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Monday, January 24, 2011
Brandon Lloyd moves the chains

By Bill Williamson

Highlighting his breakout season that will culminate in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd, 29, had the highest percentage of first downs on his catches in the NFL in the past 10 years.

I want to thank reader Eron from Pinedale, Wyo., for asking me to check on this and I also want to thank ESPN Stats and Information for finding the data.

Lloyd earned first downs on 72 of the 77 catches he made this season. Now that's a guy who can move the chains.

Over the course of the past 10 seasons Lloyd has the highest percentage of catches for a first down (93.5) in a season (with a minimum of 40 receptions). Below are the best first-down percentage rates in the past 10 NFL seasons. It’s not surprising that most of the players on the list, including Lloyd, are deep threats who have high per-catch averages.