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Receiving WOWY Extended Back to 1950

A WOWY Superstar.

A WOWY Superstar.

Last week, we announced that our True Receiving Yards metric has now been calculated back to 1950, so it’s only fitting that we also compute WOWY (With Or Without You) for all of those receivers as well.

Skip the paragraph after this if you don’t care about the gory mathematical details, and just know that WOWY basically answers the question: “Did a receiver’s quarterbacks play better when they threw a lot to him, or not?”

For the brave souls who care about the calculation: WOWY starts by measuring the difference between a QB’s age-adjusted Relative Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt in a given season and his combined age-adjusted RANY/A in every other season of his career. This is computed as an average for each team’s QB corps, using a combination of QB dropbacks during the season in question and the rest of his career as the weights (the exact formula is: weight = 1/(1/drpbk_year + 1/drpbk_other)). Finally, for each receiver we compute a weighted career average of the QB WOWY scores for the teams he played on, weighted by his True Receiving Yards in each season.

At any rate, the only players who don’t get a WOWY are those who either debuted before 1950, played with a QB who debuted before 1950, or played with a QB who ever threw to a receiver who debuted before 1950. Here are the career WOWY marks (when applicable), alongside TRY, for every 3,000-TRY receiver whose career started in 1950 or later:

Player
Pos
Debut
Career TRY
WOWY
Tm RANY/A
Jerry RiceWR198521,438+0.5+1.6
Terrell OwensWR199614,999+0.1+0.8
Tim BrownWR198814,181+0.7+0.4
Randy MossWR199814,172+1.1+1.2
Marvin HarrisonWR199613,909-0.0+1.5
Tony GonzalezTE199713,645+0.3+0.6
Cris CarterWR198713,580+0.5+0.5
Steve LargentWR197613,494+0.1+0.2
James LoftonWR197813,241+0.5+0.1
Isaac BruceWR199413,160+0.0+0.4
Don MaynardE195813,128NULL+0.4
Harold JacksonWR196813,005+0.7+0.7
Andre ReedWR198512,815-0.2+0.4
Charlie JoinerWR196912,640+0.1+0.9
Henry EllardWR198312,584-0.1+0.2
Art MonkWR198012,401+0.4+0.7
Raymond BerryE195512,290+0.2+1.4
Hines WardWR199812,039+0.4+0.4
Fred BiletnikoffWR196511,923NULL+1.2
Charley TaylorWR196411,916+0.6+1.3
Paul WarfieldWR196411,902NULL+1.3
Lance AlworthFL196211,821+0.8+1.4
Irving FryarWR198411,700+0.1-0.1
Billy HowtonE195211,549NULL+0.1
Torry HoltWR199911,466-0.0+0.5
Reggie WayneWR200111,441+0.2+1.5
Derrick MasonWR199711,311+0.2+0.3
Jimmy SmithWR199211,277+0.2+0.5
Michael IrvinWR198811,143+0.4+0.8
Harold CarmichaelWR197111,089+0.2+0.2
Stanley MorganWR197710,994+0.0+0.3
Rod SmithWR199510,772+1.2+0.7
Muhsin MuhammadWR199610,701+0.2-0.2
Keenan McCardellWR199210,604+0.1+0.6
Steve SmithWR200110,599+0.2-0.1
Cliff BranchWR197210,582NULL+0.8
Tommy McDonaldFL195710,574NULL+0.4
Carroll DaleWR196010,447+0.4+0.1
Joey GallowayWR199510,110+0.6-0.5
Gary ClarkWR198510,060+0.3+0.8
Andre JohnsonWR200310,009+0.2+0.3
Keyshawn JohnsonWR19969,855+0.6-0.0
Chad JohnsonWR20019,851-0.1+0.2
John StallworthWR19749,844+0.6+0.5
Andre RisonWR19899,807+0.2+0.3
Bobby MitchellFL19589,725+0.6+0.9
Boyd DowlerFL19599,658+0.5+0.9
Jimmy OrrFL19589,621NULL+1.2
Shannon SharpeTE19909,614+0.7+0.4
Haven MosesWR19689,582+0.4-0.4
Otis TaylorWR19659,578+0.2+0.9
Roy JeffersonWR19659,439+0.6+0.1
Jackie SmithTE19639,422-0.5+0.0
Nat MooreWR19749,366+0.5+1.2
Drew PearsonWR19739,343+0.2+1.5
Eric MouldsWR19969,282+0.1-0.1
Billy WilsonE19519,245NULL+0.1
Bob HayesSE19659,233+0.3+1.4
Drew HillWR19799,172-0.4+0.3
Gary GarrisonWR19669,159-0.2+0.4
Pete RetzlaffE19569,090NULL+0.5
Gene A. WashingtonWR19699,085+1.1+0.4
Larry FitzgeraldWR20048,996+0.2-0.3
Santana MossWR20018,953+0.5+0.4
Ken BurroughWR19708,946-0.1-0.7
John GilliamWR19678,921+0.1+0.7
Donald DriverWR19998,899+0.0+0.8
Anquan BoldinWR20038,890+0.1+0.1
Art PowellSE19598,791+0.4+0.0
Herman MooreWR19918,763+0.3+0.1
Wesley WalkerWR19778,738+0.7+0.1
Wes ChandlerWR19788,700+0.8+1.1
Ray RenfroHB19528,664NULL+1.9
Roy GreenWR19798,607+0.3-0.1
Max McGeeE19548,525-0.3+0.4
Amani ToomerWR19968,506-0.1-0.1
Isaac CurtisWR19738,477+0.1+1.0
Ricky ProehlWR19908,411-0.1-0.1
Anthony MillerWR19888,409+0.0-0.2
Terance MathisWR19908,386+0.7+0.2
Rob MooreWR19908,370-0.2-0.5
Reggie RuckerWR19708,363-0.3+0.1
Mark ClaytonWR19838,316-0.0+1.6
Ozzie NewsomeTE19788,231+0.2+0.1
Tony MartinWR19908,219+0.3+0.2
Antonio GatesTE20038,209+0.0+1.2
Laveranues ColesWR20008,191-0.0-0.4
Jason WittenTE20038,175+0.4+0.7
Eric MartinWR19858,124+0.1+0.2
Frank GiffordHB19528,064NULL+1.2
Mel GrayWR19718,027+0.6+0.9
Mark CarrierWR19878,009-1.3-0.8
Joe HornWR19967,935+0.2+0.3
Lionel TaylorE19597,905NULL-1.3
Plaxico BurressWR20007,887+0.2+0.1
Lenny MooreHB19567,880+0.2+1.6
Ahmad RashadWR19727,861+0.2+0.1
Frank LewisWR19717,858-0.0+0.2
Tony HillWR19777,830+0.3+0.8
Mark DuperWR19827,829+0.2+1.7
Johnnie MortonWR19947,795+0.2+0.1
Terry GlennWR19967,771+0.1+0.2
Bobby WalstonE19517,688NULL+0.1
Del ShofnerE19577,681NULL+0.8
Bill BrooksWR19867,674-0.3-0.5
Sterling SharpeWR19887,660-0.6-0.2
Roddy WhiteWR20057,652-0.0+0.4
Curtis ConwayWR19937,578+0.4-0.1
Wes WelkerWR20047,540+1.0+1.6
Ernest GivinsWR19867,539-0.4+0.4
Sonny RandleE19597,526+0.1-0.4
Eddie KennisonWR19967,504+0.3+0.4
Jack SnowWR19657,486+0.2+0.8
Kyle RoteE19517,479NULL+0.7
Jerry SmithTE19657,458+0.7+1.3
Red PhillipsE19587,398-0.8-0.8
Webster SlaughterWR19867,328-0.1+0.1
Rich CasterTE19707,311-0.2-0.3
Anthony CarterWR19857,293-0.1+0.1
Chris ChambersWR20017,236-0.3-0.3
Gary CollinsFL19627,224NULL+0.8
Pat TilleyWR19767,196-0.0-0.1
Riley OdomsTE19727,192+0.7+0.3
Brian BladesWR19887,190+0.2-0.8
Ed McCaffreyWR19917,182+1.3+0.9
Mike DitkaTE19617,181+0.2+0.5
Bobby EngramWR19967,155+0.4+0.2
Jeff GrahamWR19917,100+0.1-0.3
Bob ChandlerWR19717,084+0.1-0.4
Lynn SwannWR19747,047+0.7+1.1
Charley HenniganWR19607,040NULL+1.0
Bob TuckerTE19707,038-0.1-0.0
Marshall FaulkRB19947,029+0.1+0.9
Harlon HillE19546,993NULL+0.4
Larry CentersFB19906,969-0.2-0.3
Bobby Joe ConradFL19586,960-0.4-0.3
Brandon MarshallWR20066,958+0.2-0.1
Dwight ClarkWR19796,936-0.3+1.4
Alfred JenkinsWR19756,925-0.0-0.5
Danny AbramowiczE19676,898-0.8-0.6
J.T. SmithWR19786,882-0.2-0.5
Henry MarshallWR19766,870+0.1-0.3
Wayne ChrebetWR19956,867+0.3+0.0
Chris BurfordSE19606,864+0.3+1.2
Sammy WhiteWR19766,831+0.2+0.2
