Tuesday, January 5, 2010
A veritable festival of pass target notes
By Paul Kuharsky
AFC South notes from ESPN Stats & Information’s targets report from the end of the regular season:
- Andre Johnson was the most-targeted player in the league with 169 passes thrown his direction, 10 more than went to Roddy White. Reggie Wayne was seventh (149).
- Johnson was the lone player from the division in the top 10 players targeted on third down -- he caught 21 of the 39 passes aimed at him.
- Johnson tied for fifth with 39 fourth-quarter targets.
- Only Brandon Marshall (25) was targeted more in the red zone. Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Sidney Rice all had 23 balls thrown their way from inside the 20. Wayne was eighth with 19.
- Wayne was tied for fifth in times targeted in the red zone in the fourth quarter with seven.
- Johnson was tied with Calvin Johnson for second with 51 targets on balls throw 15 yards or more in the air. Vincent Jackson was first with 57. But Andre Johnson’s 30.4-yard average on those balls was best of the three.
- Kevin Walter was first in catch percentage on balls thrown 15 or more yards downfield (72.2 percent) while Kenny Britt ranked sixth (59.1 percent) and Johnson eighth (56.9).
- Dallas Clark was targeted the most among NFL tight ends, edging Tony Gonzalez 131 to 130.
- Chris Johnson (70), Maurice Jones-Drew (69) and Joseph Addai (63) rank fifth, sixth, and ninth, respectively, among the most-targeted running backs.
- Walter ranked second (minimum 70 targets) with a 74.6 catch percentage, Austin Collie 10th at 67.4, Wayne 11th at 67.1.
- Nate Washington, Pierre Garcon and Carolina’s Steve Smith shared the 17th-lowest catch percentage (minimum 70 targets) at 51.6 percent.
- Washington ranked ninth worst in yards per target (minimum 70 targets) at 6.3.
- Johnson was tied for ninth with 53 targets when a defense rushed the passer with five or more defenders. He averaged 15.5 yards on those chances, second highest among the top 10.