We’ve talked about this before, but Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t drop the ball very often.
Stunning, I know.
Anyway, obviousness aside, the guys at profootballfocus.com (the best site this time of year, when little is going on and stat breakdowns can be discussed) note that Fitz has the second-best rate of hanging on to the ball in the NFL the last three seasons. Fitzgerald has, according to PFF, nine drops among 275 catchable balls, a percentage of 3.27. That trails only Earl Bennett of the Bears, who is at 3.15 (four drops in 127 catchables.) Among the top five in the ranking, the next closest to Fitz in terms of catchable balls is Houston’s Kevin Walter, at only 148.
More interesting to me, however, is the list of players of total catchable balls in those three years. Only Atlanta’s Roddy White (491) has been targeted more than Fitzgerald (461) in the time frame, yet Fitz is only fifth on the list of catchable balls — defined by either a catch or a drop on the play. I think of the handful of passes that added to that total because Fitz caught them that never would have been deemed catchable had he not stabbed them with one hand.
You know, like the couple he had against the Seahawks in the finale.
Tags: Earl Bennett, Kevin Walter, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White
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