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Indianapolis Colts Advanced Stat of the Week: Donnie Avery and Catch Rate

Published by on January 30, 2013
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Donnie Avery had plenty of great moments in 2012, but his play had a chilling effect on the Indianapolis Colts' offense.

This week, Advanced Stat of the Week looks at catch rate.

Catch rate is a deceptively simple stat that can lead to very wrong conclusions about wide receivers if misused.

I first encountered catch rate on the Football Outsiders wide receiver pages. Catch rate is easy to calculate. Take the number of time a wide receiver catches the football and divide it by the number of times he is "targeted" by the quarterback. The ratio of catches to targets is his catch rate.

Catch Rate = Receptions / Targets

Catch rate divorced from the overall context of a receiver's profile is me...

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