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Quarterback Air Yards: 2015 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).

More about Quarterback Air Yards

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.

Note: there is a one day delay on the YAC calculation due to ensuring accuracy in review of each play, which may lead to some inaccuracies for a day following each game. 


CHANGE SEASON: 
Quarterback Air Yards Leaders
RankPlayerTeamYDSYACAir YardsAY/Att% of Air Yards% of YAC to Total Yards
1Carson PalmerARI4,6711,7742,8975.3962.0%38.0%
2Matt RyanATL4,5911,9262,6654.3458.1%42.0%
3Blake BortlesJAX4,4281,7782,6504.3759.9%40.2%
4Jameis WinstonTB4,0421,5142,5284.7362.5%37.5%
5Ben RoethlisbergerPIT3,9381,4692,4695.2662.7%37.3%
6Drew BreesNO4,8702,4062,4643.9350.6%49.4%
7Tom BradyNE4,7702,3992,3713.8049.7%50.3%
8Cam NewtonCAR3,8371,4672,3704.7961.8%38.2%
9Eli ManningNYG4,4322,0952,3373.7852.7%47.3%
10Kirk CousinsWAS4,1661,9082,2584.1654.2%45.8%
11Ryan TannehillMIA4,2081,9512,2573.8553.6%46.4%
12Russell WilsonSEA4,0241,8182,2064.5754.8%45.2%
13Derek CarrOAK3,9871,8502,1373.7353.6%46.4%
14Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ3,9051,7822,1233.7854.4%45.6%
15Philip RiversSD4,7922,6792,1133.2044.1%55.9%
16Tyrod TaylorBUF3,0351,1371,8984.9962.5%37.5%
17Matthew StaffordDET4,2622,4021,8603.1443.6%56.4%
18Jay CutlerCHI3,6591,8081,8513.8350.6%49.4%
19Aaron RodgersGB3,8212,0251,7963.1447.0%53.0%
20Andy DaltonCIN3,2501,4671,7834.6254.9%45.1%
21Brian HoyerHOU2,6069091,6974.6065.1%34.9%
22Sam BradfordPHI3,7252,0481,6773.1545.0%55.0%
23Marcus MariotaTEN2,8181,1841,6344.4258.0%42.0%
24Alex SmithKC3,4861,9711,5153.2243.5%56.5%
25Teddy BridgewaterMIN3,2311,8161,4153.1743.8%56.2%
26Joe FlaccoBAL2,7911,4881,3033.1646.7%53.3%
27Peyton ManningDEN2,2499751,2743.8556.7%43.4%
28Andrew LuckIND1,8817211,1603.9661.7%38.3%
29Josh McCownCLE2,1091,0171,0923.7451.8%48.2%
30Brock OsweilerDEN1,9679191,0483.8153.3%46.7%
31Blaine GabbertSF2,0311,1089233.2745.5%54.6%
32Matt HasselbeckIND1,6907988923.4852.8%47.2%
33Ryan MallettHOU1,3364548823.6166.0%34.0%
34Johnny ManzielCLE1,5007107903.5452.7%47.3%
35Nick FolesSTL2,0521,2677852.3338.3%61.7%
36Colin KaepernickSF1,6158647513.0846.5%53.5%
37Matt CasselBUF1,2765707063.4655.3%44.7%
38Brandon WeedenHOU1,0434735704.0754.7%45.4%
39AJ McCarronCIN8543275274.4361.7%38.3%
40Zach MettenbergerTEN9354325033.0353.8%46.2%
41Tony RomoDAL8844314533.7451.2%48.8%
42Jimmy ClausenCHI7393014383.5059.3%40.7%
43Kellen MooreDAL7793534264.1054.7%45.3%
44Case KeenumSTL8284234053.2448.9%51.1%
45EJ ManuelBUF5611604014.7771.5%28.5%
46Austin DavisCLE5472063413.6362.3%37.7%
47Matt SchaubBAL5402273133.9158.0%42.0%
48Mark SanchezPHI6163422743.0144.5%55.5%
49T.J. YatesHOU3701122584.5369.7%30.3%
50Landry JonesPIT5132712424.4047.2%52.8%
51Luke McCownNO3351451904.8756.7%43.3%
52Mike VickPIT3711871842.7949.6%50.4%
53Geno SmithNYJ265841814.3168.3%31.7%
54Dan OrlovskyDET201821192.9859.2%40.8%
55Josh FreemanIND14965843.0056.4%43.6%
56Alex TanneyTEN9918815.7981.8%18.2%
57Drew StantonARI10433712.8468.3%31.7%
58Matt McGloinOAK14278642.0045.1%54.9%
59Kellen ClemensSD634599.8393.7%6.4%
60Charlie WhitehurstIND15099511.5934.0%66.0%
61Colt McCoyWAS12879494.4538.3%61.7%
62Ryan LindleyIND5810484.8082.8%17.2%
63Ryan NassibNYG6821479.4069.1%30.9%
64Sean MannionSTL3111202.8664.5%35.5%
65Derek AndersonCAR3623132.1736.1%63.9%
66Tarvaris JacksonSEA3726111.8329.7%70.3%
67Jimmy GaroppoloNE6151.2583.3%16.7%
68Shaun HillMIN151050.7133.3%66.7%
69Matt MooreMIA141044.0028.6%71.4%
70Scott TolzienGB4133.0075.0%25.0%
71Chase DanielKC4131.5075.0%25.0%
72B.J. DanielsHOU710-3-1.50-42.9%142.9%
73Sean RenfreeATL1125-14-2.00-127.3%227.3%
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