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Quarterback Air Yards: 2013 NFL Season

Air yards is defined as the total distance that a football is thrown beyond the line of scrimmage to the point of reception.  Air yards is calculated by taking total passing yards and subtracting Yards After the Catch (YAC).

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While it isn't a clear cut statistic, it does give us an indication of how much of a quarterback's total pass yards are due to the QB vs receiver by eliminating the 2 yard dump pass that ends up being a 50 yard gain.


Quarterback Air Yards Leaders
RankPlayerTeamPass YardsAir YardsAY Per Att% of Air Yards% of YAC to Total Yards
1Peyton ManningDEN5,4772,7954.2451.0%49.0%
2Drew BreesNO5,1622,5863.9850.1%49.9%
3Carson PalmerARI4,2742,4204.2356.6%43.4%
4Eli ManningNYG3,8182,2714.1259.5%40.5%
5Matthew StaffordDET4,6502,2583.5648.6%51.4%
6Matt RyanATL4,5152,2393.4449.6%50.4%
7Ryan TannehillMIA3,9132,2093.7656.5%43.6%
8Philip RiversSD4,4782,2044.0549.2%50.8%
9Tom BradyNE4,3432,1923.4950.5%49.5%
10Andy DaltonCIN4,2932,1333.6449.7%50.3%
11Ben RoethlisbergerPIT4,2612,0603.5348.4%51.7%
12Joe FlaccoBAL3,9122,0363.3252.0%48.0%
13Tony RomoDAL3,8281,9883.7251.9%48.1%
14Andrew LuckIND3,8221,8083.1747.3%52.7%
15Russell WilsonSEA3,3571,8044.4353.7%46.3%
16Colin KaepernickSF3,1971,7994.3256.3%43.7%
17Geno SmithNYJ3,0461,7473.9457.4%42.7%
18Mike GlennonTB2,6081,6834.0564.5%35.5%
19Cam NewtonCAR3,3791,6433.4748.6%51.4%
20Robert Griffin IIIWAS3,2031,6433.6051.3%48.7%
21Jay CutlerCHI2,6211,5974.5060.9%39.1%
22Alex SmithKC3,3131,4782.9144.6%55.4%
23Nick FolesPHI2,8911,4094.4448.7%51.3%
24Chad HenneJAC3,2411,3782.7442.5%57.5%
25Matt SchaubHOU2,3101,3473.7658.3%41.7%
26Ryan FitzpatrickTEN2,4541,2813.6652.2%47.8%
27Aaron RodgersGB2,5361,2134.1847.8%52.2%
28Brandon WeedenCLE1,7311,0613.9761.3%38.7%
29Case KeenumHOU1,7601,0524.1659.8%40.2%
30EJ ManuelBUF1,9721,0193.3351.7%48.3%
31Matt CasselMIN1,8079633.7953.3%46.7%
32Josh McCownCHI1,8299504.2451.9%48.1%
33Jason CampbellCLE2,0159462.9847.0%53.1%
34Christian PonderMIN1,6489093.8055.2%44.8%
35Kellen ClemensSTL1,6739093.7654.3%45.7%
36Terrelle PryorOAK1,7988523.1347.4%52.6%
37Matt McGloinOAK1,5478303.9353.7%46.4%
38Sam BradfordSTL1,6877502.8644.5%55.5%
39Jake LockerTEN1,2566833.7354.4%45.6%
40Matt FlynnGB1,3926563.2847.1%52.9%
41Michael VickPHI1,2156124.3450.4%49.6%
42Thad LewisBUF1,0925773.6852.8%47.2%
43Kirk CousinsWAS8545243.3861.4%38.6%
44Josh FreemanMIN7614392.9957.7%42.3%
45Scott TolzienGB7173533.9249.2%50.8%
46Brian HoyerCLE6153013.1448.9%51.1%

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