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Inexperienced Receiving Games

The 2008 Giants were very experienced; the 2009 Giants were not.

In ’08, New York had Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress as the team’s starting receivers; Toomer retired after the year, while Burress shot himself in a nightclub late in the ’08 season and missed all of the ’09 and ’10 seasons.

The top 7 receivers on the ’09 Giants were the other Steve Smith (24 years old in ’09), Mario Manningham (23), Hakeem Nicks (21), Kevin Boss (25), Ahmad Bradshaw (23), Domenik Hixon (25), and Brandon Jacobs (27). Entering the 2009 season, Smith had 637 career receiving yards, Manningham had 26, Nicks had 0, Boss had 502, Bradshaw had 54, Hixon had 601, and Jacobs had 359.  Derek Hagan, who finished 8th on the ’09 Giants with 101 receiving yards, was the most accomplished receiver entering the year by virtue of his 645 career receiving yards entering 2009.

On a weighted average, that means the 2009 Giants receiving group entered the year with just 318 career receiving yards (by reference, the 2008 Giants were at 2,608). What do I mean by weighted average? Well, Smith had 28.7% of the 2009 Giants receiving yards, and he had 637 career receiving yards prior to 2009; therefore, his 637 receives 28.7% of the team weight. On the other hand, Manningham and Nicks had, together, 38% of the Giants receiving yards in 2009, and they had, together, just 26 career receiving yards entering 2009. The table below shows the full calculation, with the result equaling a weighted average of 318 career receiving yards.

ReceiverTmYearTm Rec YdRec Yd% of TmRecYdCar Rec YdWtd Avg
Steve SmithNYG20094246122028.7%637183
Mario ManninghamNYG2009424682219.4%265
Hakeem NicksNYG2009424679018.6%00
Kevin BossNYG2009424656713.4%50267
Ahmad BradshawNYG200942462074.9%543
Domenik HixonNYG200942461874.4%60126
Brandon JacobsNYG200942461844.3%35916
Derek HaganNYG200942461012.4%64515
Travis BeckumNYG20094246551.3%00
Darcy JohnsonNYG20094246320.8%460
Madison HedgecockNYG20094246230.5%2021
Sinorice MossNYG20094246180.4%4032
Ramses BardenNYG20094246160.4%00
Danny WareNYG20094246150.4%00
Bear PascoeNYG2009424690.2%00
Avg/Total42464246100%318

Last year, just three teams saw their receiving group bring a weighted average of less than 1,000 career receiving yards to the table: the Browns, Vikings, and Saints. Meanwhile, the Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald) and Ravens (Steve SmithMike Wallace) were both over 4,000 yards. The table below shows all passing attacks since 1990, and how experienced or inexperienced each group was entering the season.  The 2009 Giants are the most inexperienced group, which came after a run of very experienced teams (type “NYG” into the search box to see all Giants teams).  You won’t be surprised to see the most experience teams (the table is fully sortable).

