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Looks and Touches: Week 2

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 2 leaders in looks and touches. It defines those running backs and receivers who received the most attention this past weekend.

Touches is defined as the number of times a running back carried or caught the football.
Looks is defined as the number of times a player was the intended target of a pass.

TOUCHES
• Broncos coach Mike Shanahan appears to have found a RB that he likes. Travis Henry led all players with 28 touches (26 carries, two receptions) in Week 2, despite sustaining an ankle injury in the third quarter; his 54 touches (49 carries, five catches) after two weeks is the most in the league, as is his 319 yards of offense (267 rushing, 52 receiving). Cecil Sapp, Selvin Young, and Mike Bell have combined for 18 touches (14 carries, four receptions) through two games.

Rudi Johnson and Jamal Lewis each had 27 touches in the AFC North shootout that gained more notoriety for its combined totals of 11 TD passes and 729 passing yards. Lewis led the league with 216 yards of offense on his 27 carries (no catches), while Johnson finished fourth with 151 yards (118 rushing on 23 carries, 33 receiving on four catches).

Edgerrin James turned in his most productive game as a Cardinal in Week 2, compiling 150 yards of offense (128 rushing, 22 receiving) on his 26 touches (24 carries, two receptions). James' 54 touches after the first two games of the season have him tied with Travis Henry for the league lead.

LaMont Jordan recorded 159 yards of offense for the second consecutive week, albeit with a completely different method – he gained all of his yards on 25 carries in Week 2 while failing to record a catch, something of a strange follow-up to his Week 1 performance which included 70 rushing yards and nine catches for 89 receiving yards. Jordan's 318 yards of offense (229 rushing, 89 receiving) after two weeks is just one less than Travis Henry's league-leading total.

• Can you say "Buy Low?" The "Big 3" all struggled for the second consecutive week – LaDainian Tomlinson totaled just 58 yards (43 rushing, 15 receiving) on his 22 touches (18 carries, four catches); Steven Jackson had 96 yards of offense (60 rushing, 36 receiving) on 24 touches (21 carries, three receptions); and Larry Johnson had 87 yards (55 rushing, 32 receiving) on 19 touches (16 carries, three catches). All three failed to score a TD in Week 2.

• The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch for Week 2 included: Atlanta (Warrick Dunn 14, Jerious Norwood 10), Carolina (DeShaun Foster 13, DeAngelo Williams 13), Dallas (Julius Jones 16, Marion Barber III 16), Detroit (Tatum Bell 13, Brian Calhoun 8), Green Bay (Brandon Jackson 21, DeShawn Wynn 12), Houston (Ron Dayne 19, Ahman Green 15), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 17, Maurice Jones-Drew 12), Kansas City (Larry Johnson 19, Michael Bennett 10), Miami (Ronnie Brown 13, Jesse Chatman 7), New England (Laurence Maroney 15, Sammy Morris 10), New Orleans (Reggie Bush 16, Deuce McAllister 11), and Tennessee (LenDale White 15, Chris Brown 13).

Mewelde Moore led all players with at least 10 touches in yards-per-touch, as he gained 86 yards of offense (50 rushing, 36 receiving) on 10 touches (six carries, four catches), good for an 8.6-yard average. Jamal Lewis deserves mention here, as his 216 yards on 27 carries (no catches) was good for an 8-yard average. Carnell Williams brought up the rear in Week 2, managing just 61 rushing yards on 24 carries (no receptions), a 2.54-yard average – his two one-yard scoring runs helped make up for an otherwise unproductive day. Amazingly, Williams eked out the distinction just ahead of LaDainian Tomlinson, who averaged just 2.64 yards of offense on his 22 touches in Week 2.

LOOKS
Chris Chambers gained notoriety last season for his 154 looks, the fourth-highest total in the league. Actually, he gained notoriety for converting them into just 59 catches for 677 yards and 4 TD, as he managed more than six catches or 66 receiving yards in a game just once last season. During Week 2 action, Chambers registered a league-high 16 looks, which led to nine catches for 109 yards. After two weeks of play, Chambers is second in the league in looks (27), sixth in receptions (15), and ninth in receiving yards (201).

• More than half (45) of the 83 combined pass attempts in the Cincinnati/Cleveland scoring-fest went to just three players – Chad Johnson (16 looks), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (15), and Braylon Edwards (14). The three players combined for 27 catches, 424 receiving yards, and 6 TD in the game.

Deion Branch rebounded nicely from his Week 1 0-fer in which he had no catches on just three looks. Branch was targeted 13 times in Week 2, catching seven passes for 122 yards.

