2017 NFL Statistical Leaders Following Week Eleven

By Chris Malumphy

2017 Statistical Leaders Following Week 11

2017 Statistics by Team

Top 2nd Year Passing Statistics for Quarterbacks Drafted Since 1991

By Chris Malumphy

Passing Statistics for Quarterbacks Drafted in 2016
Carson Wentz201729117660.522627.812.9237.951.7231277.3104.17.55
Jared Goff201728217361.323908.513.8165.741.413904.4101.58.27
Dak Prescott201728918363.319946.910.9165.541.418915.996.36.65
Jacoby Brissett201729417960.921727.412.193.151.73422210.486.75.81
Kevin Hogan2017754661.35176.911.245.356.76357.471.94.16
Cody Kessler2017221150.01265.711.500.014.553918.548.71.56
Paxton Lynch2017                              
Christian Hackenberg2017                              
Connor Cook2017                              
Cardale Jones2017                              
Nate Sudfeld2017                              
Jake Rudock2017                              
Brandon Allen2017                              
Jeff Driskel2017                              
Brandon Doughty2017                              

2nd Year Passing Statistics for Players Drafted Since 1991
(Minimum 200 attempts)
Nick Foles201331720364.028919.114.2278.520.6281738.1119.29.18
Russell Wilson201340725763.133578.213.1266.492.2442729.8101.27.10
Ben Roethlisberger200526816862.723858.914.2176.393.4231297.998.67.53
Daunte Culpepper200047429762.739378.313.3337.0163.4341816.798.07.28
Josh Freeman201047429161.434517.311.9255.361.3281955.695.96.94
Marcus Mariota201645127661.234267.612.4265.892.0231564.995.67.14
Derek Carr201557335061.139877.011.4325.6132.3312305.191.16.31
Peyton Manning199953333162.141357.812.5264.9152.8141162.690.77.06
Joe Flacco200949931563.136137.211.5214.2122.4362186.788.96.12
Teddy Bridgewater201544729265.332317.211.1143.192.0443079.088.75.70
Blake Bortles201560635558.644287.312.5355.8183.0513207.888.26.09
Jay Cutler200746729763.634977.511.8204.3143.0271535.588.16.30
Andy Dalton201252832962.336696.911.2275.1163.0462298.087.45.68
Andrew Luck201357034360.238226.711.1234.091.6322275.387.06.06
Tom Brady200141326463.928436.910.8184.4122.9412169.086.55.39
Cam Newton201248528057.738698.013.8193.9122.5362446.986.26.65
Jameis Winston201656734560.840907.211.9284.9183.2352395.886.15.98
Trent Edwards200837424565.526997.211.0112.9102.7231435.885.45.86
Trevor Siemian201648628959.534017.011.8183.7102.1311876.084.66.04
Charlie Batch199927015155.919577.213.0134.872.63618611.884.15.61
Byron Leftwich200444126760.529416.711.0153.4102.3251145.482.25.74
Robert Griffin III201345627460.132037.011.7163.5122.6382747.782.25.48
Ryan Tannehill201358835560.439136.711.0244.1172.9583999.081.75.00
Michael Vick200242123154.929367.012.7163.881.9332067.381.65.93
Christian Ponder201248330062.129356.19.8183.7122.5321846.281.24.99
Matt Ryan200945126358.329166.511.1224.9143.119924.080.95.60
Kerry Collins199636420456.024546.712.0143.892.5181144.779.45.80
Donovan McNabb200056933058.033655.910.2213.7132.3452627.377.84.79
Geno Smith201436721959.725256.911.5133.5133.5281757.177.55.13
Blaine Gabbert201227816258.316626.010.393.262.2221587.377.44.71
Carson Palmer200443226360.928976.711.0184.2184.2251785.577.34.96
JaMarcus Russell200836819853.824236.612.2133.582.2312107.877.15.30
Drew Brees200252632060.832846.210.3173.2163.0241804.476.94.95
Tyler Thigpen200842023054.826086.211.3184.3122.9261625.876.05.08
Eli Manning200555729452.837626.812.8244.3173.1281844.875.95.63
Patrick Ramsey200333717953.121666.412.1144.292.7302068.275.85.00
Shaun King200042823354.427696.511.9184.2133.0372408.075.84.95
Brian Griese199945226157.730326.711.6143.1143.1271765.675.65.23
Mark Sanchez201050727854.832916.511.8173.4132.6271715.175.35.38
Chad Henne200945127460.828786.410.5122.7143.1261765.575.24.85
Jake Plummer199854732459.237376.811.5173.1203.7492808.275.04.86
Alex Smith200644225758.128906.511.2163.6163.6352027.374.84.80
Colt McCoy201146326557.227335.910.3143.0112.4321736.574.64.74
Jake Locker201231417756.421766.912.3103.2113.5251517.474.05.10
Drew Bledsoe199469140057.945556.611.4253.6273.9221393.173.65.19
Tim Tebow201127112646.517296.413.7124.462.23322510.972.94.85
Charlie Frye200639325264.124546.29.7102.5174.34426210.172.03.72
Tony Banks199748725251.732546.712.9142.9132.7433178.171.54.97
Vince Young200738223862.325466.710.792.4174.5251576.171.14.43
Kyle Boller200446425855.625595.59.9132.8112.4352477.070.94.16
Tarvaris Jackson200729417158.219116.511.293.1124.119706.170.84.73
Danny Kanell199729415653.117405.911.2113.793.1191716.170.74.42
Sam Bradford201135719153.521646.111.361.761.7362489.270.54.49
Brandon Weeden201326714152.817316.512.393.493.4271809.270.34.51
Gus Frerotte199539619950.327516.913.8133.3133.3231925.570.25.33
Rick Mirer199438119551.221515.611.0112.971.8271456.670.24.68
David Carr200329516756.620136.812.193.1134.415904.869.54.90
John Skelton201127515154.919137.012.7114.0145.1231627.768.94.50
Cade McNown200028015455.016465.910.782.993.2271698.868.54.01
David Klingler199334319055.419355.610.261.792.64020210.466.63.78
Craig Erickson199345723351.030546.713.1183.9214.6352367.166.44.54
Joey Harrington200355430955.828805.29.3173.1224.09551.663.93.86
Trent Dilfer199541522454.027746.712.441.0184.34733110.260.13.71
Andrew Walter200627614753.316776.111.431.1134.74625614.355.82.78
Akili Smith200026711844.212534.710.631.162.23619111.952.92.81