RkYearTeamWtd AvgTm Win%
12009NYG3180.5
22011CIN3280.5625
32000CLE3860.1875
42002BAL3940.4375
51993NWE3990.3125
61993CIN4290.1875
71992PIT4340.6875
82002WAS4570.4375
92003HOU4660.3125
102008MIA4690.6875
112009OAK4700.3125
121992KAN4720.625
132002HOU4790.25
141995NYJ4940.1875
152001CHI5380.8125
161999PIT5520.375
172000CIN5620.25
182004CHI5690.3125
192016CLE5720.0625
202009CHI5760.4375
211993TAM5760.3125
222012OAK5970.25
232013STL6100.4375
242013OAK6120.25
252014JAX6210.1875
262002CIN6270.125
272011BUF6300.375
282010OAK6310.5
292001PHI6320.6875
302006JAX6380.5
312014NYG6410.375
322009CLE6540.3125
332012CIN6640.625
342003ARI6670.25
352012JAX6810.125
362009MIA6860.4375
371996IND6890.5625
381997TAM7010.625
392011CLE7050.25
401998SDG7080.3125
412011NYG7100.5625
421990DET7180.375
432015JAX7240.3125
442012CLE7390.3125
451995PIT7390.6875
461993CHI7460.4375
472007MIN7470.5
482011DEN7480.5
491994CIN7490.1875
501992DET7500.3125
511991DET7540.75
522014BUF7580.5625
532009PHI7630.6875
542010STL7640.4375
552001CLE7790.4375
561999CLE7800.125
572005TEN7800.25
581999NYG7820.4375
592010CLE7850.3125
601990ATL7880.3125
612011SEA7930.4375
622011OAK7950.5
632016MIN8080.5
641994NWE8130.625
651994CHI8280.5625
662001PIT8280.8125
672002CLE8290.5625
682010TAM8430.625
692013NWE8430.75
702013CLE8450.25
712009STL8460.0625
722010JAX8470.5
732012STL8510.46875
741994IND8530.5
752000PIT8620.5625
761995IND8630.5625
771996PIT8640.625
782004OAK8730.3125
792001SEA8740.5625
802004HOU8740.4375
811991CHI8760.6875
821991PHO8780.25
832013JAX8790.25
841991KAN8790.625
851992NYG8790.375
862008OAK8810.3125
872010NYG8820.625
881990CHI8940.6875
891995JAX9000.25
901999BAL9320.5
911991NYG9350.5
921993PIT9460.5625
932016NOR9560.4375
942006CLE9580.25
951999TAM9580.6875
961996KAN9690.5625
971996STL9710.375
982014SEA9740.75
991990DAL9780.4375
1002000CHI9800.3125
1011998WAS9820.375
1021994TAM9830.375
1031999CHI9860.375
1042008DET9980
1052010CHI10000.6875
1062005ARI10030.3125
1072012BUF10040.375
1082009MIN10060.75
1092007DEN10080.4375
1102006DET10210.1875
1111992PHO10230.25
1121992CLE10230.4375
1132010SEA10310.4375
1142004DET10360.375
1151995STL10400.4375
1161990SDG10420.375
1172002CHI10450.25
1182013BUF10470.375
1192004CLE10470.25
1201995GNB10690.6875
1212011JAX10700.3125
1222004ARI10810.375
1232015NYG10810.375
1242013CIN10830.6875
1251995CIN10870.4375
1262003CIN10880.5
1272015MIA10910.375
1282010PHI10990.625
1292001MIA10990.6875
1301993RAI11010.625
1312012NYJ11060.375
1321995NWE11080.375
1332011TAM11080.25
1342002SEA11140.4375
1351994PIT11150.75
1362015CLE11200.1875
1372016SFO11220.125
1382006SFO11230.4375
1392005DET11240.3125
1402011TEN11240.5625
1411991DAL11270.6875
1422007DET11280.4375
1432003CLE11340.3125
1441992CHI11370.3125
1452008PHI11380.59375
1461991ATL11440.625
1472000BUF11630.5
1482010BUF11630.25
1492016HOU11640.5625
1502016JAX11710.1875
1511993KAN11730.6875
1522003PHI11780.75
1532005CLE11790.375
1542014STL11820.375
1552001WAS11850.5
1562008CHI11850.5625
1572006PHI11860.625
1581991SDG11940.25
1592009TEN12010.5
1601993DEN12110.5625
1611998TAM12110.5
1622003CHI12190.4375
1631990PHI12200.625
1642016MIA12210.625
1652015OAK12370.4375
1661997IND12380.1875
1671999NOR12390.1875
1682015BUF12440.5
1691990NYG12460.8125
1701998NOR12530.375
1712006TEN12580.5
1722000ARI12580.1875
1732012DEN12600.8125
1741995CHI12600.5625
1752000NOR12620.625
