The Redskins are a franchise that has had their fair share of issues at the quarterback position over the years. Over the past two decades, the team hasn’t exactly been able to pin down somebody that they can definitively call “the guy”. However, the lack of a real franchise signal-caller hasn’t stopped many talented wide receivers from producing on this team. From the ‘Skins golden years in the ‘80s and ‘90s to the present day, there have been some solid pass-catchers to don the burgundy and gold. With that being said, here’s my list for the top ten wide receivers in Redskins history.
1. Art Monk
There is one clear answer when it comes to who is the greatest receiver in ‘Skins history: Art Monk. The Hall of Fame wideout finished his career as the NFL’s all-time leading receiver and was a staple of the Redskins offense for 14 years. Over his career, Monk recorded five 1,000+ receiving seasons and led the NFL in receptions in 1984 with 106. Monk was a three-time Pro Bowler, one-time 1st Team All-Pro, and was a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Redskins.
2. Charley Taylor
Charley Taylor is one of the overall best offensive players in team history. He played the entirety of his 14-year career in Washington and was a legitimate threat in the passing and running game. In his first three seasons in the NFL, Taylor had at least 500 receiving yards and 200 rushing yards. However, after his third season in the league, the ‘Skins used him primarily as a threat in the passing game. Taylor led the NFL in receptions twice, was an eight-time Pro Bowler, and made 1st Team All-Pro in 1967. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
3. Santana Moss
After beginning his career with the New York Jets, Moss was traded to the Redskins in 2005. Moss would spend ten years in the burgundy and gold and establish himself as one of the best receivers in franchise history. Moss recorded three 1,000+ yard seasons, one Pro Bowl selection, and countless memories with the Redskins. My personal favorite Santana Moss moment came in 2005 when he scored two touchdowns late in the 4th quarter to beat Dallas on Monday Night Football.
4. Bobby Mitchell
Mitchell’s number 39 was recently retired by the Redskins, being only the 2nd player in franchise history to receive this honor. His number being retired is a testament to how much of an impact this guy had on the Redskins franchise. Mitchell was the 1st African-American player in franchise history and was one of the best receivers in team history. Mitchell spent seven years in the burgundy and gold and revolutionized the wide receiver position as we see it today. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time 1st Team All-Pro during his years with the ‘Skins. He led the NFL in receiving yards twice, receptions once, and touchdowns once. Mitchell is a Redskins legend true and through.
5. Gary Clark
Despite being only 5’9, Clark was a staple of the Redskins receiving core during their dominant years in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He was drafted by the ‘Skins in 1985 and spent his first eight seasons there. Clark recorded five 1,000+ yard receiving seasons and never had less than 892 yards in eight years with the team. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and one-time 1st Team All-Pro with the Redskins. Clark was also a crucial part of the 1987 and 1991 Redskins Super Bowl Champion teams.
6. Ricky Sanders
Ricky Sanders was another longtime member of the Redskins receiving core. He played in Washington for eight seasons, recording two 1,000+ yard seasons and remained a reliable target for Redskins quarterbacks during his time with the team. He was a two-time Super Bowl champ and one of the most consistent receivers in team history. Sanders’ most significant moment came in the 1987 Super Bowl against the Broncos when he hauled in nine receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the 42-10 win.
7. Pierre Garcon
After spending his first four seasons with Peyton Manning and the Colts, Garcon signed a five-year deal with the Redskins in free agency. During those five years, Garcon was a reliable target for RGIII and Kirk Cousins. He recorded two 1,000+ yard receiving seasons and led the NFL in receptions in 2013 with 113. He was never selected to a Pro Bowl in his career despite having a few seasons with the ‘Skins that were deserving of a nod. He retired after the 2018 season following two underwhelming seasons with the 49ers.
8. Michael Westbrook
Westbrook was selected with the 5th overall pick by the Redskins in 1995. Although he didn’t exactly live up to his draft selection, Westbrook was still a dependable wideout during his seven years as a Redskin. His best season in the burgundy and gold came in 1999 when he recorded 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns, helping the ‘Skins claim the NFC East title. After retiring from football, Westbrook competed in mixed martial arts in the heavyweight division.
9. DeSean Jackson
After departing the Eagles on ugly terms, the Pro Bowl wideout took his talents to a division rival and signed with the Redskins. Jackson would spend three years in Washington and was very productive when he was healthy. He recorded two 1,000+ yard seasons in three seasons and led the NFL in yards per reception in both of those seasons. Despite missing seven games in 2015, he was a key contributor on the Redskins that would go on to win the NFC East. Jackson would leave the Redskins following the 2016 season and go on to play down south in Tampa Bay.
10. Roy Jefferson
Jefferson joined the Redskins in 1971 following stints with the Steelers and Colts to begin his career. He would spend six seasons in the burgundy and gold and was a reliable target for Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1971 and remained a consistent starter for the ‘Skins for the next several years. He sits at #14 on the Redskins’ all-time receiving list.
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- Who has the most receptions in Redskins history?
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- Who holds the record for most receiving yards in a season in Redskins history?
- Who holds the record for most receiving touchdowns in a season in Redskins history?
- Who holds the record for most receptions in a season in Redskins history?
Art Monk. He finished his Redskins career with 12,026 receiving yards and would go on to finish his career as the NFL’s all-time leading receiver. In 14 seasons in the burgundy and gold, Monk amassed great stats and made his way into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Charley Taylor. The All-Pro wide receiver spent his entire 14-year career with the Redskins and tallied many touchdowns along the way. He finished his Redskins career with 79 touchdowns, 14 more than #2 on the list (Art Monk).
Art Monk. The man who holds this record should come as no surprise for Redskins fans. Monk amassed 888 receptions during his 14 seasons with the Redskins, over 200 more than Charley Taylor, who sits at #2 on that list.
Bobby Mitchell, Andy Farkas, and Gerry Allen. Each of these players recorded a 99-yard reception in their careers, which of course is only possible by scoring a touchdown from the one-yard line. Interestingly enough, Bobby Mitchell is the only receiver on that list, as Farkas and Allen were both running backs.
Santana Moss. The most receiving yards in a single season in ‘Skins season came from Moss in 2005 when he hauled in 1,483 yards. This was his very first season as a Redskin and the same season that he torched the Cowboys in that infamous Monday Night Football game.
Ricky Sanders, Jerry Smith, Charley Taylor, and Hugh Taylor. Each of these players recorded 12 touchdown receptions in a season for the ‘Skins, the most of any player in team history. Sanders did so in 1988, Smith in 1967, Charley Taylor in 1966, and Hugh Taylor in 1952.
Pierre Garcon. In 2013, Garcon led the entire NFL in receptions with 113. Despite 2013 being a very forgettable season as the ‘Skins went 3-13, Garcon recorded the best individual season of his career that year. The next closest on this list is Art Monk, who hauled in 106 receptions in 1984.
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