• It appears that Randy Moss for a fourth-round draft pick may end up being a decent trade for the Patriots, does it not? After two weeks of play, he's tied for the league lead in receptions (17) and is second in receiving yards (288) and TD (3). What makes those numbers that much better is the fact that he's done it on 18 looks, just 18th-most in the league, and his catch rate of 94 percent is best among players with at least seven looks on the season.

Joey Galloway certainly made the most of what passes he saw in Week 2, turning five looks into four catches for 135 yards and two TD.

Donovan McNabb has yet to establish much of anything with his WR1 and WR2. After two weeks, Reggie Brown has just three catches for 41 yards on 14 looks (21 percent catch rate) while Kevin Curtis has six catches for 81 yards on 15 looks (40 percent), and neither has scored a TD. Meanwhile, WR3 Jason Avant has eight catches for 109 and a score on nine looks (89 percent).

Week 2 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 2 YEAR
1 Travis Henry DEN 28 54
1 Willis McGahee BAL 28 50
3 Rudi Johnson CIN 27 48
3 Jamal Lewis CLE 27 40
5 Edgerrin James ARI 26 54
5 Thomas Jones NYJ 26 41
7 Willie Parker PIT 25 53
7 Brian Westbrook PHI 25 51
7 LaMont Jordan OAK 25 49
7 Cedric Benson CHI 25 45
11 Adrian Peterson MIN 24 44
11 Steven Jackson STL 24 43
11 Carnell Williams TB 24 38
14 Joseph Addai IND 22 48
14 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 22 46
14 Frank Gore SF 22 41
17 Brandon Jackson GB 21 40
18 Shaun Alexander SEA 20 49
19 Marshawn Lynch BUF 19 40
19 Larry Johnson KC 19 36
19 Derrick Ward NYG 19 36
19 Ron Dayne HOU 19 32
23 Clinton Portis WAS 18 35
24 Fred Taylor JAC 17 23
25 Julius Jones DAL 16 33
25 Reggie Bush NO 16 32
25 Marion Barber III DAL 16 28
28 Ahman Green HOU 15 35
28 Laurence Maroney NE 15 35
28 LenDale White TEN 15 35
31 Warrick Dunn ATL 14 40
32 Chris Brown TEN 13 33
32 Tatum Bell DET 13 32
32 DeShaun Foster CAR 13 31
32 Ronnie Brown MIA 13 30
32 DeAngelo Williams CAR 13 29
37 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 12 22
37 DeShawn Wynn GB 12 14
39 Deuce McAllister NO 11 23
40 Sammy Morris NE 10 23
40 Jerious Norwood ATL 10 17
40 Michael Bennett KC 10 17
40 Mewelde Moore MIN 10 10
44 Ladell Betts WAS 8 26
44 Najeh Davenport PIT 8 17
44 Justin Fargas OAK 8 13
44 Brian Calhoun DET 8 9
48 Jesse Chatman MIA 7 20
49 Michael Pittman TB 6 14
49 Mack Strong SEA 6 10
49 Vonta Leach HOU 6 7
52 Adrian Peterson CHI 5 12
52 J.J. Arrington ARI 5 9
52 Mike Bell DEN 5 5
55 Musa Smith BAL 4 10
55 Mike Sellers WAS 4 8
55 Cecil Sapp DEN 4 7
55 Selvin Young DEN 4 6
55 Maurice Hicks SF 4 5
55 Mike Karney NO 4 4
61 Michael Turner SD 3 13
61 Le'Ron McClain BAL 3 6
61 Thomas Tapeh PHI 3 4
61 Greg Jones JAC 3 3
65 Lawrence Vickers CLE 2 6
65 Justin Griffith OAK 2 5
65 Carey Davis PIT 2 5
65 Brian Leonard STL 2 5
65 Kevin Faulk NE 2 4
65 Heath Evans NE 2 4
65 Moran Norris SF 2 4
65 Tyson Thompson DAL 2 2
65 Korey Hall GB 2 2
65 Leonard Weaver SEA 2 2
75 Kenton Keith IND 1 7
75 Correll Buckhalter PHI 1 6
75 Lorenzo Neal SD 1 6
75 Earnest Graham TB 1 6
75 Jason McKie CHI 1 3
75 Naufahu Tahi MIN 1 3
75 Reuben Droughns NYG 1 2
75 Artose Pinner ATL 1 1
75 Kenny Watson CIN 1 1
75 Ryan Grant GB 1 1
75 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 1 1
75 Alvin Pearman SEA 1 1
75 Michael Robinson SF 1 1
