Oakland Raiders’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The Oakland Raiders have been around since 1960, when they were an AFL team, and despite Al Davis making strange moves over the years, this is mostly a proud franchise with a winning tradition. The Raiders, who have called both Oakland and Los Angeles home, have been to five Super Bowls, winning three of them. Being a west coast team means a great passing game as well, and the Raiders have no doubt fielded great receivers over the years. Here is a list of the franchise’s all time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Tim Brown (14,734)—Tim Brown was not just fast, he was a great football player, and played for the Raiders most of his illustrious career, from 1988 to 2003. Brown ranks first in Raiders’ history with 14,734 receiving yards, and also ranks third in NFL history with 14,934 total (Brown played briefly in Tampa in 2004). He made the Pro Bowl nine times, and Brown’s best season was 1997, when he had career highs in receptions (104, led the NFL) and receiving yards (1408) with 5 touchdown catches.
Fred Biletnikoff (8974)—Fred Biletnikoff was a great possession receiver who played his entire career in Oakland, from 1965 to 1978—and he was a part of those great John Madden-coached teams in the ‘70’s. Biletnikoff ranks second in franchise history with 8974 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl seven times, including twice as a first team All Pro. Biletnikoff had his best season in 1968, with career best numbers in catches (61) and receiving yards (1037) with 6 TDs.
Cliff Branch (8685)—Cliff Branch played for the Raiders his entire career in both Oakland and L.A., from 1972 to 1985, and he and Biletnikoff formed a practically unstoppable combination. Branch ranks third in team history with 8685 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl four times, three of those as a first team All Pro. Branch had a career high 1111 receiving yards in 1976, but his best overall season was 1974—with 1092 yards (led NFL), and with career highs in receptions (60) and touchdown catches (13). More amazing than stats can show, however, was Branch’s uncanny ability to catch the ball in full stride with outstretched arms and looking over his shoulder. You had to see it to believe it.
Todd Christensen (5872)—Tight end Todd Christensen played most of his career with the Raiders, from 1979 to 1988, and ranks fourth in their history with 5872 receiving yards. Christensen made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons from 1983 to 1987, three of those as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1983, with 92 catches for career highs in yards (1247) and TD receptions (12).
Art Powell (4491)—Split end Art Powell only played four seasons in Oakland, from 1963 to 1966, but made them count, as he made the Pro Bowl each of those seasons. Powell ranks fifth in Raiders’ history with 4491 receiving yards, and he had his best season in a Raiders’ uniform in 1964—career highs in receptions (76) and receiving yards (1361) with 11 touchdowns.
James Jett (4417)—James Jett played his entire career for the Raiders, from 1993 to 2002, and ranks sixth in team history with 4417 receiving yards. Jett had a career best 882 yards in 1998, but his best overall season was 1997, when he had 804 yards, but career highs in receptions (46) and touchdown catches (12).
Marcus Allen (4258)—Running back Marcus Allen was one of the great NFL players of his generation and of all-time, and he played most of his career with the Raiders from 1982 to 1992. Allen was a great receiver in addition to being a great runner, and he ranks seventh in franchise history with 4258 receiving yards. His best season in that department was 1984, when Allen caught 64 passes for career highs in receiving yards (758) and touchdown catches (5). He also rushed for 1168 yards and 13 rushing TDs that same season, and Allen made the Pro Bowl five times in a Raiders’ uniform, twice as a first team All Pro.
Jerry Porter (3939)—Jerry Porter played for the Raiders from 2000 to 2007 before signing with Jacksonville in 2008, and he ranks eighth in the team’s history with 3939 receiving yards. Porter’s best season was 2004, with 64 receptions for career best numbers in yards (998) and TD catches (9).
Mervyn Fernandez (3764)—Mervyn Fernandez had a brief but effective career, all with the Raiders, from 1987 to 1992, and he ranks ninth in franchise history with 3764 receiving yards. His best season was 1989, with career highs in receptions (57), receiving yards (1069) and touchdown catches (9). And in 1988, Fernandez led the NFL with a 26.0 yards-per-catch average.
Warren Wells (3634)—Warren Wells only played four seasons with the Raiders, from 1967 to 1970, but made them count by making the Pro Bowl twice. He also ranks tenth in Raiders’ history with 3634 receiving yards. Wells’ best season was 1969, with 47 catches for career highs in receiving yards (1260) and TD catches (14). Both the yards and touchdowns led the NFL that season as well, as did his 26.8 yards per catch average (which also is third best for a single season in NFL history).