November 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Advanced NFL Stats had a cool post this week about Wide Receivers and interceptions. Placing the blame of interceptions is very hard to do, and I am not setting out to do so, but I thought I would have fun with the numbers. Keep in mind, still dealing with a small sample size.
I wanted to look at the length of routes run vs. the interception rate per target of the receivers covered by Brian Burke.
First thing was to find out the average length of routes, which, to my knowledge, is not readily available. So I found the receiving yards of each receiver, subtracted the yards after catch, and divided that by catches. I’ll just call it catch yards per catch. Basically, if the receiver were to just catch the ball and sit down on that spot, that would be his catch yards per catch. There aren’t really any surprises at the top, Desean Jackson, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, Denarius Moore, and Vincent Jackson.
Here is the data:
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