finley has as good of a shot as any Packer at eclipsing 1,000 yards. He showed last weekend what he can do. With just four catches in a little more than one quarter of work, Finley finished the night with 78 yards. Pretty impressive numbers.
Can he extend that into the regular season? Packers fans can only hope.
And what bout the running backs?
It will be fun to see what a full season of DuJuan Harris can produce. We watched him dart through defenses during the last quarter of last season and we can only hope he can replicate that kind of work in 2013.
Add to Harris the power of Eddie Lacy and the Packers could have a genuine Thunder and Lightning combination. Given the opportunities, one of these guys and maybe even both could approach that 1,000 yard milestone.
Obviously, this is all wishful thinking, but if the Packers can get as many as three or four of these players to reach 1,000 yards we’ll know that it has been a successful season.
And while personal milestones are nice, I’m sure every fan, every player, every coach would trade it all for a Super Bowl championship.
That is the ultimate milestone.