2012 Broncos Season Review: Wide Receivers

Rob Carr

The 2012 season is over for the Broncos and many have begun turning to free agency and draft talk but before that happened I wanted to review the Broncos position by position. This is purely looking back on the production of each player in 2012, this is not a discussion about what players I think should stay or go. Instead I want to present the data on the 2012 season before we start making decisions about what should change.

Here's the positions we've already review:

- Quarterbacks
- Running backs

Today we'll be reviewing the wide receivers.

Basic Info

So in this table we'll be looking at a few topics
- Name of the player
- Their current age
- Games they saw at least one snap
- Snaps played during the 2012 season
- Years left on their contract

*This is a sortable table*

Name
Age Snaps
Games
Contract Years Left
Caldwell, Andre
27 76 8 1
Decker, Eric
25 1166 16 1
Holliday, Trindon 26 7 7 1
Stokley, Brandon 36 685 16 0
Thomas, Demaryius 25 1136 16 2
Willis, Matt
28 220 15 0
Team Totals
28
3290


2012 Production

So in this table we'll be looking at a few topics
- Name of the player
- Number of times the player was targeted
- Receptions
- Catch rate, receptions divided by targets
- Receiving yards
- Yards per target
- Touchdowns
- Touchdown percentage, touchdowns divided by targets
- Fumbles
- Drops
- Drop percentage, drops divided by targets
- Wide receiver rating, the quarterbacks passer rating when targeting the receiver

*This is a sortable table*

Name
Tar Rec Catch% RecYds Y/T TD TD% Fum Drop Drop% WR Rating
Caldwell, Andre
4 1 25.0% 18 4.5 0 0.0% 0 2 50.0% 45.8
Decker, Eric 120 85 70.8% 1064 8.9 13 10.8% 0 12 10.0% 123.8
Holliday, Trindon 2 2 100.0% 17 8.5 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 102.1
Stokley, Brandon 85 45 52.9% 544 6.4 5 5.9% 0 2 2.35% 121.1
Thomas, Demaryius 138 94 68.1% 1434 10.4 10 7.2% 3 11 8.0% 126.2
Willis, Matt 19 10 52.6% 90 4.7 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 64.6
Team Totals
368 237 64.4% 3167 8.6 28 7.6% 3 27 7.3% 109.1

Notes:

- Now this isn't perfect, even with such a variety of metrics, since it's hard to capture routes run, but it is fairly accurate in representing each player, especially when you compare Decker and Thomas.

- Thomas had a fantastic season but it was marred by two big troubles, drops and fumbles. His three fumbles was 3rd on the team behind Willis McGahee and returner Trindon Holliday and his drop percentage ranked near the bottom of the league.

- That brings us to Eric Decker, who actually had a worse drop rate than Thomas but had zero fumbles, he was also much more valuable in the red zone.

- After the big three of Thomas, Decker and Stokley the receivers thinned out with Matt Willis coming up fourth and Caldwell in the 5th spot, neither played exceptionally well. Specialist Trindon Holliday only saw seven snaps and was primarily a returner.

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