Carl PickensWR19926,817+0.1-0.1
Buddy DialSE19596,782NULL+0.2
T.J. HoushmandzadehWR20016,751-0.2-0.0
Gail CogdillSE19606,744-0.8-0.8
Dave CasperTE19746,740NULL+0.3
Charlie SandersTE19686,728+0.3+0.3
Raymond ChesterTE19706,703NULL+0.8
Kellen WinslowTE19796,673+0.4+1.3
Antonio FreemanWR19956,647-0.3+0.9
Darrell JacksonWR20006,632-0.2-0.0
Joe MorrisonHB19596,584NULL+0.7
Dave ParksSE19646,577-0.3+0.2
Cris CollinsworthWR19816,553+0.7+1.3
Bernie CaseyHB19616,453NULL+0.2
Willie GaultWR19836,449+0.1+0.2
Gary BallmanFL19626,417-0.3-1.0
Frank ClarkeE19576,401-0.1-0.0
Brett PerrimanWR19886,352+0.2+0.2
Bob TrumpyTE19686,337+0.1+1.0
Preston CarpenterE19566,270NULL+0.5
Freddie SolomonWR19756,268-0.3+0.9
John MackeyTE19636,259+0.6+1.3
Al ToonWR19856,242+0.2+0.0
Marques ColstonWR20066,234+0.4+1.5
Jerome BarkumTE19726,189+0.2-0.2
Calvin JohnsonWR20076,182-0.0-0.4
Russ FrancisTE19756,176-0.2+0.7
Shawn JeffersonWR19916,167+0.2+0.1
Ronnie HarmonRB19866,163-0.2-0.0
Marty BookerWR19996,138-0.4-0.9
Ricky SandersWR19866,127+0.1+0.7
Quinn EarlyWR19886,123-0.0-0.1
Johnny MorrisFL19586,109NULL+0.1
Todd ChristensenTE19796,099+0.8-0.0
Lance RentzelWR19656,091+0.2+1.1
Pete BrewsterE19526,090NULL+1.7
Derrick AlexanderWR19946,057+0.1+0.4
Haywood JeffiresWR19876,056+0.0+0.4
Michael HaynesWR19886,043+0.4+0.3
Jim R. MitchellTE19696,036-0.2-0.7
Ike HilliardWR19976,015+0.2-0.2
Steve JordanTE19826,011-0.2+0.1
Troy BrownWR19935,995-0.8+0.3
Marcus AllenRB19825,993+0.5+0.1
Deion BranchWR20025,988-0.2+0.7
Jake ReedWR19915,961+0.6+0.6
Stephone PaigeWR19835,956+0.7+0.2
Charle YoungTE19735,947-0.1+0.2
Eddie BrownWR19855,900+0.5+1.2
Paul FlatleyWR19635,892-0.5-0.2
Mike QuickWR19825,878-0.3-0.4
Frank SandersWR19955,864-0.5-0.9
Carlos CarsonWR19805,836+0.3-0.1
Keith ByarsRB19865,825+0.1+0.4
John JeffersonWR19785,791+0.1+0.8
Todd HeapTE20015,783+0.2-0.5
Louis LippsWR19845,773+0.1-0.4
Walter PaytonRB19755,772-0.1-0.6
Jeremy ShockeyTE20025,768-0.2+0.3
Sean DawkinsWR19935,759+0.0-0.2
Steve WatsonWR19795,749-0.4-0.1
Ray MathewsHB19515,729NULL-0.3
Roger CarrWR19745,720+1.0+0.7
Jim MutschellerE19545,701NULL+1.1
Lee EvansWR20045,693+0.3-0.7
Elbert DubenionFL19605,692-0.4-0.3
Greg JenningsWR20065,643+0.3+1.5
Bob SchnelkerE19535,619NULL+1.3
Duriel HarrisWR19765,612+0.2+0.3
Ron JessieWR19715,594+0.6+0.8
Homer JonesSE19645,593NULL+0.7
Ben HawkinsWR19665,588+0.2-0.3
George SauerSE19655,580+0.7+1.2
Eric MetcalfRB19895,552-0.0+0.0
Jim ColcloughE19605,551+0.7+0.5
Jimmie GilesTE19775,510-0.5-0.1
Darnay ScottWR19945,452-0.0-0.3
Gordie SoltauE19505,439NULL+0.3
Milt MorinTE19665,376NULL+0.2
Ben CoatesTE19915,358+0.3-0.1
Vance JohnsonWR19855,357-0.6+0.1
Gino CappellettiFL19605,343+0.6+0.3
Frank WycheckTE19935,341-0.0+0.4
Aaron ThomasTE19615,338NULL+0.7
Chris CallowayWR19905,332+0.4-0.7
Mickey ShulerTE19785,331+0.4+0.2
Wesley WallsTE19895,306+0.3+0.1
Vincent JacksonWR20055,271+0.3+1.4
Keith JacksonTE19885,230-0.1+0.6
John TaylorWR19875,204+0.8+2.3
Jessie HesterWR19855,202-0.3-0.6
Bob BoydE19505,183NULL+1.8
LaDainian TomlinsonRB20015,179-0.2+0.5
Michael JacksonWR19915,172+0.3+0.4
John L. WilliamsFB19865,156-0.3-0.7
Tiki BarberRB19975,145-0.1-0.1
Dwayne BoweWR20075,141+0.0-0.9
Jim DoranE19515,136NULL-0.1
Dallas ClarkTE20035,130+0.3+1.5
Mark JacksonWR19865,129-0.3+0.1
Roger CraigRB19835,129+0.2+1.6
Antonio BryantWR20025,127+0.3-0.7
David HillTE19765,118-0.3-0.5
Roy E. WilliamsWR20045,073+0.2-0.3
Braylon EdwardsWR20055,063+0.5-0.9
Jabar GaffneyWR20025,045+0.5-0.1
Al DensonFL19645,031-0.9-1.3
Brent JonesTE19875,020+0.7+2.0
Fred BarnettWR19905,004-0.4-0.2
Kevin HouseWR19804,979-0.3+0.1
Reggie LanghorneWR19854,956-0.1+0.1
Herschel WalkerRB19864,953-0.3-0.4
Brandon LloydWR20034,952+0.1-0.4
Rocket IsmailWR19934,948+0.0-0.3
Peerless PriceWR19994,945+0.2-0.3
Tim McGeeWR19864,930-0.4+0.3
Rodney HolmanTE19824,916+0.2+0.8
Marlin BriscoeWR19684,900+0.3-0.3
Billy JohnsonWR19744,882+0.1-0.4
Mike PritchardWR19914,879+0.9+0.4
Alge CrumplerTE20014,875-0.3-0.5
Tony GalbreathRB19764,857+0.6+0.2
Dick GordonWR19654,852+0.0-1.3
Hugh McElhennyHB19524,847NULL-0.1
John David CrowHB19584,835+0.4-0.1
Gern NaglerE19534,831NULL+0.3
Santonio HolmesWR20064,825-0.1+0.2
Billy Joe DuPreeTE19734,814+0.2+1.6
Lydell MitchellRB19724,807+0.6+1.2
Earnest BynerRB19844,806+0.6+0.7
Jay NovacekTE19854,805+0.2+0.6
Brandon StokleyWR19994,791+0.8+1.4
Thurman ThomasRB19884,784+0.2+0.7
Mark BavaroTE19854,765+0.2+0.3
Rick UpchurchWR19754,733-0.2-0.4
O.J. McDuffieWR19934,730+0.0+0.7
Mike RenfroWR19784,729-0.1-0.4
Leonard ThompsonWR19754,726+0.0-0.6
Warrick DunnRB19974,717+0.0-0.5
Ollie MatsonRB19524,710NULL-1.0
Jim GibbonsE19584,673NULL-1.0
Flipper AndersonWR19884,661+0.0+0.6
Paul CoffmanTE19784,640+0.4-0.1
Yancey ThigpenWR19914,636+0.3+0.3
Chris CooleyTE20044,620+0.4+0.1
Chuck ForemanRB19734,611+1.1+1.4
Glenn DoughtyWR19724,591+0.9+0.6
Dennis NorthcuttWR20004,585-0.1-0.7
Jerricho CotcheryWR20044,577-0.2-0.7
Heath MillerTE20054,576+0.0+0.7
Terry BarrHB19574,566-1.1-0.6
Nate BurlesonWR20034,565+0.7+0.6
Freddie ScottWR19744,543+0.2-0.3
Dave KocourekTE19604,535NULL+0.4
Don StonesiferE19514,517NULL-1.4
Kellen Winslow Jr.TE20044,515+0.3-0.8
Qadry IsmailWR19934,504-0.2-0.3
Tom MitchellTE19664,482+0.2-0.2
Kelvin MartinWR19874,466-0.2-0.8
Bill BrownRB19614,461-0.1+0.2
Kevin JohnsonWR19994,459+0.0-1.0
Eric GreenTE19904,445+0.1+0.2
Jackie HarrisTE19904,437-0.5-0.5
Charles JohnsonWR19944,429-0.4-0.5
Jerry ButlerWR19794,423-0.1-0.2
Bill McCollE19524,416NULL-0.2
R.C. OwensHB19574,402NULL-0.0
Courtney HawkinsWR19924,391-0.4-0.8
Bert EmanuelWR19944,390+0.2-0.0
Jim DooleyB19524,374NULL-0.5
Billy CannonTE19604,372NULL+1.5
Torrance SmallWR19924,354-0.4-0.3
Howard TwilleyWR19664,350+0.4+0.7
Marcus RobinsonWR19984,345+0.3-0.3
Gene WashingtonWR19674,337+0.9-0.1
J.D. HillWR19714,333-0.2-0.7
Randy McMichaelTE20024,332-0.7-0.8
Willie DavisWR19914,326+0.3+0.4
Ricky WattersRB19924,322+0.4+0.7
Dave LoganWR19764,305+0.1+0.3
Donte StallworthWR20024,300+0.4+0.6
Warren WellsSE19644,287NULL+2.0
Randy VatahaWR19714,277-0.5-0.2
Antwaan Randle ElWR20024,267+0.7+0.5
Sam McCullumWR19744,259+0.2+0.2
John CarsonE19544,257NULL-0.1
Jeff ChadwickWR19834,244-0.2-0.7
Abner HaynesHB19604,238+0.1+0.4
Nate WashingtonWR20054,223+0.2-0.0
David BostonWR19994,205-0.6-0.6
Ron ShanklinWR19704,205-1.2-0.9
Vernon DavisTE20064,201+0.1-0.3
