No receiving yards are completely meaningless. They show up in the stats of the pass-catcher and the quarterback and they count in the game.
But if you’re trailing by four touchdowns late and the defense is in prevent and most concerned with keeping you in bounds and keeping the clock running, a long reception certainly means less than it does in a tight game against tight coverage.
Chase Stuart of footballperspective.com knows his formula for “meaningless receiving yards” is flawed, but it’s still something very interesting to consider.
Jacksonville’s Ace Sanders led the league in percentage of receiving yards that lacked great meaning with 57.5 and with a percentage of meaningless targets with 53.7.
The Titans figure prominently in the list of 31 here.
The piece is worth a look.