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Thursday, October 20, 2011
NFC South struggling downfield

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

When it comes to not completing passes downfield, several NFC South quarterbacks and receivers have the market cornered this season.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, four of the five worst completion percentages on passes of more than 10 yards downfield are from the NFC South. This includes only receivers who have had a minimum of 20 such targets.

Carolina’s Cam Newton and Legedu Naanee are worst in the league at 23.8 percent. Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman and Mike Williams are second at 26.9 percent.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are third worst at 30 percent. Ryan and Roddy White are No. 5 at 38.5 percent. Last season, Ryan and White connected on 57.4 percent of passes of more than 10 yards.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Plaxico Burress are the only non-NFC South tandem among the top five. They’ve connected on 34.8 percent of their passes of more than 10 yards.