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Looks and Touches: Week 5

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 5 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
Clinton Portis was huge in Week 5 action, garnering a league-high 31 touches (29 carries, 2 catches) and producing a league-high 158 yards of offense (145 rushing, 13 receiving). On the season, Portis leads the league in carries (115) and is second among RB in rushing yards (514) and total offense per game (112.6).

Michael Turner continued his early trend of hits and misses in Week 5, following up 55 total yards last week with 121 rushing yards and a score on 26 carries (no catches). Turner averaged 150 yards of offense and two TD in Weeks 1, 3, and 5, and 52 yards and no scores in Weeks 2 and 4.

Look no further than a comparison to LaDainian Tomlinson to illustrate Marion Barber's historical penchant for finding the end zone. Tomlinson scored 69 TD from 2005-07, including a league-record 31 in 2006 – he also totaled 1,169 touches in those three seasons, meaning he scored a TD every 16.9 touches. In those same three seasons, Barber scored 33 TD via 424 touches, a mark of just 12.8 touches. What I'm taking the long route to point out is that Barber is being out-Marion Barbered by teammate Felix Jones – Barber amassed 25 touches in Week 5 but failed to reach the end zone and has scored five TD on 107 touches, one for every 21.4 touches. Meanwhile, Jones had only 10 touches this past week but scored his third TD of the season – in five games, he's compiled 29 touches, scoring a TD once every 9.7 touches.

DeAngelo Williams turned in Week 5's edition of the "Massive Performance by a RB that Didn't Help Most People Because He wasn't in Their Starting Lineups." He saw 20 carries for the first time this season and just the fourth time in his career (34 games), resulting in a career-high 123 yards and two scores, and he also caught a 25-yard TD pass. Jonathan Stewart saw nearly as much work in the 34-0 blowout of the Chiefs, but his 20 touches (19 carries, 1 catch) were just a bit less impactful (80 yards, 0 TD).

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 5 included: Baltimore (Willis McGahee 23, Le'Ron McClain 13), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams 21, Jonathan Stewart 20), Chicago (Matt Forte 19, Kevin Jones 12), Cincinnati (Chris Perry 16, Cedric Benson 10), Denver (Selvin Young 11, Michael Pittman 8, Andre Hall 7), Detroit (Kevin Smith 12, Rudi Johnson 8), Houston (Steve Slaton 17, Ahman Green 12), Jacksonville (Fred Taylor 12, Maurice Jones-Drew 11), Kansas City (Jamaal Charles 8, Larry Johnson 7), Miami (Ronnie Brown 25, Ricky Williams 14), New England (Sammy Morris 16, Kevin Faulk 11, Laurence Maroney 10), NY Giants (Brandon Jacobs 16, Ahmad Bradshaw 11, Derrick Ward 9), and Tampa Bay (Earnest Graham 15, Warrick Dunn 14).

Yards-per-touch leaders for Week 5 (minimum 10 touches) included: Felix Jones (10.3, 10 for 103), Brandon Jacobs (9.06, 16 for 145), and DeAngelo Williams (7.05, 21 for 148). The bottom three: Adrian Peterson MIN (1.86, 22 for 41), Fred Taylor (2.08, 12 for 25), and Chris Johnson (2.4, 20 for 48).

LOOKS
Just when it appeared that he was being marginalized in the Detroit passing game, Roy Williams busts out to the tune of a career-high 18 looks, matching his season total entering the game. With that said, you would have liked to have seen the results amount to something a bit more substantial than seven catches for 96 yards and no scores. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson was targeted a season-low six times, and the results were season lows in catches (2) and yards (16).

Say what you want about Gus Frerotte, but he's at least given the Vikings the opportunity to open up their passing game a bit. Last season, the team averaged 27 passing attempts per game – in Frerotte's three starts, he's averaged 36 attempts, the number he also attempted in Week 5. Bernard Berrian was the major benefactor this past week, turning a season-high 13 looks into six catches for a career-high 110 yards and a score. With Sidney Rice on the sidelines, Bobby Wade played the part of possession receiver, converting 11 looks into eight catches for 64 yards.

Say what you want about Dwayne Bowe, but you can't say he's being underutilized. He enters his team's bye as the league leader in total looks (56), eighth in catches (27), and 14th in yards (324). With that said, he's 11th from the bottom in terms of reception percentage (48%) among players with at least 20 looks on the season.

Notable names not among the Week 5 looks leaders: Anthony Gonzalez (2 looks), DeSean Jackson (2), Marshawn Lynch (3), Santana Moss (1), Greg Olsen (3), and Terrell Owens (3).

Top 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Maurice Jones-Drew (95%, 19/20), Steve Slaton (94%, 16/17), Bo Scaife (91%, 20/22), Anthony Fasano (88%, 14/16), Matt Forte (85%, 22/26), Ike Hilliard (85%, 22/26), Frank Gore (83%, 19/23), Chansi Stuckey (82%, 14/17), Brian Westbrook (83%, 14/17), and Josh Reed (81%, 21/26).

