A special season for receivers

December, 25, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- In the history of the Dallas Cowboys, no receiving corps has had three players finish a season with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

Jason Witten (17 yards away) and Miles Austin (57 yards away) could join Dez Bryant (1,311) Sunday against Washington.

Bryant leads the Cowboys with 12 touchdowns. Witten (983 yards) leads the team and is fourth in the NFL in catches (103). Austin is third on the team in yards (943) and second in touchdowns (six).

Last season the Cowboys didn't have a receiver gain over 1,000 yards but had at least one player do it for six consecutive seasons prior to 2011. The Cowboys had at least two receivers get over 1,000 yards in 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006.

You can attribute the high numbers this season to the amount of throwing attempts by Tony Romo. The Cowboys have trailed in some games where Romo has attempted at least 60 passes twice and over 40 passes eight times.

It's no wonder Romo is third in the NFL in passing attempts with 611. Detroit's Matthew Stafford (685) and New Orleans' Drew Brees (627) have more attempts than Romo.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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