1761996NYG12620.375
1772012NYG12700.5625
1781999IND12730.8125
1792007JAX12750.6875
1801997NYG12790.65625
1811996JAX12790.5625
1822004SFO12800.125
1832004BAL12830.5625
1842003MIA12910.625
1851994SDG12920.6875
1862016CHI12960.1875
1871997GNB13030.8125
1881996TAM13040.375
1892004GNB13100.625
1902013SEA13210.8125
1911996SDG13260.5
1922014CLE13300.4375
1931991NWE13380.375
1942010SFO13410.375
1951996CHI13450.4375
1961990NWE13490.0625
1971997NOR13570.375
1981999GNB13580.5
1991998CHI13620.25
2001997NYJ13660.5625
2012007HOU13730.5
2022008MIN13850.625
2032003SDG13880.25
2042011STL13900.125
2052003WAS13910.3125
2061990GNB13910.375
2072003GNB13960.625
2082006NOR13990.625
2092000NYG14000.75
2102005ATL14000.5
2111990PIT14050.5625
2121997JAX14050.6875
2132015MIN14060.6875
2142016KAN14070.75
2152016TAM14150.5625
2162007OAK14160.25
2172014OAK14180.1875
2181994NYG14230.5625
2191998MIA14240.625
2202002GNB14260.75
2211998NYG14280.5
2222012SEA14310.6875
2232008ATL14340.6875
2242004CIN14340.5
2251990SEA14430.5625
2262007NOR14450.4375
2271993NYJ14460.5
2282003DET14460.3125
2292007CLE14460.625
2301994MIN14490.625
2311999CAR14490.5
2321998IND14500.1875
2331996NWE14520.6875
2342005HOU14530.125
2351991PIT14530.4375
2361992DEN14640.5
2371991TAM14660.1875
2382006NWE14700.75
2391998GNB14700.6875
2402003NWE14730.875
2412007PHI14750.5
2421995HOU14760.4375
2431997SFO14820.8125
2441993DET14910.625
2452004NWE14930.875
2462010TEN14960.375
2472012TEN14990.375
2482008DEN15010.5
2492000CAR15100.4375
2501995ARI15170.25
2512002MIA15180.5625
2522001TEN15220.4375
2531996MIA15420.5
2542004SDG15460.75
2552012MIN15540.625
2562002DET15550.1875
2572005SFO15570.25
2582008NOR15580.5
2592007BUF15620.4375
2602009DET15630.125
2612016BUF15670.4375
2622008TEN15690.8125
2632007TEN15830.625
2642008JAX15870.3125
2651990TAM15940.375
2662011MIN15980.1875
2672002ATL16050.59375
2682001NOR16150.4375
2691992TAM16150.3125
2701994CLE16170.6875
2711997STL16190.3125
2721997CHI16230.25
2732006BUF16230.4375
2742016PHI16250.4375
2752006MIN16270.375
2762000PHI16300.6875
2771999PHI16300.3125
2781995TAM16350.4375
2791999DET16380.5
2801991GNB16420.25
2811994RAI16450.5625
2821991DEN16460.75
2832005WAS16480.625
2842010KAN16510.625
2852005GNB16560.25
2861992CIN16610.3125
2872000GNB16620.5625
2881997MIA16650.5625
2892000NYJ16660.5625
2901990NYJ16660.375
2912015CHI16710.375
2922002NWE16790.5625
2932012MIA16840.4375
2942014CIN16890.65625
2952015TAM16900.375
2961998NYJ16930.75
2972016NYG16930.6875
2981996CIN16980.5
2992001CIN17040.375
3002002TEN17100.6875
3011994NOR17120.4375
3022013BAL17140.5
3032003TEN17140.75
3042015PHI17140.4375
3052003BAL17180.625
3062001NYG17330.4375
3072014NYJ17400.25
3081992SEA17410.125
3091991SEA17480.4375
3102000DAL17580.3125
3112000NWE17620.3125
3121993CLE17640.4375
3132001ARI17660.4375
3142011CHI17690.5
3152013NYJ17770.5
3162013NYG17780.4375
3172016OAK17790.75
3181998PIT17800.4375
3192002PIT17810.65625
3202005NWE17830.625
3211996NYJ17850.0625
3221995ATL17870.5625
3232007ATL17880.25
3242010MIA17900.4375
3252016LAR17900.25
3262011SFO17900.8125
3272002ARI17940.3125
3282012KAN17940.125
3291996HOU17940.5
3301996GNB17950.8125
3312014MIN17960.4375
3321993NYG17970.6875
3332006ATL17990.4375
3341995NYG18020.3125
3352007SFO18060.3125
3362008BUF18060.4375
3372015TEN18060.1875
3382003ATL18090.3125
3392007MIA18120.0625
3401994KAN18140.5625
