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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Falcons lead league in dropped passes

By Pat Yasinskas

The Atlanta Falcons have the best record (6-0) in the NFL, but they’re also leading the league in a dubious category.

The Falcons have dropped a league-high 16 passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They were tied for the league lead with the Saints at 15 last week, but New Orleans had a bye. The Saints are still No. 2 with 15 team drops.

The Buccaneers are tied for No. 20 with nine drops and the Panthers are tied for No. 27 with six drops.

Julio Jones has been Atlanta’s biggest offender. He’s tied for No. 2 in the league with five drops. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is one of those players tied with Jones.

New Orleans’ Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham are among a group of players tied for No. 6 with four drops each.

On the positive side, Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson and New Orleans’ Devery Henderson are among a group of 25 players with a 100-percent catch rate (no drops) and Atlanta’s Roddy White, who led the league in drops last year is right behind them at 97.4 percent. White has dropped only one pass while being targeted 51 times and coming up with 37 catches.