Best Wide Receivers in Cleveland Browns History

Updated on April 21, 2020
Browns wide receivers Breshad Perriman (19) and Jarvis Landry (80) celebrate with quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the 2019 season. The wide receiver position has seen plenty of talent throughout Browns history.
Browns wide receivers Breshad Perriman (19) and Jarvis Landry (80) celebrate with quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the 2019 season. The wide receiver position has seen plenty of talent throughout Browns history. | Source

The Top 10 Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers of All-Time

The Browns reeled off an offensive dynasty over their first 10 seasons of existence—dominating the short-lived All-America Football Conference from 1946–49, and then for several more seasons after joining the National Football League in 1950. Cleveland was competitive on and off throughout the next three decades, before exploding for another string of success in the late 1980s. Throughout many of those prominent seasons, the wide receiver position was ripe with talent, and many of the team's legends were born during those eras. There have been 10 wide receivers in franchise history have logged more than 1,000 yards in a season, and only Hall of Famer Mac Speedie achieved the feat twice. In 2019, receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. became the first teammates to each gain at least 1,000 yards as wide receivers in the same season (in 2007, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and receiver Braylon Edwards each had more than 1,000 receiving yardage). Many of Cleveland's greats at the position, however, showed remarkable consistency throughout lengthy tenures with the team.

Among the 10 best receivers of all-time multiple Hall of Famers, three players who were instrumental in the early success of the franchise, and two more who carried the bulk of the load in the 1980s. A handful of other receivers who posted productive numbers at different junctures in franchise history and joined the team's elite are included, too.

Selection Criteria for This List

This is a list of the 10 greatest Browns wide receivers of all-time, and also includes a handful of honorable-mention candidates, trivia and statistics from every 900-yard receiving season in team history. The criteria used to develop this list includes:

  • Legacy Honors (Hall of Fame, Ring of Honor, retired number, etc.)
  • Single-Season Honors (MVP, All-Pro, Pro Bowl, etc.)
  • On-Field Success (league leader, playoff appearances, records, etc.)
  • Longevity (years with Browns, percentage of career with Browns, etc.)

Only games played with the Browns are factored into this list, so while Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald would be a great player to include on a list about the Eagles, his 113 yards over 9 games with the Browns won't make the cut here. For the purposes of this article, players established as tight ends will be excluded (so Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome is not listed here), but those who played as an end in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s were given consideration. Now, without further ado, let's count down the top 10 receivers in Cleveland Browns history! Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on these selections.

Former Browns receiver Braylon Edwards is pictured during the 2008 preseason.
Former Browns receiver Braylon Edwards is pictured during the 2008 preseason. | Source

10. Braylon Edwards

  • Years With the Browns: 2005–09
  • All-Pro: 2007
  • Pro Bowl: 2007

Braylon Edwards came to the Browns as the third pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and while he was a standout in his five seasons, he never lived up to his draft slot. The talent Edwards brought to Cleveland was sometimes marred by controversy—starting with a holdout for a contract as a rookie before advancing to dropped passes, assault, and finally ending with his declaration that he needed a "fresh start" after getting traded to the Jets. Push those issues aside, though, and he was a very productive player, who played a big role in one of the best seasons the Browns have had in recent memory.

That season came in 2007, when Edwards had a breakout season to push the Browns to a 10–6 record. That season, he set new team records for single-season receiving yards (1,289) and touchdown catches (16), to become the first Cleveland wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl since 1989. His touchdown mark remains the franchise record, though his yardage total is now second.

Some of his best games included a three-touchdown effort in a win against the Dolphins in 2007—which is tied for the most in team history—as well a 146-yard, two-touchdown showing in a win over the Bengals in 2008. His career-high for single-game yardage was 154, which came against the Giants in 2008. In 11 games throughout his 4-plus seasons with the Browns, he caught at least 100 yards in a game, and his totals in Cleveland showed 238 receptions for 3,697 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Braylon Edwards' Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
2005
10
7
32
512
3
2006
16
15
61
884
6
2007
16
16
80
1289
16
2008
16
16
55
873
3
2009
4
4
10
139
0
Former Browns receiver Reggie Rucker is seen presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.
Former Browns receiver Reggie Rucker is seen presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. | Source

9. Reggie Rucker

  • Years With the Browns: 1975–81
  • Playoff Appearances: 1980

Reggie Rucker came to the Browns via a 1975 trade with the Patriots, and he closed out a long career with several strong seasons in Cleveland. Rucker missed just 1 game out of 90 during his first six seasons with the Browns, cementing himself as a reliable target who posted at least 500 yards every year in Cleveland.

