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Dez Bryant had a “down” year by most standards last season. He ranked 51st with just 796 receiving yards, and only moves up to 33rd in receiving yards per game (the Cowboys star missed three full games). But Dallas ranked 31st in team pass attempts last season, which significantly impacted Bryant’s ability to produce strong receiving numbers.

In terms of pro-rated Adjusted Catch Yards per Team Pass Attempt, Bryant ranked 9th (he ranked 11th in pro-rated receiving yards per Team Pass Attempt). What do I mean by that? Well, Adjusted Catch Yards are simply receiving yards with a 5-yard bonus for receptions and a 20-yard bonus for receiving touchdowns. Team pass attempts are just passes plus sacks for each team (the Cowboys had 511; the Dolphins were last with 507). And pro-rated? That multiplies the number of team pass attempts by a player’s number of games played, divided by 16.

Here were the leaders in this metric last season. You won’t be too surprised to learn that the leaders were Julio Jones, A.J. Green, and Antonio Brown, arguably the three best receivers in the NFL in 2016.

RkPlayerTmAgePosGRecYdsTDACYTm PassAttACY/TPAPro ACY/TPA
1Julio JonesATL27WR14831409619445743.393.87
2A.J. GreenCIN28WR1066964413746042.273.64
3Antonio BrownPIT28WR1510612841220546173.333.55
4Odell BeckhamNYG24WR1610113671020726203.343.34
5Mike EvansTAM23WR169613211220416133.333.33
6Jarvis LandryMIA24WR16941136416865073.333.33
7T.Y. HiltonIND27WR16911448620236283.223.22
8Jordy NelsonGNB31WR169712571420226553.093.09
9Dez BryantDAL28WR1350796812065112.362.90
10Julian EdelmanNWE30WR16981106316565742.892.89
11Doug BaldwinSEA28WR16941128717386092.852.85
12Travis KelceKAN27TE16851125416305782.822.82
13Rishard MatthewsTEN27WR1665945914505322.732.73
14Stefon DiggsMIN23WR1384903313836262.212.72
15Amari CooperOAK22WR16831153516686142.722.72
16Michael ThomasNOR23WR15921137917777012.532.70
17Demaryius ThomasDEN29WR16901083516336102.682.68
18Kenny BrittLAR28WR15681002514425852.462.63
19Michael CrabtreeOAK29WR16891003816086142.622.62
20Cole BeasleyDAL27wr1675833513085112.562.56
21Greg OlsenCAR31TE16801073315335992.562.56
22Golden TateDET28WR16911077416126312.552.55
23Alshon JefferyCHI26WR1252821211215871.912.55
24Delanie WalkerTEN32TE1565800712655322.382.54
25Cameron MeredithCHI24WR1466888412985872.212.53
26Rob GronkowskiNWE27te82554037255741.262.53
27Tyrell WilliamsSDG24WR16691059715446162.512.51
28Emmanuel SandersDEN29WR16791032515276102.502.50
29Davante AdamsGNB24WR16759971216126552.462.46
30Brandin CooksNOR23WR16781173817237012.462.46
31Larry FitzgeraldARI33WR161071023616786872.442.44
32Jordan ReedWAS26TE1266686611366301.802.40
33Pierre GarconWAS30WR16791041314966302.372.37
34Sammy WatkinsBUF23WR82843026105201.172.35
35Kelvin BenjaminCAR25WR1663941713965992.332.33
36Terrelle PryorCLE27WR16771007414726332.332.33
37DeVante ParkerMIA23WR1556744411045072.182.32
38DeAndre HopkinsHOU24WR1678954414246152.322.32
39Zach ErtzPHI26TE1478816412866422.002.29
40Adam ThielenMIN26WR1669967514126262.262.26
41Jimmy GrahamSEA30TE1665923613686092.252.25
42Kyle RudolphMIN27TE1683840713956262.232.23
43Le'Veon BellPIT24RB1275616210316171.672.23
44Jordan MatthewsPHI24WR1473804312296421.912.19
45Zach MillerCHI32TE104748648015871.362.18
46Marvin JonesDET26WR1555930412856312.042.17
47Brandon LaFellCIN30WR1664862613026042.162.16
48Tyler EifertCIN26te82939456396041.062.12
49Robert WoodsBUF24WR135161318885201.712.10
50Quincy EnunwaNYJ24WR1658857412275852.102.10
51Brandon MarshallNYJ32WR1559788311435851.952.08
52Allen RobinsonJAX23WR1673883613686602.072.07
53Mike WallaceBAL30WR16721017414577122.052.05
54Steve SmithBAL37WR1470799512497121.752.00
55David JohnsonARI25RB1680879413596871.981.98
56Jeremy KerleySFO28WR1664667310475381.951.95
57Marqise LeeJAX25wr1663851312266601.861.86

As for Dez, his 2016 performance was in line with his other years, excepting his particularly dominant 2014 campaign.

YearAgeGRecYdsTDACYTm Pass AttPrort ACY/TPA
201022124556169066071.99
2011231563928914236092.49
201224169213821220826943.00
201325169312331319586213.15
201426168813201620805064.11
20152793140136165611.95
2016281350796812065112.90

As always, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

  • sacramento gold miners

    Bryant will turn 29 turning next season, and has also played in 22 of a possible 32 games the past two seasons. I think Dallas surprised people last season, and they’ll need a healthy and productive Bryant in 2017.

  • A.J. Green’s dominance is amazingly quiet, isn’t it? People consider him one of the best in the league, but he doesn’t get anywhere near the attention of all of the other guys around him, and yet he’s there. What’s more, he’s there every single year.

  • Jason

    Where did you get the team passing attempt numbers from? They don’t match with nfl.com, espn or anyone else’s 16-gm numbers.