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Darren Sproles leads NFL in YAC

11/15/2011

New Orleans running back Darren Sproles has moved into the league lead in yards after the catch (YAC), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Sproles has gained 466 yards after the catch.

Sproles has 60 receptions and is averaging 7.8 yards after the catch per reception. It’s probably no coincidence that the closest NFC South player to Sproles in this category is fellow New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas, who is tied for No. 12 with 306 yards and is averaging 9.6 yards after the catch.

That’s part of the beauty of Sean Payton’s offense. Receivers are put in positions to make things happen after the catch. Tight end Jimmy Graham is tied for No. 17 with 280 yards after the catch.

The only other NFC South players in the top 20 in this category are Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart and receiver Steve Smith.

Stewart is No. 15 with 290 yards and Smith is No. 16 with 283 yards.

The Saints also lead the league – by far -- in team YAC with 3,326 yards. The only other team over 3,000 yards is the Patriots (3,032).

The Panthers have 2,605 yards after the catch. The Falcons have 2,309 and the Buccaneers have 2,188.