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NFL Stats Leader 2021: Who finished the season with most receiving yards?

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp
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The receiving yards leaders for the 2021 NFL season are now official following the conclusion of Week 18. In total, 26 players eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark, while five NFL teams have seen two of their players pass that milestone this year.

Of all the players who dominated in the catching game, these five stood above the rest and recorded the most receiving yardage during the 2021 season.

2021 NFL receiving yards leaders

Here are the players who lead the NFL in receiving this year.

#5 - Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers - 1,405 yards

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel has put together an impressive season for the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the year averaging the most yards per reception (17.8) in the NFL, while ranking second in yards after catch (722). Samuel also contributed to the running department this season, recording 365 rushing yards. in 2021 he scored a total of 15 touchdowns, proving he is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

Deebo Samuel has 8 rushing touchdowns this season, the most by any wide receiver in a single season in NFL history. https://t.co/fmR86iuZOa

#4 - Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals - 1,455 yards

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase
Most receiving yards by a rookie, ever1. Ja’Marr Chase (‘21) - 1,4292. Justin Jefferson (‘20) - 1,400@LSUfootball https://t.co/zcvv2GslUd

Ja'Marr Chase set a new rookie receiving record by recording 1,455 yards. He also ranks third in the NFL with 13 receiving touchdowns. He has emerged as the heavy favorite to be selected as the 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for his historic performance this season. Chase represents one of five teams with multiple players eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark in the 2021 season.

Most receiving yards in the 2021 NFL season

Here are the NFL players who have accumulated the most receiving yards this year.

#3 - Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers - 1,553 yards

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams

Davante Adams has established himself as one of the most consistently dominant wide receivers in the entire NFL. He has eclipsed both 110 receptions and 1,350 receiving yards in three of his last four seasons. Adams has also recorded ten or more touchdowns in five of his last six seasons. He is the biggest weapon on the Green Bay Packers and among the best players in the NFL.

#2 - Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings - 1,616 yards

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson has the most receiving yards of any player in NFL history across their first two seasons. After accumulating 1,400 yards in his rookie season, he followed that up with 1,616 yards in his second season. In totaling more than 3,000 yards across his first two seasons in the NFL, Jefferson becomes the first player to ever do so.

Justin Jefferson first 2 seasons:196 catches3,016 yardsBoth are most in NFL history. https://t.co/Xz83vshion

#1 - Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams - 1,947 yards

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp
.@CooperKupp is now a triple crown winner! 👑👑👑 https://t.co/dItqekbIU3

Cooper Kupp put together one of the greatest seasons by any wide receiver in NFL history. He is just the fourth player since the 1970 season to win the receiving triple crown, leading the NFL with 145 receptions, 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. His single-season yardage and reception totals rank second most in NFL history.

Edited by David Nyland
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