New York Jets’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Jets began play as the Titans in the AFL in 1960, became the Jets in 1963 and joined the NFL in 1970 with the merger. But not before the Jets won a Super Bowl behind QB Joe Namath following the 1969 season. Sadly for Jets’ fans, that was the Jets’ lone championship appearance, but they have mostly been a very competitive team over the years, and have fielded some great offensive players. Here is a list of the Jets’ top 10 in receiving yards to date:
Don Maynard (11,732)—Don Maynard played most of his career with the Jets, from 1960 to 1972 and made the Pro Bowl four times, including as a first team All Pro in 1969. Maynard ranks first in Jets’ history with 11,732 receiving yards and his best season was 1967. That year, Maynard caught 71 passes for a career best 1434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Wesley Walker (8306)—Wesley Walker played for the Jets his entire career, from 1977 to 1989 and ranks second in franchise history with 8306 receiving yards. Walker made the Pro Bowl twice, once as a first team All Pro in 1978. That was also his best season, when Walker caught 48 passes for a career high 1169 yards (led the NFL that year) and 8 TD catches. In addition, Walker’s 24.4 yards-per-catch led the NFL that same year.
Wayne Chrebet (7365)—Wayne Chrebet was a long shot to make the NFL, as he was signed by the Jets as a walk-on player from Hofstra University and was undersized for an NFL player at 5-10, 188 pounds. Chrebet, though, was gritty and worked very hard, and not only did he make the team, but played for New York from 1995 to 2005. Chrebet also ranks third in team history with 7365 receiving yards, and his best season was 1998. That year, Chrebet caught 75 passes for a career high 1083 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Al Toon (6605)—Al Toon played his entire career in a Jets’ uniform, from 1985 to 1992 and ranks fourth in franchise history with 6605 receiving yards. Toon made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons, including first team All Pro in 1986. That was also Toon’s best season, with 85 catches for career highs in receiving yards (1176) and TD receptions (8).
Laveranues Coles (5941)—Laveranues Coles has had two tours of duty with the Jets, from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2005 to 2008. Coles signed for 2009 with the Bengals as I write this, but he ranks fifth in Jets’ history with 5941 receiving yards. Coles had one of his best seasons in New York in 2002, when he caught 89 passes for a career best 1264 yards with 5 touchdowns.
George Sauer (4965)—George Sarver only played six seasons in the NFL, all with the Jets, from 1965 to 1970. Sauer ranks sixth in team history with 4965 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl four times, twice as a first team All Pro. Sauer’s best season was 1967, when he had career highs in receptions (75) and receiving yards (1189) with 6 TD catches.
Mickey Shuler (4819)—Tight end Mickey Shuler played most of his career in New York, from 1978 to 1989, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 4819 receiving yards. Shuler was a two-time Pro Bowler, and his best season was 1985, with career highs in receptions (76), receiving yards (879) and touchdowns (7).
Jerome Barkum (4789)—Jerome Barkum played for the Jets his entire career, from 1972 to 1983, and ranks eighth in their history with 4789 receiving yards. Barkum’s best season was 1973, his lone Pro Bowl year, when he caught a career high 44 passes for 810 yards (also career best) with 6 TD receptions.
Rich Caster (4434)—Rich Caster played the first eight years of his career with the Jets, from 1970 to 1977, and ranks ninth in team history with 4434 receiving yards. Caster made the Pro Bowl three times, and his best season was with the Jets in 1972. That year, Caster caught 39 passes for career best numbers in receiving yards (833) and touchdowns (10), as well as in yards-per-catch (21.4).
Rob Moore (4258)—Rob Moore split his career between New York and Arizona, and played for the Jets from 1990 to 1994. Moore ranks tenth in Jets’ history with 4258 receiving yards and his best season with the team was 1994, when he made the Pro Bowl by catching 78 passes for 1010 yards and 6 TD receptions.