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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Owens, Edwards among worst in hooking up



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


A good debate: Who's having the more frustrating season, Terrell Owens or Joey Galloway?

Galloway's inability to incorporate himself into the New England Patriots' offense is bewildering. But he's not as prominent to his offense as Owens is to the Buffalo Bills'.
Lowest reception percentage (Min. 10 targets*)
Player Rec-Targets Rec. Pct.
Darrius Heyward-Bey 1-12 8.3
Chris Chambers 2-14 14.3
Joey Galloway 7-20 35.0
Nate Washington 7-19 36.8
Eddie Royal 6-16 37.5
Terrell Owens 5-13 38.5
Kevin Curtis 5-13 38.5
*135 players have at least 10 targets this season

Buffalo's inability to get the ball to Owens was obvious on Sunday.

For the first time in 186 games, he failed to catch a pass.

They haven't thrown to Owens much through the first three games, and the passes that have gone his way he hasn't been able to grab.

Owens, a future Hall of Famer who once caught 20 passes in a game, has been targeted only 13 times so far. That's about half as much as he was used to with the Dallas Cowboys -- and even that wasn't enough.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo targeted Owens an average of 8.2 times last year and 8.8 times two years ago.

ESPN Stats & Information researcher Alok Pattani points out 96 players, including 20 tight ends and 11 running backs, have been targeted more often.

Owens hasn't been able to do much with the balls that are directed toward him. He has five receptions, giving him and Bills quarterback Trent Edwards a 38.5 percent success rate.

Of the 135 players who have been targeted at least 10 times this season, five have a lower reception percentage, which factors not only drops (Owens has had a few), but also errant throws (Edwards has made a few).

Galloway has the third-worst reception percentage at 35 percent. Tom Brady has targeted him 20 times.

Five Bills have been targeted at least 10 times, and all of them have a higher reception percentage than Owens.

While it might not be fair to compare Owens to tight end Derek Schouman (81.8 percent) or running back Fred Jackson (75 percent) in this regard because Edwards often goes to them with higher-percentage attempts, Owens also ranks behind receivers Josh Reed (100 percent) and Lee Evans (47.1 percent).