Found September 17, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Through two disappointing games, your Cleveland Browns have been among the most pass-happy teams in a pass-happy 2013 NFL. Overall, the Browns have attempted 90 passes — 86 Brandon Weeden, four Jason Campbell — which ranks seventh-most in football. One of the biggest benefactors of those targets has been third-year receiver Greg Little, ye’ of the yet another recent traffic violation. Little himself ranks tied for 10th in the NFL with 22 targets, per FFToday.com. Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Julio Jones and surprising names like Julian Edelman and Brian Hartline dominate the top of the list. Yet despite those 22 targets, Little has caught just 8 passes. That’s a 36.4% rate, placing him in some historical rankings. Here are the 10 worst rates among NFL wide receivers (min. 100 targets) over the last five full seasons: 10. Vincent Jackson, 2012, Tampa Bay, 49.0% (72/147) 9. Justin Blackmon, 2012, Jacksonville, 48.5% (64/132) 8. Donnie Avery, 2012, Indianapolis, 48.4% (60/124) 7. Santonio Holmes, 2008, Pittsburgh, 48.2% (55/114) 6. Jerome Simpson, 2011, Cincinnati, 47.6% (50/105) 5. Brandon Lloyd, 2011, Denver, 46.7% (70/150) 4. Larry Fitzgerald, 2012, Arizona, 45.5% (71/156) 3. Denarius Moore, 2012, Oakland, 44.7% (51/114) 2. Torrey Smith, 2012, Baltimore, 44.5% (49/110) 1. Braylon Edwards, 2008, Cleveland, 39.9% (55/138) Little’s catch percentage is even worse than Braylon Edwards territory. Obviously, the Browns’ awful 53.3% completion percentage anyway is a factor (thus, 58.8% to non-Greg Little targets). The average completion percentage in the NFL this season is 62.2%. Only receivers with sub-50% rates thus far in 2013 (min. 15 targets): New England’s Kenbrell Thompkins 28.6% (6/21), Little, Pittsburgh’s Jerricho Cotchery 43.8% (7/16) and Jacksonville’s Cecil Shorts 44.0% (11/25). There’s some hope for regression here in that hardly any receivers ever have catch rates sub-40% for a full season. But we’ll see if Weeden, Campbell or maybe even Brian Hoyer can make life any easier for Little starting in Week 3. [Related: Cleveland Browns Game Two: Winners and Losers]
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