Adjusted Catch Yards: Base 5

If you read my previous website or have read Football Perspective, you are likely familiar with the concept of adjusted catch yards. Essentially, ACY is a stat that boils the receiving stat line down to a single number. Where first down data is available, first downs are used. Where it is not available, one half of receptions is used as an estimate for first downs.1

Chase Stuart uses the league passing environment, as well as unique team passing climates, to adjust receiving totals. For example, modern receivers see their numbers decreased to account for the pass-heavy play style, and receivers of yesteryear get a boost for the run-heavy climate. Similarly, players like Paul Warfield or Hines Ward would receive extra credit for playing in run-heavy schemes, while players like Calvin Johnson get dinged for playing in pass-happy systems.

I agree with Chase’s methodology, but I wanted to look at things in a different way. I will still adjust for era, but I will not adjust for system under the assumption that a team may pass more simply because it personnel lends itself to passing (see the Dolphins after the acquisition of Dan Marino).

Here’s what I am doing instead:

  1. Calculate ACY in a generally normal way
    ACY = Yards + 20*touchdowns + 9*(first downs – touchdowns) – 4.5*drops2
  2. Find the average ACY per team season.
  3. Divide this number by 5 (the number of eligible receivers on any given play). We’ll call this number Base 5.3
  4. Calculate the difference between a receiver’s ACY and Base 5.

Adjusted Catch Yards Since 1992

Because I only have data for drops and first downs dating back to 1992, I will not include any seasons before then. Thus, the following table includes every receiving season from 1992-2014 with a Base 5 differential greater than 500.  The table is initially sorted by Base 5 delta, but you can search and sort to your heart’s content. Read the table thus: In 2012, Calvin Johnson had 122 catches for 1964 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 92 first downs. He dropped the ball 11 times. This gives him 2798 ACY for the season at 22.9 per reception. He gained 1687 ACY over the league average and had a ratio of 2.52.

YearPlayerTeamRECYDSTDFDDropsACYACY/CBase5▲B5R
2012Calvin JohnsonDET122196459211279822.916872.52
1995Jerry RiceSF122184815756266121.816032.51
2003Torry HoltSTL117169612845256221.916022.67
2002Marvin HarrisonIND1431722119216259918.215832.56
1995Isaac BruceSTL119178113826263522.115772.49
1995Herman MooreDET123168614907261921.315602.47
2003Randy MossMIN111163217769246322.215032.57
1999Marvin HarrisonIND115166312799246621.414582.45
1995Michael IrvinDAL111160310884248722.414292.35
2011Calvin JohnsonDET96168116776252326.314242.30
1999Jimmy SmithJAX116163668610243121.014242.41
2014Antonio BrownPIT129169813855258420.013892.16
2001Marvin HarrisonIND109152415757233321.413502.37
2008Andre JohnsonHOU11515758795235220.413432.33
2007Randy MossNE98149323749237224.213352.29
2000Rod SmithDEN100160287717230723.113202.34
2001David BostonARI9815988728229823.413162.34
2005Steve Smith Sr.CAR103156312707229422.313142.34
1993Jerry RiceSF981503157212226223.113092.37
1997Rob MooreARI9715848685226223.312922.33
1994Jerry RiceSF112149913777230420.612882.27
1992Sterling SharpeGNB1081461136913216720.112792.44
2011Wes WelkerNE12215699775233919.212402.13
2012Andre JohnsonHOU11215984796232620.812152.09
2009Andre JohnsonHOU10115699697225822.412122.16
2004Muhsin MuhammadCAR93140516746222023.912112.20
2000Torry HoltSTL82163566010219626.812102.23
2007Reggie WayneIND104151010726224121.512042.16