In his first season with the Browns, Rucker tied for the American Football Conference lead with a career-high 60 receptions, which at the time ranked fourth in team history. By the end of his tenure in Cleveland, he caught 310 passes, and with those catches, came single-game offensive numbers Rucker hadn't seen early in his career. He had more than 100 receiving yards in a game only twice before coming to Cleveland, where he would accomplish the feat eight times. That included a career-best showing of 177 yards in a 1979 win over the Dolphins, and he also scored three touchdowns in a 1976 season-opening victory over the Jets.

Rucker's production faded as knee and back injuries took their toll throughout the 1981 season, and after learning he wouldn't start in '82, he announced his retirement in an emotional press conference. He gained 4,953 yards with the Browns (7th all-time) and caught 32 touchdown passes.

Reggie Rucker's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1975
14
14
60
770
3
1976
14
14
49
676
8
1977
14
14
36
565
2
1978
15
15
43
893
8
1979
16
16
43
749
6
1980
16
16
52
768
4
1981
14
11
27
532
1

8. Brian Brennan

  • Years With the Browns: 1984–91
  • Playoff Appearances: 1985–89

Brian Brennan's success story with the Browns is a good one. Though he was never an electrifying superstar, the fourth-round draft selection became an integral piece of the offense during the late 1980s playoff runs. Brennan was a favorite target of quarterback Bernie Kosar on third-down plays, giving Brennan value that is underappreciated in the grand scheme.

Brennan was released by coach Bill Belichick in April 1992, as the second-year coach instead opted to test a slate of young receivers in the coming seasons. That ended Brennan’s eight-year career in Cleveland with 315 receptions for 4,148 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a rookie in 1984, Brennan had a pair of touchdowns in a victory over the Houston Oilers, while his best game statistically was a 176-yard effort in a win over the Chargers in 1986.

In eight postseason games, Brennan caught a pass in all but one, and snared four touchdowns. Two of those scores came in a loss to the Broncos in the 1989 AFC Championship game. Perhaps his most famous touchdown with Cleveland, however, was one scored in the fourth quarter of the 1986 AFC title game. Kosar connected with Brennan on a 48-yard touchdown to take a 20–13 lead over the Broncos with 5:43 to play. Denver's legendary quarterback, John Elway, then drove his offense 98 yards on the ensuing drive to force overtime and ultimately spoil Cleveland's chance for a Super Bowl appearance.

Brian Brennan's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1984
15
5
35
455
3
1985
12
10
32
487
0
1986
16
0
55
838
6
1987
13
1
43
607
6
1988
16
1
46
579
1
1989
14
2
28
289
0
1990
16
5
45
568
2
1991
15
3
31
325
1

7. Webster Slaughter

  • Years With the Browns: 1986–91
  • Playoff Appearances: 1986–89
  • All-Pro: 1989
  • Pro Bowl: 1989

Webster Slaughter had the natural talent necessary to become a featured receiver, and did not disappoint the Browns after they selected him in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft. Slaughter became one of quarterback Bernie Kosar's trusted targets from the get-go, catching a pass in every game of his rookie season.

Slaughter hauled in a 97-yard touchdown in 1989 against the Bears on the second-longest play in franchise history. That catch helped him secure a career-high 186 receiving yards in the game. The following week, Slaughter caught two more touchdowns that again covered a large swath of the field (77 and 80 yards) on his way to 184 yards against the Oilers, which gave him 3 straight games with at least 100 receiving yards for the only time in his career. Later in the season, he gained 152 yards against the Colts.

