Fresh perspective on dropped passes

December, 24, 2010
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Every team will suffer from a spell of dropped passes periodically.

Some teams have more margin for error than others. The Arizona Cardinals' margin is particularly small because the team makes so few positive plays in the passing game.

That stood out to me when looking at the latest figures for dropped passes from ESPN Stats & Information.

The Cardinals have 33 drops, more than every team but the Detroit Lions (37). The deficit between positive and negative plays -- touchdown passes minus drops -- works out to minus-25 for Arizona. That is the worst disparity in the league.

As the chart shows, Seattle also ranks among the worst teams in the league by this measure. Fullback Michael Robinson has three drops on only 13 targets. His drop percentage (23.1) ranks tied for second-highest in the NFL among players with at least three drops this season.

Cardinals running back Tim Hightower is close behind. He has five drops in 34 targets for a 14.7 drop percentage. That percentage ranks 10th-highest in the league among players with at least three drops.

Teammate Steve Breaston is at 8.9 percent, with seven drops on 79 targets. Early Doucet, placed on injured reserve this week, had four drops on 57 targets (7 percent).

Larry Fitzgerald has four drops on 155 targets. His drop percentage -- 2.6 -- stands as the lowest in the league among players with at least three drops.

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