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Drop Rate - TEs - Bad News For Jared Cook

Discussion in 'RAMS - NFL TALK' started by Prime Time, Mar 25, 2014.

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    Yesterday we looked at The PFF Drop Rate for Wide Receivers? Well today we’re moving on to tight ends.

    Often, receivers have been lambasted for their numbers of drops and while that can be fair game, how can we compare one person dropping 20 balls when he is thrown 150, to another dropping six when he is thrown 40? Well what we’ve done is create a few numbers to really answer which receivers have the best hands. Firstly we’ve created the catchable balls number which adds up catches and drops. We then collect a percentage of how many drops a receiver had by their catchable balls, and hey presto, you’ve got yourself a drop rate. The best metric out there for determining the hands of tight ends.

    To qualify a tight end needed to be thrown at least 30 catchable balls, leaving a field of 36.
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    Kellen Winslow was #1 with a 0.00 drop rate with 31 catchable balls.
    Lance Kendricks was #12 with a 5.88 drop rate with 34 catchable balls.
    Jared Cook was #35 with a 13.56 drop rate with 59 catchable balls.
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    Down at the other end of things Ed Dickson didn’t help his free agent stock by dropping five of the 30 catchable balls thrown his way. An in-line blocker who struggles in this regard, there was little surprise when the Ravens opted to let him hit the open market after a number of opportunities spurned. Still, at least he wasn’t costing the team an arm and a leg, like say Jared Cook. The Rams paid him big to be an impact player, not drop eight of 59 catchable balls to give him the second worst drop rate of all tight ends. Far from ideal.
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