Week 14: Looks and Touches

Mike Harmon

The following is a list of the Week 13 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.

As I reviewed the Looks and Touches totals for the games of Week 14, a number of new names leaped off the page. Not to worry, those familiar faces of Edgerrin James and Anquan Boldin offer comfort near the top. But you might be surprised to see the names of two tight ends, Jeremy Shockey and Antonio Gates, in the top three. Of course, overtime and comeback games will push you up the charts.

Let's rip apart the play-by-play accounts from Week 14.

LOOKS

The Seattle Seahawks are working to finish off home field advantage for the playoffs, and Matt Hasselbeck has turned to veteran receiver Bobby Engram to help lead the way. Engram has scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks after a scoreless start to the season, and was targeted 10 times in the Seahawks' win over San Francisco. The return of Darrell Jackson likely cuts into his opportunities, but Engram has averaged better than seven Looks per game for the year.

Donte' Stallworth racked up 12 Looks in the Monday night loss to the Falcons. It proved to be Aaron Brooks' undoing, as Todd Bouman will be the starter in Week 15. Stallworth has become the No. 1 option for the Saints, averaging 8.2 Looks per game this year.

The Jaguars continue their road to the playoffs with David Garrard under center. After a slow middle of the season with the emergence of Ernest Wilford and Matt Jones, Jimmy Smith has re-established himself as Garrard's top play. He was targeted 10 times in the loss to Indianapolis, and has averaged over eight Looks per game this season.

With just four Looks in Week 14, a number of receivers closed the gap on Plaxico Burress's league-leading total of 150. Chris Chambers, Larry Fitzgerald, and Torry Holt all now stand within 10 Looks of the leader.

TOUCHES

With 39 Touches in Week 14, Edgerrin James ran his season total to 373. That's an average of nearly 29 Touches per game. Owners of James are most certainly dreading the moment that Tony Dungy decides to pull the starters. It doesn't figure to happen in the next two weeks with San Diego and Seattle on tap, but those using Week 17 as championship week need to be ready to plug in another option against the Cardinals.

Jon Gruden continues to work his rookie tailback hard. Carnell Williams turned in perhaps his most impressive effort to date in Week 14, carrying the ball 29 times and scoring two touchdowns. Look for another big effort in the Saturday game against the Patriots.

The Jets had figured to rely heavily on Curtis Martin down the stretch in his quest for another 1,000-yard season. Instead, fans and fantasy owners were treated to a tremendous effort from rookie Cedric Houston. He tallied 28 Touches this week against the Raiders, and figures to take the lion's share of Touches over the final three weeks. The win over Oakland certainly stung some fans who were hoping to ascend to the No. 1 pick at this juncture of the campaign. Nonetheless, Houston turned in a great effort, and stands a good chance to repeat this week against the middle-of-the-road Miami run defense.

After getting roughed up against the Raiders, LaDainian Tomlinson was back on the field for the Chargers in the shocking loss to the Dolphins. He piled up 22 Touches despite bruised ribs that had limited him all week in practice. For the season, Tomlinson has averaged 25 Touches per game.