Frank PittsWR19654,188NULL+0.4
David PattenWR19974,187-0.7+0.2
Ray ButlerWR19804,183-0.2-0.5
Michael JenkinsWR20044,178-0.2-0.2
Dave MiddletonE19554,176NULL-0.3
Ron KramerE19574,174-0.4+0.2
Marcus PollardTE19954,168-0.3+1.0
James ScottWR19764,141+0.3-0.8
Brian BrennanWR19844,135+0.4+0.3
Rickey YoungRB19754,128-0.5-0.2
Alex WebsterHB19554,122NULL+1.4
Don McCauleyRB19714,116+0.7+0.5
MacArthur LaneRB19684,115+0.2-0.0
Joe WashingtonRB19774,102+0.8+0.1
J.J. StokesWR19954,095+0.4+1.2
Pete MetzelaarsTE19824,088-0.4+0.1
Don HerrmannWR19694,085+0.4+0.2
Tony DorsettRB19774,064+0.3+0.9
Chip MyersWR19674,064+0.2+1.2
Preston PearsonRB19674,060+0.1+1.1
Chris BurkettWR19854,055-0.4-0.3
Timmy BrownRB19594,049NULL+0.3
Wallace FrancisWR19734,048-0.2-0.4
James WilderRB19814,047-0.7-0.2
Don NortonE19604,043+0.5+0.6
Freddie JonesTE19974,042-0.3-1.5
Larry WaltonWR19694,031+0.7+0.8
James BrooksRB19814,031+0.5+1.2
Bill SchroederWR19974,026-0.5+0.2
Brian WestbrookRB20024,017+0.5+0.7
Henry ChildsTE19744,011+0.6+0.0
Drew BennettWR20013,993-0.2-0.0
Michael WestbrookWR19953,981-0.1+0.3
Owen DanielsTE20063,979+0.1+0.7
Emmitt SmithRB19903,971+0.3+0.6
Greg PruittRB19733,970-0.1-0.1
James JettWR19933,951+0.7+0.3
Fred ArbanasTE19623,951+0.1+1.5
Kevin WalterWR20033,950+0.1+0.8
Doug CosbieTE19793,944-0.0+0.3
Jim BrownFB19573,935NULL+1.1
Ken DilgerTE19953,935+0.1+0.6
Bob GrimWR19673,931+0.1-0.6
Willard DewveallE19593,916NULL-0.4
Floyd TurnerWR19893,913+0.3+0.1
Calvin WilliamsWR19903,912-0.3-0.3
Charlie BrownWR19823,907+1.1+0.7
Bill AndersonE19583,905-0.6-1.4
Hoby BrennerTE19813,899-0.3-0.6
Bake TurnerWR19623,895-0.1-0.7
Joe JureviciusWR19983,895+0.7+0.2
Robert BrooksWR19923,891-0.2+1.2
Charlie A. SmithWR19743,876-0.0+0.1
Leon HartE19503,866NULL+0.9
Clyde ConnerE19563,865NULL-0.5
Charley FrazierWR19623,844NULL-0.5
Az-Zahir HakimWR19983,843+0.2+0.5
Travis TaylorWR20003,839-0.2-0.8
Willie FrazierTE19643,839NULL+0.6
Preston DennardWR19783,838-0.6-0.7
Tony NathanRB19793,838+0.4+1.0
Bob KleinTE19693,837+0.4+1.1
Calvin HillRB19693,836-0.1+1.0
Larry BrownRB19693,829+1.2+1.5
Ike HarrisWR19753,828+1.3+1.4
Ken BurrowWR19713,826+0.3-0.3
Earnest GrayWR19793,819-0.6-0.8
Ed PodolakRB19693,794-0.1-0.1
Tony McGeeTE19933,769+0.0-0.4
Javon WalkerWR20023,766+0.5+0.5
Bill GromanWR19603,765NULL+1.8
Monty SticklesTE19603,761NULL+0.1
Mark IngramWR19873,761+0.7+1.0
Pete HolohanTE19813,755+0.6+0.9
DeSean JacksonWR20083,754+0.5+0.3
Dan RossTE19793,749+0.2+0.6
Jim WhalenTE19653,744-0.6-1.3
Jerry PorterWR20003,725+0.5-0.1
Bernard BerrianWR20043,724+0.5-0.4
Kevin FaulkRB19993,723-0.3+0.8
Joe WaltonE19573,722NULL-0.1
Curtis MartinRB19953,718+0.7+0.4
Koren RobinsonWR20013,710+0.1+0.3
Mervyn FernandezWR19873,706+0.3+0.4
Mike SherrardWR19863,702+0.7+0.5
Curtis DuncanWR19873,697+0.3+0.9
Dorne DibbleE19513,690NULL+1.1
Donny AndersonRB19663,673+0.3+0.0
Willie RichardsonFL19633,657+0.6+1.2
Charlie GarnerRB19943,630+0.7+0.6
Doak WalkerHB19503,605NULL+0.9
Alvin ReedTE19673,604-0.0-0.8
Willie GreenWR19913,589-0.0-0.2
Desmond ClarkTE19993,576-0.3-0.7
Tom MatteRB19613,573+0.5+1.1
Dave L. WilliamsWR19673,571-1.0-0.4
Lionel ManuelWR19843,557+0.1+0.3
Miles AustinWR20063,554+0.3+1.0
Michael PittmanRB19983,550+0.2-0.3
Clem DanielsHB19603,549NULL+0.4
Hassan JonesWR19863,545-0.1+0.3
Kyle BradyTE19953,541+0.1+0.3
Ted KwalickTE19693,541+1.2+0.4
Michael TimpsonWR19893,530+0.6-0.4
Ben WatsonTE20043,525-0.3+0.4
Edgerrin JamesRB19993,518+0.3+1.8
Randal HillWR19913,516-0.8-0.9
Rich McGeorgeTE19703,484-0.6-1.0
Gary KnafelcE19543,478NULL-0.0
Clifton McNeilWR19643,461NULL+0.9
Art GrahamSE19633,458+0.0-0.4
Bryant JohnsonWR20033,454-0.0-0.6
James ThrashWR19973,451-0.2+0.2
Franco HarrisRB19723,430+0.2+0.4
Mike SianiWR19723,428NULL+0.7
Jim KiickRB19683,424+0.0+0.5
Devery HendersonWR20043,417+0.4+1.4
Josh ReedWR20023,410+0.0-0.7
Mike WallaceWR20093,408+0.2+0.8
Willie JacksonWR19953,405-0.0+0.0
Terry MetcalfRB19733,404+0.9+1.4
Emery MooreheadTE19773,402-0.1-0.3
Bennie CunninghamTE19763,401+0.7+0.6
Eric CrabtreeWR19663,390-0.7+0.1
Justin McCareinsWR20013,390+0.6+0.5
Hewritt DixonRB19633,356NULL+0.6
Richie AndersonFB19933,353+0.2-0.3
Ottis AndersonRB19793,352+0.0-0.1
Malcom FloydWR20043,351+0.2+1.3
Frank JacksonFL19613,348-0.5+0.6
James McKnightWR19943,336+0.4-0.3
Leon ClarkeE19563,324NULL+0.7
Butch JohnsonWR19763,322+0.1+0.8
Ashley LelieWR20023,316+0.9+0.4
Ernie JonesWR19883,312+0.2-0.9
Lance MooreWR20063,306+0.3+1.4
Dave MeggettRB19893,293+0.7+0.4
Pat StudstillFL19613,292-0.8-1.1
Floyd LittleRB19673,286+0.4-0.1
Jerry ReichowE19563,284NULL-1.0
Greg OlsenTE20073,269-0.5-0.3
Matt BouzaWR19813,260+0.0-0.9
Jon ArnettHB19573,253NULL-0.2
J.J. BirdenWR19903,239+1.0+0.7
Patrick CraytonWR20043,238+0.3+1.1
Mike BarberTE19763,229+0.2-0.1
John RigginsRB19713,222-0.1-0.1
Zach MillerTE20073,219-0.2-0.9
Jean FugettTE19723,214-0.6+0.4
Gerald CarterWR19803,211-1.0-0.6
Ken WillardRB19653,209+0.8+0.8
Hakeem NicksWR20093,202+0.8+0.9
Alvin HarperWR19913,202+0.4+0.7
Andre HastingsWR19933,196-0.3-0.9
Steven JacksonRB20043,193-0.2-0.6
Barry SandersRB19893,191+0.3-0.0
Don BeebeWR19893,187+0.1+0.8
Frank GrantWR19733,183+0.0+0.1
Billy TruaxTE19643,174+0.1+1.0
Neal AndersonRB19863,169-0.6-0.4
Davone BessWR20083,146+0.5-0.4
Oronde GadsdenWR19983,140-0.3-0.1
Walter WhiteTE19753,139+0.6+0.1
Mike GarrettRB19663,136+0.2+1.0
Terry KirbyRB19933,136+0.7+0.8
Leroy KellyRB19643,134NULL+0.5
Glenn BassSE19613,134-0.5-0.3
Pettis NormanTE19623,129-0.5+0.1
Alfred JacksonWR19783,118+0.2+0.1
Corey BradfordWR19983,116-0.1-0.5
Michael CrabtreeWR20093,111+0.4+0.4
Earl McCullouchWR19683,110+0.0+0.2
Mark ClaytonWR20053,109+0.2-0.2
James JonesWR20073,106+0.5+1.8
O.J. SimpsonRB19693,106-0.0-0.6
Sidney RiceWR20073,105+0.9+0.7
William AndrewsRB19793,100+0.6+0.4
Freeman McNeilRB19813,090+0.4+0.2
Ahman GreenRB19983,090-0.1+0.6
Stacey BaileyWR19823,073+0.1-0.4
Amp LeeRB19923,056+0.2+0.2
Larry GarronHB19603,056+0.6+0.3
Priest HolmesRB19973,054+0.3+0.8
Johnny PerkinsWR19773,051-0.2-1.0
Ted BrownRB19793,047-0.3-0.3
Ron A. JohnsonRB19693,045+0.5+0.6
Kimble AndersRB19913,043-0.1+0.1
Rod GardnerWR20013,039-0.1-0.7
Gary W. AndersonRB19853,031-0.8-0.6
Jerome PathonWR19983,029-0.1+0.7
Brian FinneranWR19993,028+0.2-0.2
Walker GilletteWR19703,024-0.7-0.6
Marcedes LewisTE20063,022-0.1-0.5
Percy HarvinWR20093,020+0.9-0.5
Tommy MasonRB19613,012-0.8-0.1

