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Brandon LaFell among NFL leading WRs in catch % of targeted throws

I'd added this to the bottom of comments about LaFell as our #2 WR, but nobody reads an old post about to drop off the FP, so...

http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/2011/nfl-targets-report.cfm?view=rising&pos=WR

Per stats found fftoolbox.com, LaFell’s been targeted 37 times, and hauled in 26 of those, for a 70.3%, and is listed on their list of Rising (getting more targets the last 3 games, than previous) receivers.

Here’s their list of the leading WRs in the league, for which his YTD targets are not yet enough to make the list.

http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/2011/nfl-targets-report.cfm?pos=WR

But… surveying both lists, I find the % leaders are:

1) 76.1% Percy Harvin
2) 72.6% Marques Colston
3) 70.7% Wes Welker
3) 70.7% Greg Jennings
5) 70.6% James Jones
6) 70.3% Brandon LaFell

As a comparison, Legedu Naanee shows up near the bottom of the overall list, at a 57.1% completion %.

This should settle once and for all which of these 2 WRs is the more productive and valuable to the Panthers, especially when one considers that LaFell has 2 TDs, to 0 for Naanee, and that he averages 15 YPR, to 10.3 for Naanee. and has gained 19 more yards, on 10 fewer catches.

They’ve brought LaFell along slowly, but now it’s time for him to break out as one of the league’s elite. In my observation, most of his 70.3% receptions have been difficult catches; it’s time he gets more easy ones thrown to him.


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