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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Patriots lead league in yards after catch


The Patriots lead the NFL with 945 yards after the catch (YAC), according to information from ESPN's Stats & Analysis team.

Receiver Wes Welker is fourth in the NFL with 266 yards after the catch this season, according to ESPN data. Sammy Morris (131), Randy Moss (125), Julian Edelman (112), Kevin Faulk (104), and Sam Aiken (87) round out the top six.

The YAC represents 45.35 of the Patriots' passing yards, which ranks 11th in the league.

Yards after catch have been a big part of the Patriots' offensive identity in recent years. In 2008, the Patriots had the highest percentage of yards after catch (56) in the NFL.

In 2007, the offense ranked second in total yards after catch.