Carolina Panthers’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Carolina Panthers have been an NFL franchise since 1995, and though they were an expansion team, made it all the way to the NFC title game in 1996. They have had their share of lean years, yes, but the Panthers have been a respectable if not very competitive team most of the time. They also made it to one Super Bowl, after the 2003 season, where they lost to the New England Patriots. Here is a short list of the Panthers’ all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:
Steve Smith (52)—Steve Smith has been with the Panthers his entire career as I write this in 2011—from 2001 until now. And he has always been an explosive, sometimes volatile player. But he is tough as nails and produces. Smith ranks first in Panthers’ history with 52 touchdown receptions, and he has made the Pro Bowl four times, twice as a first team All Pro. Smith’s best season was 2005, when he had career highs in receptions (103), receiving yards (1563), and touchdown catches (12). All three categories also led the NFL that season.
Muhsin Muhammad (50)—Muhsin Muhammad had two stints with Carolina—from 1996 to 2004, and again in 2008 and 2009—playing for the Bears from 2005 to 2007. Muhammad ranks second in franchise history with 50 touchdown catches, and he made the Pro Bowl twice, once as a first team All Pro in 2004. That was also Muhammad’s best overall season, with 93 receptions for career best numbers in receiving yards (1405) and TD catches (16)—both of which led the NFL that season.
Wesley Walls (44)—Wesley Walls played for Carolina from 1996 to 2002, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 44 TD receptions. Walls made the Pro bowl five times while with Carolina, and his best season was 1998. That year, Walls had career highs in catches (63), receiving yards (822), and touchdown receptions (12).
Mark Carrier (13)—Mark Carrier played for the Panthers from 1995 to 1998, and he ranks fourth in their history with 13 touchdown receptions. Carrier had a career high 9 TD catches with Tampa in 1989, and his best with Carolina was 6 touchdowns in 1996. But Carrier’s best overall season with the Panthers was 1995. That year, he caught 66 passes for 1002 yards and 3 TDs.
Patrick Jeffers (12)—Patrick Jeffers played for Carolina just two seasons, 1999 and 2001. But Jeffers ranks fifth in franchise history with 12 touchdown receptions, a career high which he scored all in one season—1999. That year, Jeffers also had career best numbers in catches (63) and receiving yards (1082).