Week 14 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER WK 14 SEASON
1 Edgerrin James, IND 39 373
2 Tiki Barber, NYG 37 321
3 Rudi Johnson, CIN 33 303
4 Carnell Williams, Tam 31 239
5 Samkon Gado, GB 30 146
6 Larry Johnson, Kan 29 272
6 Domanick Davis, Hou 29 269
6 Clinton Portis, Was 29 302
9 Cedric Houston, NYJ 28 47
10 Corey Dillon, NE 26 182
11 Shaun Alexander, SEA 25 317
12 Willie Parker, PIT 23 213
12 Chester Taylor, BAL 23 138
14 Reuben Droughns, CLE 22 294
14 Michael Bennett, MIN 22 130
14 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 22 325
17 Steven Jackson, STL 19 259
17 Chris Brown, TEN 19 222
19 Thomas Jones, CHI 18 274
19 Tatum Bell, DEN 18 143
19 LaMont Jordan, OAK 18 312
22 Marion Barber, DAL 17 127
22 Jerome Bettis, PIT 17 88
24 Warrick Dunn, ATL 16 267
24 DeShaun Foster, CAR 16 175
24 Artose Pinner, DET 16 85
27 Antowain Smith, NO 14 137
28 Julius Jones, DAL 12 224
29 Travis Henry, TEN 11 68
29 Ryan Moats, PHI 11 28
29 Ronnie Brown, MIA 11 215
29 Ricky Williams, MIA 11 115
29 Kevin Faulk, NE 11 52
34 T.J. Duckett, ATL 10 100
34 Reno Mahe, PHI 10 20
34 Kevin Jones, DET 10 187
34 J.J. Arrington, ARI 10 111
34 Fred Taylor, JAC 10 164
39 Willis McGahee, BUF 9 291
39 Michael Cloud, NE 9 23
39 Marshall Faulk, STL 9 65
39 Aaron Stecker, NO 9 100
39 B.J. Askew, NYJ 9 9
44 Mike Anderson, DEN 8 222
44 Greg Jones, JAC 8 147
46 Maurice Morris, SEA 7 53
46 Marcel Shipp, ARI 7 151
46 Lorenzo Neal, SD 7 48
49 Verron Haynes, PIT 6 60
49 Shawn Bryson, DET 6 91
49 Mike Alstott, TAM 6 49
49 Lamar Gordon, PHI 6 60
49 Ladell Betts, WAS 6 68
49 Ciatrick Fason, MIN 6 24
49 Tony Fisher, GB 5 73
56 Ron Dayne, DEN 5 35
56 Nick Goings, CAR 5 27
56 Michael Pittman, TAM 5 91
56 Mack Strong, SEA 5 36
56 Leonard Weaver, SEA 5 17
61 William Henderson, GB 4 27
61 Stephen Davis, CAR 4 184
61 Jerald Sowell, NYJ 4 25
61 Chris Cooley, WAS 4 52
65 Shaud Williams, BUF 3 51
65 Maurice Hicks, SF 3 37
65 Lousaka Polite, DAL 3 10
65 Lee Suggs, CLE 3 5
65 Kyle Johnson, DEN 3 19
65 Jarrett Payton, TEN 3 34
65 Frank Gore, SF 3 84
65 Chris Perry, CIN 3 98
73 Terrelle Smith, CLE 2 11
73 Mewelde Moore, MIN 2 162
73 Madison Hedgecock, STL 2 6
73 Justin Griffith, ATL 2 29
73 Jonathan Wells, Hou 2 58
73 Jim Finn, NYG 2 10
73 Dan Kreider, PIT 2 9
73 Brandon Jacobs, NYG 2 34
73 Anthony Thomas, NO 2 41
82 Troy Fleming, TEN 1 8
82 Tony Richardson, KAN 1 11
82 Mike Karney, NO 1 14
82 Michael Turner, SD 1 48
82 Derrick Ward, NYG 1 34
82 Dee Brown, KAN 1 7
82 Chris Hetherington, SF 1 5
82 Bryan Johnson, CHI 1 6
82 Brad Hoover, CAR 1 18
82 Adrian Peterson, CHI 1 60
Week 14 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER WK 14 SEASON
Jeremy Shockey, NYG 21 111
Anquan Boldin, ARI 17 138
Antonio Gates, SD 16 117
Torry Holt, STL 16 144
Muhsin Muhammad, CHI 15 130
Isaac Bruce, STL 15 54