Slaughter had a somewhat unceremonious end to his career in Cleveland, squabbling with the team over his contract before the 1992 season. The team refused to budge on an offer that was below market value, and Slaughter moved on to the Oilers, where he made the Pro Bowl in '93. In his 6 seasons with the Browns, Slaughter caught 305 passes for 4,834 yards and 27 touchdowns. Only once in that span, Slaughter failed to catch a pass in a game he played.

During the playoffs, Slaughter played in seven games, catching 23 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns. Twice, he was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes in a single postseason game.

Webster Slaughter's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1986
16
16
40
577
4
1987
12
12
47
806
7
1988
8
8
30
462
3
1989
16
16
65
1236
6
1990
16
16
59
847
4
1991
16
16
64
906
3
Former Browns wide receiver Dave Logan (right) interviews Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak during the Super Bowl 50 championship parade celebration. Logan has worked as a radio broadcaster for the Broncos since retiring.
Former Browns wide receiver Dave Logan (right) interviews Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak during the Super Bowl 50 championship parade celebration. Logan has worked as a radio broadcaster for the Broncos since retiring. | Source

6. Dave Logan

  • Years With the Browns: 1976–83
  • Playoff Appearances: 1980, '82

Dave Logan is perhaps the most gifted athlete on this list. He is one of the few individuals to be drafted into the NFL, NBA and MLB. Thankfully for Browns fans, he chose the football offer as a third-round draft pick in 1976.

Logan didn't see much of the field as a receiver during his first two seasons in Cleveland, but he then became an offensive stalwart for the next several years. Logan started every game from 1978–80, chalking up 56% of his receiving yards during those seasons and helping the Browns end an eight-year playoff drought by qualifying in 1980. By the end of his tenure with Cleveland, Logan had caught 262 passes for 4,247 yards.

What helped further Logan's status as a fan favorite, however, was his penchant for performing well in rivalry games against the Steelers. The top two single-game receiving marks of his career both came against Pittsburgh—135 yards and a touchdown in 1979, and 131 yards in 1980. He also grabbed two touchdowns on 91 yards in another 1979 matchup with the Steelers. All told, Logan had eight career touchdowns against Pittsburgh, which accounts for a third of his 24 career TDs with the Browns.

Dave Logan's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1976
14
0
5
104
0
1977
14
5
19
284
1
1978
16
16
37
585
4
1979
16
16
59
982
7
1980
16
16
51
822
4
1981
14
14
31
497
4
1982
9
9
23
346
2
1983
16
13
37
627
2
Former Browns receiver Ray Renfro is pictured on his 1953 Bowman football card.
Former Browns receiver Ray Renfro is pictured on his 1953 Bowman football card. | Source

5. Ray Renfro

  • Years With the Browns: 1952–63
  • Playoff Appearances: 1952–55, 1957–58
  • Pro Bowl: 1953, '57, '60

Nicknamed "Rabbit" for his quickness and elusiveness, Ray Renfro provided some of the earliest Browns teams with an offensive weapon that could be deployed in many ways. Used as a running back and as a receiver in several seasons, Renfro averaged a blistering 19.6 yards per reception throughout a 12-year career in Cleveland that left him with the ninth-best Y.P.R. average in NFL history.

Taken in the fourth-round of the 1952 NFL Draft, Renfro didn't see much action until his sophomore season, when he became a regular in the offense and made his first Pro Bowl. He'd soon blossom into one of the league's best receivers, hauling in at least 100 yards in a game 14 times and scoring in 10 of those. Combined with his rushing yards, Renfro had at least 100 offensive yards in a game another seven times. His best individual effort came in 1959, when he caught five passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to the rival Steelers. In 1961, he set a new career-high with 166 receiving yards in a loss to the Giants.

Renfro won two NFL championships with Cleveland, scoring twice in the 1954 title game and once in the 1955 championship matchup. In six total NFL title games, Renfro caught 13 passes for 195 yards and added 47 rushing yards. For his career, Renfro caught 281 passes for 5,508 yards and 50 touchdowns. His yardage and touchdown totals both rank fourth all-time for the Browns.

