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Quarterback Air Yards: 2016 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.

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
1Kirk CousinsWAS4,9171,9782,9394.8559.8%40.2%
2Drew BreesNO5,2082,4122,7964.1553.7%46.3%
3Jameis WinstonTB4,0901,3872,7034.7766.1%33.9%
4Carson PalmerARI4,2331,6472,5864.3361.1%38.9%
5Matt RyanATL4,9442,3772,5674.8151.9%48.1%
6Andrew LuckIND4,2401,6842,5564.6960.3%39.7%
7Russell WilsonSEA4,2191,7762,4434.4757.9%42.1%
8Aaron RodgersGB4,4282,0402,3883.9153.9%46.1%
9Andy DaltonCIN4,2061,8832,3234.1355.2%44.8%
10Philip RiversSD4,3862,1082,2783.9451.9%48.1%
11Joe FlaccoBAL4,3172,1242,1933.2650.8%49.2%
12Cam NewtonCAR3,5091,3502,1594.2361.5%38.5%
13Dak PrescottDAL3,6671,5342,1334.6558.2%41.8%
14Matthew StaffordDET4,3272,2282,0993.5348.5%51.5%
15Ben RoethlisbergerPIT3,8191,7242,0954.1254.9%45.1%
16Marcus MariotaTEN3,4261,3312,0954.6561.2%38.9%
17Derek CarrOAK3,9371,8742,0633.6852.4%47.6%
18Blake BortlesJAX3,9051,8982,0073.2151.4%48.6%
19Eli ManningNYG4,0272,0311,9963.3449.6%50.4%
20Carson WentzPHI3,7821,8311,9513.2151.6%48.4%
21Trevor SiemianDEN3,4011,4511,9504.0157.3%42.7%
22Tyrod TaylorBUF3,0231,1521,8714.2961.9%38.1%
23Sam BradfordMIN3,8772,0361,8413.3447.5%52.5%
24Tom BradyNE3,5541,7521,8024.1750.7%49.3%
25Brock OsweilerHOU2,9571,1701,7873.5060.4%39.6%
26Alex SmithKC3,5021,9211,5813.2345.2%54.9%
27Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ2,7101,1561,5543.8657.3%42.7%
28Ryan TannehillMIA2,9951,4931,5023.8650.2%49.9%
29Case KeenumLA2,2019941,2073.7554.8%45.2%
30Colin KaepernickSF2,2411,1311,1103.3549.5%50.5%
31Matt BarkleyCHI1,6115631,0484.8565.1%35.0%
32Cody KesslerCLE1,3806287523.8654.5%45.5%
33Brian HoyerCHI1,4457267193.6049.8%50.2%
34Josh McCownCLE1,1004566443.9058.6%41.5%
35Jay CutlerCHI1,0594476124.4757.8%42.2%
36Blaine GabbertSF9253515743.5962.1%38.0%
37Jared GoffLA1,0895575322.6048.9%51.2%
38Robert Griffin IIICLE8864404463.0350.3%49.7%
39Bryce PettyNYJ8094153942.9648.7%51.3%
40Matt MooreMIA7213583634.1750.4%49.7%
41Paxton LynchDEN4971683293.9666.2%33.8%
42Landry JonesPIT5582483103.6055.6%44.4%
43Tom SavageHOU4611662954.0464.0%36.0%
44Derek AndersonCAR4531752785.2561.4%38.6%
45Jimmy GaroppoloNE5022392634.1752.4%47.6%
46Matt CasselTEN284722124.1674.7%25.4%
47Nick FolesKC4102131973.5848.1%52.0%
48Shaun HillMIN242721704.8670.3%29.8%
49Charlie WhitehurstCLE182371456.0479.7%20.3%
50Scott TolzienIND216781383.7363.9%36.1%
51Drew StantonARI192731192.4862.0%38.0%
52EJ ManuelBUF13132993.8175.6%24.4%
53Trevone BoykinSEA14576693.8347.6%52.4%
54Cardale JonesBUF9627696.2771.9%28.1%
55Connor CookOAK15085653.1043.3%56.7%
56Jacoby BrissettNE400343571.0414.3%85.8%
57Kevin HoganCLE10451532.0451.0%49.0%
58Geno SmithNYJ12682443.1434.9%65.1%
59Matt McGloinOAK5010402.6780.0%20.0%
60Mark SanchezDAL9355382.1140.9%59.1%
61Mike GlennonTB7546292.6438.7%61.3%
62Tony RomoDAL293266.5089.7%10.3%
63Matt SchaubATL165113.6768.8%31.3%
64Ryan MallettBAL261881.3330.8%69.2%
65David FalesCHI221661.2027.3%72.7%
66Sean MannionLA191361.0031.6%68.4%
67Chase DanielPHI161244.0025.0%75.0%
68Brett HundleyGB171340.4023.5%76.5%
69Kellen ClemensSD0000.00--
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