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Looks and Touches: Week 4

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 4 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 RB carried or caught the football.

Looks is defined as the number of times a player was the intended target of a pass.

TOUCHES
There's a pair of familiar names atop the leaderboard this week. Larry Johnson and Steven Jackson finished 1-2 in both touches (33 and 29) and yards of offense (198 and 188), and combined for three scores (LJ 2, SJ 1). Johnson reached season-highs in both touches (28 carries, 5 catches) and yards – he has averaged 160 yards on 29 touches over the past two weeks after averaging 54 yards on 18 touches in the season's first two games. Jackson also had his biggest workload (24 carries, 5 catches) and offensive output – and he's averaged 158 yards on 29 touches in the past two games after averaging 82 yards on 19 touches in the first two.

With Justin Fargas inactive and Darren McFadden limited by turf toe, Michael Bush saw the lion's share of touches (21 – 14 carries, 7 catches) for the Raiders and his 128 yards of offense (48 rushing, 80 receiving) were good for fourth among RB in Week 4. The Raiders are on a bye in Week 5, so we could be looking at a three-headed monster when they take on the Saints in Week 6 if both Fargas and McFadden get back to 100 percent during the off week.

Earnest Graham reached 20 carries for the first time this season en route to 111 rushing yards in Week 4 (he also added 1 catch for 3 yards) – he's just 23rd in the league in carries per game (14.3) but 10th in rushing yards per game (83.5). Quick stat: Graham has 57 carries on the season, but his three longest runs to this point (68, 47, 46) combine for just under 50 percent of his total rushing yards (334).

The Deuce appears to be loose, at least for now. Deuce McAllister led Saints' RB with 21 touches (20 carries, 1 catch) and 83 yards of offense (73 rushing, 10 receiving) and should remain heavily utilized for as long as he can stay on the field. Reggie Bush was ineffective (15 touches, 38 yards), largely due to his marginal impact in the passing game (5 catches, 7 yards) – he had entered the game averaging nine catches for 83 yards. Pierre Thomas was marginalized to the point that he saw fewer touches (1 carry) than Olaniyi Sobomehin (2 carries).

The smallish Steve Slaton (5-foot-9, 201) emerged from a pair of tough road matchups (@TEN, @JAC) looking pretty good. He totaled 116 yards of offense (33 rushing, 83 receiving) on 18 touches (10 carries, 8 catches) in Week 4 and totaled 240 yards (149 rushing, 92 receiving) on 40 touches (28 carries, 12 catches) and two scores (1 rushing, 1 receiving) in the two games. Things (should) get easier for Slaton over the next four weeks, with some favorable matchups and all home cooking (IND, MIA, DET, CIN).

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 4 included: Arizona (Edgerrin James 14, Tim Hightower 7), Baltimore (Le'Ron McClain 19, Willis McGahee 16), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams 18, Jonathan Stewart 14), Denver (Selvin Young 11, Michael Pittman 6), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 13, Maurice Jones-Drew 9), New Orleans (Deuce McAllister 21, Reggie Bush 15), NY Jets (Thomas Jones 20, Leon Washington 11), Pittsburgh (Mewelde Moore 11, Rashard Mendenhall 10, Carey Davis 9), Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 21, Warrick Dunn 18), and Tennessee (Chris Johnson 20, LenDale White 11).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 4 (minimum 10 touches) included: Steven Jackson (6.48, 29 for 188), Steve Slaton (6.44, 18 for 116), and Frank Gore (6.28, 18 for 113). The bottom three: Ryan Grant (0.94, 17 for 16), LenDale White (1.18, 11 for 13), and Chris Perry (2.53, 17 for 43).

LOOKS
I'll avoid the Terrell Owens "situation" as well as I can while still pointing out his league-high 17 looks were also his highest single-game total since the 2005 season. He's currently averaging 4.3 catches and 66 yards on 9.0 looks per game – his averages from the previous two seasons (31 G) include 5.4 catches and 82 yards on 9.5 looks per game.

Laveraneus Coles and Brett Favre appear to officially be on the same page. Coles has improved his looks, catches, yards, and TD in each of the season's four games: from 4-1-5-0 to 6-3-72-0 to 7-6-75-1 to 12-8-105-3.

DeSean Jackson isn't showing many signs of slowing his roll – he garnered 10 looks for the second time in four games, had possession of the ball in the end zone for the first time, and he hasn't had fewer than seven looks in any single game.

