As Jimmy Graham prepares for the New Orleans Saints’ matchup for the Atlanta Falcons tonight, where he could become the NFL leader for single-season yardage for a tight end, Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth time in his career.
McGahee rushed for 64 yards in the Broncos’ loss to the Buffalo Bills, giving him 1,054 yards for the season. He is only the second player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards with three different teams, joining Ricky Watters. McGahee eclipsed 1,000 yards with the Buffalo Bills twice (2004, 05), the Baltimore Ravens (2007), and now the Denver Broncos.
Watters rushed for over 1,000 yards for the San Francisco 49ers (1992), Philadelphia Eagles (1995, 96, 97), and the Seattle Seahawks (1998, 99, 00).
Graham needs only 120 receiving yards over the next two games to break Kellen Winslow, Sr.‘s record of 1,290 yards he set in 1980. He’ll have two more games to accomplish the feat, as the Saints take on the Falcons tonight and the Carolina Panthers next week in the regular season finale.
He has eclipsed 120 yards in three contests this year, coming in back-to-back-to-back weeks in October road games. He averages 83.6 yards per game this season.