NFC South: yards after catch

NFC South allowing lots of YAC

October, 19, 2011
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As shown by Sunday’s victory against the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay’s young defense is improving.

But there’s still room for growth. One area where the Buccaneers have had a big problem is in allowing receivers to gain yards after the catch. Tampa Bay ranks No. 31 in the NFL with 877 yards coming after the catch, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only Oakland (926) has allowed more yards.

The rest of the NFC South defenses also are struggling in this area. Atlanta is No. 29 with 854 yards allowed after the catch.

New Orleans is No. 28 with 837 yards. Carolina is No. 21 with 736 yards after the catch.

San Diego’s defense leads the league with just 385 yards allowed after the catch.

Saints racking up the YAC

September, 30, 2011
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Part of the beauty of Sean Payton’s offense is that a pass play is far from over once the ball is caught.

Almost half of the New Orleans Saints’ passing yards have come after the catch. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Saints rank fifth in the NFL with 485 yards after the catch. That’s 45.8 percent of their total passing yards. The most productive New Orleans player after the catch has been running back Darren Sproles. He ranks No. 6 in the league with 177 yards on 21 receptions. He’s averaging 8.4 yards after the catch.

New Orleans receiver Devery Henderson has 107 yards after the catch, which puts him at No. 19 in the league. Henderson is averaging 8.9 yards after the catch.

The Carolina Panthers are the only NFC South team that’s even close to the Saints in this category. The Panthers are No. 8 in the league with 431 yards after the catch and 42.6 percent of their passing yards have come after the catch. That’s largely because receiver Steve Smith is No. 13 in the league with 129 yards after the catch.

The Falcons and Buccaneers aren’t lighting it up in this category. Atlanta ranks No. 15 with 373 yards after the catch and Tampa Bay is No. 21 with 310 yards.

Saints still bringing YAC

October, 27, 2010
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In a season in which the New Orleans Saints have gone from Super Bowl champions to a huge question mark, one thing remains certain about this team. The offense is designed to produce yards after the catch and that’s still happening.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Saints lead the league in yards after the catch (YAC). On 200 receptions, the Saints have generated 2,029 yards and 1,049 of those have come after the catch. No other team is over 1,000 yards and no other NFC South team is even close to the Saints.

The Falcons are No. 17 with 669 yards after the catch. Tampa Bay is No. 22 with 534 yards and Carolina is No. 27 with 455 yards.

Bucs need more YAC

April, 13, 2010
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It’s blatantly obvious the Buccaneers have a glaring need at wide receiver. Let’s go ahead and make it even more obvious.

According to our friends at ESPN Stats & Information, the Bucs ranked last in the league in yards after the catch (YAC). Just 34.3 percent of their passing yards came after the catch. The Falcons ranked No. 31 at 37 percent. The Bucs had 3,134 gross passing yards last season, but only 1,076 of them came after the catch.

After letting No. 1 receiver Antonio Bryant go through free agency, the Bucs haven’t done very much at wide receiver. They added Reggie Brown, but it’s almost certain they’ll take a receiver somewhere early in the draft.

It’s unlikely that will come with the No. 3 overall pick because the Bucs have an even greater need at defensive tackle. But the Bucs hold two second-round picks and it’s a good bet that one of them will be used on a wide receiver. They clearly need someone who can make things happen after the catch and guys like Notre Dame’s Golden Tate or Texas’ Jordan Shipley could be available in the second round.

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