The NFL’s 10 Most Efficient Wide Receivers


Published: July 11, 2009

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... they produce the eye-popping stats, they catch the media's and the fans' attentions. They're the big play makers, and in that right, are the best in the game. But oft overlooked are the unspectacular receivers who keep their offenses going by consistently catching the balls thrown to them. Deciding to take a look at the stats, I created a rather sophisticated formula in which to measure a receiver's efficiency, or in other words, ability to most consistently catch any balls thrown to them. As a backbone stat, I calculated the Reception Percentage of all NFL receivers with a reception count above 50, based on last year's statistics. The Reception Percentage is the percentage of passes targeted to them, i.e. thrown to them, in which they caught the ball. I then took the twelve receivers with the highest Reception Percentages and further broke down statistics that would influence the players' Reception Percentages. I took two additional statistics into account - their respective quart...

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