Baltimore Ravens’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Baltimore Ravens are the team formerly known as the Cleveland Browns, as owner Art Modell moved them from Cleveland to Baltimore after the 1995 season. Of course, the city of Cleveland has passionate fans who wound up protesting to the tune of getting their own expansion franchise beginning play in 1999. That team was also the Cleveland Browns and had the same colors as the former team—which meant that the record books view the Browns as one franchise with a 3-year break, and the Ravens are viewed almost as an expansion team. To that end, we will look at the Ravens’ statistics as a team that began play in 1996. The Ravens have been to the Super Bowl once, beating the New York Giants after the 2000 season. Here is a short list of their all-time leaders to date in receiving touchdowns:
Todd Heap (41)—Tight end Todd Heap has been with the Ravens his entire career, from 2001 until now as I write this in 2011. Heap has had an injury plagued career, but he leads the Ravens all-time with 41 touchdown receptions. Heap had his best season so far in 2005, when he had career highs in receptions (75), receiving yards (855) and touchdown catches (7).
Derrick Mason (29)—Derrick Mason played for the Tennessee Titans most of his career, but has been with the Ravens for six years now, since 2005. Mason ranks second in franchise history with 29 touchdown receptions. He had a career high 9 TD catches with Tennessee in 2001, but his best season in Baltimore may have been 2007. That year, Mason had a career best 103 catches for 1087 yards and 5 touchdown receptions.
Qadry Ismail (18)—Qadry Ismail played for the Ravens from 1999 to 2001, and he ranks third in team history with 18 touchdown catches. Ismail had arguably his best season in 2001, when he had career highs in catches (74) and touchdowns (7), with 1059 receiving yards.
Michael Jackson (18)—Michael Jackson began his career with the Browns and moved with the franchise in 1996, playing there until 1998. Jackson ranks tied for third in Ravens’ history with 18 TD receptions, and his best season by far was 1996. That year, Jackson had career highs in receptions (76), receiving yards (1201), and touchdown catches (14, led the NFL).
Derrick Alexander (18)—Derrick Alexander also moved with the team from Cleveland to Baltimore, and played for the Ravens in 1996 and 1997. Alexander ranks tied for third in franchise history with Ismail and Jackson, as he hauled in 18 touchdown catches while playing for the Ravens. Alexander had a career high 10 TD catches while with Kansas City in 2000, but his best season with the Ravens wasn’t too far behind. That was 1997, when Alexander caught 65 passes for 1009 yards, and 9 touchdowns.