1995Cris CarterMIN122137117806225118.511932.13
2001Terrell OwensSF931412167010217323.411912.21
1992Michael IrvinDAL7813967718207626.611892.34
2006Marvin HarrisonIND95136612787216922.811842.20
2005Chad OchocincoCIN9714329749215722.211772.20
2000Marvin HarrisonIND102141314709215721.111702.19
1995Brett PerrimanDET10814889748221720.511592.10
1995Robert BrooksGNB1021497137012221621.711582.09
2000Isaac BruceSTL8714719666213724.611512.17
2013Josh GordonCLE8716469648228526.311492.01
2012Brandon MarshallCHI1181508117511225519.111442.03
2008Larry FitzgeraldARI96143112662214822.411402.13
2005Larry FitzgeraldARI103140910671211820.611382.16
2004Joe HornNOR94139911737214622.811372.13
2000Terrell OwensSF971451136513212121.911342.15
2010Brandon LloydDEN77144811724219928.611332.06
2014Julio JonesATL10415936765232122.311261.94
2007Chad OchocincoCIN9314408747216323.311262.09
2014Demaryius ThomasDEN1111619116910231620.911221.94
2001Rod SmithDEN113134311759209918.611162.14
2005Santana MossWAS8414839608208624.811062.13
2000Randy MossMIN77143715587209327.211062.12
2007Larry FitzgeraldARI100140910690214021.411032.06
1993Michael IrvinDAL8813307758204623.310932.15
2014Jordy NelsonGNB98151913714228323.310891.91
2003Chad OchocincoCIN90135510663204622.710862.13
2005Anquan BoldinARI10214027686206420.210842.11
1998Antonio FreemanGNB841424145911206024.510832.11
2013Calvin JohnsonDET84149212698220926.310731.95
1994Henry EllardWAS7413976715208028.110642.05
2001Jimmy SmithJAX11213738686204618.310642.08
2010Roddy WhiteATL115138910736212918.510632.00
2007Terrell OwensDAL811355156910209625.910592.02
2004Javon WalkerGNB89138212633206823.210592.05
1997Yancey ThigpenPIT7913987621202925.710592.09
2013Antonio BrownPIT11014998697217719.810411.92
1997Tim BrownOAK10414085659200819.310382.07
2006Reggie WayneIND8613109728202123.510372.05
2011Victor CruzNYG8215369597213526.010361.94
2006Chad OchocincoCIN8713697665201823.210332.05
2003Derrick MasonTEN9513038683199020.910302.07
1994Terance MathisATL111134211677203518.310192.00
2003Anquan BoldinARI101137786210197819.610192.06
2000Cris CarterMIN9612749736200320.910172.03
2011Rob GronkowskiNE90132717695211323.510141.92
2002Hines WardPIT112132912666202818.110122.00
2000Ed McCaffreyDEN10113179687199719.810102.02
2013Demaryius ThomasDEN92143014668214223.310061.89
1996Herman MooreDET10612969719199418.810012.01
1993Sterling SharpeGNB1121274116814194417.49912.04
2004Torry HoltSTL94137210582199521.29861.98
1994Tim BrownLARD8913099684200222.59861.97
1996Jerry RiceSF10812548723197718.39841.99
2008Steve Smith Sr.CAR7814216596199125.59831.97
2000Joe HornNOR9413408636196820.99822.00
2005Torry HoltSTL10213319638196119.29812.00
1993Andre RisonATL86124215627193422.59802.03
2006Roy WilliamsDET8213107664196323.99791.99
2011Jimmy GrahamNOR99131011745207521.09761.89
2000Derrick AlexanderKC78139110558196025.19741.99
2009Reggie WayneIND100126410734201320.19681.93
1997Irving FryarPHI8613166645193622.59662.00
2013A.J. GreenCIN98142611657210121.49651.85
1997Herman MooreDET10412938669193518.69651.99
1998Randy MossMIN69131317514194128.19651.99
1999Randy MossMIN80141311527197124.69631.96
2002Randy MossMIN10613477669197818.79611.95
2007Brandon MarshallDEN10213257708199619.69591.93
2008Roddy WhiteATL8813827619196822.49591.95
2009Wes WelkerNE12313484716200416.39591.92
2001Torry HoltSTL8113637585194023.99571.97
2012Roddy WhiteATL9213517734206722.59561.86
1999Marcus RobinsonCHI8414009569196323.49551.95
1998Eric MouldsBUF6713689545193128.89541.98
1995Tim BrownOAK89134210668201022.69521.90
2010Reggie WayneIND111135567212201518.29491.89
2011Larry FitzgeraldARI8014118612203925.59401.86
