Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Bucs at top of league in dropped passes
By Pat Yasinskas
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are on a five-game losing streak, aren’t at the top of the league in many categories.
But they are tied for No. 1 in the NFL in one department. That’s dropped passes. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bucs are one of five teams tied for the league lead with 23 dropped passes.
Go ahead an insert your joke about them being all thumbs. That's fair game because they opened that can of worms by themselves.
Second-year receivers Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are the biggest culprits. Williams is tied for third in the league with seven drops. Benn is tied for seventh with five drops. Tight end Kellen Winslow is right behind them with four.
Atlanta’s Roddy White, who has come on strong in recent weeks after a slow start, still leads the NFL with nine drops. As a team, the Falcons are tied for No. 6 with 20 drops.
The Saints are tied for No. 17 with 15 drops and the Panthers are tied for No. 20 with 13.
On the flip side, New Orleans’ Lance Moore and Devery Henderson are the only NFC South receivers – who have seen significant playing time – who have yet to drop a pass.
Moore has been targeted 54 times and has 39 catches. Henderson has been targeted 36 times and has 23 receptions.