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Getting the drop on Dolphins receivers

4/13/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Spurred by a question posed in my AFC East mailbag, we're running a series of posts to show how successful each team was last year at catching the ball.

Dropped passes aren't an official stat, but Elias Sports Bureau tracks them. Elias uses a common-sense analysis of "should the receiver have caught the ball." If there's any doubt among Elias analysts, the player isn't charged with a drop.

With the benefit of quarterback Chad Pennington and his famously catchable passes, Miami Dolphins receivers dropped 6.8 percent, second-best in the division.

Wide receiver Ted Ginn's six drops led the team. He made 56 catches, giving him a drop percentage of 9.7.

But running back Ronnie Brown had the highest drop percentage at 10.8. Running back Ricky Williams dropped 9.4 percent of his catchable balls.

No other Miami wide receiver had more than two drops. Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess each had a couple. Their drop percentages were at about 3.5 percent.