1999Cris CarterMIN90124113655194721.69391.93
1994Andre ReedBUF9013038643195421.79381.92
2003Marvin HarrisonIND94127210607189120.19311.97
2002Terrell OwensSF1001300136110194719.59311.92
2014Emmanuel SandersDEN10114049690212421.09301.78
2004Tony GonzalezKC10212587694193819.09291.92
1997Jimmy SmithJAX82132446410189923.29291.96
2012Demaryius ThomasDEN941434106010203921.79281.84
1997Antonio FreemanGNB81124312628189723.49271.96
2002Amani ToomerNYG8213438595194023.79231.91
1995Carl PickensCIN99123417656197920.09211.87
2002Eric MouldsBUF1001292106410193319.39171.90
2012Reggie WayneIND10613555739202719.19161.82
1999Tim BrownOAK90134466414192321.49161.91
2011Roddy WhiteATL100129687714201420.19151.83
2002Joe HornNOR88131276510192921.99131.90
2012Wes WelkerNE118135467210202317.19121.82
2013Andre JohnsonHOU10914075698204718.89111.80
2002Plaxico BurressPIT78132576412192424.79081.89
2009Miles AustinDAL81132011595195024.19041.86
2000Eric MouldsBUF94132656211189020.19031.92
2002Laveranues ColesNYJ8912645671191821.59011.89
1996Isaac BruceSTL84133876014189222.58991.91
2013Alshon JefferyCHI8914217625203422.88981.79
2012Vincent JacksonTB7213848613200827.98971.81
2002Torry HoltSTL91130246912191321.08971.88
2005Joey GallowayTB83128710578187422.68941.91
2004Isaac BruceSTL8912926648189821.38891.88
2009Randy MossNE83126413627193423.38881.85
2007Braylon EdwardsCLE801289165712192424.18871.86
1992Jerry RiceSF841201105813177521.18872.00
2004Drew BennettTEN80124711627189523.78861.88
2001Joe HornNOR8312659596186822.58861.90
2006Torry HoltSTL93118810677187020.18851.90
2008Calvin JohnsonDET78133112529189124.28821.87
1996Jake ReedMIN7213207566187426.08811.89
2001Keyshawn JohnsonTB10612661674186217.68801.90
1994Cris CarterMIN12212567632189115.58751.86
1996Irving FryarPHI881195116610186521.28721.88
2000Tony GonzalezKC9312039669185620.08691.88
1999Muhsin MuhammadCAR9612538637187719.58691.86
2012A.J. GreenCIN97135011619198020.48691.78
2004Chad OchocincoCIN95127496314187719.88681.86
2009Sidney RiceMIN8313128594191323.08681.83
2013Brandon MarshallCHI1001295127012200320.08671.76
1996Michael JacksonBAL76120114585185524.48621.87
2001Randy MossMIN82123310597184322.58601.88
2006Lee EvansBUF8212928533184422.58591.87
1994Michael IrvinDAL7912416654187423.78581.85
2004Reggie WayneIND77121012592186424.28551.85
1996Carl PickensCIN100118012637184818.58551.86
2008Brandon MarshallDEN104126566512186217.98541.85
1995Jeff GrahamCHI8213014679190823.38491.80
2012Dez BryantDAL92138212549196021.38491.76
1995Yancey ThigpenPIT8513075648190222.48441.80
2008Greg JenningsGNB8012929558185023.18421.83
2005Donald DriverGNB8612215635182121.28411.86
1996Tony MartinSD85117114595183421.68411.85
2006Donald DriverGNB9212958538182419.88401.85
1999Germane CrowellDET81133875412184722.88401.83
2007T.J. HoushmandzadehCIN112114312707187416.78371.81
2014Randall CobbGNB91128712716203122.38371.70
2007Marques ColstonNOR98120211646187219.18351.81
2008Antonio BryantTB8312487605184322.28341.83
1996Jimmy SmithJAX8312447608182522.08321.84
2002Peerless PriceBUF9412529574184619.68301.82
2000Jimmy SmithJAX9112138606181419.98281.84
2004Derrick MasonTEN9611687673183519.18261.82
2005Marvin HarrisonIND82114612591180522.08251.84
2013DeSean JacksonPHI8213329603195823.98221.72
1993Anthony MillerSD8411627649177521.18211.86
2006Terrell OwensDAL851180136217180521.28201.83
2014Dez BryantDAL88132016605201422.98191.69
2004Marvin HarrisonIND86111315634182721.28181.81
2003Hines WardPIT95116310608177718.78181.85
2011Steve Smith Sr.CAR7913947537191724.38181.74
1994Irving FryarMIA7312707564183325.18171.80
2013Dez BryantDAL93123313676195221.08161.72