Josh Gordon’s Last Chance for Redemption

By Chris Malumphy

Star wide receiver Josh Gordon is preparing to return to the Cleveland Browns for what seems like the umpteenth time after having been conditionally reinstated by the NFL from a suspension that has now lasted over two seasons. If he can continue to stay in the league’s good graces, Gordon will be eligible to play on December 3 when the Browns play the Los Angeles Chargers Gordon has displayed extraordinary talent in the past. The question is, has he retained his skills after missing nearly three of the past three and a half NFL seasons due to multiple suspensions for substance abuse.

Gordon had a remarkable 2013 season when he led the league with 1,646 yards on 87 receptions with nine touchdowns.. He is the only player to have consecutive 200-yard receiving days. Most of the passes in those two games were thrown by Brandon Weeden who is not known for having much other success in the NFL. Gordon’s game is based on his size (he’s 6’3” and last played at about 225 lbs) and speed. The questions are what shape is he in now and how much of that speed remains after such a long layoff. Another concern is whether he still has the desire that he displayed in 2013 and that was entirely lacking in 2014 upon his mid-season return from an earlier suspension.

Following is Gordon’s career record.

Josh Gordon

Is he a one-hit wonder? What are the odds of a successful return?

I tried to find players who had at least 20 plus catches one year, went two seasons without a reception, and then caught 20 plus passes yet again. Since 1993, only six players matched that criteria: Plaxico Burress, Quadry Ismail, Brian Finneran, Preston Parker, Garrison Hearst and Shaun Draughn. Hearst and Draughn were running backs. Burress caught only 48 passes the remainder of his career after his layoff. But Gordon is just 26 while Burress was in his thirties. Quadry Ismail was the most productive receiver after the layoff with 235 receptions for the remainder of his career. The odd’s do not appear to be in Gordon’s favor.

Josh Gordon Comparables
Qadry Ismail1996Vikings221999Ravens68118235
Garrison Hearst199849ers39200149ers41113116
Shaun Draughn2012Chiefs24201549ers252456
Brian Finneran2005Falcons502008Falcons2118751
Plaxico Burress2008Giants352011Jets4550548
Preston Parker2011Buccaneers402014Giants364441
Josh Gordon2014Browns24       161  

When Gordon returned from an earlier suspension in 2014, he had a decidedly negative attitude and palled around with quarterback Johnny Manziel, another potential star who succumbed to substance abuse and who may never return to NFL action. From a solely football perspective, Gordon didn’t play very well either with just 24 catches and no touchdowns. Also note that Gordon has always had a relatively low percentage of targets caught. So he has really been a one-year wonder thus far who hasn’t had a good year since 2013, which to younger NFL fans is the ancient past.

