NFL 2014: On Target Receivers
NFL 2014: On Target Receivers


Elite wide receivers earn plenty of attention from opposing defensive backs, but they still get plenty of it from their quarterbacks, too.

Last season, Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson were both targeted 181 times to lead all receivers. Garcon set a single-season club record with 113 receptions, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk (106).

"Pierre is fearless," says Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. "He plays very hard. He goes out and makes plays every day. He's the kind of guy that you want on your side when you're backed into a corner. He's big time. You want Pierre out there with you."

Johnson (109 catches) and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (100) both tied an NFL record by each recording a fifth career 100-reception season. Marshall (797) has been targeted more than any receiver since 2009 and ranks second in receptions (486) during the past five seasons.


The most targeted receivers in 2013:

Player Team Tgt Rec Yards Avg
Source: NFL
Pierre GarconWashington1811131,34611.9
Andre JohnsonHouston1811091,40712.9
A.J. GreenCincinnati178981,42614.6
Antonio BrownPittsburgh1661101,49913.6
Brandon MarshallChicago1631001,29513.0


The most targeted receivers since 2009 among active players:

Player Team(s) Tgt Rec Yards Avg
Source: NFL
Brandon MarshallDenver, Miami, Bears7974866,15112.7
Calvin JohnsonDetroit7934467,24116.2
Larry FitzgeraldArizona7704205,39212.8
Roddy WhiteAtlanta7644555,90013.0
Wes WelkerPatriots, Denver7445225,89711.3


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