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Ranking the NFL's Top Wide Receivers by Targets

Entering this year's NFL Season, here are the consensus Top 5 ranked wide receivers (by projections):

1) Calvin Johnson
2) Larry Fitzgerald
3) Andre Johnson
4) Roddy White
5) Mike Wallace

In this article we compare the number of times each has been targeted by their quarterback:

Note: Andre Johnson's 2011 season was cut short due to injury

Now we compare the percentage of targets that they actually catch

Notice the huge drop for Larry Fitzgerald since losing Kurt Warner two seasons ago.  He still ranks near the top for targets, but with Kevin Kolb still at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals returning to his old form could be tough.

In our opinion it's still the two Johnsons (Calvin & Andre) that should retain a high number of targets, and given the relative stability at quarterback for their respective teams you can expect their % of catches to stay fairly consistent.


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