75 Travis Minor STL 1 1
75 B.J. Askew TB 1 1
Week 2 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 2 YEAR
1 Chris Chambers MIA 16 27
1 Chad Johnson CIN 16 24
3 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 15 27
4 Braylon Edwards CLE 14 22
5 Javon Walker DEN 13 28
5 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 13 22
5 Isaac Bruce STL 13 22
5 Roy Williams DET 13 19
5 Deion Branch SEA 13 16
10 Derrick Mason BAL 12 24
10 Donald Driver GB 12 24
10 Marvin Harrison IND 12 18
13 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 11 20
13 Laveranues Coles NYJ 11 19
13 Jeremy Shockey NYG 11 18
13 Kevin Curtis PHI 11 15
17 Andre Johnson HOU 10 20
17 Marques Colston NO 10 18
17 Shaun McDonald DET 10 17
17 Santana Moss WAS 10 17
17 Calvin Johnson DET 10 16
22 Steve Smith CAR 9 22
22 Randy Moss NE 9 18
22 Wes Welker NE 9 18
22 Terrell Owens DAL 9 17
22 Todd Heap BAL 9 15
22 Hines Ward PIT 9 15
22 Dallas Clark IND 9 14
22 Robert Ferguson MIN 9 9
30 Reggie Wayne IND 8 20
30 Brian Westbrook PHI 8 20
30 Antonio Gates SD 8 20
30 Reggie Bush NO 8 16
30 Anquan Boldin ARI 8 15
30 Reggie Brown PHI 8 14
30 Roscoe Parrish BUF 8 11
30 Brandon Jones TEN 8 11
30 Keary Colbert CAR 8 10
30 Drew Bennett STL 8 8
40 Bernard Berrian CHI 7 17
40 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 7 17
40 Kellen Winslow CLE 7 16
40 Brandon Marshall DEN 7 15
40 Marty Booker MIA 7 13
40 Antwaan Randle El WAS 7 13
40 Lee Evans BUF 7 12
40 Tatum Bell DET 7 12
40 Bobby Wade MIN 7 11
40 David Patten NO 7 11
40 Jerry Porter OAK 7 10
40 Bobby Engram SEA 7 10
40 Owen Daniels HOU 7 8
53 Amani Toomer NYG 6 16
53 Torry Holt STL 6 16
53 Dennis Northcutt JAC 6 15
53 Jason Witten DAL 6 12
53 Mike Furrey DET 6 12
53 Roddy White ATL 6 11
53 Derrick Ward NYG 6 11
53 Vincent Jackson SD 6 11
53 Donald Lee GB 6 10
53 Drew Carter CAR 6 9
53 Justin McCareins NYJ 6 9
53 Santonio Holmes PIT 6 9
53 Nate Burleson SEA 6 9
53 DeAngelo Williams CAR 6 8
53 Ben Watson NE 6 8
53 Randy McMichael STL 6 8
53 Rashied Davis CHI 6 7
53 Roydell Williams TEN 6 6
71 Demetrius Williams BAL 5 14
71 Eric Johnson NO 5 14
71 Larry Johnson KC 5 13
71 Darrell Jackson SF 5 13
71 Joey Galloway TB 5 13
71 Tony Gonzalez KC 5 12
71 Jeff King CAR 5 11
71 Joe Jurevicius CLE 5 11
71 Brandon Jackson GB 5 11
71 Bubba Franks GB 5 11
71 Samie Parker KC 5 11
71 Rudi Johnson CIN 5 9
71 Jason Avant PHI 5 9
71 Desmond Clark CHI 5 8
71 Troy Williamson MIN 5 8
71 Chris Cooley WAS 5 8
71 Peerless Price BUF 5 7
71 Matt Jones JAC 5 7
71 Kris Wilson KC 5 7
71 Vonta Leach HOU 5 6
71 Ben Utecht IND 5 6
71 Jeff Webb KC 5 6
71 Adrian Peterson MIN 5 6
71 Adrian Peterson CHI 5 5
71 Lance Moore NO 5 5
71 Anthony Mix NYG 5 5
97 Ronald Curry OAK 4 16
97 Arnaz Battle SF 4 13
97 James Jones GB 4 12
97 Jesse Chatman MIA 4 11
97 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 4 8
97 Joe Horn ATL 4 7
97 Sean McHugh DET 4 7
97 L.J. Smith PHI 4 7
97 Frank Gore SF 4 7
97 Bo Scaife TEN 4 7
97 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 6
97 Michael Bennett KC 4 6
97 Donte' Stallworth NE 4 6
97 Chris Davis TEN 4 6
97 Sean Morey ARI 4 5
97 DeShaun Foster CAR 4 5
97 Marion Barber III DAL 4 5
97 Anthony Gonzalez IND 4 5
97 Nate Washington PIT 4 5
97 J.J. Arrington ARI 4 4
97 Derek Hagan MIA 4 4
97 Mewelde Moore MIN 4 4
97 Thomas Tapeh PHI 4 4
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