At the midway point of the 2014 season, the Buffalo Bills are starting to establish some trends - and rely heavily upon - their passing attack, under the operation of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton.
Instead of updating our year-to-date receiving chart within its usual targets-per-snap metric, we'll sort it in descending order by the most-targeted players in the passing offense for the bye week. Naturally, rookie Sammy Watkins is a distant leader in that category, being thrown to once every four times a Bills quarterback drops back to pass. He also has more receiving yardage this season than any two of his teammates combined.
Watkins remains firmly behind running back Fred Jackson, however, in the targets-per-snap played metric. Jackson remains one of the most important players in Buffalo's passing offense - and it's worth pointing out that with Jackson missing yesterday's 43-23 win over the New York Jets, it was Bryce Brown (three targets on just 14 snaps played) that filled his role as the go-to back in Buffalo's offense.
Here's a detailed statistical look at the Bills' receiving group through the first half of the season. What stands out to you?
|WR||Sammy Watkins||505||67||13.3%||24.9%||38 rec, 590 yds, 5 TD|
|WR||Robert Woods||444||51||11.5%||19.0%||28 rec, 294 yds, 2 TD|
|RB||Fred Jackson||249||42||16.9%||15.6%||33 rec, 261 yds, 1 TD|
|TE||Scott Chandler||324||35||10.8%||13.0%||23 rec, 290 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Mike Williams||184||18||9.8%||6.7%||8 rec, 142 yds, 1 TD|
|RB||C.J. Spiller||157||16||10.2%||5.9%||14 rec, 109 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Chris Hogan||111||15||13.5%||5.6%||13 rec, 176 yds, 1 TD|
|WR||Marquise Goodwin||57||6||10.5%||2.2%||1 rec, 42 yds|
|FB||Frank Summers||118||5||4.2%||1.9%||4 rec, 7 yds|
|TE||Chris Gragg||151||5||3.3%||1.9%||4 rec, 35 yds, 1 TD|
|RB||Anthony Dixon||107||4||3.7%||1.5%||3 rec, 15 yds|
|TE||Lee Smith||135||2||1.5%||0.7%||2 rec, 5 yds, 1 TD|