Washington Redskins’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Washington Redskins began play in the NFL in 1932 as the Boston Braves, and have won three championships in the Super Bowl era, but none since 1992. The Redskins, who play in the physical NFC East division, have always built their teams around defense and a strong running game, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had exceptional quarterback and receiver play either over the years. Here is a look at the Top 10 in receiving yards for Washington:
Art Monk (12,026)—Hall of Famer Art Monk played most of his career in Washington, from 1980 to 1993, and ranks first in Redskins’ history with 12,026 receiving yards. Monk was part of three Super Bowl winning teams and made the Pro Bowl three times, including first team All Pro in 1984. His best season was that 1984 campaign, with career highs in receptions (106, which led the NFL that year), and receiving yards (1372) with 7 touchdown catches.
Charley Taylor (9110)—Charley Taylor played his entire career in Washington, from 1964 to 1977, and was an 8-time Pro Bowler and one-time first team All Pro. Taylor ranks second in Redskins’ history with 9110 receiving yards, and his best season was 1966, when he played both split end and halfback. That year, Taylor had career highs in receptions (72, led the NFL), receiving yards (1119), and touchdown catches (12), while also rushing 87 times for 262 yards and 3 more TDs.
Gary Clark (8742)—Gary Clark was also a part of those great Washington teams of the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, playing there from 1985 to 1992. He ranks third in franchise history with 8742 receiving yards, and Clark made the Pro Bowl four times in a Redskins’ uniform, once as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1991, when he helped the ‘Skins win it all by catching 70 passes for a career high 1340 yards and 10 touchdowns (also career best).
Bobby Mitchell (6492)—Bobby Mitchell began his career in Cleveland and then played the rest of it in Washington from 1962 to 1968. Mitchell ranks fourth in team history with 6492 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl his first three seasons in Washington, once as a first team All Pro. Mitchell’s best season was 1963, when he caught 69 passes for a career best and NFL-leading 1436 yards and 7 TDs.
Ricky Sanders (5854)—Ricky Sanders played most of his career in Washington, from 1986 to 1993 and ranks fifth in team history with 5854 receiving yards. Sanders, along with Monk and Clark, formed a powerful trio of receivers for the Redskins. His best season was 1988, when Sanders caught 73 passes for career highs in yards (1148) and touchdown receptions (12).
Jerry Smith (5496)—Tight end Jerry Smith played his entire career in Washington, from 1965 to 1977, and ranks sixth in Redskins’ history with 5496 receiving yards. Smith made the Pro Bowl twice, including a first team All Pro selection in 1969. His best season was 1967, when Smith had career highs in receptions (67), receiving yards (849) and touchdown catches (12).
Hugh Taylor (5233)—Hugh Taylor played his entire career in Washington, from 1947 to 1954 and ranks seventh in franchise history with 5233 receiving yards. Taylor made the Pro Bowl twice, and his best season was 1952, when he caught 41 passes for career highs in yards (961) and TD catches (12).
Michael Westbrook (4280)—Michael Westbrook played for the Redskins most of his career, from 1995 to 2001. Westbrook ranks eighth in team history with 4280 receiving yards, and his best season was 1999, with career highs in receptions (65), receiving yards (1191) and touchdown catches (9).
Santana Moss (4125)—Santana Moss has only played four seasons in Washington so far (2005 to 2008), and already ranks ninth in the team’s history with 4125 receiving yards. Moss’ best season was 2005, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in receptions (84) and receiving yards (1483) with 9 touchdowns.
Henry Ellard (3930)—Henry Ellard has his best seasons with the Rams, but he was effective during his stay in Washington too, where he played from 1994 to 1998, and ranks tenth in Redskins’ history with 3930 receiving yards. Ellard’s best season in Washington was 1994, when he caught 74 passes for 1397 yards and 6 TDs.