Let’s start with wide receivers in this week’s Splitsville with a stat that I’ve been tracking for years, receiving yards per target.
Here’s the top 25, minimum 50 targets.
Hakeem Nicks at 9.62 does not fit into the narrative that he’s a shell of his former self. Of course, he hasn’t scored a touchdown in more than a year and that’s terrible for his 2013 value. But looking toward 2014, I believe that this performance on all passes thrown to him is the better predictive tool. Nicks will probably have a change of scenery, too, as an impending free agent. Depending on where he lands, he could be a sweet 2014 draft-day value in the middle or even late rounds.
Victor Cruz is 8.77 by the way, above the average of 8.25.
There obviously are reasons why certain players lag in this category. Their quarterbacks could be terrible. They could be the first read on most plays and thus get tagged with targets on most throwaways when there is quick pressure and/or a missed assignment. But when a receiver Read More »from Splitsville: Diving deep into wide receivers