NFL Yards per Reception Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Y/R Tm
2019Mike Williams (24)20.4LAC
2018DeSean Jackson (31)18.9TAM
2017Marvin Jones (27)18.0DET
2016DeSean Jackson (29)17.9WAS
2016Chris Hogan (28)17.9NWE
2015Torrey Smith (26)20.1SFO
2014DeSean Jackson (27)20.9WAS
2013Kenny Stills (21)20.0NOR
2012Vincent Jackson (29)19.2TAM
2011Malcom Floyd (30)19.9SDG
2010DeSean Jackson (23)22.5PHI
2009Mike Wallace (23)19.4PIT
2008Devery Henderson (26)24.8NOR
2007Santonio Holmes (23)18.1PIT
2006Devery Henderson (24)23.3NOR
2005Ashley Lelie (25)18.3DEN
2005Terry Glenn (31)18.3DAL
2004Ashley Lelie (24)20.1DEN
2003Joey Galloway (31)19.8DAL
2002Quincy Morgan (24)17.2CLE
2001Chris Chambers (23)18.4MIA
2000Torry Holt (24)19.9STL
1999Tim Dwight (24)20.9ATL
1998Shawn Jefferson (29)22.7NWE
1997James McKnight (25)18.7SEA
1996Henry Ellard (35)19.5WAS
1995Chris Sanders (23)23.5HOU
1994Alvin Harper (26)24.9DAL
1993James Jett (22)23.4RAI
1992Willie Davis (24)21.0KAN
1991Michael Haynes (25)22.4ATL
1990Flipper Anderson (25)21.5RAM
1989Flipper Anderson (24)26.0RAM
1988Mervyn Fernandez (28)26.0RAI
1987Anthony Carter (26)24.3MIN
1986Chris Burkett (24)22.9BUF
1985Stephone Paige (23)21.9KAN
1984James Lofton+ (28)22.0GNB
1983James Lofton+ (27)22.4GNB
1982Jim Smith (27)22.8PIT
1981Stanley Morgan (26)23.4NWE
1980Stanley Morgan (25)22.0NWE
1979Stanley Morgan (24)22.8NWE
1978Wesley Walker (23)24.4NYJ
1977Wesley Walker (22)21.1NYJ
1976Roger Carr (24)25.9BAL
1975Isaac Curtis (24)21.2CIN
1974Gene Washington (27)21.2SFO
1973Ron Shanklin (25)23.7PIT
1972John Gilliam (27)22.0MIN
1971Bob Hayes+ (28)24.0DAL
1970Bob Hayes+ (27)26.1DAL
1969Warren Wells (26)26.8OAK
1969Lance Rentzel (25)22.3DAL
1968Jimmy Orr (32)25.6BAL
1968Don Maynard+ (33)22.8NYJ
1967Jack Snow (24)26.3RAM
1967Fred Biletnikoff+ (24)21.9OAK
1966Roy Jefferson (22)24.1PIT
1966Otis Taylor (24)22.4KAN
1965Aaron Thomas (27)23.4NYG
1965Lance Alworth+ (25)23.2SDG
1964Elbert Dubenion (31)27.1BUF
1964Jimmy Orr (28)21.7BAL
1963Clem Daniels (26)22.8OAK
1963Buddy Dial (26)21.6PIT
1962Frank Clarke (28)22.2DAL
1962Jim Colclough (26)21.7BOS
1961Bill Groman (25)23.5HOU
1961Frank Clarke (27)22.4DAL
1960Buddy Dial (23)24.3PIT
1960Bill Groman (24)20.5HOU
1959Max McGee (27)23.2GNB
1958Jimmy Orr (22)27.6PIT
1957Jim Podoley (23)20.5WAS
1957Pete Brewster (27)20.5CLE
1956Harlon Hill (24)24.0CHI
1955Ray Renfro (25)20.8CLE
1954Harlon Hill (22)25.0CHI
1953Bob Boyd (25)22.8RAM
1952Elroy Hirsch+ (29)23.6RAM
1951Elroy Hirsch+ (28)22.7RAM
1950Hugh Taylor (27)21.4WAS
1949Elbie Nickel (26)24.3PIT
1949Billy Stone (23)20.0BCL
1948John Greene (28)23.8DET
1948Chet Mutryn (27)20.4BUF
1947Don Currivan (27)32.6BOS
1947Ray Ramsey (26)21.9CHR
1946Billy Dewell (29)23.8CRD
1946Dante Lavelli+ (23)21.1CLE
1945Frank Liebel (25)27.0NYG
1944Dave Diehl (25)23.7DET
1943Tony Bova (26)24.6PHI
1942Andy Uram (27)20.0GNB
1941Perry Schwartz (26)14.5BKN
1940Perry Schwartz (25)17.6BKN
1939Don Hutson+ (26)24.9GNB
1938Jim Benton (21)19.9RAM
1937Gaynell Tinsley (22)18.8CRD
1936Don Hutson+ (23)15.8GNB
1935Tod Goodwin (23)16.6NYG
1933Shipwreck Kelly (23)11.2BKN
1932Ray Flaherty+ (29)16.7NYG