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Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown eclipses 1,000 yards receiving

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Buffalo’s No. 1 receiver hit the milestone in a huge win over Pittsburgh

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Lost in the shuffle of the Buffalo Bills’ 17-10, playoff-clinching victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was a personal milestone for Buffalo’s top wide receiver. John Brown, in his first year with the team, has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for only the second time in his career.

Brown eclipsed the milestone during the victory on Sunday night. He had a huge game on the national stage, snagging seven passes for 99 yards, both of which were game-high totals. He was the target on ten of quarterback Josh Allen’s 25 passing attempts, and his catch total (seven) represented over half of Allen’s total completions (13) for the evening.

Brown, 29, has enjoyed a career year this season, already setting career highs in targets (111), receptions (71), and receiving yards (1,007). He is second on the team with five receiving touchdowns, as well, trailing only fellow newcomer Cole Beasley, who has six, in that category.

Brown is the 11th individual player in Bills history to gain 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, and his 2019 season represents the 21st individual season where a Buffalo player has eclipsed the milestone. Brown is the first player since Sammy Watkins in 2015 to gain 1,000 receiving yards. Brown’s current pace (1,151 yards) would represent the ninth-highest receiving yardage total in franchise history.