Ray Renfro's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1952
11
0
1
8
0
1953
12
0
39
722
4
1954
7
7
13
228
1
1955
12
12
29
603
8
1956
12
12
17
325
4
1957
12
12
21
589
6
1958
12
12
24
573
6
1959
12
11
30
528
6
1960
12
9
24
378
4
1961
14
14
48
834
6
1962
14
14
31
638
4
1963
12
0
4
82
1
Former Browns end Mac Speedie is pictured on his 1950 Bowman football card.
Former Browns end Mac Speedie is pictured on his 1950 Bowman football card. | Source

4. Mac Speedie

  • Years With the Browns: 1946–52
  • Playoff Appearances: 1946–52
  • All-AAFC: 1946–49
  • All-Pro: 1950, '52
  • Pro Bowl: 1950, '52
  • Legacy Honors: Hall of Fame (2020), NFL 1940s All-Decade Team

Mac Speedie was among football’s premier receivers during the late 1940s and early '50s, proving to be a worthy target of Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham. Speedie led the league in receptions four times during a seven-year career with the Browns, and he played for a chance at a league title every season. Wins included four AAFC championship games from 1946–49 and the inaugural NFL title game in 1950, though he never caught a touchdown in the postseason.

Speedie and Graham, along with Hall of Fame teammate Dante Lavelli, combined for one of the finest aerial attacks of their time. Speedie paced the AAFC in receptions from 1947–49, and led the league in receiving yards in '47 and '49. He gained more than 1,000 yards in each of those seasons, and was the only player in AAFC ever to accomplish that feat. No other Cleveland player would cross the 1,000-yard threshold until 1968. Speedie suffered from Perthes Disease, which caused one of his legs to be shorter than the other, but he never let that slow him down on the field.

Major Individual Highlights

  • Catching the first touchdown in franchise history on a 19-yard pass from Cliff Lewis in 1946.
  • Catching a 99-yard touchdown reception from Graham against the Bills in 1947.
  • Setting a then-franchise record with 228 yards in a 1949 game against the New York Yankees.
  • Snaring three touchdowns in the first half of a 1951 win over the Chicago Cardinals.

Speedie left the Browns after the 1952 season following a spat with head coach Paul Brown, and he would join the budding Canadian League. While in Cleveland, Speedie caught 349 passes for 5,602 yards and 33 touchdowns. His career yardage total is third in franchise history.

Mac Speedie's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1946
14
10
24
564
7
1947
14
9
67
1146
6
1948
12
11
58
816
4
1949
12
11
62
1028
7
1950
12
12
42
548
1
1951
10
9
34
589
3
1952
12
12
62
911
5

3. Gary Collins

  • Years With the Browns: 1962–71
  • Playoff Appearances: 1964–65, 1967–69
  • All-Pro: 1965–66
  • Pro Bowl: 1965–66
  • Legacy Honors: NFL 1960s All-Decade Team

As the fourth selection in the 1962 NFL Draft, Gary Collins began his career with the Browns with a lot of expectations. And he didn't disappoint once he was slotted into the starting lineup as a receiver. He played primarily as the punter during his rookie year, but burst onto the scene in 1963 with a league-leading 13 receiving touchdowns to set a franchise record that wouldn’t be broken until 2007. In 1964, however, he reached even greater heights.

Though he was passed over as the team's leading receiving target by rookie Paul Warfield, Collins was still a vital piece to the offense. That was never more evident than in the 1964 NFL Championship game, when Collins caught three touchdowns in a rousing upset of the Baltimore Colts. The game's Most Valuable Player hauled in 130 yards on five passes, scoring on jaunts of 18, 42, and 51 yards. He'd score double-digit touchdowns in each 1965 and '66, and led the team in receptions and yardage both seasons. Collins also doubled as the team's punter from 1962–67.

Collins was injured for nine games in 1968, but bounced back in 1969 to secure his fourth season with at least 10 touchdowns. Another injury in 1970, however, took its toll, and he was replaced in the starting lineup in 1971. He retired after that season after the Browns were unable to trade him, and he’s remembered as one of the finest receivers in franchise history. Throughout 10 years in Cleveland, Collins caught 331 passes for 5,299 yards, and his 70 career touchdowns are still the team's all-time record. In eight playoff games, he caught 19 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns.