1998Rod SmithDEN8612226609178820.88111.83
1994Sterling SharpeGNB941119186313182619.48101.80
2013Eric DeckerDEN87128811637194522.48091.71
1992Andre RisonATL93111911559169518.28071.91
2001Tim BrownOAK9111659616178619.68041.82
2009Larry FitzgeraldARI97109213692184719.08021.77
1993Tim BrownLARD8011807574175221.97991.84
1994Ben CoatesNE9611747655181418.97981.79
2007Wes WelkerNE11211758654183016.37931.77
2013Jordy NelsonGNB8513148603192922.77931.70
2001Jerry RiceOAK8311399625177421.47911.81
2013Jimmy GrahamNOR86121516613192722.47911.70
1997Michael IrvinDAL75118095911176123.57911.82
2001Troy BrownNE10111995593177217.57891.80
2007Torry HoltSTL9311897632182419.67871.76
2010Greg JenningsGNB76126512524184724.37811.73
2004Donald DriverGNB84120895911178921.37801.77
2009Santonio HolmesPIT79124856310182523.17801.75
2009Steve SmithNYG10712207615182417.07781.74
1998Keyshawn JohnsonNYJ83113110606175421.17781.80
2013Pierre GarconWAS11313465607191016.97741.68
2004Terrell OwensPHI77120014517178223.17731.77
2000Keenan McCardellJAX9412075586175718.77711.78
2003Keenan McCardellTB8411748532173020.67711.80
1996Cris CarterMIN96116310576175918.37661.77
2014T.Y. HiltonIND8213457637195823.97631.64
2000Tim BrownOAK76112811597174923.07621.77
1997Rod SmithDEN701180125415173124.77611.78
1999Isaac BruceSTL77116512544176522.97581.75
2002Jerry RiceOAK92121175910177419.37581.75
2004Michael ClaytonTB8011937562176522.17561.75
2008Reggie WayneIND8211456633176521.57561.75
1994Herman MooreDET72117311566177124.67551.74
2005Chris ChambersMIA82111811598173421.17541.77
2000Muhsin MuhammadCAR102118366215174017.17531.76
2008Tony GonzalezKC96105810673175818.37491.74
2004Darrell JacksonSEA87119975911175820.27491.74
2005Antonio GatesSD89110110629172919.47491.76
1998Tony MartinATL6611816566172426.17481.77
2003Laveranues ColesWAS82120465411170720.87471.78
2014Odell BeckhamNYG91130512572194121.37471.63
2011Jordy NelsonGNB68126315472184227.17431.68
1997Jake ReedMIN6811386583171325.27431.77
1998Jimmy SmithJAX7811828501171622.07391.76
1998Jerry RiceSF8211579558171520.97391.76
2010Andre JohnsonHOU8612168597180421.07371.69
2007Bobby EngramSEA9411476632177118.87341.71
2002Koren RobinsonSEA78124055815175022.47331.72
1993Cris CarterMIN8610719618168319.67301.77
2009Vincent JacksonSD6811679583177526.17291.70
2010Dwayne BoweKC72116215556179524.97291.68
2014Jeremy MaclinPHI85131810562192322.67291.61
1999Keyshawn JohnsonNYJ8911708578173519.57281.72
1997Keenan McCardellJAX8511645554169620.07261.75
1995Tony MartinSD90122466011178119.87221.68
1998Terance MathisATL641136115410169826.57221.74
1998Terrell OwensSF67109714525169725.37201.74
1997Cris CarterMIN89106913542168919.07191.74
2006Anquan BoldinARI8312034535170220.57171.73
2009Antonio GatesSD7911578617176322.37171.69
2001Johnnie MortonDET7711544585169822.07151.73
1998Wayne ChrebetNYJ7510838605168922.57121.73
2003Darrell JacksonSEA68113795412166824.57091.74
2010Mike WallacePIT60125710486177229.57061.66
2005Plaxico BurressNYG76121474911168322.17031.72
2012Marques ColstonNOR83115410658181321.87021.63
2000Amani ToomerNYG7810947605168921.67021.71
2006T.J. HoushmandzadehCIN9010819584168418.77001.71
2007Tony GonzalezKC9911725595173617.56991.67
1999Amani ToomerNYG7911836511170421.66961.69
1996Tim BrownOAK9011049588168918.86961.70
2002Chad OchocincoCIN6911665587171224.86951.68
2014Golden TateDET9913314582188819.16941.58
1994Carl PickensCIN71112711534170724.06911.68
1994Jake ReedMIN85117545910170520.16891.68
2009Roddy WhiteATL85115311546173320.46881.66
1999Michael WestbrookWAS6511919486169526.16881.68
2003Terrell OwensSF80110295511164720.66871.72
2008Wes WelkerNE11111653574169315.36851.68
