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Which wideouts had the worst hands in 2010?

Green Bay wide receiver James Jones catches an Aaron Rodgers pass in the endzone for the Packer’s third touchdown in the first half of their NFC divisional game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia January 15, 2011. Atlanta Falcon’s Brent Grimes is defending. UPI/Mark Wallheiser.

Certain players take a lot of criticism for dropped passes. James Jones was one of those guys in 2010, especially after he missed an opportunity for a huge gainer in Super Bowl XLV.

The Packers have to decide what to do with Jones this offseason. There was a report that they didn’t offer him a restricted free agent tender, but he says they did. This got me thinking — just how bad were Jones’ drops this year?

The number of passes that a WR drops is not a stat that is widely available. I found this table over at the Washington Post, which allowed me to calculate each player’s drops as a percentage of their targets:

Player Tm Drops Targets Drop% Rec%
Aaron Hernandez NE 7 64 10.9% 70.3%
Brandon Tate NE 5 46 10.9% 52.2%
Steve Smith Car 8 75 10.7% 64.0%
Wes Welker NE 13 123 10.6% 69.9%
Bo Scaife Ten 5 49 10.2% 73.5%
Brent Celek Phi 8 79 10.1% 53.2%
Devin Hester Chi 7 73 9.6% 54.8%
Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 8 85 9.4% 48.2%
Jacoby Ford Oak 5 54 9.3% 46.3%
Brandon LaFell Car 7 76 9.2% 50.0%
Brandon Gibson StL 8 91 8.8% 58.2%
Kevin Boss NYG 6 70 8.6% 50.0%
Miles Austin Dal 10 119 8.4% 58.0%
Donald Driver GB 7 86 8.1% 59.3%
Steve Breaston Ari 7 87 8.0% 54.0%
Randy Moss Ten 5 63 7.9% 44.4%
Terrell Owens Cin 11 139 7.9% 51.8%
Pierre Garcon Ind 9 117 7.7% 57.3%
Brandon Marshall Mia 11 146 7.5% 58.9%
Owen Daniels Hou 5 68 7.4% 55.9%
Brandon Pettigrew Det 8 110 7.3% 64.5%
Michael Crabtree SF 7 101 6.9% 54.5%
Dustin Keller NYJ 7 101 6.9% 54.5%
James Jones GB 6 87 6.9% 57.5%
Reggie Wayne Ind 12 175 6.9% 63.4%
Danny Amendola StL 8 123 6.5% 69.1%
Chad Ochocinco Cin 8 124 6.5% 54.0%
Hines Ward Pit 6 93 6.5% 63.4%
Tony Gonzalez Atl 7 109 6.4% 64.2%
Mike Williams TB 7 110 6.4% 59.1%
DeSean Jackson Phi 6 95 6.3% 49.5%
Johnny Knox Chi 6 97 6.2% 52.6%
Jermaine Gresham Cin 5 81 6.2% 64.2%
Mike Wallace Pit 6 98 6.1% 61.2%
Steve Johnson Buf 8 142 5.6% 57.7%
Zach Miller Oak 5 92 5.4% 65.2%
Jeremy Maclin Phi 6 113 5.3% 61.9%
Santonio Holmes NYJ 5 95 5.3% 54.7%
Andre Johnson Hou 7 136 5.1% 63.2%
Hakeem Nicks NYG 6 128 4.7% 61.7%
Marques Colston NO 6 130 4.6% 64.6%
Dwayne Bowe KC 6 131 4.6% 55.0%
Calvin Johnson Det 6 137 4.4% 56.2%
Santana Moss Was 6 145 4.1% 64.1%
Roddy White Atl 6 177 3.4% 65.0%

While this is not a list that a player wants to be on at all, Jones wasn’t terrible this year in terms of drop %. He fared as well as Reggie Wayne, and wasn’t even the biggest butterfingers on his own team. The normally sure-handed Donald Driver (8.1%) earned that title.

I’ve always liked Jones and thought he would eventually take over for Driver once he retired. That role may now go to Jordy Nelson, but there’s no doubt that Jones can be a productive receiver in Green Bay’s offense with Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. He has good strength and quickness and is able to get open, which is why his drops probably seem worse than they are. And with his reputation not reflective of his actual performance, the Packers may be able to get him at a discount this offseason.

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