So perhaps, that comment would have been more apropos in last weeks' article rather than this one, but the point stands -- stop throwing screens, or any short passes really, to Jarvis Landry. Still, you gotta admit that top 20 and bottom 20 in a sample of 50 basically means above/below average. It's a bizarre choice of philosophy. The number of passes shown below may not match official totals due to our removal of certain incompletions, such as passes intentionally thrown away or batted down at the line. Hilton, Golden Tate, and JuJu Smith-Schuster make return appearances in the top 20. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. There's value in making tough catches, even if you don't do anything with the ball afterwards. That's what this offense is designed to do, and while 2018 clearly took that philosophy to an extreme, it should come as no surprise when Rams and 49ers receivers are schemed into wide-open spaces.

Gronkowski and Green each had less than 40 targets while playing for the second-best offense in the league in their respective seasons, so they were helped by a wide range of other options. I still think there's hope for Rosen with a competent offensive line and a quality offensive coordinator. His +6.3 YAC+ is the highest we've ever recorded for a running back, as the combination of his skills and Kansas City's YAC-friendly offense was just far too much for opposing defenses to handle. Stop throwing screens to Jarvis Landry (-1.6); his skill set is best used elsewhere.

Here are the 2018 results for our 33 qualified quarterbacks. Again, though, that was on 28 targets, not 130. It's not like Philip Rivers dropped off, nor did Williams' mix of routes change dramatically from year to year. To qualify for rankings in the tables below, wide receivers must have at least 50 targets, while running backs and tight ends need a minimum of 25 targets. Please review for your knowledge. I'd take the 49ers to repeat in 2019 as well. Last week, we noted that it was odd that George Kittle ranked so low in receiving plus-minus, considering the scale of his breakout season last year. What is YAC+?

All rights reserved. There were 50 qualified running backs, but we are just going to list 20 from the top and bottom here. On deep shots that traveled more than 16 yards in the air, they improved to a -0.7 YAC+. Brate played through 2018 with a torn labrum, but doesn't have the same excuse for 2017, so he's probably the most disappointing name on this list. Just like we all said last year, Patrick Mahomes would have been the best quarterback in the league if it wasn't for that pesky Nick Mullens. This should come as no surprise from a Shanahan/Sean McVay offense.

Because I know he used to run millions of those in Miami, but I didn't watch much of the Browns last year. Freddie Kitchens ran almost no screens to Landry.

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Compared to receivers and tight ends, there's very little year-to-year correlation for running backs in this stat.

They still have Kyle Juszczyk (+0.4) and Jeff Wilson (+1.4 on 15 targets). In fact, the 49ers had a pair of wide receivers with at least a +1.0 YAC+ -- Pettis and fellow rookie Richie James (+5.6, albeit on just 13 targets), with Marquise Goodwin finishing right behind them (+0.9 on 42 targets). 49ers fans will actually find the names on this leaderboard quite familiar, with Vance McDonald (+2.3) and Vernon Davis (+1.8) each showing up in the top five. Kyle Shanahan has a type. 1. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League.

Maybe we'll find out if he ever gets out of Miami. Most data provided by 24-7 Baseball, creators of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia. Mullen's +1.8 YAC+ is the second-highest on record since 2006, finishing behind Donovan McNabb's +2.2 from that year. Gabriel had 11.6 yards per target back in Atlanta's Super Bowl season but hasn't come close to sniffing that since; Matt Nagy has to get more creative with how he uses the diminutive speedster. But speaking of Baldwin; Seattle, we need to have a talk. D.J. It is the third-highest mark we've ever recorded for a tight end, behind only 2013 Ladarius Green (+5.2) and 2016 Rob Gronkowski (+5.0). Chicago, IL. Kittle will still be there, even if matching his 2018 mark seems unlikely.