Top 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Steve Slaton (100%, 15/15), Jason Witten (96%, 27/28), Anthony Fasano (92%, 11/12), Ike Hilliard (86%, 18/21), Frank Gore (83%, 15/18), Chansi Stuckey (82%, 14/17), Matt Forte (82%, 18/22), Antwaan Randle El (82%, 18/22), Josh Reed (81%, 17/21), and John Carlson (80%, 12/15)

Bottom 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Ashley Lelie (28%, 5/18), Justin McCareins (33%, 9/27), Michael Jenkins (33%, 6/18), Courtney Taylor (33%, 5/15), Braylon Edwards (37%, 11/30), Chris Chambers (40%, 8/20), L.J. Smith (40%, 6/15), Mark Clayton (42%, 5/12), Jerramy Stevens (42%, 5/12), and Roy Williams (44%, 8/18).

Note: Looks and touches data provided by FFToday.com

Week 4 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 4 YEAR T/G
1 Larry Johnson KC 33 92 23.0
2 Steven Jackson STL 29 94 23.5
3 Jamal Lewis CLE 27 78 19.5
4 Matt Forte CHI 24 110 27.5
5 Clinton Portis WAS 23 92 23.0
5 Marshawn Lynch BUF 23 91 22.8
7 Adrian Peterson MIN 22 92 23.0
7 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 22 87 21.8
9 Earnest Graham TB 21 62 15.5
9 Michael Bush OAK 21 52 13.0
9 Deuce McAllister NO 21 23 11.5
12 Chris Johnson TEN 20 77 19.3
12 Thomas Jones NYJ 20 76 19.0
14 Michael Turner ATL 19 80 20.0
14 Le'Ron McClain BAL 19 58 19.3
16 Frank Gore SF 18 91 22.8
16 DeAngelo Williams CAR 18 61 15.3
16 Steve Slaton HOU 18 56 18.7
16 Warrick Dunn TB 18 52 13.0
16 Correll Buckhalter PHI 18 38 9.5
21 Chris Perry CIN 17 81 20.3
21 Ryan Grant GB 17 57 14.3
23 Willis McGahee BAL 16 32 16.0
24 Reggie Bush NO 15 83 20.8
25 Edgerrin James ARI 14 79 19.8
25 Jonathan Stewart CAR 14 45 11.3
27 Fred Taylor JAC 13 66 16.5
28 LenDale White TEN 11 60 15.0
28 Selvin Young DEN 11 39 9.8
28 Leon Washington NYJ 11 28 7.0
28 Ladell Betts WAS 11 25 6.3
28 Mewelde Moore PIT 11 12 3.0
33 Marion Barber DAL 10 82 20.5
33 Fred Jackson BUF 10 39 9.8
33 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 10 21 5.3
36 Darren McFadden OAK 9 58 14.5
36 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 9 51 12.8
36 Carey Davis PIT 9 12 3.0
39 Chris Taylor HOU 8 14 4.7
40 Jerious Norwood ATL 7 42 10.5
40 Tim Hightower ARI 7 37 9.3
40 Darren Sproles SD 7 25 6.3
43 Michael Pittman DEN 6 26 6.5
43 Jason Wright CLE 6 9 2.3
45 Jerome Harrison CLE 5 8 2.0
46 Andre Hall DEN 4 27 6.8
46 Jamaal Charles KC 4 25 6.3
48 Brandon Jackson GB 3 25 6.3
48 Kevin Jones CHI 3 20 5.0
48 Lorenzo Booker PHI 3 17 4.3
48 Tony Hunt PHI 3 8 2.0
52 Mike Tolbert SD 2 15 3.8
52 Jason McKie CHI 2 11 2.8
52 Kolby Smith KC 2 9 3.0
52 DeShaun Foster SF 2 9 2.3
52 Lawrence Vickers CLE 2 7 1.8
52 Greg Jones JAC 2 6 1.5
52 Naufahu Tahi MIN 2 6 1.5
52 Mike Cox KC 2 4 1.0
52 Olaniyi Sobomehin NO 2 2 2.0
52 Brian Leonard STL 2 2 2.0
62 Ray Rice BAL 1 31 10.3
62 Pierre Thomas NO 1 30 7.5
62 Chester Taylor MIN 1 28 7.0
62 Justin Griffith OAK 1 8 2.0
62 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 6 1.5
62 Vonta Leach HOU 1 3 1.0
62 Montell Owens JAC 1 2 0.5
62 Terrelle Smith ARI 1 1 0.3
62 Jason Snelling ATL 1 1 0.3
Week 4 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 4 YEAR L/G
