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Week 1 Looks/Touches

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

The following is a list of the Week 1 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

Week 1 was a bit of a mixed bag for the "big 3" running backs. Shaun Alexander compiled just 52 yards of total offense on 21 touches and did not score a touchdown at Detroit. Larry Johnson rushed for just 68 yards on 17 carries and no touchdowns against the Bengals, but did catch five passes (on seven looks) for 80 receiving yards. LaDainian Tomlinson had a solid opener on the ground against the Raiders, rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries while also catching three passes (on five looks) for 18 yards.
Chester Taylor owners were likely less-than-enthused by his 2.8 yards-per-carry on Sunday night, but had to take Vikings coach Brad Childress' willingness to give him 31 carries regardless as a very good sign. Mewelde Moore was healthy enough to return punts and was on the field for a number of third-down possessions, but Taylor also tallied three receptions (on four looks) on pass plays, while Moore totaled just two carries. Taylor's 34 touches placed him in a tie with Tomlinson atop the Week 1 leaderboard.
Diminutive running backs Warrick Dunn and Willie Parker played big in Week 1, each seeing 30-plus touches and accumulating 142 and 128 yards of total offense, respectively. Dunn was particularly impressive, posting a league-high 132 yards on the ground against the stout Panthers run defense.
Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister shared the workload for the Saints, with each back registering 22 touches. Bush led all running backs with eight receptions and 10 looks, while McAllister had 22 carries to Bush's 14. Other teams who opted for the committee approach in Week 1, with the RB2 getting at least half as many touches as the RB1, included the Bears, Broncos, Colts, Patriots, Jets, Titans, and Redskins.
Frank Gore and Tiki Barber led running backs (with at least 10 touches) in yards per touch. Gore had 170 yards of total offense (87 rushing, 83 receiving) on 22 touches, a 7.73 average. Barber amassed 171 yards (110 rushing, 61 receiving) on 23 touches, a 7.43 average. LaMont Jordan and Derrick Blaylock finished at the bottom of the list. Jordan totaled 20 yards on 10 carries and had no receptions for a 2.00 average, and Blaylock totaled 46 yards (36 rushing, 10 receiving) on 21 touches, a 2.19 average.