Unfortunately, guys like Don Maynard still have NULL WOWYs (sorry Chase), because he played with QBs and fellow receivers whose careers predated 1950, but we do finally have WOWY scores for the likes of Harold Jackson (whose solid +0.7 mark is not a surprise), Lance Alworth (+0.8), and more pre-merger pass-catchers. Here’s the same list as above, but with the NULL guys removed, and sorted by WOWY:

Player
Pos
Debut
Career TRY
WOWY
Tm RANY/A
Ike HarrisWR19753,828+1.3+1.4
Ed McCaffreyWR19917,182+1.3+0.9
Larry BrownRB19693,829+1.2+1.5
Ted KwalickTE19693,541+1.2+0.4
Rod SmithWR199510,772+1.2+0.7
Charlie BrownWR19823,907+1.1+0.7
Randy MossWR199814,172+1.1+1.2
Gene A. WashingtonWR19699,085+1.1+0.4
Chuck ForemanRB19734,611+1.1+1.4
Roger CarrWR19745,720+1.0+0.7
J.J. BirdenWR19903,239+1.0+0.7
Wes WelkerWR20047,540+1.0+1.6
Mike PritchardWR19914,879+0.9+0.4
Terry MetcalfRB19733,404+0.9+1.4
Percy HarvinWR20093,020+0.9-0.5
Glenn DoughtyWR19724,591+0.9+0.6
Ashley LelieWR20023,316+0.9+0.4
Gene WashingtonWR19674,337+0.9-0.1
Sidney RiceWR20073,105+0.9+0.7
Todd ChristensenTE19796,099+0.8-0.0
Ken WillardRB19653,209+0.8+0.8
Wes ChandlerWR19788,700+0.8+1.1
Brandon StokleyWR19994,791+0.8+1.4
John TaylorWR19875,204+0.8+2.3
Hakeem NicksWR20093,202+0.8+0.9
Joe WashingtonRB19774,102+0.8+0.1
Lance AlworthFL196211,821+0.8+1.4
Don McCauleyRB19714,116+0.7+0.5
Jim ColcloughE19605,551+0.7+0.5
Larry WaltonWR19694,031+0.7+0.8
Terry KirbyRB19933,136+0.7+0.8
Harold JacksonWR196813,005+0.7+0.7
Riley OdomsTE19727,192+0.7+0.3
Charlie GarnerRB19943,630+0.7+0.6
Lynn SwannWR19747,047+0.7+1.1
Bennie CunninghamTE19763,401+0.7+0.6
Cris CollinsworthWR19816,553+0.7+1.3
Wesley WalkerWR19778,738+0.7+0.1
George SauerSE19655,580+0.7+1.2
Joe JureviciusWR19983,895+0.7+0.2
Brent JonesTE19875,020+0.7+2.0
Terance MathisWR19908,386+0.7+0.2
Stephone PaigeWR19835,956+0.7+0.2
Antwaan Randle ElWR20024,267+0.7+0.5
Shannon SharpeTE19909,614+0.7+0.4
Dave MeggettRB19893,293+0.7+0.4
Nate BurlesonWR20034,565+0.7+0.6
Mark IngramWR19873,761+0.7+1.0
Jerry SmithTE19657,458+0.7+1.3
Curtis MartinRB19953,718+0.7+0.4
Tim BrownWR198814,181+0.7+0.4
James JettWR19933,951+0.7+0.3
Mike SherrardWR19863,702+0.7+0.5
Joey GallowayWR199510,110+0.6-0.5
Walter WhiteTE19753,139+0.6+0.1
Lydell MitchellRB19724,807+0.6+1.2
Henry ChildsTE19744,011+0.6+0.0
Justin McCareinsWR20013,390+0.6+0.5
Keyshawn JohnsonWR19969,855+0.6-0.0
Willie RichardsonFL19633,657+0.6+1.2
Pete HolohanTE19813,755+0.6+0.9
John MackeyTE19636,259+0.6+1.3
Ron JessieWR19715,594+0.6+0.8
Mel GrayWR19718,027+0.6+0.9
Charley TaylorWR196411,916+0.6+1.3
Roy JeffersonWR19659,439+0.6+0.1
Larry GarronHB19603,056+0.6+0.3
Bobby MitchellFL19589,725+0.6+0.9
Gino CappellettiFL19605,343+0.6+0.3
Michael TimpsonWR19893,530+0.6-0.4
Jake ReedWR19915,961+0.6+0.6
William AndrewsRB19793,100+0.6+0.4
John StallworthWR19749,844+0.6+0.5
Earnest BynerRB19844,806+0.6+0.7
Tony GalbreathRB19764,857+0.6+0.2
Jerry RiceWR198521,438+0.5+1.6
Nat MooreWR19749,366+0.5+1.2
Marcus AllenRB19825,993+0.5+0.1
Braylon EdwardsWR20055,063+0.5-0.9
Boyd DowlerFL19599,658+0.5+0.9
Bernard BerrianWR20043,724+0.5-0.4
Brian WestbrookRB20024,017+0.5+0.7
James LoftonWR197813,241+0.5+0.1
Ron A. JohnsonRB19693,045+0.5+0.6
DeSean JacksonWR20083,754+0.5+0.3
Santana MossWR20018,953+0.5+0.4
Jabar GaffneyWR20025,045+0.5-0.1
James JonesWR20073,106+0.5+1.8
Don NortonE19604,043+0.5+0.6
Tom MatteRB19613,573+0.5+1.1
James BrooksRB19814,031+0.5+1.2
Davone BessWR20083,146+0.5-0.4
Eddie BrownWR19855,900+0.5+1.2
Cris CarterWR198713,580+0.5+0.5
Jerry PorterWR20003,725+0.5-0.1
Javon WalkerWR20023,766+0.5+0.5
Michael CrabtreeWR20093,111+0.4+0.4
Jason WittenTE20038,175+0.4+0.7
Bobby EngramWR19967,155+0.4+0.2
Bob KleinTE19693,837+0.4+1.1
Art PowellSE19598,791+0.4+0.0
Don HerrmannWR19694,085+0.4+0.2
Alvin HarperWR19913,202+0.4+0.7
James McKnightWR19943,336+0.4-0.3
Art MonkWR198012,401+0.4+0.7
Donte StallworthWR20024,300+0.4+0.6
Freeman McNeilRB19813,090+0.4+0.2
John David CrowHB19584,835+0.4-0.1
Devery HendersonWR20043,417+0.4+1.4
Ricky WattersRB19924,322+0.4+0.7
Michael IrvinWR198811,143+0.4+0.8
Marques ColstonWR20066,234+0.4+1.5
Howard TwilleyWR19664,350+0.4+0.7
Hines WardWR199812,039+0.4+0.4
Chris CallowayWR19905,332+0.4-0.7
Haven MosesWR19689,582+0.4-0.4
Carroll DaleWR196010,447+0.4+0.1
Kellen WinslowTE19796,673+0.4+1.3
Chris CooleyTE20044,620+0.4+0.1
Tony NathanRB19793,838+0.4+1.0
Curtis ConwayWR19937,578+0.4-0.1
Paul CoffmanTE19784,640+0.4-0.1
Mickey ShulerTE19785,331+0.4+0.2
Michael HaynesWR19886,043+0.4+0.3
Brian BrennanWR19844,135+0.4+0.3
J.J. StokesWR19954,095+0.4+1.2
Floyd LittleRB19673,286+0.4-0.1
Vincent JacksonWR20055,271+0.3+1.4
Miles AustinWR20063,554+0.3+1.0
Yancey ThigpenWR19914,636+0.3+0.3
Wayne ChrebetWR19956,867+0.3+0.0
Charlie SandersTE19686,728+0.3+0.3
Kellen Winslow Jr.TE20044,515+0.3-0.8
Donny AndersonRB19663,673+0.3+0.0
Lance MooreWR20063,306+0.3+1.4
Barry SandersRB19893,191+0.3-0.0
Floyd TurnerWR19893,913+0.3+0.1
Bob HayesSE19659,233+0.3+1.4
Lee EvansWR20045,693+0.3-0.7
Roy GreenWR19798,607+0.3-0.1
Emmitt SmithRB19903,971+0.3+0.6
Ken BurrowWR19713,826+0.3-0.3
Tony MartinWR19908,219+0.3+0.2
Eddie KennisonWR19967,504+0.3+0.4
