- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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He’s a backup wide receiver on a losing team. But, at least statistically speaking, Tampa Bay’s Preston Parker has the best hands in the NFC South.
Parker has a division-best 97.2 wide-receiver catch percentage (receptions divided by receptions plus drops). According to ESPN Stats & Information, Parker has just one drop while being targeted 53 times and making 35 catches. He slightly edges out New Orleans’ Marques Colston and Carolina’s Brandon LaFell for the division lead after 14 games.
Here’s a look at the catch percentages for the rest of the division’s receivers after Parker:
Legedu Naanee, Panthers: 95.5
Harry Douglas, Falcons: 95.0
Steve Smith, Panthers: 94.7
Robert Meachem, Saints: 94.6
Lance Moore, Saints: 94.3
Julio Jones, Falcons: 91.3
Mike Williams, Buccaneers: 89.6
Roddy White, Falcons: 88.5
Arrelious Benn, Buccaneers: 85.3