NFL Receiving Yards Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Yds Tm
2019Michael Thomas (26)1,290NOR
2018Julio Jones (29)1,677ATL
2017Antonio Brown (29)1,533PIT
2016T.Y. Hilton (26)1,448IND
2015Julio Jones (26)1,871ATL
2014Antonio Brown (26)1,698PIT
2013Josh Gordon (22)1,646CLE
2012Calvin Johnson (26)1,964DET
2011Calvin Johnson (25)1,681DET
2010Brandon Lloyd (29)1,448DEN
2009Andre Johnson (28)1,569HOU
2008Andre Johnson (27)1,575HOU
2007Reggie Wayne (28)1,510IND
2006Chad Johnson (28)1,369CIN
2005Steve Smith (26)1,563CAR
2004Muhsin Muhammad (31)1,405CAR
2003Torry Holt (27)1,696STL
2002Marvin Harrison+ (30)1,722IND
2001David Boston (23)1,598ARI
2000Torry Holt (24)1,635STL
1999Marvin Harrison+ (27)1,663IND
1998Antonio Freeman (26)1,424GNB
1997Rob Moore (28)1,584ARI
1996Isaac Bruce (23)1,338STL
1995Jerry Rice+ (32)1,848SFO
1994Jerry Rice+ (31)1,499SFO
1993Jerry Rice+ (30)1,503SFO
1992Sterling Sharpe (27)1,461GNB
1991Michael Irvin+ (25)1,523DAL
1990Jerry Rice+ (27)1,502SFO
1989Jerry Rice+ (26)1,483SFO
1988Henry Ellard (27)1,414RAM
1987J.T. Smith (31)1,117STL
1986Jerry Rice+ (23)1,570SFO
1985Steve Largent+ (30)1,287SEA
1984Roy Green (27)1,555STL
1983Mike Quick (24)1,409PHI
1982Wes Chandler (26)1,032SDG
1981Alfred Jenkins (29)1,358ATL
1980John Jefferson (24)1,340SDG
1979Steve Largent+ (24)1,237SEA
1978Wesley Walker (23)1,169NYJ
1977Drew Pearson (26)870DAL
1976Roger Carr (24)1,112BAL
1975Ken Burrough (27)1,063HOU
1974Cliff Branch (26)1,092OAK
1973Harold Carmichael (23)1,116PHI
1972Harold Jackson (26)1,048PHI
1971Otis Taylor (29)1,110KAN
1970Gene Washington (23)1,100SFO
1969Warren Wells (26)1,260OAK
1969Harold Jackson (23)1,116PHI
1968Lance Alworth+ (28)1,312SDG
1968Roy Jefferson (24)1,074PIT
1967Don Maynard+ (32)1,434NYJ
1967Ben Hawkins (23)1,265PHI
1966Lance Alworth+ (26)1,383SDG
1966Pat Studstill (28)1,266DET
1965Lance Alworth+ (25)1,602SDG
1965Dave Parks (23)1,344SFO
1964Charley Hennigan (29)1,546HOU
1964Johnny Morris (28)1,200CHI
1963Bobby Mitchell+ (28)1,436WAS
1963Art Powell (26)1,304OAK
1962Bobby Mitchell+ (27)1,384WAS
1962Art Powell (25)1,130NYT
1961Charley Hennigan (26)1,746HOU
1961Tommy McDonald+ (27)1,144PHI
1960Bill Groman (24)1,473HOU
1960Raymond Berry+ (27)1,298BAL
1959Raymond Berry+ (26)959BAL
1958Del Shofner (23)1,097RAM
1957Raymond Berry+ (24)800BAL
1956Billy Howton (26)1,188GNB
1955Pete Pihos+ (31)864PHI
1954Bob Boyd (26)1,212RAM
1953Pete Pihos+ (29)1,049PHI
1952Billy Howton (22)1,231GNB
1951Elroy Hirsch+ (28)1,495RAM
1950Tom Fears+ (27)1,116RAM
1949Mac Speedie (29)1,028CLE
1949Bob Mann (25)1,014DET
1948Billy Hillenbrand (26)970BCL
1948Mal Kutner (27)943CRD
1947Mac Speedie (27)1,146CLE
1947Mal Kutner (26)944CRD
1946Jim Benton (29)981RAM
1946Dante Lavelli+ (23)843CLE
1945Jim Benton (28)1,067RAM
1944Don Hutson+ (31)866GNB
1943Don Hutson+ (30)776GNB
1942Don Hutson+ (29)1,211GNB
1941Don Hutson+ (28)738GNB
1940Don Looney (24)707PHI
1939Don Hutson+ (26)846GNB
1938Don Hutson+ (25)548GNB
1937Gaynell Tinsley (22)675CRD
1936Don Hutson+ (23)536GNB
1935Charley Malone (25)433BOS
1934Harry Ebding (27)264DET
1933Paul Moss (24)283PIT
1932Ray Flaherty+ (29)350NYG
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