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Antonio Brown Leads NFL In Catches Over Last 4 Weeks


Dale Lolley pointed out today on Twitter that Steelers second year wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL in catches over the last 4 weeks with 26. I double checked the numbers and it is indeed a true stat. Brown has been targeted 40 times in the last 4 games and has caught 65% of them for 364 yards.

Catches are fine and dandy, but perhaps an even greater stat is that 22 of the 26 balls he has caught have resulted in a first down or a touchdown. That is 85% of balls caught producing more than just a catch. He is averaging 14 yards per catch over that span and 9.1 yards per target in addition.

Mike Wallace is not far behind Brown over these last 4 weeks as he has hauled in 20 passes out of 30 targets for a 67% completion ratio. His 310 yards receiving equates to a 15.5 yards per catch over the last 4 weeks and a 10.3 yards per target number. Like Brown, his receptions move the chains at a good clip too as 16 of those 20 catches have produced first downs or touchdowns. Not to be forgotten is tight end Heath Miller as he has 19 catches over the last 4 weeks and his stats are impressive as well.

I called out Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Ben Roethlisberger following the Jaguars game in week for their inability to connect through the first 6 weeks of the season. I noted it was time for them all to buckle down for the run through the tough part of schedule that they were facing and they surely have. Although Sanders has missed the last two games, Roethlisberger was indeed connecting with him in the games against the Cardinals and the Patriots as well. In those two games Sanders totaled 10 catches and was targeted 15 times. That is a cool 67% completion ratio and exactly what I was hoping for.

With Jerricho Cotchery now producing as I expected he would, this receiving group looks deadlier than ever down the stretch. Sure Hines Ward might see his role increase even more, but it will keep him fresh late in the year as the Steelers look good to make a run at another postseason.

Below are the receiving stats from the last 4 weeks and I cut it off at players with 15 or more catches.

RANK PLAYER TARG REC COMP % YDS YPC YPT 1ST 1ST % TD
1 Antonio Brown 40 26 65% 364 14.0 9.1 22 85% 1
2 Brandon Marshall 35 25 71% 320 12.8 9.1 16 64% 1
3 Ray Rice 34 25 74% 168 6.7 4.9 7 28% 0
4 Marques Colston 27 23 85% 313 13.6 11.6 16 70% 2
5 Rob Gronkowski 35 23 66% 308 13.4 8.8 17 74% 3
6 Jimmy Graham 35 23 66% 253 11.0 7.2 15 65% 3
7 Antonio Gates 31 22 71% 277 12.6 8.9 14 64% 2
8 Ed Dickson 33 22 67% 156 7.1 4.7 8 36% 2
9 Roy Helu 26 22 85% 146 6.6 5.6 5 23% 0
10 Brandon Lloyd 47 21 45% 255 12.1 5.4 13 62% 2
11 Fred Davis 31 21 68% 244 11.6 7.9 15 71% 1
12 Wes Welker 26 21 81% 221 10.5 8.5 8 38% 0
13 Darren Sproles 25 21 84% 138 6.6 5.5 10 48% 2
14 Mike Wallace 30 20 67% 310 15.5 10.3 16 80% 2
15 Anquan Boldin 43 20 47% 295 14.8 6.9 15 75% 1
16 Steve Smith 26 19 73% 276 14.5 10.6 11 58% 1
17 Victor Cruz 31 19 61% 274 14.4 8.8 14 74% 1
18 Steve Breaston 30 19 63% 254 13.4 8.5 11 58% 0
19 Heath Miller 23 19 83% 248 13.1 10.8 14 74% 1
20 Larry Fitzgerald 40 18 45% 365 20.3 9.1 17 94% 3
21 Calvin Johnson 38 18 47% 321 17.8 8.4 13 72% 2
22 Dez Bryant 28 18 64% 268 14.9 9.6 13 72% 2
23 Dwayne Bowe 38 18 47% 243 13.5 6.4 10 56% 0
24 Brent Celek 25 18 72% 207 11.5 8.3 12 67% 1
25 Jason Witten 32 18 56% 171 9.5 5.3 11 61% 2
26 Dennis Pitta 26 18 69% 152 8.4 5.8 12 67% 0
27 Greg Little 32 17 53% 176 10.4 5.5 6 35% 0
28 Chris Johnson 24 17 71% 134 7.9 5.6 5 29% 0
29 Pierre Thomas 20 17 85% 113 6.6 5.7 4 24% 0
30 Pierre Garcon 33 16 48% 149 9.3 4.5 7 44% 0
31 Legedu Naanee 19 16 84% 145 9.1 7.6 6 38% 0
32 Arian Foster 20 15 75% 259 17.3 13.0 7 47% 2
33 Laurent Robinson 19 15 79% 233 15.5 12.3 6 40% 4
34 Jabar Gaffney 24 15 63% 186 12.4 7.8 9 60% 1
35 Mario Manningham 26 15 58% 173 11.5 6.7 12 80% 3
36 Tony Gonzalez 24 15 63% 169 11.3 7.0 10 67% 2
37 Early Doucet 21 15 71% 152 10.1 7.2 10 67% 3
38 Reggie Wayne 30 15 50% 140 9.3 4.7 6 40% 0
39 Davone Bess 26 15 58% 132 8.8 5.1 7 47% 0
40 Austin Collie 22 15 68% 119 7.9 5.4 8 53% 0
41 Kregg Lumpkin 21 15 71% 98 6.5 4.7 2 13% 0

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXON22FQSDCCSA2WHZIRTHQWTU Greig

    It would appear that 5 of the top 11 on the list are TE’s.

  • Zuckerberg

    Dave Bryan: you’ve once again amazed me. Who’d have such delicate info to chart such statistics? Were you ever a prodigy at age 8 or simply a late bloomer? bowing in servitude as i exit this page… Keep up the great work… Dave.

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