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Grading The Receiving Corps

by Staff Report on January 28, 2010

Michael Clayton

Bucs could be in the market for a sure handed receiver come April, after the teams receiving corps failed to deliver in '09

Just how bad was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiving corps in 2009? The simple answer, is they were horrendous. A group that largely consisted of veterans, failed to deliver the necessary production on the field. For a multitude of different reasons the teams passing attack never materialized. Whether you want to place blame on the play caller, scheme, quarterbacks or the receivers the Bucs group of wide receivers were down right putrid, evident by the 28th ranking they garnered in YAC percentage and 30th ranking they garnered in drop percentage.

By breaking down each of the 32 NFL teams receiving corps, We are able to isolate which teams receiving corps aided there respective quarterbacks.

By taking YAC (only for receivers) and total passing yards by a quarterback to his receivers, we are able to effectively determine which teams receiving corps were actually able to produce after the catch. To see which team had the best sets of hands we used drops by the receivers and attempts by quarterbacks to his receivers to determine a drop percentage for each team.

The stats that are being used were taken from Profootballfocus .com and NFL.com.

The first chart is YAC percentage.

TEAM YAC YARDS PERCENTAGE RANK
Green Bay 1128 1934 58.32% 1
Washington 1059 2145 49.37% 2
Dallas 1233 2756 44.74% 3
New England 1506 3386 44.48% 4
Denver 1127 2641 42.67% 5
St. Louis 733 1798 40.77% 6
San Fransisco 583 1564 37.28% 7
Chicago 860 2334 36.85% 8
New York Jets 636 1757 36.20% 9
Arizona 1169 3233 36.16% 10
Indianapolis 984 2733 36.00% 11
Minnesota 1000 2835 35.27% 12
Seattle 805 2376 33.88% 13
Pittsburgh 1077 3195 33.71% 14
New York Giants 1061 3157 33.61% 15
Philadelphia 924 2755 33.54% 16
Detroit 597 1824 32.73% 17
Houston 995 3046 32.67% 18
Cleveland 442 1376 32.12% 19
Kansas City 705 2200 32.05% 20
New Orleans 867 2755 31.47% 21
Atlanata 656 2130 30.80% 22
Miami 685 2272 30.15% 23
Carolina 518 1795 28.86% 24
Cincinnati 647 2304 28.08% 25
Jacksonville 631 2254 27.99% 26
Buffalo 468 1765 26.52% 27
Tampa Bay 422 1595 26.46% 28
Baltimore 503 2086 24.11% 29
San Diego 563 2376 23.70% 30
Tennessee 383 1779 21.53% 31
Oakland 278 1363 20.40% 32
NFL AVERAGE 789 2297 33.83%

The second chart is drop percentage.

TEAM DROPS ATTEMPTS PERCENTAGE RANK
Jacksonville 6 273 2.20% 1
Carolina 6 251 2.39% 2
Minnesota 10 309 3.24% 3
Arizona 13 396 3.28% 4
Indianapolis 11 331 3.32% 5
Baltimore 10 259 3.86% 6
San Diego 10 244 4.10% 7
Philadelphia 13 290 4.48% 8
Atlanata 13 289 4.50% 9
New York Jets 10 222 4.50% 10
Chicago 14 296 4.73% 11
New York Giants 18 358 5.03% 12
New England 21 410 5.12% 13
Denver 18 349 5.16% 14
Houston 17 317 5.36% 15
St. Louis 16 297 5.39% 16
Cincinnati 17 310 5.48% 17
New Orleans 15 262 5.73% 18
Seattle 20 349 5.73% 19
San Fransisco 13 223 5.83% 20
Dallas 17 288 5.90% 21
Detroit 18 289 6.23% 22
Pittsburgh 21 335 6.27% 23
Miami 20 302 6.62% 24
Buffalo 16 240 6.67% 25
Cleveland 17 235 7.23% 26
Tennessee 17 232 7.33% 27
Washington 20 265 7.55% 28
Green Bay 24 305 7.87% 29
Tampa Bay 20 245 8.16% 30
Oakland 21 237 8.86% 31
Kansas City 32 314 10.19% 32
NFL AVERAGE 16 291 5.57%

As previously stated, many draft niks, media pundits, fans and even scouts are projecting the Bucs to select a defensive player with the third overall selection in the draft. But based on the data, the performance of the Bucs receiving corps and the contract status of Antonio Bryant and Maurice Stovall don’t be surprised to see the team pull the trigger on an offensive weapon to help aid in the development of quarterback Josh Freeman.

A player that could potentially peak the interest of the Bucs is Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant. The problem is many don’t view him as a top five pick, But whats not to like about a 6-foot-2, 220-pound sure handed receiver that has natural leaping ability and is a legitimate play maker?

In three games before he was suspended by the NCAA for improper contact with Deion Sanders, Bryant hauled in 17 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. He posted 147 receptions, 2,425 yards and 29 touchdowns in his collegiate career. He was also sparingly used as a punt returner with 25 returns for 431 yards and 3 touchdowns for an average of 17.25 yards per punt return. With the Bucs looking to speed up the development of Freeman, giving him a reliable number one option would greatly aid the process.

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