If Gordon truly resurrects his life, it will be a praiseworthy miracle. If he also returns to football stardom, it will be a redemptive sports story for the ages.

2017 Surest Hands and Worst Connections after Three Weeks

By Chris Malumphy

The passing game is much like a synchronized dance with precise timing and technical proficiency of paramount importance. The big difference is that the defense is always trying to cut in and ruin the show. After three weeks of the 2017 NFL season, here is a list of the receivers with a minimum of 10 targets ranked from best to worst in terms of converting targets into completions.

The most proficient thus far is Shane Vereen who has caught 14 of his 15 targets, 93.3%, for the Giants. The Rams Sammy Watkins has lived up to his potential this season, catching 13 of 14 balls for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The ageless Ravens tight end Ben Watson has 13 receptions on 14 targets, 91.7%, and one touchdown.

Completely out of synch are the Bills Zay Jones who has only three receptions on 12 targets, 25%, and the Browns Kenny Britt and the Colts Donte Moncrief who each have just five catches on 15 targets, 33.3%

2017 Surest Hands (minimum 10 targets)
Shane VereenGiants151493.3966.96.401
Sammy WatkinsRams141392.919414.913.921
Ben WatsonRavens121191.71039.48.611
DeAndre WashingtonRaiders111090.9575.75.201
LeSean McCoyBills201890.01317.36.602
Ezekiel ElliottCowboys141285.7645.34.602
Allen HurnsJaguars141285.714412.010.322
James WhitePatriots141285.712610.59.002
Albert WilsonChiefs121083.3777.76.412
Jermaine KearseJets171482.416511.89.723
Coby FleenerSaints11981.810812.09.822
Terrance WilliamsCowboys161381.313210.28.303
Michael CrabtreeRaiders161381.317013.110.633
Tarik CohenBears252080.01266.35.015
Jerick McKinnonVikings10880.0405.04.002
Adam ThielenVikings241979.229915.712.505
Delanie WalkerTitans191578.916811.28.804
Mark IngramSaints141178.61089.87.703
Jordan ReedRedskins141178.6847.66.003
Ty MontgomeryPackers231878.31297.25.615
Christian McCaffreyPanthers231878.31739.67.505
Golden TateLions272177.81909.07.016
Travis KelceChiefs181477.814410.38.014
Javorius AllenRavens131076.9484.83.713
Taylor GabrielFalcons131076.912912.99.913
Dalvin CookVikings131076.9828.26.303
Le'Veon BellSteelers171376.5564.33.304
Jared CookRaiders171376.51249.57.314
Jordy NelsonPackers171376.513110.17.734
Todd GurleyRams171376.514010.88.224
Zach ErtzEagles282175.024511.78.817
Jack DoyleColts161275.013611.38.504
Melvin GordonChargers161275.0907.55.614
Carlos Hyde49ers161275.0615.13.804
Danny AmendolaPatriots12975.014816.412.303
Jarvis LandryDolphins261973.11266.64.807
Tyreek HillChiefs221672.725315.811.526
Sterling ShepardGiants221672.720012.59.116
Jordan MatthewsBills11872.715219.013.803
Jordan HowardBears11872.7405.03.603
Tyler ErvinTexans11872.7384.83.503
Kyle RudolphVikings11872.7759.46.813
George Kittle49ers11872.7486.04.403
Antonio BrownSteelers362672.235413.69.8110
Charles ClayBills181372.21158.86.425
Jamison CrowderRedskins181372.21138.76.305
Odell BeckhamGiants181372.21158.86.425
Doug BaldwinSeahawks282071.421210.67.618
Mohamed SanuFalcons211571.416010.77.616
Kendall WrightBears141071.410310.37.404
Jesse JamesSteelers171270.6877.35.125
David NjokuBrowns10770.0598.45.923
Brandon ColemanSaints10770.010615.110.623
Jason WittenCowboys261869.21598.86.128
Tevin ColemanFalcons13969.2889.86.814
Geronimo AllisonPackers13969.214616.211.204
Theo RiddickLions191368.4826.34.316
Evan EngramGiants191368.413810.67.316
Chris ThompsonRedskins191368.423117.812.226
Randall CobbPackers221568.21459.76.607
Stefon DiggsVikings251768.029317.211.748
Demaryius ThomasBroncos251768.023613.99.408
Mike EvansBuccaneers211466.716011.47.617