Gary Collins' Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1962
14
0
11
153
2
1963
14
14
43
674
13
1964
14
14
35
544
8
1965
14
14
50
884
10
1966
14
14
56
946
12
1967
13
13
32
500
7
1968
5
4
9
230
0
1969
14
14
54
786
11
1970
12
11
26
351
4
1971
13
8
15
231
3
Former Browns receiver, Paul Warfield, arrives during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in 2017.
Former Browns receiver, Paul Warfield, arrives during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in 2017. | Source

2. Paul Warfield

  • Years With the Browns: 1964–69, 1976–77
  • Playoff Appearances: 1964–65, 1967–69
  • All-Pro: 1968
  • Pro Bowl: 1964, 1968–69
  • Legacy Honors: Hall of Fame (1983), Browns Ring of Honor, NFL 1970s All-Decade Team

When the Browns drafted Paul Warfield in the first round of the 1964 NFL Draft, they converted him to a wide receiver and hoped to produce a star. The collegiate halfback had little trouble adjusting to his new position—launching a Hall of Fame career by helping push the Browns to an NFL championship as a rookie. After six seasons, he was traded to the Dolphins in a surprising decision, but he returned to Cleveland for the final two seasons of his career.

Warfield scored in the first three games of his career and nearly accumulated 1,000 yards as a rookie. An injury in an All-Star Game caused him to miss all but one game of the 1965 season, though he did play in the NFL Championship game that season and caught two passes. Over the next four years, he was one of the top receivers in the league, averaging 21.2 yards per reception and leading the league with 12 touchdowns in 1968. Also, in '68, he set a still-standing team record with 21.3 yards per catch, the best single-season rate in franchise history among receivers with at least 50 receptions.

After five superb seasons in Miami that bolstered his Hall of Fame case, and one season in the World Football League, Warfield came back to Cleveland and started every game in 1976. In total, Warfield played 8 seasons for the Browns, and caught 271 passes for 5,210 yards and 52 touchdowns (third in team history). He excelled in the playoffs, catching 24 passes for 404 yards in 7 postseason games with Cleveland. Warfield was a first-ballot inductee to the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Paul Warfield's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1964
14
14
52
920
9
1965
1
0
3
30
0
1966
14
14
36
741
5
1967
14
14
32
702
8
1968
14
14
50
1067
12
1969
14
14
42
886
10
1976
14
14
38
613
6
1977
12
9
18
251
2
Former Browns receiver Dante Lavelli's bust, as seen in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Former Browns receiver Dante Lavelli's bust, as seen in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. | Source

1. Dante Lavelli

  • Years With the Browns: 1946–56
  • Playoff Appearances: 1946–55
  • All-AAFC: 1946–49
  • Pro Bowl: 1951, 1953–54
  • Legacy Honors: Hall of Fame (1975), Browns Ring of Honor, NFL 1940s All-Decade Team

Dante "Gluefingers" Lavelli established himself as a trusted target in his first season with the Browns, and that jumpstarted the career of who I consider the greatest receiver the franchise has ever seen. Lavelli quickly became the favorite receiver of legendary quarterback Otto Graham, and Lavelli's superb receiving ability helped him lead the AAFC in receptions and yards in 1946. He remained a fixture with the Browns for the next 10 seasons, helping them win seven championships.

In the 1946 AAFC title game, Lavelli was on the receiving end of the game-winning touchdown against the New York Yanks. Lavelli continued to be a shining star in the postseason, hauling in 46 passes for 667 yards in 12 games. He had two touchdowns and 128 yards on 11 catches in Cleveland’s first appearance in the NFL Championship game in 1950, which saw the Browns beat the Rams, 30–28. Lavelli added a 50-yard touchdown in the 1955 NFL title game when he only caught three passes, but gained 95 yards.

In his career with the Browns, Lavelli caught 386 passes for 6,488 yards and 62 touchdowns. All three stats were team records when he retired, but they all do remain second all-time in the team record books. Late in his career, Lavelli was instrumental in the formation of the NFL Players' Association, which came to fruition in 1956.

