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T.O.'s Targets

Not that we need another TO posting, but numbers don't lie.

I really do try to look objectively at getting rid of TO. The lightning rod would be gone and we can focus more on those great Wade PC's. I spent some time watching every offensive play over again last week from this season. I really don't think we can comprehend the way that defenses cover him. Most teams, with the exception of SF, kept a safety or LB on his side to play cover 2. This would leave middle routes open. This obviously gives Witten a huge advantage. My purpose is not to downplay Witten. He would be a Pro-Bowler in any offense(omit Det.) The coverage on TO also allows for the checkdowns to the RB's have a chance to be very producitive. Barber had a 70yd rec. TD and a 25yd TD. Barber avg 8 yds a catch. Choice had 50yd and 22yd catches.

I am not saying that none of these would've happened if T.O. was not on the field, but if you want to get rid of this lightning rod then get ready for a pre-TO offense.

He's selfish, arrogant, and can be annoying. That is a lot to swallow, but he is worth it. He makes other players better. Look at the top WR's ranked by targets. He has more TD's than all except Fitz. and C.Johnson. His yards per target is great. I'm not saying he is Jordan, but one stat that always became acceptable when Jordan started winning was points per shot attempt. The 2 might not be very comparable, but the fact is that TO produces at a high level.

Player

Targt

Recpt

Yd

Avg

TD

FL

Marshall, Brandon WR DEN 

181

104

1265

12.2

               6

3

Johnson, Andre WR HOU 

170

115

1575

13.7

8

1

Fitzgerald, Larry WR ARI 

165

102

1535

15.0

13

0

White, Roddy WR ATL 

164

99

1466

14.8

8

1

Bowe, Dwayne WR KC 

157

86

1022

11.9

7

0

Johnson, Calvin WR DET 

151

78

1331

17.1

12

2

Welker, Wes WR NE 

150

112

1165

10.4

3

1

Wayne, Reggie WR IND 

141

86

1274

14.8

7

0

Jennings, Greg WR GB 

140

80

1292

16.1

9

0

Owens, Terrell WR DAL 

140

69

1052

15.2

10

1

Edwards, Braylon WR CLE 

138

55

877

15.9

3

0

Moss, Santana WR WAS 

138

79

1044

13.2

6

1

Bryant, Antonio WR TB 

137

83

1248

15.0

7

1

Houshmandzadeh, T.J. WR CIN 

137

92

904

9.8

4

0

Top TE's

Player

Targt

Recpt

Yd

Avg

TD

FL

Gonzalez, Tony TE KC 

155

96

1058

11.0

10

0

Witten, Jason TE DAL 

121

81

952

11.8

4

0

Clark, Dallas TE IND 

117

84

881

10.5

6

1

Cooley, Chris TE WAS 

111

83

849

10.2

1

2

Gates, Antonio TE SD 

101

68

791

11.6

8

1

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