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Watkins near the top at moving the sticks

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2015 – 3:08 pm

He was far from healthy for most of his rookie season, but Sammy Watkins still finished as the team’s leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2014. He also is among the best in the league at one other key category for a receiver. After the catch conversions.

Pro Football Focus compiled a list through their film review of the players who were the most effective in taking a catch short of the marker and converting a first down. Sammy Watkins finished second in the league in this category.

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Watkins had an impressive 50 percent conversion rate on catches he made short of the marker. Now in all fairness this figure must be taken with a grain of salt, knowing the short passing game tendencies of some NFL offenses will cater to a high number of opportunities to convert. There are also some wideouts, who typically run routes short of the marker as a dump down option for a QB that are at an inherent disadvantage.

Still, converting half of your catches short of the first down mark into a fresh set of downs for your offense is an impressive feat.


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