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Today at 538, a look at how no passing attack in the NFL was as reliant on two targets the way the Jets passing attack was last year.

Thought of another way, Marshall and Decker saw 305 targets last year, with all other Jets players combining for nearly an equal number: 297. Yet Marshall/Decker combined for 2,529 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns, and all other Jets combined for 1,641 receiving yards and just seven receiving touchdowns. Marshall and Decker together averaged 8.3 yards per target; all other Jets averaged only 5.5 yards per target.

You can read the full article here.

  • Josh Sanford

    Very interesting article. Do we agree that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to focus your throws to your two best receivers? It seems to me that it can be a kind of genius, if the other players are not good. I really hope RF has a huge season.

    • McGeorge

      It’s up to the defense to scheme to cover those top 2 receivers and have less coverage on the others.

      I was actually curious as to how Geno Smith would do with decent receivers compared to what he had when he ws a starter.

  • Richie

    I would have guessed that Ken O’Brien had at least one 4,000+ yard season. Turns out his best was 3,888 in 1985. And it looks like he had the pace for 4,000 yards in 1986, but missed almost 2 games.

  • Adam

    There are three basic subsets of quarterbacks: those who are great enough to transcend their support cast, those who will suck no matter how great their supporting cast, and those in the middle whose performance is highly dependent on their supporting cast. Ryan Fitzpatrick falls squarely into the latter subset.

    • sacramento gold miners

      I would also add two other factors, consistency, and when those receivers began their careers, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been inconsistent during his career, and when he had a good season with Buffalo, couldn’t play to his new contract. Second, Marshall and Decker were already accomplished receivers before joining the Jets, so that helped Fitzpatrick as well. So often, it’s the better QBs who are able to lift the games of the younger receivers, helping them reach their potential.