I have been busy playing around with our game charting from last season and in doing so, I thought you might be interested in seeing some numbers related to the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game that revolve mostly around yards per target past the original line of scrimmage.
As you can see in the chart below, wide receiver Martavis Bryant, as you would likely expect, had the highest yards per target last season as the average throw his direction traveled 17.88 yards past the original line of scrimmage. Bryant’s average catch, however, occurred 14.27 yards past the line of scrimmage.
If you’re one of those ready to throw tight end Heath Miller out with the bath water, you might be surprised to learn that he averaged 4.86 yards after the catch last season on his 66 receptions. His 321 worth of YAC was 42.2% of the total yardage he accumulated in 2014.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that running back Le’Veon Bell averaged 9.73 yards after the catch last season. His average catch last season occurred just over a half a yard past the original line of scrimmage and that should add some perspective to his great YAC numbers.
We will be monitoring these stats closely during the upcoming season and I hope to add a little more perspective to the 2014 numbers for you in a few upcoming posts.