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.

1Antonio Brown402665%36414.09.12285%1
2Brandon Marshall352571%32012.89.11664%1
3Ray Rice342574%1686.74.9728%0
4Marques Colston272385%31313.611.61670%2
5Rob Gronkowski352366%30813.48.81774%3
6Jimmy Graham352366%25311.07.21565%3
7Antonio Gates312271%27712.68.91464%2
8Ed Dickson332267%1567.14.7836%2
9Roy Helu262285%1466.65.6523%0
10Brandon Lloyd472145%25512.15.41362%2
11Fred Davis312168%24411.67.91571%1
12Wes Welker262181%22110.58.5838%0
13Darren Sproles252184%1386.65.51048%2
14Mike Wallace302067%31015.510.31680%2
15Anquan Boldin432047%29514.86.91575%1
16Steve Smith261973%27614.510.61158%1
17Victor Cruz311961%27414.48.81474%1
18Steve Breaston301963%25413.48.51158%0
19Heath Miller231983%24813.110.81474%1
20Larry Fitzgerald401845%36520.39.11794%3
21Calvin Johnson381847%32117.88.41372%2
22Dez Bryant281864%26814.99.61372%2
23Dwayne Bowe381847%24313.56.41056%0
24Brent Celek251872%20711.58.31267%1
25Jason Witten321856%1719.55.31161%2
26Dennis Pitta261869%1528.45.81267%0
27Greg Little321753%17610.45.5635%0
28Chris Johnson241771%1347.95.6529%0
29Pierre Thomas201785%1136.65.7424%0
30Pierre Garcon331648%1499.34.5744%0
31Legedu Naanee191684%1459.17.6638%0
32Arian Foster201575%25917.313.0747%2
33Laurent Robinson191579%23315.512.3640%4
34Jabar Gaffney241563%18612.47.8960%1
35Mario Manningham261558%17311.56.71280%3
36Tony Gonzalez241563%16911.37.01067%2
37Early Doucet211571%15210.17.21067%3
38Reggie Wayne301550%1409.34.7640%0
39Davone Bess261558%1328.85.1747%0
40Austin Collie221568%1197.95.4853%0
41Kregg Lumpkin211571%986.54.7213%0
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