Chad Johnson, CIN 13 132
Marvin Harrison, IND 12 117
Donte' Stallworth, NO 12 107
Todd Heap, BAL 11 92
Mark Clayton, BAL 10 67
Terry Glenn, DAL 10 105
Jason Witten, DAL 10 79
Jimmy Smith, JAC 10 110
Chris Chambers, MIA 10 146
Joe Horn, NO 10 90
Reggie Brown, PHI 10 60
Bobby Engram, SEA 10 88
Santana Moss, WAS 10 124
Derrick Mason, BAL 9 115
Andre Johnson, HOU 9 90
Edgerrin James, IND 9 49
Eddie Kennison, KAN 9 99
Laveranues Coles, NYJ 9 112
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 8 142
Lee Evans, BUF 8 77
Steve Smith, CAR 8 131
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN 8 98
Rod Smith, DEN 8 99
Robert Ferguson, GB 8 55
Domanick Davis, HOU 8 51
Reggie Wayne, IND 8 105
Justin McCareins, NYJ 8 93
LaMont Jordan, OAK 8 104
Keenan McCardell, SD 8 88
Eric Parker, SD 8 66
Brandon Lloyd, SF 8 103
Chris Cooley, WAS 8 88
Sam Aiken, BUF 7 14
Kris Mangum, CAR 7 31
Keyshawn Johnson, DAL 7 112
Roy Williams, DET 7 76
Donald Driver, GB 7 128
Samie Parker, KAN 7 41
Kevin Faulk, NE 7 28
Deion Branch, NE 7 115
Randy Moss, OAK 7 100
Lorenzo Neal, SD 7 30
Joey Galloway, TAM 7 122
Drew Bennett, TEN 7 85
51 Bryant Johnson, ARI 6 68
51 Nick Goings, CAR 6 15
51 Thomas Jones, CHI 6 36
51 Antonio Bryant, CLE 6 101
51 Charlie Adams, DEN 6 33
51 David Martin, GB 6 35
51 Tony Gonzalez, KAN 6 103
51 Troy Brown, NE 6 60
51 Ben Watson, NE 6 48
51 Tiki Barber, NYG 6 50
51 Amani Toomer, NYG 6 98
51 Doug Jolley, NYJ 6 36
51 Greg Lewis, PHI 6 85
51 Reche Caldwell, SD 6 36
51 D.J. Hackett, SEA 6 43
51 Ike Hilliard, NYG 6 44
51 Ben Troupe, TEN 6 62
68 Adam Bergen, ARI 5 34
68 Roddy White, ATL 5 43
68 Alge Crumpler, ATL 5 105
68 Roscoe Parrish, BUF 5 17
68 Ricky Proehl, CAR 5 45
68 Jeb Putzier, DEN 5 54
68 Scottie Vines, DET 5 58
68 Ernest Wilford, JAC 5 56
68 Kyle Brady, JAC 5 23
68 Larry Johnson, KAN 5 40
68 Michael Bennett, MIN 5 25
68 Nate Burleson, MIN 5 43
68 Jermaine Wiggins, MIN 5 85
68 Zachary Hilton, NO 5 38
68 Jerald Sowell, NYJ 5 31
68 Jerry Porter, OAK 5 115
68 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 5 68
68 Kevan Barlow, SF 5 68
68 Kevin Curtis, STL 5 96
68 Tyrone Calico, TEN 5 37
86 Michael Jenkins, ATL 4 62
86 Chester Taylor, BAL 4 48
86 Josh Reed, BUF 4 46
86 Desmond Clark, CHI 4 46
86 Rudi Johnson, CIN 4 27
86 Frisman Jackson, CLE 4 31
86 Steve Heiden, CLE 4 55
86 Kyle Johnson, DEN 4 27
86 Mike Williams, DET 4 58
86 William Henderson, GB 4 28
87 Matt Jones, JAC 4 58
87 George Wrighster, JAC 4 20
87 Marty Booker, MIA 4 69
87 Koren Robinson, MIN 4 29
87 Antowain Smith, NO 4 14
87 Az-Zahir Hakim, NO 4 45
87 Corey Dillon, NE 4 23
87 David Givens, NE 4 86
87 Plaxico Burress, NYG 4 150
87 L.J. Smith, PHI 4 92
87 Hines Ward, PIT 4 102
87 Cedrick Wilson, PIT 4 49
87 Shaun Alexander, SEA 4 30
87 Jerramy Stevens, SEA 4 66
87 Marshall Faulk, STL 4 41
87 Chris Brown, TEN 4 34