3412001NWE18140.6875
3421997CIN18170.4375
3432004MIA18170.25
3442015NOR18260.4375
3452009SFO18280.5
3462008CLE18280.25
3471991NOR18310.6875
3482016SDG18310.3125
3492005MIN18380.5625
3502015SEA18410.625
3511990KAN18440.6875
3521992SDG18450.6875
3531997PIT18580.6875
3542013TEN18590.4375
3552001NYJ18630.625
3562016IND18640.5
3572001CAR18670.0625
3581995SEA18690.5
3592011PHI18720.5
3601990NOR18830.5
3611999TEN18860.8125
3622004NYJ18880.625
3632002CAR18950.4375
3641997SEA18960.5
3652010CAR18960.125
3662007GNB18960.8125
3672014MIA19000.5
3682013GNB19030.53125
3691990DEN19030.3125
3701997TEN19060.5
3712010DET19090.375
3722015STL19180.4375
3732014PHI19220.625
3742010DEN19300.25
3752013MIA19360.5
3761992DAL19400.8125
3771996BAL19410.25
3781992PHI19560.6875
3792013KAN19630.6875
3802006WAS19640.3125
3812000IND19660.625
3822003NOR19690.5
3832001KAN19710.375
3841992GNB19720.5625
3851997CAR19740.4375
3862002NYJ19840.5625
3872009NOR19900.8125
3881991CLE19930.375
3891998TEN19930.5
3902006PIT19940.5
3912004TEN19960.3125
3921998CAR19970.25
3931995NOR19970.4375
3942015KAN19980.6875
3952009NYJ19990.5625
3962007CAR20030.4375
3972015GNB20030.625
3982014NWE20050.75
3992005CIN20070.6875
4002002NYG20090.625
4011999KAN20160.5625
4022007CHI20200.4375
4032012GNB20210.6875
4041999SDG20270.5
4052013MIN20330.34375
4062006GNB20340.5
4072004ATL20360.6875
4082015CIN20470.75
4092009TAM20470.1875
4102010MIN20470.375
4112002PHI20500.75
4121996ATL20530.1875
4132000TAM20590.625
4142003SEA20600.625
4152014KAN20640.5625
4162004WAS20680.375
4172014TEN20810.125
4181991RAI20850.5625
4191995OAK20850.5
4202006ARI20860.3125
4211998BAL20900.375
4221992NWE20990.125
4231998JAX21020.6875
4241995SDG21100.5625
4252004MIN21140.5
4261992NYJ21270.25
4272000SEA21360.375
4281994RAM21360.25
4292001GNB21400.75
4301999DAL21410.5
4312011KAN21430.4375
4322007NYJ21470.25
4332003PIT21520.375
4342011NOR21570.8125
4352012PIT21600.5
4362010SDG21600.5625
4372014GNB21620.75
4381991NYJ21630.5
4392009DAL21710.6875
4402013IND21830.6875
4411991IND21860.0625
4422002SDG21930.5
4432015HOU21990.5625
4442011DAL22050.5
4452015WAS22070.5625
4461997SDG22100.25
4471997NWE22150.625
4482002NOR22180.5625
4491997BAL22200.40625
4501997DEN22220.75
4512008SDG22300.5
4521996ARI22320.4375
4531996SEA22350.4375
4541994PHI22420.4375
4551994DEN22470.4375
4562000TEN22500.8125
4571998NWE22510.5625
4582010NOR22520.6875
4592000KAN22540.4375
4601995KAN22560.8125
4612015BAL22560.3125
4621991PHI22570.625
4631992RAI22600.4375
4641996NOR22620.1875
4652014CAR22690.46875
4662012PHI22700.25
4672014PIT22780.6875
4682016TEN22860.5625
4692009KAN22880.25
4701992IND22910.5625
4711998STL22950.25
4722008HOU23010.5
4732013PIT23030.5
4742009DEN23080.5
4752005PHI23160.375
4762012WAS23170.625
4772014TAM23190.125
4781999STL23240.8125
4792006NYJ23280.625
4801995CLE23290.3125
4812013SDG23330.5625
4821999ATL23350.3125
4832005CAR23370.6875
4842003NYJ23370.375
4852007PIT23380.625
4861993DAL23410.75
4872016ATL23440.6875
4882006BAL23460.8125
4892015NWE23480.75
4901999WAS23520.625
4912002MIN23660.375
4921999DEN23750.375
4931997ATL23750.4375
4941993PHI23780.5
4952003BUF23790.375
4962013DEN23820.8125
4971995MIN23890.5
4982006OAK23910.125
4991993IND23920.25
5001994DET23960.5625
5011994GNB24000.5625
5021997WAS24110.53125
5032008GNB24140.375
5042009SDG24170.8125
5052011PIT24290.75
5061990CLE24330.1875
