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Inside the Boxscores: Week 19

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

Final Score: Hou - 16 | NE - 34

Houston Texans

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 DeAndre Hopkins
WR - HOU
9 6 65 0 10.8 7.2 66.7 62 60 8 96.8 12.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2 Lamar Miller
RB - HOU
7 4 15 0 3.8 2.1 57.1 62 35 24 56.5 38.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
3 Will Fuller V
WR - HOU
6 3 16 0 5.3 2.7 50 62 59 6 95.2 9.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
4 C.J. Fiedorowicz
TE - HOU
5 3 36 1 12 7.2 60 62 49 5 79.0 8.1 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
5 Jonathan Grimes
RB - HOU
4 4 43 0 10.8 10.8 100 62 11 5 17.7 8.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
6 Keith Mumphery
WR - HOU
3 1 7 0 7 2.3 33.3 62 34 3 54.8 4.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
7 Ryan Griffin
TE - HOU
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 62 31 3 50 4.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Akeem Hunt
RB - HOU
2 2 15 0 7.5 7.5 100 62 7 2 11.3 3.2 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
9 Stephen Anderson
TE - HOU
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 62 4 1 6.5 1.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Houston Texans Notes:
  • DeAndre Hopkins led all players in targets (9), receptions (6), yards (65), and yards/catch (10.8) while finishing second in yards/target (7.2).
  • Out of the 3 RBs with targets, Jonathan Grimes had the best yards/target (10.8) rate.
  • When Lamar Miller was on the field, there was greater than a 50% chance he would run the ball of see a target, participating in 56.5% of the team’s snaps while being involved in 38.7%. That ratio of better than 2:1 is near the top of all RBs on average for the season.
  • While Hopkins played on 96.8% of the team’s snaps, his involvement rate of 12.9% is rather low for a team’s WR1. He was involved on just 2 more snaps than Will Fuller.
  • In the TE game where CJ Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin tend to go back and forth, it was CJF who both participated more and was involved more. Because of the game flow, CJF participated in more snaps than Lamar Miller and was involved on 8.1% of the team’s snaps, compared to Griffin’s 4.8%. Griffin also failed to catch any of his 3 targets. CJF was also the only WR or TE to see a RZ target.

New England Patriots

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Julian Edelman
WR - NE
13 8 137 0 17.1 10.5 61.5 65 53 13 81.5 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 48 4
2 Dion Lewis
RB - NE
7 2 23 1 11.5 3.3 28.6 65 30 19 46.2 29.2 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
3 Martellus Bennett
TE - NE
4 1 4 0 4 1 25 65 58 5 89.2 7.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
4 Chris Hogan
WR - NE
4 4 95 0 23.8 23.8 100 65 32 4 49.2 6.2 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 45 5
5 Michael Floyd
WR - NE
3 1 9 0 9 3 33.3 65 39 3 60 4.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
6 James Develin
RB - NE
2 1 0 0 0 0 50 65 30 2 46.2 3.1 3 2 0 66.7 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Danny Amendola
WR - NE
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 65 20 2 30.8 3.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 James White
RB - NE
1 1 19 1 19 19 100 65 11 1 16.9 1.5 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
New England Patriots Notes:
  • Chris Hogan led all Patriot players in yards/target with 23.8. The next closest player with multiple receptions was Julian Edelman at 10.5. It’s due to Edelman’s high volume of targets (13), but also says plenty of Hogan’s efficiency, catching all 4 of his targets for 95 yards, including a long of 45.
  • All four players who were targeted in the RZ had at least one reception.
  • While Dion Lewis’ catch-rate (28.6%) and yards/target (3.3) were the 2nd worst and worst on the team, respectively, his participation to involvement ratio was ridiculous, participating in 46.2% of the plays and getting involved on 29.2% of them. That translates to a 63.2% chance of him touching the ball when he’s on the field.
  • Edelman’s involvement of 20% while playing 81.5% of the snaps is a little higher than what a team’s WR1 saw on average for the season. If the balls weren’t going to Lewis, they were going to Edelman.
  • Edelman’s 13 targets were the same amount as Hogan’s Floyd’s Bennett’s and Amendola’s combined.

