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Good at catching footballs, in the event his team throws one

Good at catching footballs, in the event his team throws one

The Houston Texans finished 31st in pass attempts in 2014, ahead of only the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans were not exactly the beneficiaries of stellar quarterback play, either: Ryan Fitzpatrick handled 64% of the team’s pass attempts, with Case Keenum, Ryan Mallett, and Tom Savage taking the rest.

As a result, the 1,210 yards DeAndre Hopkins gained in 2014 is a lot better than it sounds. Houston threw for just 3,460 yards last year (excluding sacks), which means Hopkins gained 35% of all Texans receiving yards. Antonio Brown led the NFL with 1,698 receiving yards, but even that was just 34% of all Steelers receiving yards.

The table below shows the top 53 leaders in percentage of team receiving yards:

RkPlayerTmAgeRecYdsTDPerc
1DeAndre HopkinsHOU22761210635%
2Jordy Nelson*GNB299815191334.2%
3Antonio Brown*+PIT2612916981334%
4Demaryius Thomas*DEN2711116191133.9%
5Julio Jones*ATL251041593633.5%
6Dez Bryant*+DAL268813201632.9%
7Anquan BoldinSFO34831062531.2%
8Golden Tate*DET26991331431.1%
9Eric DeckerNYJ2774962530%
10Emmanuel Sanders*DEN271011404929.4%
11A.J. Green*CIN26691041629.3%
12Odell Beckham*NYG229113051229.2%
13Mike EvansTAM216810511229%
14Randall Cobb*GNB249112871228.9%
15Jeremy MaclinPHI268513181028.8%
16Alshon JefferyCHI248511331028.1%
17Vincent JacksonTAM31701002227.7%
18Andre JohnsonHOU3385936327.1%
19Steve SmithBAL35791065626.7%
20T.Y. Hilton*IND25821345726.6%
22Kelvin BenjaminCAR23731008926.3%
21Greg Olsen*CAR29841008626.3%
23DeSean JacksonWAS28561169626.2%
24Rob Gronkowski*+NWE258211241226.2%
25Sammy WatkinsBUF2165982625.5%
26Travis KelceKAN2567862525.1%
27Calvin Johnson*DET29711077825.1%
28Delanie WalkerTEN3063890423.8%
29Doug BaldwinSEA2666825323.6%
30Martellus Bennett*CHI2790916622.7%
31Julian EdelmanNWE2892972422.7%
32Andrew HawkinsCLE2863824222.4%
33Mohamed SanuCIN2556790522.2%
34Brandon LaFellNWE2874953722.2%
35Dwayne BoweKAN3060754022%
36Mike WallaceMIA28678621021.2%
37Michael FloydARI2547841621.1%
38Rueben RandleNYG2371938321%
39Greg JenningsMIN3159742620.8%
40Michael CrabtreeSFO2768698420.5%
41Kenny BrittSTL2648748320.2%
42Andre HolmesOAK2647693420.1%
43Matt ForteCHI29102808420%
44Malcom FloydSDG3352856619.9%
45Larry FitzgeraldARI3163784219.6%
46Allen HurnsJAX2351677619.6%
47Roddy WhiteATL3380921719.4%
48James JonesOAK3073666619.3%
49Torrey SmithBAL25497671119.2%
50Kendall WrightTEN2557715619.1%
51Antonio GatesSDG34698211219.1%
52Jordan MatthewsPHI2267872819%
53Kenny StillsNOR2263931318.8%
  • Why the top 53? Because that’s how far down you need to go to get to Kenny Stills, the Saints leader in team receiving yards. New Orleans was one of just three teams (Jacksonville, San Diego) that failed to have a single player pick up at least 20% of the team’s receiving yards. The Saints really spread the ball around — Stills had 931 yards, Marques Colston 902, and Jimmy Graham 889. Go to a per-game basis to include Brandin Cooks, and New Orleans had four players who gained between 55 and 62.1 receiving yards per game.
  • Overshadowed by all the drama in San Francisco, Anquan Boldin had another strong year. The 2014 49ers were not short on receiving talent, but Boldin still finished with 31.2% of all San Francisco receiving yards.
  • Finally, both A.J. Green and Odell Beckham both gained over 29% of their team’s receiving yards despite each a quarter of the season. Beckham missed New York’s first four games, while a toe injury sidelined Green for all but 6 snaps against the Falcons in week 2 and then three full games in October.
  • Arif Hasan

    Your last note makes me wonder if it’s possible to produce a “percentage of team yards in games played” list with a minimum games threshold (10?)

    • Good idea. The trouble, historically, has always been that players who record no stats in a game could have played in the game but not registered as such.

      For someone like Green or Beckham, YPRR does a nice job, too.