Chris BurfordSE19606,864+0.3+1.2
Tony DorsettRB19774,064+0.3+0.9
Patrick CraytonWR20043,238+0.3+1.1
Tony GonzalezTE199713,645+0.3+0.6
Gary ClarkWR198510,060+0.3+0.8
Marcus RobinsonWR19984,345+0.3-0.3
Michael JacksonWR19915,172+0.3+0.4
Willie DavisWR19914,326+0.3+0.4
Priest HolmesRB19973,054+0.3+0.8
James ScottWR19764,141+0.3-0.8
Greg JenningsWR20065,643+0.3+1.5
Antonio BryantWR20025,127+0.3-0.7
Ben CoatesTE19915,358+0.3-0.1
Wesley WallsTE19895,306+0.3+0.1
Edgerrin JamesRB19993,518+0.3+1.8
Tony HillWR19777,830+0.3+0.8
Dallas ClarkTE20035,130+0.3+1.5
Mervyn FernandezWR19873,706+0.3+0.4
Herman MooreWR19918,763+0.3+0.1
Carlos CarsonWR19805,836+0.3-0.1
Curtis DuncanWR19873,697+0.3+0.9
Marlin BriscoeWR19684,900+0.3-0.3
Mark BavaroTE19854,765+0.2+0.3
Derrick MasonWR199711,311+0.2+0.3
Sam McCullumWR19744,259+0.2+0.2
Jay NovacekTE19854,805+0.2+0.6
Chip MyersWR19674,064+0.2+1.2
Todd HeapTE20015,783+0.2-0.5
Amp LeeRB19923,056+0.2+0.2
Shawn JeffersonWR19916,167+0.2+0.1
Brett PerrimanWR19886,352+0.2+0.2
MacArthur LaneRB19684,115+0.2-0.0
Roy E. WilliamsWR20045,073+0.2-0.3
Joe HornWR19967,935+0.2+0.3
Steve SmithWR200110,599+0.2-0.1
Nate WashingtonWR20054,223+0.2-0.0
Plaxico BurressWR20007,887+0.2+0.1
Andre RisonWR19899,807+0.2+0.3
Richie AndersonFB19933,353+0.2-0.3
Billy Joe DuPreeTE19734,814+0.2+1.6
Johnnie MortonWR19947,795+0.2+0.1
Jerome BarkumTE19726,189+0.2-0.2
Bert EmanuelWR19944,390+0.2-0.0
Otis TaylorWR19659,578+0.2+0.9
Tom MitchellTE19664,482+0.2-0.2
Mike GarrettRB19663,136+0.2+1.0
Franco HarrisRB19723,430+0.2+0.4
Mark DuperWR19827,829+0.2+1.7
Mike DitkaTE19617,181+0.2+0.5
Sammy WhiteWR19766,831+0.2+0.2
Ben HawkinsWR19665,588+0.2-0.3
Peerless PriceWR19994,945+0.2-0.3
Mark ClaytonWR20053,109+0.2-0.2
Reggie WayneWR200111,441+0.2+1.5
Muhsin MuhammadWR199610,701+0.2-0.2
Mike WallaceWR20093,408+0.2+0.8
Brandon MarshallWR20066,958+0.2-0.1
Alfred JacksonWR19783,118+0.2+0.1
Andre JohnsonWR200310,009+0.2+0.3
Mike BarberTE19763,229+0.2-0.1
Ozzie NewsomeTE19788,231+0.2+0.1
Lance RentzelWR19656,091+0.2+1.1
Lenny MooreHB19567,880+0.2+1.6
Larry FitzgeraldWR20048,996+0.2-0.3
Ike HilliardWR19976,015+0.2-0.2
Dan RossTE19793,749+0.2+0.6
Freddie ScottWR19744,543+0.2-0.3
Harold CarmichaelWR197111,089+0.2+0.2
Ahmad RashadWR19727,861+0.2+0.1
Drew PearsonWR19739,343+0.2+1.5
Brian FinneranWR19993,028+0.2-0.2
Thurman ThomasRB19884,784+0.2+0.7
Malcom FloydWR20043,351+0.2+1.3
Ernie JonesWR19883,312+0.2-0.9
Raymond BerryE195512,290+0.2+1.4
Duriel HarrisWR19765,612+0.2+0.3
Brian BladesWR19887,190+0.2-0.8
Al ToonWR19856,242+0.2+0.0
Jimmy SmithWR199211,277+0.2+0.5
Jack SnowWR19657,486+0.2+0.8
Az-Zahir HakimWR19983,843+0.2+0.5
Rodney HolmanTE19824,916+0.2+0.8
Roger CraigRB19835,129+0.2+1.6
Michael PittmanRB19983,550+0.2-0.3
Abner HaynesHB19604,238+0.1+0.4
Dave LoganWR19764,305+0.1+0.3
Stacey BaileyWR19823,073+0.1-0.4
Charlie JoinerWR196912,640+0.1+0.9
Butch JohnsonWR19763,322+0.1+0.8
Bob ChandlerWR19717,084+0.1-0.4
Anquan BoldinWR20038,890+0.1+0.1
Jeff GrahamWR19917,100+0.1-0.3
John JeffersonWR19785,791+0.1+0.8
Willie GaultWR19836,449+0.1+0.2
Irving FryarWR198411,700+0.1-0.1
Keenan McCardellWR199210,604+0.1+0.6
Henry MarshallWR19766,870+0.1-0.3
Kevin WalterWR20033,950+0.1+0.8
Brandon LloydWR20034,952+0.1-0.4
Owen DanielsTE20063,979+0.1+0.7
Isaac CurtisWR19738,477+0.1+1.0
Derrick AlexanderWR19946,057+0.1+0.4
Bob TrumpyTE19686,337+0.1+1.0
Koren RobinsonWR20013,710+0.1+0.3
Marshall FaulkRB19947,029+0.1+0.9
Terrell OwensWR199614,999+0.1+0.8
Preston PearsonRB19674,060+0.1+1.1
Carl PickensWR19926,817+0.1-0.1
Eric MartinWR19858,124+0.1+0.2
Don BeebeWR19893,187+0.1+0.8
Ricky SandersWR19866,127+0.1+0.7
Terry GlennWR19967,771+0.1+0.2
Fred ArbanasTE19623,951+0.1+1.5
Lionel ManuelWR19843,557+0.1+0.3
Keith ByarsRB19865,825+0.1+0.4
Billy JohnsonWR19744,882+0.1-0.4
Steve LargentWR197613,494+0.1+0.2
Kyle BradyTE19953,541+0.1+0.3
Eric MouldsWR19969,282+0.1-0.1
Sonny RandleE19597,526+0.1-0.4
Vernon DavisTE20064,201+0.1-0.3
Bob GrimWR19673,931+0.1-0.6
Ken DilgerTE19953,935+0.1+0.6
Eric GreenTE19904,445+0.1+0.2
Billy TruaxTE19643,174+0.1+1.0
John GilliamWR19678,921+0.1+0.7
Louis LippsWR19845,773+0.1-0.4
Tony McGeeTE19933,769+0.0-0.4
Matt BouzaWR19813,260+0.0-0.9
Josh ReedWR20023,410+0.0-0.7
O.J. McDuffieWR19934,730+0.0+0.7
Heath MillerTE20054,576+0.0+0.7
Sean DawkinsWR19935,759+0.0-0.2
Jim KiickRB19683,424+0.0+0.5
Dwayne BoweWR20075,141+0.0-0.9
Antonio GatesTE20038,209+0.0+1.2
Donald DriverWR19998,899+0.0+0.8
Art GrahamSE19633,458+0.0-0.4
Stanley MorganWR197710,994+0.0+0.3
Frank GrantWR19733,183+0.0+0.1
Isaac BruceWR199413,160+0.0+0.4
Anthony MillerWR19888,409+0.0-0.2
Rocket IsmailWR19934,948+0.0-0.3
Ottis AndersonRB19793,352+0.0-0.1
Dick GordonWR19654,852+0.0-1.3
Warrick DunnRB19974,717+0.0-0.5
Flipper AndersonWR19884,661+0.0+0.6
Earl McCullouchWR19683,110+0.0+0.2
Leonard ThompsonWR19754,726+0.0-0.6
Haywood JeffiresWR19876,056+0.0+0.4
Kevin JohnsonWR19994,459+0.0-1.0
Quinn EarlyWR19886,123-0.0-0.1
O.J. SimpsonRB19693,106-0.0-0.6
Alvin ReedTE19673,604-0.0-0.8
Charlie A. SmithWR19743,876-0.0+0.1
Mark ClaytonWR19838,316-0.0+1.6
Doug CosbieTE19793,944-0.0+0.3
Willie GreenWR19913,589-0.0-0.2
Frank WycheckTE19935,341-0.0+0.4