2001Keenan McCardellJAX9311106587166717.96841.70
2002Marty BookerCHI9711896549170117.56841.67
2006Steve Smith Sr.CAR83116685110166820.16841.69
1998Frank SandersARI8911453577166018.66831.70
1997Joey GallowaySEA72104912556164922.96791.70
2003Santana MossNYJ74110510494163822.16791.71
1995Eric MetcalfATL10411898534173616.76781.64
1996Terry GlennNE90113265811167118.66781.68
2001Kevin JohnsonCLE8410979545166019.86771.69
2007Roddy WhiteATL8312026525171420.66771.65
2001Derrick MasonTEN7311289504165922.76771.69
2005Rod SmithDEN8511056553165319.46731.69
2010Calvin JohnsonDET77112012576173822.66721.63
1995Jake ReedMIN7211679557173024.06711.63
1992Fred BarnettPHI6710836497155923.36711.76
1998Cris CarterMIN78101112572164721.16711.69
1996Keenan McCardellJAX8511293573166219.56691.67
2012Julio JonesATL79119810568177622.56651.60
2013Vincent JacksonTB7812247609180123.16651.59
2009Hines WardPIT9511676566171018.06651.64
2006Andre JohnsonHOU103114755511164816.06631.67
2007Jason WittenDAL9611457566169917.76621.64
2004Andre JohnsonHOU7911426534166721.16581.65
2009Brandon MarshallDEN101112010567170316.96571.63
2009Dallas ClarkIND1001106105910170217.06571.63
2013Anquan BoldinSF8511797625179221.16561.58
2001Curtis ConwaySD7111256525163723.06541.67
1997Andre RisonKC7210927547162422.56541.67
2004Rod SmithDEN7911447526166221.06531.65
2004Jimmy SmithJAX74117265210166122.46521.65
1994Andre RisonATL8110888575166720.66511.64
2010Larry FitzgeraldARI9011376594171619.16501.61
1992Anthony MillerSD7210607476153321.36461.73
2005Terry GlennDAL6211367485162326.26431.66
2011Mike WallacePIT7211938546174024.26411.58
2001Marty BookerCHI10010718569162316.26401.65
2000David BostonARI7111567489162522.96381.65
2006Javon WalkerDEN6910848536162223.56381.65
2004Brandon StokleyIND68107710534164624.26371.63
2010Santana MossWAS9311156616170318.36371.60
2008Anquan BoldinARI89103811564164518.56371.63
2006Mike FurreyDET9810866544162016.56361.65
2006Laveranues ColesNYJ9110986523161917.86341.64
1996Shannon SharpeDEN80106210523162720.36341.64
1994Brian BladesSEA8110864617164820.36321.62
2010Stevie JohnsonBUF82107310618169620.76301.59
1996Derrick AlexanderBAL6210999506162126.16281.63
1998O.J. McDuffieMIA90105075912160417.86281.64
1992Eric MartinNOR6810415507151522.36271.71
2011Hakeem NicksNYG7611927547172422.76251.57
2006Isaac BruceSTL7410983542160821.76241.63
2007Derrick MasonBAL10310875606165516.16181.60
1999Johnnie MortonDET8011295526162520.36181.61
2008Vincent JacksonSD5910987524162527.56171.61
2003Steve Smith Sr.CAR88111074810157417.96151.64
2011Marques ColstonNOR8011438554170821.46091.55
2008Derrick MasonBAL8010375604161420.26061.60
2011Brandon MarshallMIA81121465312170321.06041.55
1999Terry GlennNE6911474495161023.36021.60
1996Brett PerrimanDET9410215593159417.06011.60
2001Isaac BruceSTL6411066497158224.75991.61
2005Reggie WayneIND8310555544157819.05981.61
2007Kellen WinslowCLE8211065568162919.95921.57
1997Johnnie MortonDET8010576515156019.55901.61
1997Shannon SharpeDEN7211073495155921.65891.61
2005Jimmy SmithJAX7010236566156622.45861.60
2012Michael CrabtreeSF8511059575169519.95841.53
1999Qadry IsmailBAL6811056495159023.45821.58
1995Quinn EarlyNOR8110878545163920.25801.55
2006Marques ColstonNOR7010388515156322.35781.59
2009Marques ColstonNOR7010749548162323.25781.55
2001Qadry IsmailBAL7410597506155921.15771.59
2001Amani ToomerNYG72105455510155921.75771.59
2014DeAndre HopkinsHOU7612106574177123.35771.48
2002Keyshawn JohnsonTB7610885536159321.05771.57
2005Derrick MasonBAL8610733524155618.15761.59
1999Patrick JeffersCAR63108212434158325.15761.57
2008Hines WardPIT8110437557158419.55751.57
