Category Archives: Receiving

Bambi Awards 1920-2017

The Bambi Award, named for graceful dynamo Lance Alworth, is given to the league’s premier wide receiver each season.1 Like the quarterback and running back awards previously published, the Bambi Award leans heavily on statistical output in determining the winner. In general, I look at yardage and scoring, emphasize first downs gained when available, and give a tiny little head nod toward receptions (because catches in and of themselves don’t mean all that much to me). I also take into account the passing volume of…

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GridFe Hall of Fame Wide Receivers

Wide receiver was possibly the most vexing position for GridFe Hall of Fame voters. With the explosion of the passing game, modern players boast numbers that tower over those of players even as recently as the 1990s. Context is key, and it seems we may have been particularly cautious when considering receiving credentials. The committee ended up electing only twelve men at the position. Given the number of receivers on the field at a given time, and given the importance of passing to winning games,…

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History of the Career Receptions Record

The history of the NFL’s career receptions record is an interesting one. Given that the original record-holders played a large chunk of their careers before the league kept official statistics, and given that the early days of the NFL featured very little passing, the first three men to wear the crown put up numbers that appear paltry to the modern audience. As the league evolved, the record began changing hands between more accomplished receivers – legends of the game. Some of these men revolutionized the…

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Adjusted Catch Yards Since 1991

Today I’m going to look at receivers since 1991 as ranked by Adjusted Catch Yards (ACY). I’m using 1991 as my cutoff because I don’t have data on receiving first downs prior to that, and since first downs are a huge part of the formula, it seems unwise to go past that cutoff.1 The formula for ACY is: ACY = Receiving Yards + 11*Receiving Touchdowns + 9*Receiving First Downs – 25*Receiving Fumbles2 I will also include small modifications to adjust for era. Since we are only…

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2015 Week 3 Receivers

I present to you receiver stats from week 3. I didn’t have much time to watch receivers this week, so my normally brief analysis will be extra brief today. Oh, here’s some stats. Raw Stats This table contains general counting stats for receivers and tight ends and is sorted by receiving yards. Adjusted Stats This table shows the full statistical contribution of receivers and tight ends (adjusted scrimmage yards, or ASY). Read it thus: A.J. Green gained 312 adjusted catch yards at 31.20 per reception. That…

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2015 Week 2 Receivers

Week two saw some elder statesmen near the top, with some young bucks sprinkled in for good measure. Raw Stats This table is sorted alphabetically and contains raw receiving and rushing stats for receivers. There’s not much more to it than that. Tavon Austin and Jarius Wright led receivers in rushing this week. However, they didn’t do enough actual receiving of the football to merit any further discussion from me. Adjusted Stats This table is sorted by adjusted yards from scrimmage (ASY). Read it thus:…

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2015 Week 1 Receivers

As you may have gleaned in my running backs post, I have come down with a sickness that has left me in a stupor. Thus, I will forego the standard analysis I generally include and instead just post the stats. Raw Stats Read this table thus: A.J. Green had 5 receptions for 63 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 3 first downs. He had 1 drop and 8 targets, and he had 0 fumbles on receiving plays. He didn’t carry the ball, so he didn’t have any…

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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,…

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