With four games left in the regular season, both wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back Beanie Wells are near-guarantees to reach 1,000 yards receiving and rushing. There is a chance — perhaps good — they could both do it Sunday against the 49ers.
Fitz only needs 57 more receiving yards to get to 1,000, which would be the sixth such season of his career and set a franchise record. It’s become clear Fitzgerald isn’t going to end up with the 90-to-100 receptions he craves — with 55, he is only on pace for 73 — but his yardage total will be up there (on pace for 1,257) and as has been mentioned many times, his per-catch average will be the highest of his career.
Beanie is in a different spot. He’s never had 1,000 yards before. After his 793-yard showing as a rookie, playing part-time with Tim Hightower, you figured he’d eventually get there. But then knee issues and general struggles last season put that into question. Guess it shouldn’t have. Even with new knee problems this season — and missing a game in Seattle because of a bad hamstring — Wells already has 916 yards (and has career highs, already, in attempts with 201, yards and touchdowns, with nine.) Edgerrin James is the last Card to rush for 1,000 when he had 1,222 in 2007. Edge averaged 3.8 yards a carry that season. Beanie is averaging 4.6 yards a carry and is on pace for 1,249 yards even after missing the one game.
“It’s always been one of my goals, that plateau,” Wells said. “Being a running back in the league, a thousand yards is the mark. I definitely want to hit it.”
Beanie needs 84, which will make for an interesting game Sunday. The 49ers are allowing just 71.8 rushing yards total per game, well short of what Beanie needs by himself. The most yards any individual has gained rushing against San Francisco in 12 games actually was a quarterback — the Eagles’ Michael Vick had 75 on eight carries. The Bengals’ Cedric Benson had 64 on 17 carries. No player has come close to 84.
Beanie only had 33 yards in the first game against the 49ers (Chester Taylor actually was the leading rusher thanks to his one attempt for 34 yards) but he had only eight carries and averaged 4.1 yards a rush.
“It was something I thought about at the beginning of the year, but as the season has gone on, I haven’t thought about it,” Wells said, downplaying the possibility of doing it against the Niners. “Whoever I get it against, I just want to get it.”
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