Is Andre Johnson the best WR in the NFL?

Is Andre Johnson the best WR in the NFL?
January 24, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Andre Johnson finished second in the NFL in receiving behind Calvin Johnson's record setting single season mark of 1,964 yards. But which receiver is making the most of their opportunities? According to Pro Football Focus, Andre Johnson.

PFF has a stat titled YPRR (yards per route run). It evaluates yardage totals solely based on routes run so that the stats are indicative of performance relative to the number of opportunities. To put it plainly, Calvin Johnson finished with 1,964 yards but Matthew Stafford also attempted more passes than any quarterback ever. So you can't accurately compare Johnson's numbers to Sydney Rice's numbers because the Seahawks threw the ball 335 less times than the Bears. Rice simply didn't have the opportunities to gain the yards that Johnson did.

With their breakdown, Andre Johnson finished with the highest YPRR in the league at 3.01. Ahead of Brandon Marshall's 2.76 and Calvin Johnson's 2.55. According to PFF, Johnson finished the season with 531 "snaps in route" compared to Marshall's 547 and Johnson's 771. The Texans' wide out also only had 159 targets compared to Marshall's 181 and Calvin Johnson's 199.  According to this stat Andre Johnson is the most effective receiver in the league in terms of making the most of every time he runs a pass pattern.

"I’ve been around this league a long time and I’ve been fortunate to be with some Hall of Fame football players, and I think you’re looking at one all the time,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said back in late December. “I know we appreciate it here, but I don’t think we really understand how great a player he is, but we’ll all understand here down the road when he’s not doing it anymore. He’s a special player, and a special person.”

Johnson showed that in his 10th season he has no plans on slowing down after finishing with the most receiving yards  of his career this season (1,598). The six time Pro Bowler was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in November after averaging 153.5 receiving yards per game.

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