As we've established, we've had some problems in the passing game this year. I'm not trying to examine the moral or ethical source of said problems, just looking at some data. Like many others here, I was concerned at the beginning of the season with not only replacing Colin Peek, but creating some balance and versatility in the throwing game. With that said, I took a look at reception totals through the first seven games of both this season and last year's.
Thus far this season, Greg McElroy, AJ McCarron, and Marquis Maze (that one was beautiful) have completed 129 passes, 77 to wide receivers, 31 to running backs, and 21 to tight ends. Since everyone loves a chart:
Through 7 games last season, Greg completed 113 passes, 51 to receivers, 38 to backs, and 24 to tight ends. Chart:
Receivers have grabbed 60% of the receptions this season, compared to 45% last year.
Tight ends have account for 16%, compared to 21% last season.
The backs, who had caught almost 34% of the receptions through the Carolilna game last year, have dropped to 24% this season.
The absence of Terry Grant and Roy Upchurch, as well as Colin Peek, could be playing a role here, but from these numbers it appears that we have made a more conscious attempt to get the ball to our playmakers on the outside. What say you, RBR Nation?