NFC South: wide receiver catch percentage

Best hands in the NFC South?

December, 22, 2011
He’s a backup wide receiver on a losing team. But, at least statistically speaking, Tampa Bay’s Preston Parker has the best hands in the NFC South.

Parker has a division-best 97.2 wide-receiver catch percentage (receptions divided by receptions plus drops). According to ESPN Stats & Information, Parker has just one drop while being targeted 53 times and making 35 catches. He slightly edges out New Orleans’ Marques Colston and Carolina’s Brandon LaFell for the division lead after 14 games.

Here’s a look at the catch percentages for the rest of the division’s receivers after Parker:
  • Colston: 97.1
  • LaFell: 96.9

Best hands in the NFC South?

December, 8, 2011
Who has the best hands in the NFC South?

Well, if you go strictly by the numbers, the answer would be Lance Moore, Preston Parker and Brandon LaFell. They lead the NFC South, and are among the league leaders in wide receiver catch percentage (receptions divided by receptions plus drops), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

New Orleans’ Moore leads the division with a 97.6 percent catch rate. He’s been targeted 58 times, has 41 receptions and just one drop. Tampa Bay’s Parker is just behind him at 97 percent, with 32 receptions and one drop on 48 targets.

LaFell is at 96.7 percent with 29 catches and one drop on 41 targets. New Orleans’ Marques Colston (96.2) is the only other NFC South receiver with a catch percentage above 95.

Here’s a look at where some other NFC South receivers stand in this category:
  • Mike Williams, Buccaneers, 89.1 percent