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons

Final Score: Sea - 20 | Atl - 36

Seattle Seahawks

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Doug Baldwin
WR - SEA
9 5 80 1 16 8.9 55.6 54 49 10 90.7 18.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 31 1
2 Paul Richardson
WR - SEA
5 4 83 0 20.8 16.6 80 54 36 5 66.7 9.3 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 40 2
3 Alex Collins
RB - SEA
4 2 17 0 8.5 4.3 50 54 17 6 31.5 11.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
4 Jimmy Graham
TE - SEA
3 3 22 1 7.3 7.3 100 54 41 3 75.9 5.6 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
5 Jermaine Kearse
WR - SEA
3 1 8 0 8 2.7 33.3 54 47 3 87.0 5.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
6 J.D. McKissic
WR - SEA
1 1 5 0 5 5 100 54 4 2 7.4 3.7 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
7 Marcel Reece
RB - SEA
1 1 10 0 10 10 100 54 9 1 16.7 1.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
8 Tanner McEvoy
WR - SEA
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 54 9 1 16.7 1.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Luke Willson
TE - SEA
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 54 27 1 50 1.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Seattle Seahawks Notes:
  • Paul Richardson led the team in yards/catch (20.8) and yards/target (16.6), nearly doubling Doug Baldwin in the latter category. Baldwin had his TD but his 55.6% catch-rate was just 3rd on the team among players with multiple targets and he failed to catch any of his 3 RZ targets.
  • The rookie Alex Collins has a phenomenal participation to involvement ratio. He was on the field for 31.5% of the team’s snaps and was involved on 11.1% of them, meaning there was greater than 1 in 3 chance he would touch the ball or see a target when he was on the field.
  • Wideouts not named Richardson or Baldwin were completely inconsequential in this game, as both Jermaine Kearse and Jimmy Graham each participated in 75+% of the team’s snaps but both had just a 5.6% involvement rate. Graham did score and his 3/22/1 on 3 targets showcases efficiency, but the other stats show he was an afterthought for most of the game.

Atlanta Falcons

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Julio Jones
WR - ATL
8 6 67 1 11.2 8.4 75 69 41 8 59.4 11.6 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 1
2 Taylor Gabriel
WR - ATL
6 4 71 0 17.8 11.8 66.7 69 23 6 33.3 8.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 37 1
3 Devonta Freeman
RB - ATL
5 4 80 0 20 16 80 69 43 19 62.3 27.5 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 53 1
4 Mohamed Sanu
WR - ATL
5 4 44 1 11 8.8 80 69 48 5 69.6 7.2 2 2 0 100 1 1 0 100 1 0 0 0 22 1
5 Tevin Coleman
RB - ATL
4 3 22 1 7.3 5.5 75 69 27 15 39.1 21.7 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
6 Levine Toilolo
TE - ATL
4 2 26 0 13 6.5 50 69 56 4 81.2 5.8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
7 Justin Hardy
WR - ATL
2 2 18 0 9 9 100 69 15 3 21.7 4.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
8 Austin Hooper
TE - ATL
1 1 10 0 10 10 100 69 36 1 52.2 1.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
9 Aldrick Robinson
WR - ATL
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 69 24 1 34.8 1.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Patrick DiMarco
RB - ATL
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 69 21 1 30.4 1.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Atlanta Falcons Notes:
  • Julio Jones’ participation rate of 59.4% is low for a team’s WR1 (and especially an overall WR1), but his involvement of 11.6% still shows there was a 1 in 5 chance he would be targeted when on the field. The same goes for Taylor Gabriel, who had a participation rate of 33.3% but was involved on 8.7% of the plays, showing there were greater than a 1 in 4 chance he would see the ball if on the field.
  • Devonta Freeman was involved on 27.5% of the team’s snaps and was on the field 62.3% of the time, as he neared the 2:1 ratio of Participation to Involvement. Freeman also led the team in yards (80), yards/catch (20), and yards/target (16).
  • Freeman was outdone in the snaps category, though by Tevin Coleman. Coleman played on 16 fewer snaps than Freeman but was involved on just 4 fewer snaps. His participation rate of 39.1% and his involvement rate of 21.7% shows there was a whopping 55.5% chance he would touch the ball if on the field.
  • It was disconcerting to see Austin Hooper’s one-target performance, as he played on over half the offensive snaps. TE Levine Toilolo was targeted 3 more times than Hooper, including 1 RZ look.
  • Mohamed Sanu was the only play to both see and catch both a RZ target and GL target. His 22-yard gain was also the 3rd longest passing play of the game, showcasing a nice balance between closed-space opportunity and open-spaced chance. 

Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys

Final Score: GB - 34 | Dal - 31

Green Bay Packers

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Jared Cook
TE - GB
11 6 103 1 17.2 9.4 54.5 63 47 11 74.6 17.5 2 1 0 50 2 1 0 50 1 1 0 0 35 2
2 Davante Adams
WR - GB
10 5 76 0 15.2 7.6 50 63 56 10 88.9 15.9 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 32 1
3 Randall Cobb
WR - GB
8 7 62 0 8.9 7.8 87.5 63 58 8 92.1 12.7 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 25 1
4 Ty Montgomery
RB - GB
7 6 34 0 5.7 4.9 85.7 63 49 19 77.8 30.2 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
5 Geronimo Allison
WR - GB
5 3 46 0 15.3 9.2 60 63 48 5 76.2 7.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 1
6 Richard Rodgers
TE - GB
2 1 34 1 34 17 50 63 24 2 38.1 3.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 34 1
Green Bay Packers Notes:
  • WRs Davante Adams and Randall Cobb both stepped up in Jordy Nelson’s absence, but TE Jared Cook owned nearly all categories, leading the team in targets (11), yards (104), yards/catch (17.3) and yards/target (9.5). He was also involved on more snaps than both Adams and Cobb, despite playing fewer snaps.
  • WR Davante Adams’ participation to involvement ratio was slightly below what we’ve seen on average from an active number 1 receiver. He touched the ball on just 18% of the snaps in which he participated. Cobb’s ratio was a bit worse, as he touched the ball once every 7.25 snaps he played.
  • RB Ty Montgomery’s participation to involvement ratio was quite similar to that of Ezekiel Elliott. Montgomery saw a target or tough around once every 2.5 snaps he saw. His catch-rate of 85.7% was 2nd on the team to Cobb, though his yards/target was the lowest on the team.
  • WR Geronimo Allison, though he saw the field plenty but was involved on just 5 snaps, still finished 2nd on the team in yards/catch and yards/target. 

Dallas Cowboys

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Dez Bryant
WR - DAL
12 9 132 2 14.7 11 75 64 59 13 92.2 20.3 2 1 0 50 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 40 2
2 Jason Witten
TE - DAL
9 6 59 1 9.8 6.6 66.7 64 64 9 100 14.1 4 1 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
3 Terrance Williams
WR - DAL
6 4 68 0 17 11.3 66.7 64 52 6 81.3 9.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 1
4 Cole Beasley
WR - DAL
6 4 45 0 11.3 7.5 66.7 64 45 6 70.3 9.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
5 Brice Butler
WR - DAL
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 64 18 3 28.1 4.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
1 1 -2 0 -2 -2 100 64 53 22 82.8 34.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
Dallas Cowboys Notes:
  • WR Dez Bryant’s 20.3% involvement rate was right in line for a true WR1…on the field plenty, and touching it better than one in five snaps. Bryant led the team in targets (12), receptions (9), yards (132) and catch-rate (75%) among wideouts.
  • WR Terrance Williams led the team in yards/catch (17) and yards/target (11.3). Both of those numbers would have been increased if not for a 30+ yard reception nullified by a penalty.
  • WR Brice Butler didn’t catch any of his 3 targets and was involved on just 4.7% of the team’s snaps, but he played just 28.1%, resulting in a very encouraging ratio.
  • Ezekiel Elliott, as expected touched the ball on better than once every two snaps he played. 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Final Score: Pit - 18 | KC - 16