Roddy WhiteWR20057,652-0.0+0.4
Laveranues ColesWR20008,191-0.0-0.4
Alfred JenkinsWR19756,925-0.0-0.5
Darnay ScottWR19945,452-0.0-0.3
Eric MetcalfRB19895,552-0.0+0.0
Frank LewisWR19717,858-0.0+0.2
Marvin HarrisonWR199613,909-0.0+1.5
Bryant JohnsonWR20033,454-0.0-0.6
Willie JacksonWR19953,405-0.0+0.0
Pat TilleyWR19767,196-0.0-0.1
Torry HoltWR199911,466-0.0+0.5
Calvin JohnsonWR20076,182-0.0-0.4
Santonio HolmesWR20064,825-0.1+0.2
Reggie LanghorneWR19854,956-0.1+0.1
Jerome PathonWR19983,029-0.1+0.7
Keith JacksonTE19885,230-0.1+0.6
Chad JohnsonWR20019,851-0.1+0.2
Ricky ProehlWR19908,411-0.1-0.1
Bob TuckerTE19707,038-0.1-0.0
Ahman GreenRB19983,090-0.1+0.6
Tiki BarberRB19975,145-0.1-0.1
Corey BradfordWR19983,116-0.1-0.5
Dennis NorthcuttWR20004,585-0.1-0.7
Rod GardnerWR20013,039-0.1-0.7
Mike RenfroWR19784,729-0.1-0.4
Webster SlaughterWR19867,328-0.1+0.1
Kimble AndersRB19913,043-0.1+0.1
Calvin HillRB19693,836-0.1+1.0
Walter PaytonRB19755,772-0.1-0.6
Henry EllardWR198312,584-0.1+0.2
Amani ToomerWR19968,506-0.1-0.1
Greg PruittRB19733,970-0.1-0.1
Bake TurnerWR19623,895-0.1-0.7
Charle YoungTE19735,947-0.1+0.2
Emery MooreheadTE19773,402-0.1-0.3
Ken BurroughWR19708,946-0.1-0.7
Anthony CarterWR19857,293-0.1+0.1
John RigginsRB19713,222-0.1-0.1
Ed PodolakRB19693,794-0.1-0.1
Bill BrownRB19614,461-0.1+0.2
Michael WestbrookWR19953,981-0.1+0.3
Jerry ButlerWR19794,423-0.1-0.2
Marcedes LewisTE20063,022-0.1-0.5
Frank ClarkeE19576,401-0.1-0.0
Hassan JonesWR19863,545-0.1+0.3
Gary GarrisonWR19669,159-0.2+0.4
Travis TaylorWR20003,839-0.2-0.8
Zach MillerTE20073,219-0.2-0.9
Rick UpchurchWR19754,733-0.2-0.4
LaDainian TomlinsonRB20015,179-0.2+0.5
Steve JordanTE19826,011-0.2+0.1
Andre ReedWR198512,815-0.2+0.4
Michael JenkinsWR20044,178-0.2-0.2
Qadry IsmailWR19934,504-0.2-0.3
James ThrashWR19973,451-0.2+0.2
Jim R. MitchellTE19696,036-0.2-0.7
Darrell JacksonWR20006,632-0.2-0.0
Steven JacksonRB20043,193-0.2-0.6
Russ FrancisTE19756,176-0.2+0.7
Robert BrooksWR19923,891-0.2+1.2
Deion BranchWR20025,988-0.2+0.7
Wallace FrancisWR19734,048-0.2-0.4
Ronnie HarmonRB19866,163-0.2-0.0
Rich CasterTE19707,311-0.2-0.3
Rob MooreWR19908,370-0.2-0.5
Jeff ChadwickWR19834,244-0.2-0.7
Jeremy ShockeyTE20025,768-0.2+0.3
Larry CentersFB19906,969-0.2-0.3
J.T. SmithWR19786,882-0.2-0.5
Ray ButlerWR19804,183-0.2-0.5
Drew BennettWR20013,993-0.2-0.0
Jerricho CotcheryWR20044,577-0.2-0.7
J.D. HillWR19714,333-0.2-0.7
Kelvin MartinWR19874,466-0.2-0.8
Johnny PerkinsWR19773,051-0.2-1.0
T.J. HoushmandzadehWR20016,751-0.2-0.0
Mike QuickWR19825,878-0.3-0.4
Mark JacksonWR19865,129-0.3+0.1
Kevin HouseWR19804,979-0.3+0.1
Bill BrooksWR19867,674-0.3-0.5
John L. WilliamsFB19865,156-0.3-0.7
Chris ChambersWR20017,236-0.3-0.3
Antonio FreemanWR19956,647-0.3+0.9
Oronde GadsdenWR19983,140-0.3-0.1
Ben WatsonTE20043,525-0.3+0.4
Reggie RuckerWR19708,363-0.3+0.1
Jessie HesterWR19855,202-0.3-0.6
Hoby BrennerTE19813,899-0.3-0.6
Dave ParksSE19646,577-0.3+0.2
Andre HastingsWR19933,196-0.3-0.9
Freddie JonesTE19974,042-0.3-1.5
Herschel WalkerRB19864,953-0.3-0.4
Marcus PollardTE19954,168-0.3+1.0
Desmond ClarkTE19993,576-0.3-0.7
Gary BallmanFL19626,417-0.3-1.0
Calvin WilliamsWR19903,912-0.3-0.3
Kevin FaulkRB19993,723-0.3+0.8
Freddie SolomonWR19756,268-0.3+0.9
Ted BrownRB19793,047-0.3-0.3
David HillTE19765,118-0.3-0.5
Alge CrumplerTE20014,875-0.3-0.5
Dwight ClarkWR19796,936-0.3+1.4
Max McGeeE19548,525-0.3+0.4
Fred BarnettWR19905,004-0.4-0.2
Courtney HawkinsWR19924,391-0.4-0.8
Charles JohnsonWR19944,429-0.4-0.5
Steve WatsonWR19795,749-0.4-0.1
Ron KramerE19574,174-0.4+0.2
Tim McGeeWR19864,930-0.4+0.3
Elbert DubenionFL19605,692-0.4-0.3
Chris BurkettWR19854,055-0.4-0.3
Ernest GivinsWR19867,539-0.4+0.4
Torrance SmallWR19924,354-0.4-0.3
Marty BookerWR19996,138-0.4-0.9
Pete MetzelaarsTE19824,088-0.4+0.1
Bobby Joe ConradFL19586,960-0.4-0.3
Drew HillWR19799,172-0.4+0.3
Randy VatahaWR19714,277-0.5-0.2
Bill SchroederWR19974,026-0.5+0.2
Jackie SmithTE19639,422-0.5+0.0
Rickey YoungRB19754,128-0.5-0.2
Pettis NormanTE19623,129-0.5+0.1
Frank JacksonFL19613,348-0.5+0.6
Jackie HarrisTE19904,437-0.5-0.5
Paul FlatleyWR19635,892-0.5-0.2
Frank SandersWR19955,864-0.5-0.9
Glenn BassSE19613,134-0.5-0.3
Jimmie GilesTE19775,510-0.5-0.1
Greg OlsenTE20073,269-0.5-0.3
Jean FugettTE19723,214-0.6+0.4
Rich McGeorgeTE19703,484-0.6-1.0
Neal AndersonRB19863,169-0.6-0.4
Earnest GrayWR19793,819-0.6-0.8
David BostonWR19994,205-0.6-0.6
Vance JohnsonWR19855,357-0.6+0.1
Bill AndersonE19583,905-0.6-1.4
Jim WhalenTE19653,744-0.6-1.3
Sterling SharpeWR19887,660-0.6-0.2
Preston DennardWR19783,838-0.6-0.7
Randy McMichaelTE20024,332-0.7-0.8
Eric CrabtreeWR19663,390-0.7+0.1
David PattenWR19974,187-0.7+0.2
Walker GilletteWR19703,024-0.7-0.6
James WilderRB19814,047-0.7-0.2
Gary W. AndersonRB19853,031-0.8-0.6
Troy BrownWR19935,995-0.8+0.3
Pat StudstillFL19613,292-0.8-1.1
Gail CogdillSE19606,744-0.8-0.8
Red PhillipsE19587,398-0.8-0.8
Danny AbramowiczE19676,898-0.8-0.6
Tommy MasonRB19613,012-0.8-0.1
Randal HillWR19913,516-0.8-0.9
Al DensonFL19645,031-0.9-1.3
Gerald CarterWR19803,211-1.0-0.6
Dave L. WilliamsWR19673,571-1.0-0.4
Terry BarrHB19574,566-1.1-0.6
Ron ShanklinWR19704,205-1.2-0.9
Mark CarrierWR19878,009-1.3-0.8

