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Beasley, Williams Rank 1-2 Among NFL WRs For This Stat

Posted Oct 18, 2013


IRVING, Texas – There’s an old adage that gets tossed around a lot when talking about wide receivers. The ones with good hands get described as players who “catch everything that is thrown their way.”

For Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams, they’re taking that to another level.

In fact, through six games of the season, Beasley and Williams are the two best wide receivers in the NFL in terms of catching passes when targeted.

Among players with at least 10 targets this year, Beasley has the highest reception percentage among NFL wide receivers at 92.3 percent. He’s caught 12 of the 13 passes thrown in his direction. His only miss occurred in last week’s win over Washington when Tony Romo led him too far on a sideline route, although Beasley nearly hauled it in with one hand. He also caught a pass thrown behind him where he trapped it against his leg to make the catch.

Overall, Beasley ranks third in the NFL, and he’s the only wide receiver among the list’s top 10. The next receiver is Williams, who actually might be even more impressive than Beasley because of his 17.2-yard average per catch.

Of all receivers with at least 10 targets, Williams’ average per catch is the highest of the top 15 players.

Williams has come on strong the last three weeks with Miles Austin injured and slowed by a hamstring injury. Williams has caught a touchdown in each of his last two games. In the first three games of the year, he had five receptions for 60 yards. In the last three, he has 13 catches for 249 yards and two scores.

More importantly, and just like Beasley, he’s catching the passes that are thrown his way.

                                      Rec/Target     Pct.    Yds/Catch

Cole Beasley                        12-13         92.33       9.6
Terrance Williams                 18-21         85.7        17.2
Nate Burleson                      19-23          82.6       12.6
Antonio Brown                      41-53         77.4       12.1
Demaryius Thomas               37-49          75.5      14.3
Doug Baldwin                       21-28          75.0       16.4
Keenan Allen                        23-31          74.2       14.4
Wes Welker                          37-50          74.0       10.2
Brandon Gibson                    24-33          72.7       11.8
Cordarrelle Patterson             8-11            72.7       10.6

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