It's time for leg two of our future Hall of Fame tour. Out of nowhere the great Terrell Owens is back in the NFL. He's reportedly no lock to even make the final roster per his contract as he received no signing bonus from the Seahawks and no portion of his $925,000 salary is guaranteed. Still, T.O. posted two times in the 4.4s in the forty at his tryout with the team. That is nuts for a 38-year-old receiver, but he is no ordinary 38-year-old receiver - he's the great Terrell Owens. His 1,078 receptions are 6th best all-time for a WR, his 15,934 receiving yards are 2nd best and his 156 TDs are 4th best. Can T.O. force us to break out the popcorn one last time and defeat the likes of Leonard Hankerson, Brandon LaFell and Laurent Robinson? The statical odds of getting all 28 polls correct has cracked, gulp, over one in quadrillion!!
Terrell Owens sat out all of 2011 and was eventually released from the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League but he is back in the NFL. He's defying the odds of course as a 38-year-old WR having not played in the NFL for a year-and-a-half. However, T.O. silenced the critics the last time around at age 36 donning a Cincinnati Bengal uniform with 72-983-9-TD season in eleven games (before ending his season with torn cartilage in his left). Through Week 12 in 2010 Owens was the 5th best fantasy receiver.
After a strong 8-catch, 100-yard game in Week 10, the Leonard Hankerson fun was suddenly over as quickly as it began with Hankerson placed on IR with a torn labrum in his right hip. He's recovered and looks to have won a starting job this season opposite Pierre Garcon. Hankerson broke Michael Irvin's school record at Miami with 13 TDs in a season.
Brandon LaFell has yet to set the the world on fire but he posted a fairly respectable 36-613-3 TD season in his sophomore season and he is reportedly locked-in as a starter opposite Steve Smith and will be catching passes from Cam Newton. LaFell increased his YPC average from 12.3 as a rookie to 17.0 last season.
The play of Laurent Robinson last year was one of the bigger surprises of the season – an amazing 11 TDs. Jacksonville signed Robinson to a 5-year, $32M deal so he should likely be at least a somewhat focal point of the offense one would think. However, Robinson goes from catching passes from Tony Romo to Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne. Back in the 2007 NFL Combine, Robinson posted a 4.38 in the forty.
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