NFC South: wide receiver targets

Targeting Carolina's wide receivers

February, 3, 2009
2/03/09
5:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We'll continue our team-by-team look at how wide receivers performed (in terms of drops and how frequently they were targeted) with the Carolina Panthers -- also known as Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad and nobody else.

Player Targets Catches Drops % Caught % First Down
D.J. Hackett 28 13 0 46.4 25.0
Dwayne Jarrett 19 10 1 52.6 47.4
Muhsin Muhammad 108 65 8 60.2 42.6
Steve Smith 129 78 6 60.5 45.7

Notes: Despite missing the first two games due to a suspension, Smith finished tied for 16th in the league in the number of times he was targeted. Smith tied for 12th in the league in yards after the catch with 439 and led all NFC South receivers in that category.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We'll continue our team-by-team look at how wide receivers performed (in terms of drops and how frequently they were targeted) with the New Orleans Saints.

Player Targets Catches Drops % Caught % First Down
Marques Colston 88 47 8 53.4 39.8
Devery Henderson 57 32 2 56.1 47.4
Robert Meachem 20 12 2 60.0 40.0
Lance Moore 120 79 2 65.8 33.3
David Patten 20 11 1 55.0 35.0

 Notes: Henderson showed dramatic improvement, dropping only two passes after consistently being among the league leaders in recent years. ... Colston tied for seventh in the league with eight drops, despite missing five games due to injury. Colston had been sure-handed in his first two seasons, but this year's numbers might reflect that he injured his thumb early in the season and may not have been fully healthy all year.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We'll continue our team-by-team look at how wide receivers performed (in terms of drops and how frequently they were targeted) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Player Targets Catches Drops % Caught % First Down
Antonio Bryant 137 83 5 60.6 43.8
Michael Clayton 61 38 2 62.3 34.4
Joey Galloway 28 13 1 46.4 21.4
Ike Hilliard 58 47 2 81.0 53.4

Notes: Running back Warrick Dunn actually led the Bucs in drops with six. ... Bryant tied for seventh in the league with 60 catches for first downs, one less than Atlanta's Roddy White, who led the league in that category. ... The Bucs led the division with 32 dropped passes (including those by tight ends and running backs). Jacksonville led the league with 40 drops.

Targeting Atlanta's wide receivers

February, 3, 2009
2/03/09
4:00
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Prior to the Super Bowl, a reader asked if I could get numbers on how many times NFC South receivers were targeted last season. I had to take care of some Super Bowl duties last week, but I got the numbers (and also a breakdown on drops), courtesy of STATS.

We'll start with the Falcons (and we'll limit it only to the main wide receivers):

Player Targets Catches Drops % Caught % First Down
Roddy White 148 88 9 59.5 41.2
Michael Jenkins 81 50 2 61.7 45.7
Harry Douglas 39 23 3 59.0 33.3
Brian Finneran 36 21 2 58.3 38.9

Notes: White was the most-targeted receiver in the NFC South and ranked eighth in the league. Denver's Brandon Marshall led the league with 181 targets. …White's nine drops tied for fifth in the league. Cleveland's Braylon Edwards led the league in drops with 16.

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