5072013WAS24330.1875
5082016CIN24370.40625
5092007ARI24410.5
5101999NWE24410.5
5111999NYJ24420.5
5121990HOU24490.5625
5132005NOR24510.1875
5142011DET24530.625
5152016SEA24630.65625
5162005MIA24750.5625
5172002DAL24770.3125
5182005NYJ24790.25
5191996OAK24830.4375
5202006MIA24950.375
5211993SDG24970.5
5222010DAL25030.375
5232013PHI25030.625
5242005SEA25030.8125
5252016PIT25030.6875
5261990CIN25040.5625
5271992NOR25060.75
5282001BUF25070.1875
5292016NWE25080.875
5302005PIT25160.6875
5312009WAS25310.25
5322011GNB25400.9375
5332007SDG25430.6875
5342010NWE25470.875
5352011BAL25510.75
5362012TAM25510.4375
5372008SEA25620.25
5382002KAN25740.5
5392001DET25750.125
5402001SFO25780.75
5412012SDG25810.4375
5422008NYJ25920.5625
5432001TAM25970.5625
5441990RAI25990.75
5452005BAL26010.375
5462008NYG26080.75
5471990MIA26220.75
5481994ATL26250.4375
5491993SEA26460.375
5501998CIN26590.1875
5511999SEA26610.5625
5522008ARI26630.5625
5531993MIA26650.5625
5542004BUF26710.5625
5552006CHI26780.8125
5561995DET26790.625
5571996CAR26890.75
5582011MIA26940.375
5592004TAM26970.3125
5602014NOR27000.4375
5612009SEA27000.3125
5621998KAN27020.4375
5632013TAM27030.25
5642001IND27140.375
5652009HOU27180.5625
5662003NYG27230.25
5672013ARI27280.625
5682000MIA27350.6875
5691994SEA27430.375
5701995CAR27540.4375
5712010GNB27560.625
5721998DEN27570.875
5732012DAL27660.5
5741991RAM27720.1875
5751990PHO27770.3125
5762006CIN27800.5
5772000BAL27800.75
5782012ARI27860.3125
5791990RAM27990.3125
5802003CAR28060.6875
5812006SDG28120.875
5822003SFO28130.4375
5831995PHI28190.625
5842004DEN28200.625
5852016CAR28240.375
5861995BUF28260.625
5872001DEN28360.5
5882006HOU28380.375
5892009GNB28490.6875
5902004PIT28490.9375
5912016GNB28560.625
5921998SEA28570.5
5932005BUF28630.3125
5941993PHO28660.4375
5951999BUF28670.6875
5962011HOU28690.625
5972003MIN28720.5625
5982012BAL28830.625
5992006DEN28900.5625
6002014DEN28980.75
6012012NOR29040.4375
6021991CIN29200.1875
6031990IND29250.4375
6042013DAL29380.5
6051995DEN29400.5
6062002SFO29400.625
6072010ARI29410.3125
6082014ARI29420.6875
6092002BUF29490.5
6102015CAR29530.9375
6112007SEA29570.625
6122015SDG29570.25
6131999JAX29590.875
6141999MIA29590.5625
6152009JAX29640.4375
6162011WAS29640.3125
6171998MIN29640.9375
6182004NOR29660.5
6191990SFO29670.875
6202011SDG29810.5
6212000DEN29830.6875
6221992ATL29840.375
6232001BAL29850.625
6242003DAL30000.625
6251999CIN30010.25
6262000STL30030.625
6272000DET30140.5625
6281992HOU30150.625
6292014WAS30160.25
6302006SEA30180.5625
6311992RAM30210.375
6321993NOR30270.5
6332012DET30290.25
6341997DET30290.5625
6351992MIN30340.6875
6362009IND30510.875
6372005CHI30530.6875
6382013CHI30610.5
6391999ARI30660.375
6402010HOU30750.375
6412007WAS30880.5625
6422000SDG31000.0625
6432010PIT31000.75
6442007IND31150.8125
6452005OAK31160.25
6461990MIN31200.375
6471997OAK31250.25
6482013NOR31310.6875
6492010NYJ31340.6875
6502016DEN31360.5625
6512004NYG31480.375
6521994DAL31520.75
6532004PHI31580.8125
6541996PHI31830.625
6552015PIT31840.625
6562007BAL31890.3125
6571998DET31890.3125
6582016NYJ31950.3125
6591996DEN32190.8125
6602008TAM32250.5625
6612015IND32380.5
6622014IND32550.6875
6631994MIA32600.625
6642008WAS32680.5
6652015ATL32690.5
6661991SFO32770.625
6672001DAL32780.3125
6682010WAS32790.375
6692015DAL32870.25
6702003JAX33020.3125
6711993ATL33050.375
6722010IND33080.625
