Over the course of the last several weeks, I have shown you all the 62 passes that were thrown to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown that were ultimately not caught. Below now is a statistical recap of all of those passes.
As far as the quarterbacks go on those plays, Ben Roethlisberger threw 46 of those footballs while Mike Vick and Landry Jones threw 10 and 6 respectively.
Now, 30 of those 62 incomplete passes were considered deep ones and that means the football traveled more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage in the air. Additionally, 20 of those 30 passes flew 20 or more yards in the air. Of these 30, Brown really only had a legitimate chance at catching 6 of them. 3 of them he dropped while the 3 others he did catch only to be ruled out of bounds.
7 of the passes that were thrown Brown’s way last season were intercepted and only one of those can be blamed on the Steelers wide receiver. That was the one that went in and out of his hands in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
While drops are very subjective, I have Brown down for 9 of them in total last year and curiously enough, 4 of them came in the three games against the Cincinnati Bengals. When you consider he was targeted 205 times last year, 9 drops is nothing.
11 of the passes that were incomplete to Brown were short throws to the middle of the field.
It’s worth noting that Brown caught four of the passes that were ruled incomplete and on all four he was ruled as not getting both feet down in bounds.
While they don’t show up in the stats, I thought you also might like to know that Brown drew 6 pass interference calls in 2015 that resulted in 157 total yards.
Including the playoffs, Brown caught 143 of 205 pass targets which equates to just under a 70% catch ratio. Curiously enough, those were the exact numbers that wide receiver Marvin Harrison posted during his record-setting 2002 regular season with the Indianapolis Colts. Had Roethlisberger been able to stay healthy in 2015, there’s no doubt in my mind that Brown would have broken Harrison’s record.