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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Targeting Atlanta's wide receivers

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Prior to the Super Bowl, a reader asked if I could get numbers on how many times NFC South receivers were targeted last season. I had to take care of some Super Bowl duties last week, but I got the numbers (and also a breakdown on drops), courtesy of STATS.

We'll start with the Falcons (and we'll limit it only to the main wide receivers):

Player Targets Catches Drops % Caught % First Down
Roddy White 148 88 9 59.5 41.2
Michael Jenkins 81 50 2 61.7 45.7
Harry Douglas 39 23 3 59.0 33.3
Brian Finneran 36 21 2 58.3 38.9

Notes: White was the most-targeted receiver in the NFC South and ranked eighth in the league. Denver's Brandon Marshall led the league with 181 targets. …White's nine drops tied for fifth in the league. Cleveland's Braylon Edwards led the league in drops with 16.