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
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.
#4 - Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals - 1,455 yards
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
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
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.
#1 - Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams - 1,947 yards
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.