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Worst receiver ever to have a 1000-yard season

Posted by Doug on February 13, 2007

This story from a few weeks ago indicates that Ashley Lelie has voided his contract and is now a free agent. I took a look at his numbers and was surprised to (re-)discover that Lelie had 1084 yards and seven touchdowns just two short years ago.

Immediately the title of this post popped into my head. I knew the answer probably wasn't Lelie, but I figured it would be a fun query to run, so I ran it. After Lelie, the next name that came to mind was Charles Johnson.

I took all receivers who had a 1000-yard season and played for at least four seasons. Then I found the ones who had the lowest average of their second-, third-, and fourth-best seasons. Lelie's best four seasons, for instance have been 1084, 770, 628, and 525. So his three-next-best average is 641. I found 20 receivers with lower three-next-best averages that that. Some of these guys probably shouldn't be on any kind of "worst wide receivers" list, but they ended up here anyway for one reason or another.

So don't think this is the definitive list. But here it is anyway, for you to use as a guide in your search for the animal described in the post's title. Personally, I think Nate Burleson is making a strong bid for the crown. Albert Connell might have a case too.


Patrick Jeffers 1082 330 127 24
Nate Burleson 1006 455 328 192
Pat Studstill 1266 479 389 252
Germane Crowell 1338 464 430 289
Brandon Stokley 1077 543 357 344
Charley Frazier 1129 717 381 306
Albert Connell 1132 762 451 191
R.C. Owens 1032 620 532 395
Marlin Briscoe 1036 603 532 447
Willie Jackson 1046 589 523 486
Dick Gordon 1026 610 534 477
Bob Boyd 1212 586 548 534
Stacey Bailey 1138 881 437 364
Bruce Hill 1040 673 641 403
Bob Mann 1014 696 560 517
Eric Metcalf 1189 614 599 576
Bake Turner 1009 974 428 402
Earnest Gray 1139 777 537 529
Tim Smith 1176 1141 660 72
Marcus Robinson 1400 738 657 515
Ashley Lelie 1084 770 628 525
Koren Robinson 1240 896 536 495
Bill Groman 1473 1175 437 328
Michael Westbrook 1191 736 664 559
Drew Bennett 1247 738 737 504
Rod Gardner 1006 741 650 600
Jim Benton 1067 981 511 505
Wally Francis 1013 862 695 441
Charlie Brown 1225 918 690 412
Lionel Manuel 1029 859 619 545
Charles Johnson 1008 815 642 577

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