Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Aug 2010

WR stats - yards per attempt rather than yards per catch?

Anyone ever ran the numbers like this before?

Seems like it could be a useful tool, and would take catch percentage into consideration.

Take a guy like Desean Jackson who averaged 18.6 ypc last season. He was thrown at 116 times, and had 1,156 yards. Giving him an average per attempt of 9.9 yards.

So on average, Jackson would gain ~10 yards every time the ball was thrown his way.

Welker had 11.0 ypc. He was thrown at 162 times for 1348 yards. Or 8.3 yards per attempt.

So comparing a deep threat guy with 18.6 ypc, to a posession guy with 11.0 ypc, and they had an average difference of about 1 and a half yards per throw.

Posted by: slipknottin on 06 Aug 2010

1 reply , Last at 07 Sep 2010, 11:52pm by tally

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Re: WR stats - yards per attempt rather than yards per catch?
by tally :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 11:52pm

DVOA takes this into consideration by counting targets. In 2009, DJax was only 29th in DVOA.

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