- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Heading into the final game of the regular season, it appears unlikely New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham will lose his league lead in dropped passes.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Graham, who has been playing with an injured wrist, has dropped 13 passes this season. New England’s Wes Welker is second with 10 drops.
Graham hasn’t been the only New Orleans player to have problems with drops this season. The Saints rank No. 2 in the league with 40 drops. Running back Darren Sproles is tied for third place with nine drops and receiver Marques Colston is tied for 15th place with seven.
Atlanta receiver Julio Jones is the only other NFC South player in the top 20. Jones is tied for seventh place with eight drops.
The Falcons are tied for No. 15 in team drops with 26. The Buccaneers are tied for No. 27 with 20 drops. The Panthers are No. 30 with 17 drops.
On the flip side, Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson leads the division with a 98.6 catch percentage (receptions divided by receptions plus drops). Atlanta’s Roddy White, who has bounced back nicely after leading the league in drops last season, is just behind Jackson at 96.7 percent.