Many of the names atop the list are familiar from our first WOWY post, but some new ones stand out:

  • Ike Harris is a shocker atop the entire list. He places that high because, on his watch, both Jim Hart and Archie Manning had the best seasons of their careers (especially after adjusting for age). Hart had already been a pretty solid QB (+0.5 career RANY/A) going into the 1975 season, but he was what the kids today call “Elite” — the league’s 3rd-most efficient passer — over the 3 years when Harris and Mel Gray were his most frequent targets. Meanwhile, Manning had been horrible (-1.1 career RANY/A) going into the 1978 season (Harris’ first in New Orleans), but from 1978-80 his RANY/A was +0.9, and Harris was once again the team’s second-leading receiver. After Harris was phased out of the Saints offense in 1981, eventually retiring after the season, Manning once again reverted to his previously awful form (-1.8 RANY/A from 1981 onward). Harris was a #2 receiver at best and only played 7 seasons (5 as a starter), but on two different occasions he was associated with drastically improved play from his QBs.
  • Though Gene A. Washington is generally underrated, he and Ted Kwalick are up there in no small part because of their presence as the leading receivers on the 1972 San Francisco 49ers, a team that received improbably strong quarterback play from Steve Spurrier and John Brodie. I say it was improbable because 1972 was the only season in which Spurrier saw significant playing time and posted an above-average RANY/A (he wasn’t just slightly above-average, either — his RANY/A was +1.1, 5th-best in football). Over the rest of his career, Spurrier’s RANY/A was -1.2. For his part, Brodie had a much better career than Spurrier (including an epic season just 2 years earlier), but he was also 37 years old in 1972, an age by which most QBs have greatly deteriorated.
  • The “other” Gene Washington was also a pretty underrated player over the course of his career. The 1970 Vikings had the most total Approximate Value of any team since the merger (well, tied with the 2007 Patriots), with maybe the best D ever but also somehow an above-average offense despite Gary Cuozzo at QB. Washington was a Pro Bowler and had actually been 1st-team All-Pro in 1969 despite only posting 821 receiving yards. After putting up 1,523 catch yards in 1969 and 1970, Washington had only 574 over the rest of his career, and it doesn’t look like he was even hurt or anything. Not sure what happened to him — it’s possibly a research topic for a future post (or podcast?).
  • A bunch of these receivers can be associated with an all-time outlier/fluke QB season: Moss with Randall Cunningham‘s 1998 (and Tom Brady in 2007); Roger Carr & Glenn Doughty with Bert Jones‘ 1976; Brandon Stokley with Peyton Manning‘s 2004; Gene A. Washington with Brodie’s 1970; Sidney Rice & Percy Harvin with 40-year-old Brett Favre‘s 2009; Lance Alworth with Tobin Rote‘s 1963 (plus several John Hadl seasons); J.J. Birden and Stephone Paige with Steve DeBerg‘s 1990; etc. I realize that’s tied to the very definition of this metric, but it’s interesting to trace back which season(s) fed a receiver’s WOWY the most. Was it the receiver or the QB? It’s still hard to say, but the ability to repeatedly contribute to QB career years is probably a good sign of receiving greatness.
  • This is a topic for a later post, but what do we make of guys like Harvin and Gene “No Middle Initial Here” Washington, who have great career WOWY scores but played for below-average passing offenses? Did they elevate bad supporting casts? Or if they’re so great, why didn’t they play in great passing attacks? All questions to answer at a later date.
  • And Mark Carrier still looks terrible, with the worst WOWY among all qualifying receivers since 1950.

