Football Touches, Targets, and Red Zone Usage

The following is a list of season-to-date touch and target leaders for the 2011 NFL season. Touches are the number of times a running back either carried or caught the football. Targets are the number of times a wide receiver or tight end was the intended receiver of a pass attempt. Per-game qualifications for the following lists include five touches (RB) and seven looks (WR/TE).

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RB TCH TCH/G YDS Y/TCH TD rzTCH
Peyton Hillis(notes) 54 27 204 3.78 2 10
Ben Tate(notes) 51 25.5 251 4.92 1 12
Darren McFadden(notes) 50 25 299 5.98 2 10
Tim Hightower(notes) 49 24.5 203 4.14 1 9
Frank Gore(notes) 48 24 142 2.96 1 10
Jahvid Best(notes) 47 23.5 237 5.04 2 7
Adrian Peterson 45 22.5 245 5.44 2 9
Maurice Jones-Drew(notes) 45 22.5 204 4.53 1 7
Cedric Benson(notes) 45 22.5 199 4.42 1 6
Chris Johnson 42 21 114 2.71 0 7
Matt Forte(notes) 41 20.5 324 7.90 1 3
Ray Rice(notes) 41 20.5 245 5.98 3 7
Carnell Williams(notes) 40 20 180 4.50 0 5
LeSean McCoy(notes) 39 19.5 253 6.49 4 7
Fred Jackson(notes) 38 19 257 6.76 2 13
Mike Tolbert(notes) 38 19 176 4.63 3 11
Willis McGahee(notes) 38 19 141 3.71 1 5
Beanie Wells(notes) 36 18 195 5.42 2 4
Michael Turner(notes) 35 17.5 286 8.17 1 9
Ryan Mathews(notes) 34 17 244 7.18 1 2
Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) 34 17 158 4.65 1 3
Rashard Mendenhall(notes) 33 16.5 123 3.73 1 11
Felix Jones(notes) 30 15 96 3.20 1 5
Shonn Greene(notes) 29 14.5 88 3.03 1 8
Joseph Addai(notes) 28 14 153 5.46 0 2
Reggie Bush(notes) 27 13.5 115 4.26 1 3
Mark Ingram(notes) 27 13.5 91 3.37 0 9
BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) 25 12.5 109 4.36 2 3
James Starks(notes) 24 12 172 7.17 1 4
Deji Karim(notes) 24 12 97 4.04 0 2
Jonathan Stewart(notes) 23 11.5 145 6.30 0 2
Brandon Jacobs(notes) 23 11.5 96 4.17 1 4
Earnest Graham(notes) 22 11 110 5.00 0 2
DeAngelo Williams(notes) 22 11 72 3.27 0 1
Marshawn Lynch(notes) 22 11 59 2.68 0 1
Darren Sproles(notes) 21 10.5 142 6.76 1 4
Dexter McCluster(notes) 21 10.5 116 5.52 0 1
Danny Woodhead(notes) 21 10.5 102 4.86 0 6
Pierre Thomas(notes) 20 10 123 6.15 0 2
Daniel Thomas(notes) 19 19 117 6.16 0 3
Ryan Grant(notes) 19 9.5 84 4.42 0 5
LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) 18 9 104 5.78 0 1
LeGarrette Blount(notes) 18 9 86 4.78 2 1
Delone Carter(notes) 18 9 71 3.94 0 5
Jamaal Charles(notes) 17 8.5 92 5.41 1 2
Ricky Williams(notes) 17 8.5 69 4.06 0 0
Roy Helu(notes) 14 7 114 8.14 0 4
Isaac Redman(notes) 14 7 67 4.79 1 3
Thomas Jones(notes) 14 7 43 3.07 0 0
Michael Bush(notes) 13 6.5 53 4.08 1 5
Arian Foster(notes) 12 12 40 3.33 0 6
Justin Forsett(notes) 12 6 41 3.42 0 1
Jerome Harrison(notes) 12 6 33 2.75 0 1
Derrick Ward(notes) 11 11 39 3.55 1 5
C.J. Spiller(notes) 11 5.5 90 8.18 1 3
Tashard Choice(notes) 11 5.5 38 3.45 0 1
Kahlil Bell 11 5.5 23 2.09 0 1
Knowshon Moreno(notes) 10 10 57 5.70 0 0
DeMarco Murray(notes) 10 5 38 3.80 0 4
Keiland Williams(notes) 9 9 25 2.78 1 4
Javon Ringer(notes) 7 7 51 7.29 1 4

