Otis Taylor vs Dwayne Bowe: The First 5 Seasons
Taylor - 64 games, 204 catches, 3,817 yards, 35 TD.
Averages - 3.2 catches per game, 59.6 yards per game.
Bowe - 75 games, 356 receptions, 4,927 yards, 36 TD.
Averages - 4.74 catches per game, 65.7 yards per game.
Coming in close - Chris Burford
65 games, 261 catches, 3,783 yards, 38 TD
Averages - 4.01 catches per game, 58.2 yards per game.
Henry Marshall, Carlos Carson and Stephone Paige aren't even in the discussion, so don't even bother looking them up.
Oh, and let's throw in Tony Gonzalez's first five seasons just for fun, since I will inevitably be accused of comparing Bowe to players from a less pass-happy era.
79 games, 334 catches, 3,958 yards, 30 TD
Averages - 4.22 catches per game, 50.1 yards per game.
Oh, and let's throw in Eddie Kennison's first five seasons just for fun, even though that's unfair to Bowe, but it might help to compare him to an actual WR from the modern era.
76 games, 292 catches, 4,807 yards, 25 TD
Averages - 3.84 catches per game, 63.25 yards per game.
More catches: Dwayne Bowe.
More yards: Dwayne Bowe.
More yards per game: Dwayne Bowe.
Worst quarterbacks: Dwayne Bowe.
Winner: Dwayne Bowe