The Cincinnati Bengals have had some great players over the years. Some of those greats were wide receivers.
Young Bengals fans may not know it but they also have had some great tight ends. Three of them might qualify in this top ten. However, since this is a list of the top wide receivers, names like Rodney Holman, Tony McGee, and Bob Trumpy aren't included.
Here are the top 10 wide receivers in Bengal history.
Games - 96
Receptions - 218
Yards - 3,079
Y/R - 14.1
Touchdowns - 12
Pro Bowls - 1
After being cut by the San Francisco 49ers in 1968, Phillip Leon "Chip" Myers played for the Bengals from 1969 to 1976.
Myers was an underrated receiver in the early 1970s. He was the top pass catcher for the Bengals in 1970, 1972, and 1974. He made the Pro Bowl in 1972 when he was third in the league with 57 catches.
He later was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings for four seasons. He died in 1999 of a heart attack.
Games - 66
Receptions - 264
Yards - 2,811
Y/R - 10.6
Touchdowns - 18
Peter Warrick was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals fourth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. His biggest year came in 2003 when Warrick caught a career high 79 passes for 819 yards and seven touchdowns. He also picked up 143 rushing yards on the ground and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Warrick may have performed better if he was in a system with a consistent quarterback.
Games - 121
Receptions - 282
Yards - 4,703
Y/R - 16.7
Touchdowns - 25
Tim McGee was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (21st overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he led the NFL in kickoff return yards.
He was a key contributor to the Bengals Super Bowl team in 1988 when he caught 36 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns. His best year came in 1989 when he grabbed 65 balls for 1,211 yards and eight touchdowns.
McGee sat with Boomer Esiason in front of a bus full of replacement players during the 1987 strike.
Games - 109
Receptions - 386
Yards - 5,975
Y/R - 15.5
Touchdowns - 36
Darnay Scott was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft.
His best season was in 1999 when Scott had 68 receptions for 1022 yards and seven touchdowns. Bengal fans remember the pretty, high-arching deep balls from Jeff Blake to an in-stride Scott for long touchdowns.
Games - 103
Receptions - 507
Yards - 5,782
Y/R - 11.4
Touchdowns - 36
Pro Bowls - 1
T.J. Houshmandzadeh was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (204th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft. That year, he had 21 receptions for 228 yards and set a franchise record with 126 punt return yards in a game.
Houshmandzadeh missed almost all of the 2003 season with a severe hamstring injury. In 2004 he was listed as the team's third receiver behind Peter Warrick and Chad Johnson. When Warrick went down, Houshmandzadeh was promoted to the starting lineup with Johnson. Those two quickly became among the NFL's most exciting receiving tandems.
His best season came in 2007 when he caught 112 balls for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns. If he had re-signed with the Bengals instead of the Seahawks, he would surely move higher on this list.
Games - 102
Receptions - 363
Yards - 6,134
Y/R - 16.9
Touchdowns - 41
Pro Bowls - 1
In the 1985 NFL Draft, Brown was the 13th pick overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. That year, Brown won the NFL Rookie of the Year Award when he snagged 53 balls for 942 yards and eight touchdowns.
Brown's best year was 1988 when he hauled in 53 throws for 1,273 yards and nine touchdowns, helping the Bengals to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXIII. He also went to the Pro Bowl that year.
His 24 yards per catch average in 1988 is the highest yards per catch of any player in NFL history for a season with 50+ catches.
Games - 120
Receptions - 530
Yards - 6,887
Y/R - 13.0
Touchdowns - 63
Pro Bowls - 2
Carl Pickens was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (31st overall) in the 1992 NFL Draft. That year, he was The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.
His best season came in 1995 when he had 99 receptions and 17 touchdowns. He also caught at least one touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games that season. In 1996, Pickens became the first Bengal to have 100 receptions.
Pickens is remembered for his great leaping ability. When the Bengals were near the goal line, the "jump ball" throw to Pickens in the corner of the endzone was nearly unstoppable.
He is also known for the "Carl Pickens Clause". The Bengals created a clause for Pickens' contract which would cause him to forfeit all or some of his signing bonus if he insulted the organization in public.
Games - 167
Receptions - 416
Yards - 7,101
Y/R - 17.1
Touchdowns - 53
Pro Bowls - 4
Isaac Curtis was selected 15th overall by the Bengals in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft. That year, Curtis snatched 45 balls for 843 yards and nine touchdowns.
Although Curtis never had 1,000 yards or 50 catches in a season, he was a clutch player who was great at getting yards after the catch. Curtis was a burner who could make circus catches down the field. In 1974 and 1975, he averaged more than 21.1 yards per reception.
His 17.1 yards per catch average is a Bengals record.
Games - 107
Receptions - 417
Yards - 6,698
Y/R - 16.1
Touchdowns - 36
Pro Bowls - 3
Cris Collinsworth was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. Collinsworth was known for great route running and good speed. He had more than 1,000 yards receiving yards four times in his career (1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986).
In 1985, Collinsworth was signed up to go to the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League, but failed the physical and never suited up.
Games - 138
Receptions - 696
Yards - 10,111
Y/R - 14.5
Touchdowns - 63
Pro Bowls - 6
Chad Johnson was drafted by the Bengals in the second round (36th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. That year, he caught 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown.
After that, Johnson established himself as one of the best receivers in the game. He has had over 1,000 yards seven times. He is also known for elaborate end zone "celebrations".
He legally changed his last name from Johnson to Ochocinco prior to the 2008 regular season to reflect the two numerals on his Bengals uniform.
Ochocinco holds franchise records for receptions, touchdown receptions, and receiving yards in a season and career. He holds an NFL record for receiving yards in back-to-back games with 450.
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