32 Observations: Week 16

In a passing league its no shame to receive, and Nathan Jahnke gives you 32 gifts about pass catchers.

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32 Observations: Week 16

‘Tis the season for giving, which also means it is the season for receiving. Therefore, this week the 32 Observations series is giving you an interesting piece of trivia for a receiver on each of the 32 teams. Feel free to use them to impress the relatives you don’t really want to talk to at your holiday gatherings.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: On T.J. Graham’s 55 targets, the average time to throw has been 2.1 seconds, which is tied for the lowest for all receivers with at least 50 targets.

Miami Dolphins: Brian Hartline has 63 catches on 101 targets for 914 yards when lining up as the outermost right wide receiver. Each of these leads the league.

New England Patriots: Wes Welker has at least 30 yards after the catch in 11 games this season. No other wide receiver has more than eight.

New York Jets: Jeremy Kerley has a catch rate of 64.3% on deep passes, which leads the league. He has caught 9 of 14 passes for 286 yards.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith has been targeted 14 times on passes that are in the air for 40 yards or more, which is the most in the league. He has caught only two of those passes for 99 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green has accumulated 741 yards on 51 catches, along with six touchdowns on first downs. Each of those numbers leads the league.

Cleveland Browns: Thirty of the 32 teams in the league have at least one receiver with 16% or more of the team’s targets. The Browns are one of the two who don’t. Josh Gordon leads the team with 82 targets, which make up 15.3% of the team’s total targets.

Pittsburgh Steelers: On Emmanuel Sanders’ 66 targets, the average time to throw has been 3.0 seconds, which is the most in the league for players with at least 35 targets.

AFC South

Houston Texans: Andre Johnson has 2.96 Yards per Route Run. Assuming he doesn’t have a terrible game in Week 17, he will have finished in the Top 3 in the category for a fifth straight year.

Indianapolis Colts: Donnie Avery is one of just five players to have 20 or more receiving yards in all 15 games this year.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Over the past six weeks, Justin Blackmon has 536 receiving yards on 32 catches, which is the sixth-highest yards total in the league. Over the first nine games, he had just 253 receiving yards on 26 catches.

Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright has an Average Depth of Target of 7.6 when lining up to the outside. That is the lowest for receivers who line up more to the outside than inside.

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas has six third-quarter touchdowns, which leads all players. Coming in second is Eric Decker with five.

Kansas City Chiefs: There have been six games this year where an individual receiver had three touchdowns. That matches the number that Dwayne Bowe has over the course of the season, which leads the Chiefs. There are no other players on the roster with more than one receiving touchdown.

Oakland Raiders: Denarius Moore has nine drops, compared to 50 receptions. This gives him a Drop Rate of 15.25, which is the second-highest in the league.

San Diego Chargers: When Philip Rivers throws to Danario Alexander, he has a rating of 132.2, which is the second-highest rating to a particular receiver in the league.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Dez Bryant had 440 receiving yards on 27 catches in the third quarter, which is more yards than any other player.

New York Giants: Victor Cruz has six touchdowns when lining up in the slot, which is tied for the most in the league.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Avant has the most catches this year without having a touchdown, at 49.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins are the only team in the league without a receiver of at least 600 yards. This could very well change Sunday night, as Pierre Garcon (591 yards), Santana Moss (551), Leonard Hankerson (531) and Josh Morgan (510) are all within 100 yards.

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Brandon Marshall has six or more catches in 12 of 15 games this year, which is the most in the league.

Detroit Lions: While there are numerous stats to show how dominant Calvin Johnson has been, the teammates around him have been equally underwhelming. Although it’s a low sample size, Kris Durham (0.85 YPRR), Brian Robiskie (0.33) and Mike Thomas (0.17) would own three of the six lowest Yards Per Route Run values for receivers on the season — if they had a qualifying number of pass routes.

Green Bay Packers: James Jones has a touchdown on 13 of his 58 catches. That is a touchdown rate of 22.4%, which is the highest in the league.

Minnesota Vikings: Of Percy Harvin’s 677 receiving yards, 542 have come after the catch which is over 80% of his receiving yards. No other wide receiver with at least 50 targets has more than two-thirds of his receiving yards coming after the catch.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Roddy White has seven games this season with 100 or more receiving yards. Only Calvin Johnson has more.

Carolina Panthers: Louis Murphy has 0.76 Yards per Route Run, which is the lowest in the league for those with 350 pass routes.

New Orleans Saints: Of Lance Moore’s 920 receiving yards this year, only 115 have come after the catch. That is just 12.5%, which is the lowest rate in the league for players with at least 50 targets.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vincent Jackson has 633 receiving yards on his 17 deep catches, which is the second-most in the league. That his 159 yards more than the third most.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: When quarterbacks throw to Larry Fitzgerald, they have a QB Rating of 42.4,  the lowest in the league. However, this is in large part due to quarterbacks having 11 interceptions when throwing in his direction, which is the most in the league.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams’ top three leading receivers are all within 3 yards of each other — Brandon Gibson (646 yards), Chris Givens (644), and Danny Amendola (643). The difference is it took Amendola only 291 pass routes to reach this number, while Givens needed 333, and Gibson 439.

San Francisco 49ers: Over the past four weeks, Michael Crabtree has 366 receiving yards, which is the sixth-most in the league. He has done this on 27 catches.

Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Rice has an average depth of target of 14.7 on his 32 slot targets. That is the highest average depth of target for all slot receivers.


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Nathan has been with Pro Football Focus since 2010. He is the Director of Analytics, an NFL analyst, and a fantasy writer.

  • Windwounder

    Percy Harvin? C’mon he hasn’t played for 2 months and is on IR. The Vikes are surprisingly in the playoff hunt in the last week and you can’t come up with a relevant stat? 

    • pbskids4000

      Let’s be honest. Do you really feel like hearing about the Vikings pitiful receivers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/colin.weaver Colin William Weaver

      Number of Frontflips-for-Touchdowns by Jerome Simpson: 0

      (I did my best.  That is the only active WR I can name on the Vikings.  Who does Ponder throw to besides Peterson and Rudolph?)

  • Chris Stoger

    Bills Fan here, how can I interprete the 2.1 seconds to throw to Graham? Is this good or bad?