Receiving yards per pass play: The NFC East is led by… Victor Cruz and Laurent Robinson?!?

One of the great debates that we NFC East fans have is which team has the best wide receivers.  We all yell and scream at each other, and in the end, the thing we usually settle on is… Eagles fans would take their guys, Giants fans would take their guys, Cowboys fans would take their guys, and Redskins fan, um, look forward to the offseason.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at the number of snaps each receiver has gotten on passing plays this season (minimum of 150 pass play snaps), and see who has done the most with their opportunities.

I should first note that the numbers are kind of slanted against the Eagles receivers, as Michael Vick has taken off on 57 rushes this season.  Eagles’ QBs have only actually had 283 passing attempts this season, but Maclin and Jackson are both listed as being on the field for 331 passing plays.  Sometimes Vick runs bacause nobody is open – It would be fair to include those plays to the Eagle receivers’ number.  Sometimes he runs because he has an open field in front of him – Those obviously shouldn’t count against the Eagles receivers.  The point here is… The numbers aren’t perfect, but with a more traditional QB, Maclin’s, Jackson’s, and Avant’s numbers would be higher.

I should also note that they’re also slanted against the Redskins’ receivers as well, since… you know… their QBs suck.

To my surprise, with all the amazing talent at the WR position in the NFC East, two players that weren’t even guaranteed roster spots back in August lead the list:

WR Team Pass plays Rec Yards TD Yard per pass play
Victor Cruz Giants 205 34 588 4 2.87
Laurent Robinson Cowboys 155 24 368 2 2.37
Hakeem Nicks Giants 264 38 575 3 2.18
Miles Austin Cowboys 204 28 403 4 1.98
Jeremy Maclin Eagles 331 44 606 4 1.83
Dez Bryant Cowboys 251 26 443 4 1.76
Jason Avant Eagles 245 33 432 0 1.76
Santana Moss Redskins 191 25 301 2 1.58
DeSean Jackson Eagles 331 29 503 2 1.52
Jabar Gaffney Redskins 292 31 441 2 1.51
Mario Manningham Giants 255 27 323 2 1.27

(TEs after the jump)…

Going with the same theme, another player that was far from guaranteed a roster spot leads the pack:

TE Team Pass plays Rec Yards TD Yard per pass play
Jake Ballard Giants 168 23 395 3 2.35
Fred Davis Redskins 292 40 559 2 1.91
Jason Witten Cowboys 293 44 548 4 1.87
Brent Celek Eagles 230 27 269 2 1.17

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