WR/TE TAR TAR/G REC% Y/REC TD rzTAR
Steve Smith (CAR) 24 12 .583 23.9 2 0
Brandon Marshall(notes) 24 12 .542 16.8 1 6
Miles Austin(notes) 24 12 .583 16.6 4 3
Kenny Britt(notes) 23 11.5 .609 19.4 3 5
Jason Witten(notes) 23 11.5 .565 16.3 0 3
Wes Welker(notes) 23 11.5 .652 16.1 2 2
Mike Thomas(notes) 22 11 .500 7.6 0 0
Mike Wallace(notes) 20 10 .800 14.6 1 1
Stevie Johnson(notes) 20 10 .600 13.5 2 3
Andre Johnson(notes) 20 10 .700 13.4 2 5
Reggie Wayne(notes) 19 9.5 .579 15.6 1 2
Deion Branch(notes) 19 9.5 .789 14.8 0 2
David Nelson(notes) 19 9.5 .737 10.6 1 4
Jerome Simpson(notes) 18 9 .444 22.5 0 2
Vincent Jackson(notes) 18 9 .667 16.9 2 1
A.J. Green(notes) 18 9 .611 15.0 2 2
Hakeem Nicks(notes) 18 9 .556 13.7 1 1
Jeremy Maclin(notes) 18 9 .778 13.6 2 2
Nate Washington(notes) 18 9 .722 12.8 0 3
Aaron Hernandez(notes) 18 9 .778 11.8 2 5
Calvin Johnson(notes) 17 8.5 .529 13.0 4 6
Santana Moss(notes) 17 8.5 .647 12.5 1 3
Roddy White(notes) 17 8.5 .647 7.6 1 3
Larry Fitzgerald(notes) 16 8 .625 19.5 1 1
Dwayne Bowe(notes) 16 8 .438 16.9 0 1
Greg Jennings(notes) 16 8 .563 16.0 2 3
Tony Gonzalez(notes) 16 8 .750 12.9 2 4
Kellen Winslow(notes) 16 8 .625 11.0 0 3
DeSean Jackson(notes) 15 7.5 .533 15.4 1 6
Jabar Gaffney(notes) 15 7.5 .533 14.5 1 6
Mike Sims-Walker(notes) 15 7.5 .467 13.9 0 1
Antonio Brown(notes) 15 7.5 .400 13.5 0 0
Hines Ward(notes) 15 7.5 .600 11.1 0 3
Eric Decker(notes) 14 7 .571 20.8 2 1
Devin Hester(notes) 14 7 .286 19.3 0 2
Anquan Boldin(notes) 14 7 .500 17.1 1 3
Mario Manningham(notes) 14 7 .500 15.0 0 0
Dustin Keller(notes) 14 7 .786 14.7 2 5
Julio Jones(notes) 14 7 .500 14.3 0 0
Brian Hartline(notes) 14 7 .429 13.8 1 4
Jimmy Graham(notes) 14 7 .714 13.5 1 3
Nate Burleson(notes) 14 7 .857 12.8 0 1
Santonio Holmes(notes) 14 7 .643 12.4 1 1
Antonio Gates(notes) 14 7 .571 9.3 0 2
Mike Williams (TB) 14 7 .357 9.2 1 0
Brandon Lloyd(notes) 11 11 .545 14.8 0 1
Marques Colston(notes) 9 9 .667 13.5 0 1
Dez Bryant(notes) 8 8 .375 23.7 1 0
Derek Hagan(notes) 8 8 .625 12.2 0 0
Danario Alexander(notes) 7 7 .429 40.7 1 4
Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) 7 7 .571 11.0 0 0

TCH = total touches, rushing attempts plus receptions
TCH/G = touches per game
YDS = total yards from scrimmage
Y/TCH = yards per touch
rzTCH = red zone touches
TAR = total targets
TAR/G = targets per game
REC% = receptions versus targets
Y/REC = yards per reception
rzTAR = red zone targets


The following is a season-to-date breakdown of offensive tendencies and production for each of the NFL’s 32 teams, as well as league-average numbers.