So, what stands out to you in the expanded WOWY results?

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  • Chase Stuart September 24, 2013, 11:44 am

    Really interesting stuff. I think this is fun to examine, but it leaves me with more questions than answers. Specifically, how much credit should be given to Elway and how much to Smith/McCaffrey/Sharpe for the success of the mid-to-late ’90s Broncos passing offense? What about TD and Shanahan? The OL?

    That defense wasn’t very good, but one could make the case, I suppose, that a lot of quarterbacks could have been extremely successful in that offense.

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    • Neil Paine September 24, 2013, 11:55 am

      Certainly it’s not all the WRs that helps a QB’s numbers, though receiving quality is often pointed to as a key factor when a QB is playing below expectations. Speaking off the cuff, the OL element seems to actually be more of a factor for rushers than passers, since sack rates are so constant year-to-year for QBs — but protection and coaching definitely play big roles.

      I guess this stat just answers the question of how much having a given receiver “matters” — that is, does it make a dent in the QB’s numbers (in either direction) to have a certain guy around? That’s not necessarily mutually exclusive with being a good receiver, but it’s something that probably deserves more attention than it usually gets.

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  • Chase Stuart September 24, 2013, 11:58 am

    Andre Reed having a negative WOWY score would make for an interesting breakout post, especially since he’s a borderline HOFer. I’ve argued before that I thought he was overrated, and this would support that (but I’d like to fully research the issue to confirm that).

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    • Neil Paine September 24, 2013, 12:20 pm

      Yeah, here are Reed’s seasons broken down:

      1985 (603 TRY) – Vince Ferragamo is horrible (-2.0 RANY/A), way worse than the rest of his career.
      1986-88 (2,470 TRY) – Jim Kelly’s numbers are underwhelming (+0.6 RANY/A) relative to the rest of his career, considering he was at ages 26-28 (what theoretically should have been his prime).
      1989-91 (3,409 TRY) – Reed’s WOWY gets better. Kelly still isn’t what he’ll eventually become in ’89, but Frank Reich is way above his established level of play. Kelly picks it up a lot in ’90-91, and Reich continues to be surprisingly good by his standards.
      1992-96 (4,109 TRY) – Kelly starts to decline slightly and Reich falls off a cliff. Kelly retires after ’96.
      1997 (797 TRY) – Todd Collins, Alex Van Pelt, and Billy Joe Hobert are all horrible and play well below the standards of the rest of their careers with Reed leading the team in receiving.
      1998 (806 TRY) – Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson play quite well; last good WOWY year for Reed.
      1999-2000 (622 TRY) – Flutie has an off year in 1999; Reed goes to Washington for 2000 and Brad Johnson undershoots his career numbers (though Reed barely catches any balls and promptly retires).

      So if anything, Reed doesn’t really have a notable history of making his QBs better. He got the best and worst of Kelly and Reich, the worst of Ferragamo, the worst of Collins/Van Pelt/Hobert, a mixed bag for Flutie/Rob Johnson, and barely played in a subpar Brad Johnson season.

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      • Chase Stuart September 24, 2013, 12:41 pm

        Thanks for doing the heavy lifting, Neil!

        I suppose Reed backers would suggest that we ignore everything about his career other than his Kelly years. And you can’t really use WOWY for that, since Kelly just about only played with Reed.

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        • Neil Paine September 24, 2013, 1:53 pm

          One thing we can do is isolate the Kelly/Reed years and look at all the other receivers who caught passes for BUF — who saw the Bills’ passing offense get better when they saw a bigger role?

          To that end, I grabbed all Bills receivers from 1986-1996. Each season, I measured the percentage of the team’s Adjusted Catch Yards they accumulated, and multiplied by 100 to get “units” of participation in the passing game. For instance, Reed led the 1986 Bills with 21.7% of their ACY, so that’s 21.7 “units” of participation, etc. Then I looked at Buffalo’s QB WOWY each year, weighted by the amount of participation each receiver had. Obviously Reed’s going to be at 0.0 because this totally encapsulates the entirety of the years he played with Kelly. But other receivers will have had more participation in some years than others, and some will have years where they didn’t play for Buffalo at all. Here are the leaders:

          player_id	player		tm_ACY_units	wowy
          ----------------------------------------------------
          ReedAn00	Andre Reed	287.3		-0.0
          ThomTh00	Thurman Thomas	115.2		+0.3
          MetzPe00	Pete Metzelaars	90.8		-0.3
          LoftJa00	James Lofton	69.4		+0.7
          BeebDo00	Don Beebe	67.0		+0.2
          BrooBi00	Bill Brooks	59.3		-0.1
          BurkCh00	Chris Burkett	53.8		-0.8
          HarmRo00	Ronnie Harmon	47.0		-0.5
          McKeKe01	Keith McKeller	41.6		+0.7
          CopeRu00	R. Copeland	32.6		-0.1
          JohnLo00	Lonnie Johnson	30.2		-0.1
          RiddRo00	Robb Riddick	28.1		-0.7
          TaskSt00	Steve Tasker	23.4		+0.1
          EarlQu00	Quinn Early	22.7		-0.2
          JohnTr02	T. Johnson	20.7		-0.7
          DaviKe00	Kenneth Davis	19.2		+0.3
          JohnFl00	Flip Johnson	12.8		-0.0
          HolmDa00	Darick Holmes	10.7		-0.0

          From this, you can make a good Lofton/Reed comparison for one thing, and see that the Bills passed a lot better when they had Lofton (and Reed) than Reed + somebody else. Does this mean Lofton was better than Reed? Maybe not, because having 2 good receivers is better than 1, but it definitely means there were certain WRs in the Kelly era who were more associated with successful passing than Reed was.

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          • Chase Stuart September 24, 2013, 2:05 pm

            That’s some really interesting stuff….and will be ammo for the Chris Burkett crowd.

            *The Chris Burkett Jets playing card was the first card I remember owning.

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  • James October 10, 2013, 10:32 am

    With Peyton Manning taking off and Tom Brady cratering, Wes Welker has to be benefitting from the greatest WOWY season of all-time, right?

    Obviously we don’t know how the season is going to end for any of them (much less the rest of their careers), but Welker’s already at #12 in WOWY and #13 in Tm RANY/A, so how much higher can he get? Are we talking Top 5? #1 Overall??

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