Let's drop the subject: Who can't catch?

October, 28, 2009
10/28/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Drops aren't an official NFL stat, but that doesn't make fans any less aggravated when they witness one.

In an attempt to measure how well AFC East receivers are handling the ball, Matt Lyon of ESPN Stats & Information crew crunched the two official numbers we have: targets and receptions.
AFC East wide receivers: 2009 catch percentage (minimum 20 targets)
Player Team Pct.
Greg Camarillo Dolphins 90.5
Davone Bess Dolphins 78.8
Wes Welker Patriots 75.4
Julian Edelman Patriots 67.7
Jerricho Cotchery Jets 66.7
Randy Moss Patriots 64.2
Lee Evans Bills 46.7
Ted Ginn Dolphins 46.2
Braylon Edwards Jets* 45.0
Terrell Owens Bills 42.9
* Does not include Browns stats

Is it any surprise that the three worst wide receivers when it comes to catch percentage (the number of catches divided by the number of times thrown to) are three players who have become synonymous with dropping the ball?

As the accompanying chart shows, Terrell Owens, Braylon Edwards and Ted Ginn have the lowest success rate of receivers who've been targeted at least 20 times.

Ginn has drawn the ire of Dolfans for his cement mitts in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints.

One well-placed Chad Henne pass bounced off Ginn's hands and caromed to Saints safety Darren Sharper, who ran the interception back for a tide-turning touchdown.

Of the 84 wide receivers who've been targeted with at least 20 tosses, Ginn ranks 72nd in catch percentage. He has made 18 of 39 attempts to connect.

What makes his low percentage even more striking is that his quarterback for a good chunk of the season was Chad Pennington, one of the more accurate passers in the NFL. You wouldn't be able to tell by looking at other Dolphins receivers that there's a quarterback problem.

Greg Camarillo has caught a NFL-best 90.5 percent of the passes delivered (19 of 21). Davone Bess is fourth at 78.8 percent (26 of 33).

It should be mentioned here that New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who has had a couple of uncharacteristic drops this season, caught all 10 passes Tom Brady threw to him Sunday in London.

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