Week Five, The Giants And Yards After The Catch

In Pro Football Reference’s advanced passing stats Giant quarterback Daniel Jones ranks fourth in passing yards after catch per completion with a 6.7 YAC/Completion. This stat is probably a combination of a quarterback hitting the open receiver, leading him to facilitate yards after the catch and the skill of the receivers to gain extra yards and break tackles.

In week three tight end Evan Engram was fourth in YAC/Reception with a 14 yards after the catch average. Engram had six receptions which was three more than any player with a higher yards after the catch per reception. In week four Engram was sixth with 10.1 yards after the catch per reception.  For the season Engram is ninth in the league with 190 yards after the catch.

Sterling Shepard had a decent 5.9 yards after the catch in week three on seven receptions and followed that with 4.5 YAC/Reception in week four  on seven receptions. His week three YAC/Reception was 17th among all wide receivers that week.

Sterling Shepard leads all Giant receivers in broken tackles with four and he missed one game. Shepard is tie for seventh in broken tackles in the league. and is 16th in Receptions per broken tackle with one every five receptions. Tight end Rhett Ellison leads all Giant receivers in Receptions per Broken tackle getting a broken tackle every three receptions on average.

Darius Slayton was 23rd in the league in week three with 5.4 yards after the catch per reception on three receptions. His 4.39s in the forty at the combine was sixth best among wide receivers. Slayton’s 19 yards per reception leads all Giants and his long reception of 46 yards is second best on the team.

Running Back Wayne Gallman has 88 YAC on the year on nine receptions for a 9.8 YAC/Reception. That is good for ninth best among all receivers on the season.

This week the Giants get back Golden Tate from suspension. Yards after the catch has been Tate’s career strong point. In 2017 on Detroit Tate led all wide receivers with a 546 YAC for the regular season. He was second among wide receivers in 2016 with 588 YAC.

This Giant team is geared for the quick short pass and has the play-makers to turn those into big yards. Quarterback Daniel Jones has the arm and accuracy to keep the defense honest by taking the occasional deep shot. Daniel Jones is third in the league in 20+ passing plays per pass attempt. Only Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes average more 20+ passing plays per attempt and Jones is not far behind Mahomes. Here are the top ten quarterbacks by 20+ yard plays per attempt.

Player Team Comp Att Lng 20+ 40+ Rate 20+/Att
Jimmy Garoppolo SF 58 84 39T 13 0 96.3 15.48%
Patrick Mahomes KC 106 156 83T 22 8 120.4 14.10%
Daniel Jones NYG 49 71 75T 10 2 95.9 14.08%
Philip Rivers LAC 101 146 55T 20 2 105.8 13.70%
Matthew Stafford DET 88 141 47T 19 1 102.6 13.48%
Lamar Jackson BAL 87 134 83T 18 4 109.4 13.43%
Russell Wilson SEA 114 156 54 20 5 126.3 12.82%
Baker Mayfield CLE 82 139 89T 17 3 77.2 12.23%
Dak Prescott DAL 92 127 62 15 3 113.7 11.81%
Marcus Mariota TEN 74 119 75T 14 5 106.2 11.76%

I look forward to seeing how Golden Tate contributes to the offense. Sterling Shepard is a tough talented receiver that fights hard for those extra yards. The same is true for Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison. Slayton is a speedster that can help on the deep pass. Gallman has good hands and is a strong weapon on short passes for good yardage. This team has the offensive weapons to be competitive in any game. Go Giants!

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