Bottom 10 players in catch percentage (minimum 4 looks per game): Ashley Lelie (28%, 5/18), Justin McCareins (29%, 9/31), Courtney Taylor (33%, 5/15), Jerramy Stevens (36%, 5/14), Braylon Edwards (37%, 11/30), Billy McMullen (39%, 7/18), Michael Jenkins (39%, 9/23), Roy Williams (42%, 15/36), L.J. Smith (45%, 9/20), and D.J. Hackett (45%, 10/22).

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com

Week 5 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 YEAR T/G
1 Clinton Portis WAS 31 123 24.6
2 Michael Turner ATL 26 106 21.2
3 Marion Barber DAL 25 107 21.4
3 Ronnie Brown MIA 25 65 16.3
5 Edgerrin James ARI 23 102 20.4
5 Willis McGahee BAL 23 55 18.3
7 Adrian Peterson MIN 22 114 22.8
8 DeAngelo Williams CAR 21 82 16.4
9 Chris Johnson TEN 20 97 19.4
9 Jonathan Stewart CAR 20 65 13.0
9 Mewelde Moore PIT 20 32 6.4
12 Matt Forte CHI 19 129 25.8
12 Reggie Bush NO 19 102 20.4
14 Julius Jones SEA 18 85 21.3
14 Ryan Grant GB 18 75 15.0
14 Brian Westbrook PHI 18 68 17.0
14 Joseph Addai IND 18 65 16.3
18 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 17 104 20.8
18 Steve Slaton HOU 17 73 18.3
20 Marshawn Lynch BUF 16 107 21.4
20 Frank Gore SF 16 107 21.4
20 Chris Perry CIN 16 97 19.4
20 Brandon Jacobs NYG 16 68 17.0
20 Sammy Morris NE 16 51 12.8
25 Earnest Graham TB 15 77 15.4
26 Warrick Dunn TB 14 66 13.2
26 Ricky Williams MIA 14 58 14.5
28 Le'Ron McClain BAL 13 71 17.8
29 Fred Taylor JAC 12 78 15.6
29 Kevin Smith DET 12 49 12.3
29 Kevin Jones CHI 12 32 6.4
29 Ahman Green HOU 12 21 10.5
33 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 11 62 12.4
33 Selvin Young DEN 11 50 10.0
33 Kevin Faulk NE 11 21 7.0
33 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 11 20 5.0
37 Ladell Betts WAS 10 35 7.0
37 Felix Jones DAL 10 29 5.8
37 Laurence Maroney NE 10 28 9.3
37 Cedric Benson CIN 10 10 10.0
41 Tim Hightower ARI 9 46 9.2
41 Derrick Ward NYG 9 41 10.3
43 Michael Pittman DEN 8 34 6.8
43 Jamaal Charles KC 8 33 6.6
43 Rudi Johnson DET 8 29 7.3
43 Garrett Wolfe CHI 8 9 1.8
47 Larry Johnson KC 7 99 19.8
47 Jerious Norwood ATL 7 49 9.8
47 Andre Hall DEN 7 34 6.8
47 Brandon Jackson GB 7 32 6.4
47 Darren Sproles SD 7 32 6.4
47 Nick Goings CAR 7 11 2.2
47 J.J. Arrington ARI 7 7 7.0
47 Gary Russell PIT 7 7 7.0
55 Deuce McAllister NO 6 29 9.7
56 Chester Taylor MIN 5 33 6.6
56 LaMont Jordan NE 5 24 6.0
58 LenDale White TEN 4 64 12.8
58 Fred Jackson BUF 4 43 8.6
58 T.J. Duckett SEA 4 25 6.3
61 Correll Buckhalter PHI 2 40 8.0
61 Dominic Rhodes IND 2 14 3.5
61 Tony Hunt PHI 2 10 2.0
61 Lorenzo Neal BAL 2 4 1.0
61 Jerome Felton DET 2 3 0.8
66 Leonard Weaver SEA 1 12 3.0
66 Kolby Smith KC 1 10 2.5
66 Greg Jones JAC 1 7 1.4
66 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 7 1.4
66 Vonta Leach HOU 1 4 1.0
66 Ovie Mughelli ATL 1 3 0.6
66 Daniel Coats CIN 1 1 0.2
66 Deon Anderson DAL 1 1 0.3
66 Dantrell Savage KC 1 1 0.3
66 Aaron Stecker NO 1 1 1.0
66 Najeh Davenport PIT 1 1 1.0
66 Michael Bennett TB 1 1 0.5
Week 5 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM WEEK 5 YEAR L/G
1 Roy Williams DET 18 36 9.0
2 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 13 48 9.6
