Originally posted by Travisty13:
Prior to this season, Matthews had Chris Boyd on the opposite side of him. So for 2 years, Matthews had a kid who has NFL potential stealing just as many targets. And Ole Miss threw 100 more passes this year than Vandy and I believe 60 more last year. Moncrief has had Bo Wallace throwing him passes these last 2 years, where Matthews has had bad QB player (Jordan Rodgers was garbage, and they rotated between 2 guys this year). So what did Matthews do when he didn't have another NFL WR opposite him and teams knew he was the target, he stepped his game up more than the year before.
Not even comparable. Boyd was the lone other target last year, Ole Miss spread the ball around far more which is why you didn't see any single individuals with off the charts numbers.
Edit: Moncrief was targeted 112 times and had 59 catches 52.7% catch rate, Matthews was targeted 157 for 112 with a 71.3% catch rate. Again I like Moncrief, but it's not even close to how he stacks up against Matthews.
Pretty irrelevant until you look at the numbers behind the numbers. Matthews caught almost 50% of his passes on screens, so is his catch rate going to be higher? Hell yes. He almost doubled the average of the other receivers he was compared with. On passes that weren't screens, he averaged about 4.7 yards per catch, or less than average.
He's a classic possession receiver and was used as such in the Vandy offense, so yes, a lot of catches, a lot of yardage but I don't see what he adds to this offense that Crabtree, Boldin or Patton can't do.
For a guy who caught nearly 50% of his passes on screens, Jordan Matthews had a pretty lousy drop rate.
"Again I like Moncrief, but it's not even close to how he stacks up against Matthews."
It's a lot closer than you might think. Matthews as the main target on a screen happy offense was impressive, Moncrief was a much better performer making catches deep downfield. Athletically he's also got the edge over Matthews I'd wager, better football speed, better downfield threat.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM ]