Buffalo Bills’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)
The Bills have mostly been known as a cold-weather team-that is, defense and running game first, passing offense second. But there was a stretch of time in the ‘90's, when the team went to four straight Super Bowls that they were a no-huddle, offensive machine that featured QB Jim Kelly. Not surprisingly, Kelly tops the Bills' all-time passing yardage list, and here is the team's Top 10 in that category:
Jim Kelly (35,467)-Jim Kelly is a Hall of Famer, and rightly so. He played for Buffalo, his only team, from 1986 to 1996. Over that time, Kelly completed 60.1 % of his passes for a franchise leading 35,467 yards with 237 touchdowns. Kelly's best season was 1991, when he threw for career highs in yardage (3844), and touchdowns (33) with 17 interceptions.
Joe Ferguson (27,590)-Joe Ferguson did not immediately precede Kelly, but was the Bills' QB from 1973 to 1984. Over that time, he played for some pretty mediocre to lousy Bills' teams. Ferguson does rank second in team history though, with 27,590 passing yards. His best season was 1981, when he passed for a career best 3652 yards with 24 TDs and 20 interceptions.
Jack Kemp (15,134)-Jack Kemp played for Buffalo from 1962 to 1969 and ranks third in franchise history with 15,134 yards passing. Kemp had many more interceptions (132) than touchdowns (77) with Buffalo but still posted a 43-31-3 record as their QB. Kemp's best season with the Bills was 1963 when, despite 20 interceptions, he threw for 2910 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Drew Bledsoe (10,151)-Drew Bledsoe was the starter in Buffalo for just three seasons, 2002 to 2004, after his injury in New England paved the way for the Tom Brady era. But Bledsoe continued being effective in Buffalo, and still ranks fourth in Bills' history with 10,151 passing yards. 2002 was Bledsoe's best season with Buffalo, when he threw for 4359 yards with 24 TDs and 15 interceptions en route to his fourth career Pro Bowl selection.
Doug Flutie (7582)-Journeyman Doug Flutie played for Buffalo from 1998 to 2000, but in that short time racked up 7582 passing yards, which ranks fifth in Bills' history. Flutie's best season for the Bills was 1998, his only Pro Bowl selection, when he passed for 2711 yards with 20 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. But Flutie's 3171 passing yards in 1999 was the most he racked up with Buffalo.
Dennis Shaw (6286)-Dennis Shaw played for Buffalo from 1970 to 1973, before Joe Ferguson began his long run with the team. Shaw ranks sixth in Bills' history with 6286 passing yards. His best season with Buffalo was 1970. That year, despite 20 interceptions, Shaw threw for a career best 2507 yards with 10 TDs.
J.P. Losman (5627)-J.P. Losman has been with Buffalo since 2004 but in 2008 is now the backup to Trent Edwards. Losman showed flashes of being great, but still didn't pan out overall as a starter. He does, however, rank seventh in Bills' history with 5627 passing yards. Losman's best season was 2006, when he threw for 3051 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Rob Johnson (4798)-Journeyman QB Rob Johnson played for the Bills from 1998 to 2001 and was mostly a backup to Doug Flutie during that time. But Johnson made the most of his starts and ranks eighth in Buffalo history with 4798 passing yards. His best season in a Bills' uniform was 2000, with career highs in yards (2125), TDs (12) and 7 interceptions.
Todd Collins (3218)-Todd Collins has also bounced around the NFL a bit, and began his career in Buffalo, playing there from 1995 to 1997. Collins ranks ninth in Bills' history with 3218 passing yards, and his best season with the team was 1997. That year, Collins threw for a career best 2367 yards with 12 touchdowns (also a career high) and 13 interceptions.
Alex Van Pelt (2985)-Alex Van Pelt was mostly a backup QB for the Bills, and played in Buffalo from 1995 to 2003. Van Pelt does rank tenth in team history with 2985 passing yards, and his best season was 2001 when he started eight games. That year, Van Pelt threw for a career best 2056 yards with 12 TDs (also a career high) and 11 interceptions.