Wednesday, November 11, 2009
NFC South lacking YAC
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
When it comes to yards after the catch (YAC), NFC South teams aren’t faring well.
Not sure that it matters all that much because the division’s best and worst teams rank near the bottom of the league in this category. Tampa Bay’s yards after the catch make up the smallest percentage (34.2) of any passing game in the league, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information. The Saints, although remarkably good on offense, don’t do a lot after the catch either. They rank 28th with 39.3 percent of their passing yards coming after the catch.
The Falcons are No. 25 (40 percent) and the Panthers are No. 14 (44.4 percent).
Individually, the NFC South doesn’t have a player better than No. 16 in yards after the catch. Atlanta’s Roddy White is No. 17 with 220 yards after the catch. Carolina’s Steve Smith, who usually has been among the league leaders in this category in recent years, has fallen all the way to No. 29 with 201 yards after the catch. New Orleans’ Reggie Bush is No. 42 with 167 yards and teammate Marques Colston is No. 44 with 166 yards.
No other NFC South players rank in the top 50.