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Target Watch: Week 2

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Here’s a team-by-team look at passing targets, red zone looks and snap count data. We'll have to wait until we get the week 2 numbers to start discerning the flukes from the patterns, but until then we can wildly speculate on these! Enjoy!


All snap count data comes from our friends over at Pro Football Focus

Arizona Cardinals


Larry Fitzgerald 7, Beanie Wells 4, Andre Roberts 4, Early Doucet 3, Todd Heap 3, Jeff King 3, LaRod Stephens-Howling 1


The Panthers did a good job of keying in on Larry Fitzgerald in this first game but he still led the team (surprise!) with 7 targets. Early Doucet led the AZ receivers in fantasy points but was third in targets. Unless that number increases, his value as a threat will decrease. Stephens-Howling was only targeted once while Beanie Wells was targeted 4 times. That’s a good sign for Beanie that he will be used even when they are behind and forced to pass. Or as the league calls it, quarters one through four.


Atlanta Falcons


Roddy White 13, Tony Gonzalez 7, Jason Snelling 7, Julio Jones 6, Jacquizz Rodgers 5, Michael Turner 4, Harry Douglas 4


Roddy White continues to be the target hog of old while Tony Gonzalez and rookie Julio Jones had healthy target numbers. Nothing too out of the norm here, except that Gonzo, despite being old as dirt, will continue to be productive and take some looks away from the young gun.


With the Falcons down for most of the game they were often in pass mode. Jason Snelling actually was in the game for 36 plays to Michael Turner’s 29 and Rodgers 22. Thankfully for Turner owners he averaged 10 yards a carry on his 10 carries. Adding to this tempest in the teapot is that Rodgers had two looks in the red zone compared to one each for Turner and Snelling. It seems the coaching staff has a lot of confidence in the rookie.


Baltimore Ravens


Anquan Boldin 7, Ray Rice 5, Ed Dickson 5, Lee Evans 4, Vonta Leach 3, Ricky Williams 2, Dennis Pitta 2, Torrey Smith 1


The Ravens are very much the Ray Rice show. Of his 24 total looks, 7 of them came in the red zone.  But we already knew that Rice was a stud. What else can we learn here? The tight end tag team of Pitta and Dickson was won by Dickson even though Pitta did well with his 2 targets, catching both for 45 yards. Dickson also did well in catching all 5 of his targets, including 2 in the red zone. If this keeps up Dickson will be the guy to hold.


Seriously, did you just giggle at that?


Buffalo Bills


Stevie Johnson 6, David Nelson 6, Scott Chandler 5, Donald Jones 5, Roscoe Parrish 2, Fred Jackson 1, C.J. Spiller 1


Ryan Fitzpatrick was almost too efficient to have a ton of passes in this game. We can’t take too much from the target numbers in this one, but digging deeper there is some interesting data.  David Nelson had one more target than Donald Jones, but Jones was on the field for 25 more snaps and was targeted in the red zone twice to Nelson’s zilch.  If this trend continues Jones is the guy to own here.  And unless Scott Chandler sees the field more often (38 snaps), it will be hard for him to even come close to his big day again.


Carolina Panthers


Steve Smith 11, Greg Olsen 6, Legedu Naanee 5, Brandon LaFell 5, Jeremy Shockey 3, Jonathan Stewart 3, DeAngelo Williams 2, Mike Goodson 2


Cam Newton is smart enough to know to throw the ball toward the talent and Steve Smith got the majority of the looks (oh, did I mention he’s the talent?).  Smith should continue to lead the targets each week.  Otherwise the ball was spread around pretty well.  The only receiver to see any red zone targets was Legedu Naanee.  This could be a fluky stat, but it’s worth watching who between Naanee and LaFell pulls ahead, if anyone. Yes, that is what she said. Now stop it.

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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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