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Baltimore Ravens’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Baltimore Ravens are the former Cleveland Browns, but don’t remind anyone in Cleveland about that fact. The city of Cleveland wound up with an expansion team in 1999 and the Browns’ record book took a few years off and continued in that ’99 season. Meanwhile, it is the Ravens who are technically considered an expansion team in the record books, beginning play in 1996. The team made it to, and won, one Super Bowl, against the Giants in 2000, and while they are a defense-first franchise, have had some great offensive players as well. Here is a list of the Top 5 Ravens in receiving yardage to date:
Todd Heap (4300)—Tight end Todd Heap has been with the Ravens, his only team, since 2001 and despite an injury-riddled career, leads the franchise in receiving yards with 4300. Heap made the Pro Bowl in 2002 and 2003, but his best overall season was 2005. That year, Heap had career highs in receptions (75), yards (855) and touchdown catches (7).
Derrick Mason (3947)—Derrick Mason has played most of his career in Tennessee, but came over to the Ravens in 2005 and has now played there four years running as I write this in 2009. Mason already ranks second in Ravens’ history with 3947 receiving yards and has a knack for making big plays even into his 30’s. Mason’s best season in Baltimore was 2007, when he had a career high 103 catches for 1087 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Qadry Ismail (2819)—Journeyman receiver Qadry Ismail only played three seasons in Baltimore, from 1999 to 2001, but ranks third in team history with 2819 receiving yards. Ismail had his best season in a Ravens’ uniform, in 1999, when he caught 68 passes for a career best 1105 yards and 6 TDs.
Travis Taylor (2758)—Travis Taylor played most of his career in Baltimore, from 2000 to 2004, and ranks fourth in Ravens’ history with 2758 receiving yards. Taylor’s best season was 2002, with career highs in receptions (61), receiving yards (869) and touchdown catches (6).
Mark Clayton (2636)—Mark Clayton has played his first few seasons in Baltimore, from 2005 until now, and is slowly climbing up this list. Clayton ranks fifth in franchise history with 2636 receiving yards, and his best season so far was 2006. That year, Clayton had career best numbers in receptions (67), yards (939) and receiving TDs (5).