LOOKS

Drew Bennett topped 13 players in double figures with a whopping 17 looks in Week 1. Other surprise appearances near the top of the list: Jerricho Cotchery, who could emerge as a reliable second option in the Jets' passing game; Drew Carter, who led the Panthers in looks while Steve Smith watched from the sidelines; Desmond Clark, as the Chicago passing offense thrived against the Packers; and Wes Welker, who was the most productive player on the field for the Dolphins against the Steelers.
Some conspicuous absences from the top of the look leaderboard: Antonio Gates, who did score a touchdown, but was targeted just twice by Philip Rivers; Derrick Mason, who was the intended target on six of 27 Steve McNair passes; Joey Galloway, who was targeted three times during a dismal game for the Tampa Bay offense and finished with no catches; Santana Moss, as the Redskins offense was fairly stagnant against the Vikings; and Randy Moss, as the Raiders had more punts (nine) than completed passes (eight) during the 27-0 shellacking at the hands of the Chargers.
Other players of note: Donte' Stallworth made quite a splash in his regular season debut for the Eagles. He was targeted a team-high nine times, and amassed six catches for 141 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown catch; Chris Chambers totaled 14 looks against the Steelers, but managed just five catches for 59 yards and did not score; Tony Gonzalez totaled a position-high 12 looks, including seven from Damon Huard in the 4th quarter alone after Trent Green left the game late in the third quarter due to injury.
Week 1 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W1 YEAR
1 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 34 34
1 Chester Taylor MIN 34 34
3 Willie Parker PIT 32 32
4 Warrick Dunn ATL 30 30
5 Rudi Johnson CIN 29 29
5 Edgerrin James ARI 29 29
7 Fred Taylor JAC 27 27
8 Steven Jackson STL 26 26
9 Tiki Barber NYG 23 23
9 Ahman Green GB 23 23
11 Frank Gore SF 22 22
11 Larry Johnson KC 22 22
11 Reggie Bush NO 22 22
11 Willis McGahee BUF 22 22
11 Thomas Jones CHI 22 22
11 Deuce McAllister NO 22 22
17 Brian Westbrook PHI 21 21
17 Derrick Blaylock NYJ 21 21
17 Shaun Alexander SEA 21 21
20 Dominic Rhodes IND 19 19
20 DeShaun Foster CAR 19 19
20 Kevin Jones DET 19 19
23 Ronnie Brown MIA 18 18
23 Julius Jones DAL 18 18
23 Jamal Lewis BAL 18 18
23 Corey Dillon NE 18 18
27 Laurence Maroney NE 17 17
27 Chris Brown TEN 17 17
29 Tatum Bell DEN 15 15
30 Mike Bell DEN 14 14
31 Cadillac Williams TB 13 13
31 Wali Lundy HOU 13 13
33 Clinton Portis WAS 12 12
34 Kevan Barlow NYJ 11 11
34 Ladell Betts WAS 11 11
34 Cedric Benson CHI 11 11
34 Reuben Droughns CLE 11 11
38 Travis Henry TEN 10 10
38 Michael Turner SD 10 10
38 Jerious Norwood ATL 10 10
38 Joseph Addai IND 10 10
38 LaMont Jordan OAK 10 10
43 Correll Buckhalter PHI 9 9
44 Brandon Jacobs NYG 8 8
45 Jason McKie CHI 7 7
45 Mack Strong SEA 7 7
45 Mike Anderson BAL 7 7
48 Vernand Morency HOU 6 6
49 Anthony Thomas BUF 5 5
49 Tony Fisher STL 5 5
49 Justin Fargas OAK 5 5
49 Marion Barber DAL 5 5
53 Kevin Faulk NE 4 4
53 Maurice Morris SEA 4 4
53 Mike Alstott TB 4 4
53 Michael Pittman TB 4 4
57 Kenny Watson CIN 3 3
57 Thomas Tapeh PHI 3 3
57 Musa Smith BAL 3 3
57 Lorenzo Neal SD 3 3
61 Justin Griffith ATL 2 2
61 Jerome Harrison CLE 2 2
61 J.J. Arrington ARI 2 2
61 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 2 2
61 Michael Robinson SF 2 2
61 Terrelle Smith CLE 2 2
67 Chad Morton NYG 1 1
67 DeAngelo Williams CAR 1 1
67 Maurice Hicks SF 1 1
67 Shawn Bryson DET 1 1
67 Dan Kreider PIT 1 1
67 Verron Haynes PIT 1 1
67 Justin Green BAL 1 1
67 Mike Sellers WAS 1 1
67 Mike Karney NO 1 1
67 Jameel Cook HOU 1 1
67 Chris Hetherington SF 1 1
67 Brad Hoover CAR 1 1
Week 1 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W1 YEAR
1 Drew Bennett TEN 17 17
2 Marvin Harrison IND 15 15
3 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 14 14
3 Torry Holt STL 14 14
5 Chris Chambers MIA 14 14
6 Tony Gonzalez KC 12 12
7 Donald Driver GB 11 11
7 Terrell Owens DAL 11 11
9 Laveranues Coles NYJ 10 10
9 Reggie Bush NO 10 10
9 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 10 10
9 Isaac Bruce STL 10 10
9 Drew Carter CAR 10 10
14 Kellen Winslow CLE 9 9
14 Donte' Stallworth PHI 9 9
14 Frank Gore SF 9 9
14 Matt Jones JAC 9 9
14 Todd Heap BAL 9 9
14 Troy Williamson MIN 9 9
14 Anquan Boldin ARI 9 9
14 Keyshawn Johnson CAR 9 9
22 Desmond Clark CHI 8 8
22 Kevin Jones DET 8 8
22 Amani Toomer NYG 8 8
22 Vernon Davis SF 8 8
22 Plaxico Burress NYG 8 8
22 Reggie Wayne IND 8 8
22 Wes Welker MIA 8 8
22 Marques Colston NO 8 8
22 Jason Witten DAL 8 8
31 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 7 7
31 Andre Johnson HOU 7 7
31 Reggie Williams JAC 7 7
31 Larry Johnson KC 7 7
31 Bobby Wade TEN 7 7
31 Jeremy Shockey NYG 7 7
31 Hines Ward PIT 7 7
31 Bobby Engram SEA 7 7
31 Chad Johnson CIN 7 7
31 Dante' Hall KC 7 7
31 Antonio Bryant SF 7 7
31 Terry Glenn DAL 7 7
31 Dennis Northcutt CLE 7 7
31 Ben Watson NE 7 7
31 Javon Walker DEN 7 7
31 Roy Williams DET 7 7
31 Michael Clayton TB 7 7
31 Rod Smith DEN 7 7
31 Joe Horn NO 7 7
31 Chris Cooley WAS 7 7
51 Eric Moulds HOU 6 6
51 L.J. Smith PHI 6 6
51 Fred Taylor JAC 6 6
51 Mack Strong SEA 6 6
51 Tiki Barber NYG 6 6
51 Mike Furrey DET 6 6
51 Darrell Jackson SEA 6 6
51 Jermaine Wiggins MIN 6 6
51 Cadillac Williams TB 6 6
51 Brian Westbrook PHI 6 6
51 Derrick Mason BAL 6 6
51 Randy Moss OAK 6 6
51 Anthony Becht TB 6 6
51 Marty Booker MIA 6 6
51 Alge Crumpler ATL 6 6
51 Edgerrin James ARI 6 6
51 Reggie Brown PHI 6 6
51 Greg Jennings GB 6 6
69 Antwaan Randle El WAS 5 5
69 DeShaun Foster CAR 5 5
69 Steven Jackson STL 5 5
69 Michael Jenkins ATL 5 5
69 Ernest Wilford JAC 5 5
69 Dallas Clark IND 5 5
69 Corey Bradford DET 5 5
69 Keary Colbert CAR 5 5
69 Mike Alstott TB 5 5
69 Kris Mangum CAR 5 5
69 Ben Utecht IND 5 5
69 George Wrighster JAC 5 5
69 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 5 5
69 Lee Evans BUF 5 5
69 Braylon Edwards CLE 5 5
69 Marcus Robinson MIN 5 5
69 Roddy White ATL 5 5