Roy Helu’s 100-yard receiving day

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The Redskins offense was pretty anemic in Sunday’s 19-11 loss to the 49ers, but at least Roy Helu made a little noise.

In his first NFL start, Helu set a franchise record by catching 14 passes, one more than the previous mark shared by Art Monk (who did it twice) and Kelvin Bryant. How often do you see a team record broken by a guy starting for the first time in the league? Darn rare, I’d say.

Helu also had 105 yards receiving – just the fourth 100-yard receiving day by a Redskins back in the last 25 years … and the 14th since 1960. The details:

● 2011 – Roy Helu* vs. 49ers (L, 19-11): 14 catches, 105 yards.

● 1998 – Stephen Davis vs. Raiders (W, 29-19): 7 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD.

1986 – Kelvin Bryant vs. Giants (L, 24-14): 13 catches, 130 yards, 1 TD.

● 1981 – Terry Metcalf vs. Eagles (L, 36-13): 8 catches, 123 yards.

● 1981 – Joe Washington vs. Cowboys (L, 26-10): 10 catches, 124 yards, 1 TD.

● 1980 – Clarence Harmon vs. Chargers (W, 40-17): 12 catches, 118 yards.

1973 – Larry Brown vs. Eagles (W, 38-20): 3 catches, 105 yards, 3 TD.

● 1972 – Larry Brown vs. Cowboys (W, 24-20): 7 catches 100 yards, 1 TD.

● 1969 – Charlie Harraway vs. Falcons (W, 27-20): 6 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD.

1968 – Gerry Allen vs. Bears (W, 38-28): 4 catches, 121 yards, 1 TD.

● 1967 – A.D. Whitfield vs. Browns (L, 42-37): 8 catches, 102 yards.

● 1962 – Dick James vs. Steelers (L, 27-24): 5 catches, 140 yards, 2 TD.

● 1962 – Leroy Jackson* vs. Colts (L, 34-21): 3 catches, 122 yards, 1 TD.

● 1962 – Dick James vs. Giants (L, 42-24): 5 catches, 117 yards, 2 TD.

*rookie

Notes: Allen’s touchdown was a 99-yarder, tying the NFL mark for longest TD reception. Sonny Jurgensen threw the pass… . In the ’73 game against the Eagles, Brown also rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown. That gave him 255 yards from scrimmage and four scores – easily one of the greatest performances by a running back in club history. His three TD grabs, by the way, measured 14, 27 and 64 yards… . Washington’s big receiving day came in Joe Gibbs’ first game as Redskins coach. Three weeks later, in Gibbs’ fourth game, Metcalf topped 100.

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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