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WITH 63 catches for 1,016 yards through 12 games, Jeff Graham is
the first Bear receiver to reach the 1,000-yard plateau since
Dick Gordon in 1970. Now, after going 24 seasons without a
1,000-yard receiver, Chicago will most likely have two in 1995.
Fellow wideout Curtis Conway needs only 128 yards in the Bears'
final four games to join Graham, in what has become the year of
the receiver in the NFC Central. Five players have reached the
1,000-yard mark, and two others are on pace to do so. Since the
NFL merger in 1970, no division has had more than six 1,000-yard
receivers in a season.

--Paul Gutierrez

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN IACONO Graham has received rave reviews in Chicago. [Jeff Graham]


Herman Moore Lions 87 1,234 14.2 11
Brett Perriman Lions 87 1,142 13.1 8
Robert Brooks Packers 77 1,120 14.5 10
Cris Carter Vikings 95 1,080 11.4 14
Jeff Graham Bears 63 1,016 16.1 3
Jake Reed Vikings 60 875 14.6 6
Curtis Conway Bears 46 872 19.0 12

Statistics are through Sunday's games.