2010Hakeem NicksNYG79105211556164120.85751.54
2011Dwayne BoweKC81115955712167320.75741.52
1996Curtis ConwayCHI8110497514156719.35741.58
1998Joey GallowaySEA65104710465154923.85721.59
2005Hines WardPIT6997511535155122.55711.58
2014Rob GronkowskiNE82112412607176521.55701.48
2003Joe HornNOR7897310525152919.65691.59
2001Willie JacksonNOR8110465548155119.15691.58
2009Chad OchocincoCIN7210479556161422.45691.54
2004Antonio GatesSD8196413556157519.45661.56
2014Alshon JefferyCHI85113310605176120.75661.47
1992Haywood JeffiresHOO909139526145316.15661.64
2011Vincent JacksonSD6011069546166427.75651.51
2003Amani ToomerNYG6310575485152224.25621.59
1999Terance MathisATL8110166576156819.45611.56
1994Fred BarnettPHI7811275489157420.25581.55
1998Tim BrownOAK81101295210153418.95581.57
1995Anthony MillerDEN59107914443161627.45571.53
2003Chris ChambersMIA6496311504151623.75571.58
2005Eddie KennisonKC68110254710153522.65551.57
2007Kevin CurtisPHI7711106496159020.65531.53
2004Eddie KennisonKC6210868478156125.25521.55
1999Antonio FreemanGNB7410746519155921.15511.55
2007Jerricho CotcheryNYJ8211302516158419.35471.53
1994Anthony MillerDEN6011075463156326.05471.54
2001Darrell JacksonSEA7010818448152921.85471.56
1998Ed McCaffreyDEN64105310412152323.85471.56
1993Shannon SharpeDEN819959498149918.55461.57
1997Bert EmanuelATL659919494151323.35431.56
2009DeSean JacksonPHI6211569406158825.65431.52
2002Isaac BruceSTL79107575010155719.75411.53
2006Terry GlennDAL7010476473152321.85381.55
2002Derrick MasonTEN7910125564155319.75371.53
1998Raghib IsmailCAR6910248463151321.95361.55
2004Eric MouldsBUF8810435537154417.55351.53
2012Steve Smith Sr.CAR7311744517164622.55351.48
2007Plaxico BurressNYG70102512496157122.45341.52
2002Donald DriverGNB7010649478155022.15341.52
1999Bill SchroederGNB7410515528153820.85311.53
1999Albert ConnellWAS62113274211153824.85301.53
2002Jimmy SmithJAX8010277538154519.35291.52
2012Eric DeckerDEN85106413528163919.35281.48
2004Nate BurlesonMIN6810069505153322.55241.52
2009Derrick MasonBAL7310287557156921.55231.50
2009Greg JenningsGNB6811134485156723.05211.50
2010Marques ColstonNOR8410237576158618.95201.49
2005Randy MossOAK6010058462149825.05181.53
2005T.J. HoushmandzadehCIN789567521149719.25171.53
1999Tony MartinMIA6710375516152422.75171.51
2008Santana MossWAS7910446508152419.35161.51
1997Frank SandersARI7510174506148419.85141.53
2002Rod GardnerWAS7110068515153121.65141.51
2011Antonio BrownPIT6911082577161223.45131.47
2000Terry GlennNE7996365710149718.95111.52
2001Hines WardPIT9410034525149315.95101.52
2007Antonio GatesSD759849545154720.65101.49
2012Victor CruzNYG861092105211162118.85101.46
2006Joey GallowayTB6210577448149424.15101.52
1992Curtis DuncanHOO829541516139717.05101.57
1993Reggie LanghorneIND85103835013146317.25091.53
2008Randy MossNE69100811466151622.05081.50
2002Rod SmithDEN8910275538152317.15071.50
1998Carl PickensCIN8210235486148318.15071.52
2005Deion BranchNE789985516148519.05051.52

Rather than provide my personal observations, I’ll leave the floor to the guests in the comments.

  1. This is obviously unfair to receivers who played in the pre-Bill Walsh era, as the vertical passing game of yesteryear produced a greater proportion of first downs per catch.
  2. Note that I only have first down data going back to 1991 and drop data going back to 1992. Prior to 1992, drop are removed from the equation. Prior to 1991, the formula is: ACY = Yards + 20*touchdowns + (receptions/2)
  3. This is a very high threshold, considering modern teams feature double-digit players with receptions. When we’re looking for the best of the best, I don’t mind using a high threshold.