Pittsburgh Steelers

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Antonio Brown
WR - PIT
11 6 108 0 18 9.8 54.5 68 66 11 97.1 16.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 52 3
2 Eli Rogers
WR - PIT
7 5 27 0 5.4 3.9 71.4 68 56 8 82.4 11.8 4 2 0 50 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 14 0
3 Jesse James
TE - PIT
6 5 83 0 16.6 13.8 83.3 68 59 6 86.8 8.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 26 4
4 Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
5 2 -4 0 -2 -0.8 40 68 63 36 92.6 52.9 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
5 Demarcus Ayers
WR - PIT
1 1 6 0 6 6 100 68 12 1 17.6 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
6 Cobi Hamilton
WR - PIT
1 1 4 0 4 4 100 68 27 1 39.7 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Pittsburgh Steelers Notes:
  • Le’Veon Bell’s participation to involvement rate was absolutely ridiculous for someone playing nearly 100% of the snaps. If Bell was on the field, which was 92.6% of the time, there was better than a 57% chance he would see a touch or target.
  • WR Eli Rogers had 4 RZ targets and caught 2 of them, both of which were GL targets.
  • TE Jesse James finished 2nd on the team in yards (83) and yards/catch (16.6)—second only to Antonio Brown—but he led the team with a 13.8 yards/target rate and finished at the top among players with multiple targets with an 83.3% catch-rate.

Kansas City Chiefs

Rank Player Tgt Rec Yds TD Avg Y/Tgt CR TOT PRT INV PRT% INV% Tgt Rec TD CR Tgt Rec TD CR 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long TOT
1 Travis Kelce
TE - KC
7 5 77 0 15.4 11 71.4 50 48 7 96 14.0 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 24 3
2 Tyreek Hill
WR - KC
6 4 27 0 6.8 4.5 66.7 50 33 10 66 20 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
3 Spencer Ware
RB - KC
4 2 1 0 0.5 0.3 50 50 37 12 74 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
4 Jeremy Maclin
WR - KC
4 2 28 0 14 7 50 50 43 5 86 10 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 20 2
5 Albert Wilson
WR - KC
3 2 3 1 1.5 1 66.7 50 20 3 40 6 1 1 0 100 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 5 0
6 Chris Conley
WR - KC
3 2 19 0 9.5 6.3 66.7 50 33 3 66 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
7 Charcandrick West
RB - KC
2 2 14 0 7 7 100 50 10 3 20 6 2 2 0 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
8 Demetrius Harris
TE - KC
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 14 3 28.0 6 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Anthony Sherman
RB - KC
1 1 3 0 3 3 100 50 5 1 10 2 1 1 0 100 1 1 0 100 0 0 0 0 3 0
Kansas City Chiefs Notes:
  • Not surprisingly, TE Travis Kelce led the team in targets (7), receptions (50), yards (77), yards/catch (15.4) and yards/target (11). He also led all wideouts with a 71.4% catch-rate.
  • Kelce’s involvement ratio was near the level of a WR1. To put it into perspective, Antonio Brown was involved on 16.2% of the Steelers snaps while playing 97.1% of the snaps. Davante Adams was involved on 15.9% of the Packer’s snaps. Kelce played 96% of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps and was involved on 14.0%. He may be a TE, but he’s their WR1.
  • Tyreek Hill was the most involved wideout on the team, getting involved on 20% of the team’s snaps while playing 66%. Uncharacteristically, however, Hill finished 5th on the team in yards/target (4.5) and yards/catch (6.8).
  • WR Albert Wilson played the role of vulture, as he only touched the ball 3 times (6%), but one of those was a TD.
  • RB Spencer Ware continues to see RB1 involvement, touching the ball on 1 in every 3 snaps he played.