2 Bernard Berrian MIN 13 37 7.4
4 Steve Smith CAR 12 33 11.0
4 Bobby Engram SEA 12 12 12.0
6 Jason Witten DAL 11 48 9.6
6 Roddy White ATL 11 44 8.8
6 Andre Johnson HOU 11 40 10.0
6 Wes Welker NE 11 39 9.8
6 Hines Ward PIT 11 37 7.4
6 Bobby Wade MIN 11 33 6.6
6 Devery Henderson NO 11 22 4.4
13 Dwayne Bowe KC 10 56 11.2
13 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 10 50 10.0
13 Antonio Bryant TB 10 47 9.4
13 Chris Cooley WAS 10 32 6.4
13 Antwaan Randle El WAS 10 32 6.4
18 Reggie Bush NO 9 49 9.8
18 Greg Jennings GB 9 45 9.0
18 Lance Moore NO 9 31 6.2
18 Rashied Davis CHI 9 25 5.0
18 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 9 22 4.4
18 Nate Washington PIT 9 22 4.4
18 Mike Walker JAC 9 18 4.5
25 Reggie Wayne IND 8 38 9.5
25 Santonio Holmes PIT 8 34 6.8
25 Derrick Mason BAL 8 33 8.3
25 Steve Breaston ARI 8 30 6.0
25 Isaac Bruce SF 8 28 5.6
25 Owen Daniels HOU 8 28 7.0
25 Greg Camarillo MIA 8 27 6.8
25 Ted Ginn Jr. MIA 8 22 5.5
25 Bo Scaife TEN 8 22 4.4
25 Brandon Jones TEN 8 18 3.6
25 Dallas Clark IND 8 14 4.7
36 Brandon Marshall DEN 7 52 13.0
36 Tony Gonzalez KC 7 41 8.2
36 Brandon Stokley DEN 7 32 6.4
36 Antonio Chatman CIN 7 25 5.0
36 Randy Moss NE 7 25 6.3
36 Mark Clayton BAL 7 19 4.8
36 Brian Westbrook PHI 7 17 4.3
36 Early Doucet ARI 7 7 7.0
44 Calvin Johnson DET 6 38 9.5
44 Matt Jones JAC 6 37 7.4
44 Marvin Harrison IND 6 31 7.8
44 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 6 20 4.0
44 Chris Perry CIN 6 20 4.0
44 Jamaal Charles KC 6 18 3.6
44 Alge Crumpler TEN 6 15 3.0
44 Devin Hester CHI 6 14 3.5
44 Earnest Graham TB 6 13 2.6
44 Billy Miller NO 6 13 3.3
44 Ben Watson NE 6 8 4.0
44 Sinorice Moss NYG 6 7 3.5
56 Amani Toomer NYG 5 31 7.8
56 Lee Evans BUF 5 30 6.0
56 Vincent Jackson SD 5 30 6.0
56 Chad Johnson CIN 5 29 5.8
56 Arnaz Battle SF 5 27 5.4
56 Ike Hilliard TB 5 26 5.2
56 Josh Reed BUF 5 26 5.2
56 Frank Gore SF 5 23 4.6
56 Michael Jenkins ATL 5 23 4.6
56 L.J. Smith PHI 5 20 5.0
56 Reggie Brown PHI 5 18 6.0
56 Brandon Jackson GB 5 18 3.6
56 Heath Miller PIT 5 18 3.6
56 Ben Utecht CIN 5 11 2.8
56 Ruvell Martin GB 5 6 2.0
56 Deion Branch SEA 5 5 5.0
72 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 4 41 8.2
72 Eddie Royal DEN 4 41 8.2
72 Justin McCareins TEN 4 31 6.2
72 Donald Driver GB 4 28 5.6
72 Antonio Gates SD 4 27 5.4
72 Matt Forte CHI 4 26 5.2
72 Kevin Walter HOU 4 26 6.5
72 Chris Chambers SD 4 24 4.8
72 Tony Scheffler DEN 4 23 4.6
72 Bryant Johnson SF 4 21 4.2
72 Desmond Clark CHI 4 19 3.8
72 Marcedes Lewis JAC 4 18 3.6
72 Jerious Norwood ATL 4 17 3.4
72 Adrian Peterson MIN 4 17 3.4
72 Anthony Fasano MIA 4 16 4.0
72 Daniel Graham DEN 4 16 3.2
72 Todd Heap BAL 4 15 3.8
72 Donald Lee GB 4 15 3.8
72 Marty Booker CHI 4 14 2.8
72 Tom Santi IND 4 13 4.3
72 Kevin Smith DET 4 13 3.3
72 James Hardy BUF 4 12 2.4
72 Jerheme Urban ARI 4 12 2.4
72 Domenik Hixon NYG 4 11 2.8
72 Davone Bess MIA 4 10 2.5
72 Kevin Faulk NE 4 10 3.3
72 Mark Campbell NO 4 8 2.0
72 Mewelde Moore PIT 4 8 1.6
72 Keary Colbert SEA 4 6 2.0
72 Tory Humphrey GB 4 6 1.2

Note: Looks data provided by FFToday.com

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