New England Patriots’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Patriots began play as the AFL’s Boston Patriots back in 1960 and appeared in their first Super Bowl in 1985. The last decade or so has seen this franchise become one of the NFL’s best ever, and a big reason is Tom Brady, Randy Moss and the passing game. Here is a list of the Patriots’ all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Stanley Morgan (10.352)—Stanley Morgan played just about his entire career in New England, from 1977 to 1989, and was a four-time Pro Bowler, ranking first in Patriots’ history with 10,352 receiving yards. Morgan had his best season in 1986, one of the Pro Bowl years, when he caught 84 passes for 1491 yards (both career highs) with 10 touchdowns. Morgan also averaged 19.4 yards per reception, an astounding number for a career that long.
Troy Brown (6366)—Troy Brown played his entire 15-year career in New England, from 1993 to 2007, and ranks second in team history with 6366 receiving yards. Brown was not flashy but was very reliable, and his best season was his lone Pro Bowl year of 2001. That year, Brown helped the Pats win a Super Bowl by catching 101 passes for 1199 yards (both career highs) and 5 TDs, adding 11 rushes for 91 yards as well.
Irving Fryar (5726)—Irving Fryar also played 15 years in the NFL, the first 9 of those with the Patriots from 1984 to 1992. Fryar ranks third in franchise history with 5726 receiving yards, and his best season in New England was 1991, when he caught 68 passes for 1014 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Ben Coates (5471)—Tight end Ben Coates played most of his career in New England, from 1991 to 1999 and ranks fourth in Pats’ history with 5471 receiving yards. Coates made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons (1994-98) including first team All Pro the first two of those years. His best season was 1994, with career highs in receptions (96) and receiving yards (1174) with 7 touchdown catches.
Jim Colclough (5001)—Jim Colclough played his entire career with the Boston Patriots (1960 to 1968) and ranks fifth in team history with 5001 receiving yards. Colcough had his best season in 1962, when he made the Pro Bowl by catching 40 passes for a career high 868 yards and 10 touchdowns (also career high). That year, Colclough’s 21.7 yards per catch also led the NFL.
Terry Glenn (4669)—Terry Glenn has had a long NFL career, though he’s battled injuries. Glenn began his career in New England in 1996 and played there until 2001, ranking sixth in franchise history with 4669 receiving yards. Glenn’s best season for the Patriots was 1999, his long Pro Bowl season. That year, Glenn caught 69 passes for a career high 1147 yards and 4 TDs.
Gino Cappelletti (4589)—Gino Cappelletti was both a receiver and a kicker during his career, all with the Pats, from 1960 to 1969. Cappelletti ranks seventh in team history with 4589 receiving yards, and his best season as a receiver was 1964, one of five seasons he made the Pro Bowl. That year, Cappelletti caught 49 passes for 865 yards (both career highs) with 7 touchdowns. He also kicked an NFL best (and career high) 25 field goals that season.
Kevin Faulk (3304)—Running back Kevin Faulk has played his entire career in New England, from 1999 until the present (as I write this in 2009), and has also been a valuable offensive threat as a receiver. Faulk ranks eighth in franchise history with 3304 receiving yards and in 2008 he had career highs in receptions (58) and receiving yards (486), adding 83 rushes for 507 yards and 3 rushing scores as well.
Harold Jackson (3162)—Journeyman receiver Harold Jackson only played four seasons in New England, but ranks ninth in Patriots’ history with 3162 receiving yards. Jackson’s best season in a Patriots’ uniform was 1979, when he caught 45 passes for 1013 yards and 7 touchdowns, giving him a career high 22.5 yards per catch. Jackson also carried the ball 3 times for 12 yards that season.
Russ Francis (3157)—Tight end Russ Francis played for the Patriots from 1975 to 1980 and again in 1987 and 1988. He ranks tenth in Patriots’ team history with 3157 receiving yards and made the Pro Bowl three straight times from 1976 to 1978. Francis’ best season was 1980, when he caught 41 passes for a career high 664 yards and 8 touchdowns (also career best).