5 (tie). Chris Chambers
Chris Chambers came into the league in 2001 and proceeded to put up 883 yards, seven touchdowns and led the league in yards per reception (18.4). At that point, the league was no longer sleeping on the talented Dolphins receiver but it didn’t matter. Chambers continued to produce over his 6-year career with Miami. He finished 4th in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
5 (tie). O.J. McDuffie
Before Jarvis “Juice” Landry, there was McDuffie. On third down,
everybody knew that the ball was going to McDuffie and they still couldn’t stop him. In his eight year Dolphins career, McDuffie racked up 5,074 receiving yards, which is good for 5th place on the franchise list. While Chambers had more receiving yards, McDuffie also added value as Miami’s primary kick and punt returner for four seasons.
4. Nat Moore
Moore’s career spanned 13 seasons (1974-86) and saw him play with every major quarterback in Miami Dolphins history from Griese to Marino.
While Moore never broke 1,000 yards in a season, he produced double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back seasons (1977 and 1978). He was a constant presence in the Dolphins offense for over a decade and sits a clear 3rd in receptions (510), yards (7,546) and second with 74 touchdowns.
3. Paul Warfield
Despite only playing six seasons for Miami, Warfield left a permanent mark in Dolphins history. His 3,355 receiving yards only puts him 10th on the franchise list but his 21.5 yards per reception is best in franchise history. Also taken into account is the pivotal role he played in the Dolphins run of three straight Super bowls from 1971-73.
1 (tie). Mark Duper
There is no doubt that playing with Dan Marino is great for a
player’s career but this half of the “Marks Brothers” was a special talent. He is the franchise leader in receiving yards with an astounding 8.869 and averaged 17.4 yards per reception. Possibly the most ‘eye-popping’ stat on Duper’s resume is that with 511 career receptions he fumbled only FOUR times in his entire career.
1 (tie). Mark Clayton
The other member of the “Marks Brothers”, Clayton was equally special. Clayton’s 81 career Dolphins touchdowns is first in franchise history and includes four seasons where he scored double-digit touchdowns (including an astounishing 18 in the famous 1984 season).
Well, there you have it! The presence of two ‘ties’ on this list, among other things, provides much fodder for debate.
How would you rank them?