11 Oct 2005
Some folks might remember an article by Kevin Pelton that we ran a few weeks ago, looking at wide receiver drops in terms of drops per pass instead of just total drops. Now, Ben Alamar takes things one step further over at the PROTRADE site, using STATS Inc. data to adjust "drop rate" to remove balls that the quarterback underthrows or overthrows. He also adjusts based on the length of each receiver's routes. The new lists aren't much different than the ones Kevin ran, but there are a few new interesting players. For example, Cedrick Wilson now shows up in best drop rates, and Darrell Jackson is back onto the list of worst drop rates.
Before you ask: No, I don't have access to this STATS Inc. data; yes, I'm looking into the possibility of getting access to it now that we're partnered with FOXSports.com; and yes, this is why we've got volunteers charting games this year, so that we have our own data in the future without worrying about the legal ramifications of such things. Thanks and tip your waitresses.
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