The New England Patriots have been the most dominant team in the league for about 20 years. Even if that era appears to be coming to an end, the Patriots' have fielded some really talented players across a variety of positions. And wide receiver is no exception.
With that in mind, here are the four best wideouts in Patriots history.
Best Patriots Wide Receivers
4. Wes Welker (2007-12)
In terms of pure productivity, Wes Welker has a pretty solid case to be higher on this list. He didn't have nearly as much postseason success as some of the others featured here, but we'll give him a very slight edge over talents like Deion Branch and Troy Brown. Welker played six seasons in New England, reaching at least 1,150 receiving yards in five of the six, and he had three seasons with at least 1,350 yards. He was a rock for the Patriots' passing game for years.
3. Julian Edelman (2009-Present)
Julian Edelman has the fourth-most receiving yards in Patriots history (6,507) and he's still going. If he plays a few more seasons, he'll likely retire with the second-most receiving yards in franchise history. But what separates Edelman is the postseason success he's had. In fact, he's one of the most prolific postseason producers in NFL history. His 118 receptions are the second-most in postseason history, trailing only Jerry Rice. He averages 49.7 receiving yards per game in the regular season, but that number skyrockets to 75.9 in the playoffs. When the lights are brightest, Edelman always seems to be at his best. His Super Bowl MVP award is proof of that.
2. Stanley Morgan (1977-89)
Stanley Morgan is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (534) and receiving yards (10,352). He played 13 seasons for the team, which certainly helps, but he was a really productive player for a long time. Morgan led the NFL in yards per reception in three consecutive seasons from 1979-81. He was named to four Pro Bowls as a Patriot, and his yardage record will likely stand for quite some time.
1. Randy Moss (2007-10)
Randy Moss didn't even spend four full seasons in New England, but putting anyone else atop this list feels disingenuous. He's unarguably the most talented wide receiver that has ever played for the franchise, and was at his peak in New England. In that undefeated 2007 regular season, Moss amassed 1,493 receiving yards and had an NFL record-breaking 23 receiving touchdowns. He has the fourth-most receiving TDs in franchise history despite playing just 52 games with the team – the three players ahead of him all played at least 115, and they collectively averaged 145.6 games played. Notably, he did all that despite playing just two full seasons with Tom Brady at the helm. Moss is simply too good to be ranked anywhere else on this list.
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