Cincinnati Bengals: 15 greatest wide receivers of all-time
By John Buhler
- 264 career receptions w/Bengals
- 2,811 career receiving yards w/Bengals
- 18 career touchdown receptions w/Bengals
- Career 42.6 receiving yards per game w/Bengals
Peter Warrick goes down as one of the greatest wide receivers in Florida State football history, as well as one of the best playmakers in the history of the ACC. He was a three-time All-ACC player for the Seminoles and was a two-time consensus All-American with them in 1998 and 1999. So it came as no shock that he would go No. 4 overall to the Bengals in the 2000 NFL Draft.
What did come as a shock was that Warrick massively underperformed his first-round hype coming out of Florida State. He only played five seasons with the Bengals and one last season with the 2005 Seattle Seahawks before being out of the league. At least he got to go to a Super Bowl during his one year with the Seahawks.
Regardless, Warrick wasn’t actually as big of a bust as people tend to remember when he was with the Bengals. Sure, he was never a 1,000-yard receiver in any of his six NFL seasons. That being said, he did score 22 touchdowns for the Bengals in his five years with the team, 18 of them came as a receiver.
Warrick was largely a reliable, somewhat productive receiver during his first four years with the Bengals. He never had fewer than 51 catches for 592 yards and a touchdown in those four seasons. However, the team was largely terrible during his entire time in the Queen City.
The Bengals never made the playoffs during his five years with the team. His lone postseason trip would be in 2005 as a member of the Seahawks. That being said, Warrick did have a few solid years on some terrible Bengals teams. His best year in the NFL was 2003 when he had 79 catches for 819 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which ending up as career highs.
Overall, Warrick amassed 264 receptions for 2,811 yards and 18 touchdown catches in his five years with the Bengals. His career 42.6 receiving yards per game is okay, but we do have to believe that if his brief NFL prime coincided with Carson Palmer’s first few years in the league, Warwick’s career might have gone differently.