Lavelli was a native of Hudson, Ohio, and played college football for Ohio State. He remained in the Cleveland area after his retirement. Lavelli was a staunch believer that statistics and records from the AAFC—such as Cleveland's undefeated season of 1948—should have been recognized equally in the NFL record books. His embodiment of the city and fierce loyalty to the Browns were evident after his death in 2009, when stories of remembrance flowed from local media outlets.

Dante Lavelli's Statistics With the Browns

Year
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
1946
14
8
40
843
8
1947
13
6
49
799
9
1948
8
7
25
463
5
1949
9
7
28
475
7
1950
12
12
37
565
5
1951
12
12
43
586
6
1952
8
5
21
336
4
1953
12
12
45
783
6
1954
12
12
47
802
7
1955
12
12
31
492
4
1956
11
11
20
344
1
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) catches a touchdown as Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) defends in a 2018 game. Gordon is Cleveland's single-game and single-season record holder for receiving yardage.
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) catches a touchdown as Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) defends in a 2018 game. Gordon is Cleveland's single-game and single-season record holder for receiving yardage. | Source

Honorable Mentions

With so many standout wide receivers in the history of the Browns, there were several players right on the cusp of being included among the top 10. Listed below are several players who left an indelible mark on team history, but didn't quite make the cut.

Josh Gordon (2012–18)

Josh Gordon had the potential to become the greatest wide receiver in the history of the Browns, but off-the-field problems led to multiple suspensions during his seven-year tenure with the franchise. After a strong rookie season in 2012, Gordon played only 14 games in 2013, but led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards, setting a new single-season team record and earning a Pro Bowl selection. Along the way, he became the first player in NFL history to gain 200 yards in back-to-back games, with 237 against the Steelers and a single-game team record 261 against the Jaguars.

Over the next four years, however, he would play just 10 games as he struggled with sobriety, and after one game in 2018, he was traded to the Patriots. In 41 games for the Browns, he caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Kevin Johnson (1999–2003)

Kevin Johnson was the No. 1 target of rookie quarterback Tim Couch when Cleveland returned as an expansion team in 1999, and he was on the receiving end of a famous Hail Mary play that gave the Browns their first win of that season. Johnson caught 315 passes for 3,836 yards and 23 touchdowns. In 2001, he had a career-high 153 receiving yards against the Bengals, and he caught two touchdowns in a game twice.

Michael Jackson (1991–95)

Michael Jackson was a sixth-round draft pick of the Browns but played like a much higher selection during his four seasons in Cleveland. He racked up 2,797 yards and 28 touchdowns on 170 receptions before moving, along with the Browns, to Baltimore after the 1995 season. His single-game career high for yardage came in the season-opener in 1995, when he posted 157 yards against the Patriots.

Reggie Langhorne (1985–91)

Reggie Langhorne came into the fold for the Browns as a seventh-round draft pick in 1985, carving out a role as the slot receiver in an otherwise crowded receiving corps that helped the Browns into the playoffs in five straight seasons. Langhorne accumulated 3,597 yards and 15 touchdowns on 261 catches, and in eight playoff games, he added 26 receptions for 370 yards and two touchdowns. In 1988, he had two touchdowns in two different games, and his best single-game yardage effort in Cleveland was a 140-yard game in 1989.

Browns wide receivers, Jarvis Landry (80) and Odell Beckham Jr. (13), celebrate after a touchdown during the 2019 season. The duo became the first pair of wide receivers in Browns history to each gain at least 1,000 yards in the same season.
Browns wide receivers, Jarvis Landry (80) and Odell Beckham Jr. (13), celebrate after a touchdown during the 2019 season. The duo became the first pair of wide receivers in Browns history to each gain at least 1,000 yards in the same season. | Source

Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver History

The following is a look at some franchise trivia about wide receivers, Cleveland's receiving records and individual statistics for every 900-yard receiving season in the history of the Browns.

How Many Wide Receivers Have the Browns Drafted in the First Round?