Leonard FournetteJaguars12866.7668.35.504
Ryan GrantRedskins12866.710312.98.614
Keenan AllenChargers291965.519610.36.8110
Michael ThomasSaints261765.422113.08.519
Larry FitzgeraldCardinals342264.724411.17.2112
A.J. GreenBengals312064.525212.68.1111
Nelson AgholorEagles14964.311512.88.225
Ted GinnSaints14964.312113.48.615
Cooper KuppRams14964.312614.09.015
Rob GronkowskiPatriots251664.023814.99.529
Pierre Garcon49ers251664.024915.610.009
T.Y. HiltonColts221463.625918.511.818
Josh BellamyBears11763.67811.17.104
DeVante ParkerDolphins191263.216113.48.517
JJ NelsonCardinals161062.516316.310.226
Andre EllingtonCardinals161062.510610.66.606
Robert WoodsRams161062.516916.910.606
Julio JonesFalcons261661.526516.610.2010
Jermaine GreshamCardinals13861.5627.84.805
Adam HumphriesBuccaneers13861.58610.86.605
Tyrell WilliamsChargers181161.112311.26.807
Zach MillerBears181161.1988.95.407
Duke JohnsonBrowns181161.116014.58.907
Davante AdamsPackers231460.920614.79.019
Tyler LockettSeahawks15960.010211.36.806
Eric EbronLions15960.0606.74.016
Travis BenjaminChargers15960.015917.710.616
Kelvin BenjaminPanthers15960.011012.27.306
Chris HoganPatriots171058.815415.49.137
Rishard MatthewsTitans241458.320114.48.4110
Darren SprolesEagles12758.37310.46.105
Brandon LaFellBengals14857.1597.44.206
Cole BeasleyCowboys14857.1698.64.906
Seth DevalveBrowns14857.113216.59.406
Bennie FowlerBroncos14857.18410.56.026
DeAndre HopkinsTexans372156.82049.75.5116
Torrey SmithEagles16956.312513.97.807
Devin FunchessPanthers181055.614614.68.108
Brandin CooksPatriots181055.625625.614.228
Alvin KamaraSaints181055.6767.64.208
Eric DeckerTitans181055.6919.15.108
Emmanuel SandersBroncos291655.216310.25.6213
Jimmy GrahamSeahawks201155.0817.44.109
Eli RogersSteelers11654.5549.04.905
C.J. ProsiseSeahawks11654.58714.57.905
Corey DavisTitans13753.87310.45.606
Rashard HigginsBrowns17952.910511.76.208
Terrelle PryorRedskins191052.611611.66.109
Martellus BennettPackers211152.41029.34.9010
Alshon JefferyEagles281450.018613.36.6114
Brandon MarshallGiants201050.0939.34.7010
Robby AndersonJets18950.014516.18.119
DeSean JacksonBuccaneers14750.012317.68.817
Jeremy MaclinRavens14750.09513.66.827
Antonio GatesChargers12650.0589.74.816
JuJu Smith-SchusterSteelers10550.05511.05.515
Marqise LeeJaguars231147.814112.86.1012
Marquise Goodwin49ers17847.110913.66.409
Kenny GolladayLions15746.710214.66.828
Marvin JonesLions13646.28814.76.827
Corey ColemanBrowns13646.26210.34.817
Ricardo LouisBrowns11545.56913.86.306
Amari CooperRaiders231043.510110.14.4113
Paul RichardsonSeahawks19842.110813.55.7211
Kamar AikenColts12541.7438.63.607
Dez BryantCowboys271140.711410.44.2216
Kenny StillsDolphins15640.08814.75.919
Martavis BryantSteelers18738.913519.37.5111
Jaron BrownCardinals17635.310016.75.9111
Kenny BrittBrowns15533.36913.84.6110
Donte MoncriefColts15533.311222.47.5010
Zay JonesBills12325.03913.03.309

2017 NFL Player Preseason Statistics

By Chris Malumphy

Following are links to player statistics for the 2017 NFL Preseason. While the preseason is a pretty big (bad) joke in many respects, strong performance by backups, rookies and players on the fringe goes a long way towards determining whether they will make the final cut or be attractive to another team. Poor performance by players in competitive positions can be highly telling of the player's future. These stats may be particularly useful to Fantasy Football players. See which rookies played well or poorly. Did quarterbacks drafted in 2016 demonstrate improvement in the 2017 preseason? Who were the worst quarterbacks overall? What team and the top two quarterbacks in passer ratings with a minimum of 20 attempts? It is all here for you to see.




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