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Buffalo Bills’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The Buffalo Bills were a mediocre to not-very-good team until the ‘90’s, when Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith and company dominated the AFC. Still, this team made four straight Super Bowls and won none of them, and still has no championship rings. Those teams, while known for stout defense, were more so known for having no-huddle, explosive offenses—not exactly cold weather team characteristics, but the Bills didn’t care and were very good at putting up points. Here is a list of the Bills’ all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Andre Reed (13,095)—Andre Reed was a dominant receiver during his illustrious career, and he played in Buffalo for all but one season (1985 to 1999). Reed ranks first in Bills’ history with 13,095 receiving yards, and he ranks tenth all-time in the NFL in that category. Between 1988 and 1994, Reed made the Pro Bowl seven straight times, and his best season was probably 1994, when Reed caught a career high 90 passes for 1303 yards (his career best was 1312 yards in 1989) and 8 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 10 times for 87 yards that season.
Eric Moulds (9096)—Eric Moulds played most of his career in Buffalo, from 1996 to 2005. Moulds ranks second in Bills’ franchise history with 9096 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl three times in a Buffalo uniform. Moulds had a career high 1368 receiving yards in 1998, but his best overall season was 2002. That year, Moulds caught a career high 100 passes for 1292 yards and 10 touchdowns (also career best).
Elbert Dubenion (5294)—Elbert Dubenion played for the Bills his entire career, from 1960 to 1968, and ranks third in team history with 5294 receiving yards. Dubenion made the Pro Bowl in 1967, which was his best season with 42 catches for a career high 1139 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 27.1 yards per catch that season led the NFL, and is the second best mark in pro football history for a single season.
Lee Evans (4744)—Lee Evans has only played five years in the NFL as I write this in 2009, and he’s played his entire career in Buffalo. Evans already ranks fourth in Bills’ history with 4744 receiving yards and his best season so far was 2006. That year, Evans had career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1292) with 8 touchdown catches.
Frank Lewis (4638)—Frank Lewis played the latter half of his career in Buffalo after 7 years in Pittsburgh, and was with the Bills from 1978 to 1983. Lewis ranks fifth in franchise history with 4638 receiving yards, and his best season in Buffalo was his lone Pro Bowl season of 1981. That year, Lewis had career highs in receptions (70) and receiving yards (1244) with 4 touchdowns.
Thurman Thomas (4341)—Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas played most of his career in Buffalo, from 1988 to 1999, and was one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. Thomas was part of those great Bills’ teams of the ‘90’s that went to four Super Bowls, and he made the Pro Bowl five straight times, twice as a first team All Pro. Thomas ranks sixth in Buffalo history with 4341 receiving yards, and 1989 was his most effective year catching the ball, with career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (669) and touchdown catches (6). Thomas also led the NFL that season in yards from scrimmage with 1913.
Jerry Butler (4301)—Jerry Butler played his entire career in Buffalo, from 1979 to 1986, and ranks seventh in team history with 4301 receiving yards. Butler’s best season was 1981, when he caught 55 passes for career highs in receiving yards (842) and TD receptions (8).
Bob Chandler (3999)—Bob Chandler played in Buffalo from 1971 to 1979 and ranks eighth in franchise history with 3999 receiving yards. Chandler’s best season was 1976, with career highs in receptions (61), receiving yards (824) and touchdown catches (10).
Peerless Price (3772)—Peerless Price had two stints with the Bills, from 1999 to 2002 and again in 2006 and 2007. Price ranks ninth in Bills’ history with 3772 receiving yards, and his best season was 2002. That year, Price had career highs in receptions (94), receiving yards (1252) and TD catches (9).
Josh Reed (3284)—Josh Reed has played for the Bills his entire career, from 2002 until now. Reed ranks tenth in franchise history with 3284 receiving yards, and despite a career high 597 receiving yards in 2008, Reed’s best overall season was 2003. That year, Reed caught a career high 58 passes for 588 yards and 2 touchdowns (also career best), adding three carries for another 38 rushing yards.