The Browns have used 10 first-round draft picks on wide receivers, with half of them coming during the 1950s or '60s.

  • 2016: Corey Coleman (No. 15)
  • 2005: Braylon Edwards (No. 3)
  • 1994: Derrick Alexander (No. 29)
  • 1979: Willis Adams (No. 20)
  • 1973: Steve Holden (No. 16)
  • 1964: Paul Warfield (No. 11)
  • 1962: Gary Collins (No. 4)
  • 1961: Bobby Crespino (No. 10)
  • 1959: Rich Kreitling (No. 11)
  • 1956: Preston Carpenter (No. 13)

What Are the Longest Receptions in Browns History?

The top five receptions in Browns history all gained at least 86 yards. Every catch listed below, except for Milt Morin's, went for a touchdown.

  • 99 yards: Andre Davis (Oct. 17, 2004)*
  • 99 yards: Mac Speedie (Nov. 2, 1947)^
  • 97 yards: Webster Slaughter (Oct. 23, 1989)
  • 95 yards: Josh Gordon (Dec. 1, 2013)
  • 87 yards: Milt Morin (Nov. 24, 1968)
  • 86 yards: Leon Clarke (Oct. 23, 1960)

*Tied for NFL record

Cleveland Browns Receiving Records

Below are prominent records among quarterbacks that are contained in the Browns franchise record book.

  • Career Yards: 7,980, Ozzie Newsome (1978–1990)
  • Single-Season Yards: 1,646, Josh Gordon (2013)
  • Single-Game Yards: 261, Gordon (Dec. 1, 2013)
  • Career Touchdowns: 70, Gary Collins (1962–71)
  • Single-Season Touchdowns: 16, Braylon Edwards (2007)
  • Single-Game Touchdowns: 3, 11 times (last was Jordan Cameron on Sept. 22, 2013)
  • Career Receptions: Newsome, 662 (1978–90)
  • Single-Season Receptions: 89, Newsome (1983 and '84), and Kellen Winslow Jr. (2006)
  • Single-Game Receptions: 14, Gordon (Nov. 24, 2013), and Newsome (Oct.14, 1984)

Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs up the field after a reception against the Giants in 2016. He gained 1,007 receiving yards that season.
Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs up the field after a reception against the Giants in 2016. He gained 1,007 receiving yards that season. | Source

Cleveland Browns Receivers With 900 Yards in a Season

Player
Year
Pos
G
GS
Rec
Yds
TD
Josh Gordon
2013
WR
14
14
87
1646
9
Braylon Edwards
2007
WR
16
16
80
1289
16
Webster Slaughter
1989
WR
16
16
65
1236
6
Jarvis Landry
2019
WR
16
16
83
1174
6
Mac Speedie
1947
LE
14
9
67
1146
6
Kellen Winslow
2007
TE
16
14
82
1106
5
Kevin Johnson
2001
WR
16
16
84
1097
9
Paul Warfield
1968
SE
14
14
50
1067
12
Gary Barnidge
2015
TE
16
13
79
1043
9
Odell Beckham Jr.
2019
WR
16
15
74
1035
4
Mac Speedie
1949
LE
12
11
62
1028
7
Antonio Bryant
2005
WR
16
15
69
1009
4
Terrelle Pryor
2016
WR
16
15
77
1007
4
Ozzie Newsome
1981
TE
16
16
69
1002
6
Ozzie Newsome
1984
TE
16
15
89
1001
5
Kevin Johnson
1999
WR
16
16
66
986
8
Dave Logan
1979
WR
16
16
59
982
7
Jarvis Landry
2018
WR
16
14
81
976
4
Ozzie Newsome
1983
TE
16
16
89
970
6
Travis Benjamin
2015
WR
16
15
68
966
5
Quincy Morgan
2002
WR
16
16
56
964
7
Gary Collins
1966
FL
14
14
56
946
12
Paul Warfield
1964
SE
14
14
52
920
9
Jordan Cameron
2013
TE
15
14
80
917
7
Mac Speedie
1952
LE
12
12
62
911
5
Webster Slaughter
1991
WR
16
16
64
906
3

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