1 Terrell Owens DAL 17 36 9.0
2 Roddy White ATL 16 33 8.3
3 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 15 40 10.0
4 Santana Moss WAS 14 43 10.8
4 Derrick Mason BAL 14 25 8.3
6 Brandon Marshall DEN 13 45 15.0
6 Anquan Boldin ARI 13 35 8.8
8 Dwayne Bowe KC 12 46 11.5
8 Eddie Royal DEN 12 37 9.3
8 Laveranues Coles NYJ 12 29 7.3
8 Steve Smith CAR 12 21 10.5
12 Greg Jennings GB 11 36 9.0
12 Arnaz Battle SF 11 22 5.5
14 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 10 37 9.3
14 Jason Witten DAL 10 37 9.3
14 DeSean Jackson PHI 10 35 8.8
14 Justin McCareins TEN 10 27 6.8
14 Brandon Stokley DEN 10 25 6.3
14 Justin Gage TEN 10 23 7.7
14 Steve Breaston ARI 10 22 5.5
14 Lance Moore NO 10 22 5.5
14 Owen Daniels HOU 10 20 6.7
14 Patrick Crayton DAL 10 19 4.8
14 Reggie Brown PHI 10 13 6.5
25 Kevin Walter HOU 9 22 7.3
26 Reggie Bush NO 8 40 10.0
26 Kellen Winslow CLE 8 38 9.5
26 Antonio Bryant TB 8 37 9.3
26 Vincent Jackson SD 8 25 6.3
26 Bernard Berrian MIN 8 24 6.0
26 Isaac Bruce SF 8 20 5.0
26 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN 8 20 5.0
26 Antonio Chatman CIN 8 18 4.5
26 Zach Miller OAK 8 18 4.5
26 Steve Slaton HOU 8 15 5.0
26 Michael Bush OAK 8 9 2.3
37 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 7 35 8.8
37 Matt Jones JAC 7 31 7.8
37 Santonio Holmes PIT 7 26 6.5
37 Torry Holt STL 7 24 6.0
37 Chad Johnson CIN 7 24 6.0
37 Antonio Gates SD 7 23 5.8
37 Chris Cooley WAS 7 22 5.5
37 Bobby Wade MIN 7 22 5.5
37 Randy McMichael STL 7 21 5.3
37 Greg Olsen CHI 7 14 3.5
37 Chris Perry CIN 7 14 3.5
37 Donnie Avery STL 7 12 4.0
37 Johnnie Lee Higgins OAK 7 9 2.3
37 Jerheme Urban ARI 7 8 2.0
51 Steven Jackson STL 6 25 6.3
51 Matt Forte CHI 6 22 5.5
51 Michael Clayton TB 6 15 5.0
51 Adrian Peterson MIN 6 13 3.3
51 Daniel Graham DEN 6 12 3.0
51 Miles Austin DAL 6 12 4.0
51 Edgerrin James ARI 6 10 2.5
51 Mike Walker JAC 6 9 3.0
59 Braylon Edwards CLE 5 30 7.5
59 Andre Johnson HOU 5 29 9.7
59 Lee Evans BUF 5 25 6.3
59 Josh Reed BUF 5 21 5.3
59 Frank Gore SF 5 18 4.5
59 Michael Jenkins ATL 5 18 4.5
59 Jason Avant PHI 5 17 4.3
59 Reggie Williams JAC 5 17 4.3
59 Jordy Nelson GB 5 17 4.3
59 Chris Johnson TEN 5 16 4.0
59 Warrick Dunn TB 5 15 3.8
59 Leon Washington NYJ 5 13 3.3
59 Harry Douglas ATL 5 11 2.8
59 Devin Hester CHI 5 8 2.7
59 Billy Miller NO 5 7 2.3
59 Brian Finneran ATL 5 6 1.5
59 Larry Johnson KC 5 6 1.5
76 Tony Gonzalez KC 4 34 8.5
76 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 4 25 6.3
76 Donald Driver GB 4 24 6.0
76 Antwaan Randle El WAS 4 22 5.5
76 Bryant Johnson SF 4 17 4.3
76 Reggie Kelly CIN 4 16 4.0
76 Marshawn Lynch BUF 4 16 4.0
76 Desmond Clark CHI 4 15 3.8
76 Marcedes Lewis JAC 4 14 3.5
76 Heath Miller PIT 4 13 3.3
76 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 13 3.3
76 Mark Clayton BAL 4 12 4.0
76 Marty Booker CHI 4 10 2.5
76 Brandon Jones TEN 4 10 2.5
76 Le'Ron McClain BAL 4 9 3.0
76 Aundrae Allison MIN 4 8 2.0
76 James Hardy BUF 4 8 2.0
76 Brent Celek PHI 4 7 1.8
76 Mewelde Moore PIT 4 4 1.0

Note: Looks and touches data provided by FFToday.com

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