6732011NWE33090.8125
6742000ATL33180.25
6752005SDG33200.5625
6762003IND33270.75
6772007KAN33330.25
6782014DAL33370.75
6792014DET33560.6875
6801996MIN33610.5625
6811995WAS33640.375
6821991MIN33680.5
6832004DAL33740.375
6842014CHI33860.3125
6852008STL33940.125
6861993GNB34050.5625
6872008PIT34210.75
6882014SDG34210.5625
6891994ARI34270.5
6901998OAK34290.5
6912009ARI34350.625
6922004CAR34600.4375
6931994NYJ34670.375
6941997ARI34710.25
6952012CHI34860.625
6962000WAS34890.5
6972014ATL34940.375
6981997KAN34970.8125
6991992MIA35140.6875
7001991HOU35330.6875
7012015DEN35350.75
7022008KAN35410.125
7032011NYJ35450.5
7042004IND35510.75
7052016DET35830.5625
7062003KAN35850.8125
7071996DAL36050.625
7082011ARI36090.5
7092005KAN36220.625
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7192013DET37060.4375
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7212006CAR37180.5
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7232005JAX37390.75
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7301992SFO37780.875
7312002IND38280.625
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7332002JAX38470.375
7341990BUF38520.8125
7352015ARI38660.8125
7361993MIN38680.5625
7371993BUF38850.75
7382005TAM39040.6875
7392012IND39060.6875
7402016DAL39360.8125
7412008SFO39400.4375
7422016WAS39460.53125
7432005DEN39490.8125
7442014HOU39620.5625
7451998ARI39640.5625
7461993WAS39670.25
7471997MIN39720.5625
7482001STL39900.875
7491991MIA39940.5
7501995MIA40060.5625
7511995DAL40220.75
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7532016ARI40690.46875
7542012CAR40720.4375
7552008BAL40790.6875
7562002TAM40950.75
7571994WAS40960.1875
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7611994HOU41700.125
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7632003TAM42250.4375
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7651999OAK42500.5
7662004KAN42600.4375
7672007TAM42760.5625
7682006TAM42820.25
7691996BUF42830.625
7701997PHI42900.40625
7712011ATL44170.625
7722016BAL44190.5
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7742005IND44500.875
7752011IND44580.125
7762010ATL44600.8125
7772007NYG44620.625
7782006KAN44620.5625
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7832002DEN45580.5625
7842009ATL45640.5625
7852004SEA45790.5625
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8032001MIN49520.3125
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8061998SFO50650.75
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8112012ATL51410.8125
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What stands out to you? The New York Jets may wind up as the least experienced team of 2017. Last year’s Jets team was very experienced, but this year? Matt Forte (4,379) and Bilal Powell (1,287) are the only players with more than 1,000 career receiving yards: Forte in particularly would likely provide a reasonable floor even if he only receives 5% of the team’s total passing yards. But the Jets top wide receivers are all rookies or second-year players: Robby Anderson (587 career yards, all last year), rookie ArDarius Stewart, Charone Peake (186 career yards, all last year), and Jalin Marshall (162 career yards, all last year). At tight end, it’s veteran Austin Seferian-Jenkins (713 yards in three seasons) and rookie Jordan Leggett. It may be a very long season in New York.