TEAM PLAYS YDS Y/PLAY PASS pYDS Y/PASS PASS% RUN rYDS Y/RUN RUN% pTD rTD RATIO
Arizona Cardinals 102 752 7.4 57 560 9.82 .559 40 192 4.80 .392 4 2 2.00
Atlanta Falcons 127 762 6.0 75 514 6.85 .591 43 248 5.77 .339 4 1 4.00
Baltimore Ravens 113 636 5.6 61 421 6.90 .540 48 215 4.48 .425 4 1 4.00
Buffalo Bills 137 852 6.2 72 472 6.56 .526 64 380 5.94 .467 7 3 2.33
Carolina Panthers 139 999 7.2 83 854 10.29 .597 48 145 3.02 .345 3 2 1.50
Chicago Bears 127 704 5.5 77 556 7.22 .606 39 148 3.79 .307 3 0 INF
Cincinnati Bengals 127 716 5.6 68 505 7.43 .535 53 211 3.98 .417 4 1 4.00
Cleveland Browns 135 613 4.5 72 424 5.89 .533 60 189 3.15 .444 3 2 1.50
Dallas Cowboys 132 883 6.7 79 774 9.80 .598 48 109 2.27 .364 5 1 5.00
Denver Broncos 127 668 5.3 71 499 7.03 .559 49 169 3.45 .386 3 1 3.00
Detroit Lions 138 842 6.1 73 627 8.59 .529 65 215 3.31 .471 7 2 3.50
Green Bay Packers 116 847 7.3 65 620 9.54 .560 48 227 4.73 .414 5 3 1.67
Houston Texans 134 755 5.6 53 450 8.49 .396 77 305 3.96 .575 3 2 1.50
Indianapolis Colts 116 561 4.8 69 388 5.62 .595 42 173 4.12 .362 2 0 INF
Jacksonville Jaguars 127 561 4.4 49 286 5.84 .386 74 275 3.72 .583 0 1 0.00
Kansas City Chiefs 110 511 4.6 59 252 4.27 .536 47 259 5.51 .427 1 0 INF
Miami Dolphins 133 837 6.3 79 586 7.42 .594 48 251 5.23 .361 3 1 3.00
Minnesota Vikings 108 612 5.7 45 267 5.93 .417 59 345 5.85 .546 1 2 0.50
New England Patriots 138 1140 8.3 88 940 10.68 .638 47 200 4.26 .341 7 2 3.50
New Orleans Saints 140 888 6.3 86 689 8.01 .614 50 199 3.98 .357 6 0 INF
New York Giants 126 662 5.3 61 468 7.67 .484 58 194 3.34 .460 2 3 0.67
New York Jets 121 663 5.5 68 517 7.60 .562 48 146 3.04 .397 4 1 4.00
Oakland Raiders 125 749 6.0 55 428 7.78 .440 69 321 4.65 .552 3 4 0.75
Philadelphia Eagles 134 870 6.5 69 501 7.26 .515 62 369 5.95 .463 4 3 1.33
Pittsburgh Steelers 129 783 6.1 72 593 8.24 .558 51 190 3.73 .395 2 2 1.00
San Diego Chargers 143 888 6.2 88 713 8.10 .615 51 175 3.43 .357 4 2 2.00
San Francisco 49ers 106 462 4.4 44 303 6.89 .415 56 159 2.84 .528 2 2 1.00
Seattle Seahawks 111 451 4.1 66 356 5.39 .595 35 95 2.71 .315 2 0 INF
St. Louis Rams 133 753 5.7 81 540 6.67 .609 45 213 4.73 .338 1 1 1.00
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 116 670 5.8 77 509 6.61 .664 35 161 4.60 .302 2 2 1.00
Tennessee Titans 120 738 6.2 76 621 8.17 .633 42 117 2.79 .350 3 1 3.00
Washington Redskins 143 842 5.9 77 596 7.74 .538 61 246 4.03 .427 4 1 4.00
LEAGUE AVERAGE 126 740 5.9 69 526 7.60 .549 52 214 4.12 .412 3.4 1.5 2.20

PLAYS = total number of offensive plays (includes sacks)
YDS = total yards
Y/PLAY = yards per play on average
PASS = number of pass attempts
pYDS = total passing yards
Y/PASS = yards per passing attempt on average
PASS% = percentage of total plays as pass attempts
RUN = number of rushing attempts
rYDS = total rushing yards
Y/RUN = yards per rushing attempt on average
RUN% = percentage of total plays as rushing attempts
pTD = passing touchdowns
rTD = rushing touchdowns
RATIO = ratio of passing touchdowns to rushing touchdowns