  • Obviously the teams with more experienced receivers are likely to have better receivers by virtue of successful receivers producing better and more stats over their careers, but I found interesting the drastic difference in success between teams with the most experience at receiver and those with the least. The 100 least experienced receiving teams combined for a 0.436 win percentage (just under a 7-9 average), 26 playoff appearances and just two Super Bowl participants (2011 Giants and 1995 Steelers). The 100 most experienced receiving teams combined for a 0.571 average win percentage (A little better than 9-7), 55 playoff appearances and 13 Super Bowl participants (including 7 winners). I didn’t expect the more experienced receiving teams to be THAT much more successful than the least experienced receiving teams. I’m not sure you can draw much more from this other than teams with experienced receivers likely reflect an organization that has been successful at passing in prior years and in the NFL, the team that passes best often wins.

  • The magnitude of the difference between the ’01-’03 Raiders and everyone else, while not surprising, is still pretty amazing. It’s also kind of funny that the middle season looks quite a bit less experienced than the two that surround it even though it’s largely the same players–the difference seems to be largely driven by Jerry Porter being much more involved in the offense in ’02 than the surrounding seasons.

  • Richie

    I expected to see the ’03 Cardinals at the top of the list, but they must have been helped by Emmitt Smith’s 3,000+ career receiving yards.

    • Richie

      Nope. I did the math. It’s actually Freddie Jones who did most of the damage. He had 521 of the Cardinals’ 667 weighted yards (78%). Emmitt was responsible for 99 and Marcel Shipp contributed 23. None of those guys were WRs.

      Their WRs were really raw:
      Jason McAddley 6 weighted yards.
      Nate Poole 6
      Steve Bush 4
      Kevin Kasper 2
      Bryan Gilmore 1
      Larry Foster 1
      Bryant Johnson 0
      Anquan Boldin 0

  • sacramento gold miners

    You always hate to see a potential HOF career thrown away, and Plaxico Burress is another example. Starred for two different franchises, and was sensational in the frozen 2007 NFC TG against Green Bay.

  • This started because of a tweet by Bill Barnwell about how inexperienced the ’88 Chargers were at wide receiver.

    The 1988 Chargers were at 449. Lionel James (11% of the team’s receiving yards) contributed 212 of those 449 weighted yards, as he had 1,999 career yards prior to ’99. Gary Anderson (7%) contributed 124 of those yards, and Arthur Cox (5%) contributed 70 of those yards. But James and Anderson were RBs and Cox was a TE.

    Only 4 WRs gained any receiving yards for the ’88 Chargers. Two of those players turned out to be pretty good: Quinn Early and Anthony Miller, although both were rookies and drafted by San Diego in 1988 (nice job!). The third was Doug’s brother Darren Flutie, a UDFA for the Chargers that year. So the only non-rookie at WR for the ’88 Chargers was Jamie Holland, a 7th round pick in 1987 who had 138 receiving yards as a rookie (and finished his career with 1,037 yards).

    So yeah, that was as inexperienced a receiving group as it gets. But because of the RBs, it doesn’t beat the ’09 Giants. I could probably filter out non-WRs, but not sure if it’s worth it.