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Week 5: Looks and Touches

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

It was another busy week on the gridiron. Joe Jurevicius and Jerramy Stevens obliterated the St. Louis secondary. Tatum Bell ran wild against the Redskins. Jerome Bettis took over for Willie Parker and shouldered the load down the stretch for the Steelers. And Matt Schaub showed that the Falcons have a solid insurance card for Michael Vick. Let's break down the workload for Week 5.

Looks:
With Marcel Shipp and J.J. Arrington still sputtering in the running game, Josh McCown has taken to the air with great frequency, nearly turning in a 400-yard game in the loss to Carolina. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin tied for first among all receivers with 17 looks each this week. Was someone on the sidelines keeping score?

The Washington passing attack wasn't expected to mount much intrigue this season with the return of Jon Jansen to the O-Line and the expected power running game. However, Mark Brunell has found a steady target in offseason acquisition Santana Moss. Moss is averaging over 11 looks per game, and has given Brunell and the Redskins a viable deep threat to open things up for Clinton Portis.

After a huge performance in Week 4, Donte' Stallworth laid a big goose egg in what was expected to be a huge spot against the Green Bay secondary. Joe Horn was sidelined again with his hamstring injury. Stallworth managed one single catch for six yards (five looks), while veteran Az-zahir Hakim dominated Aaron Brooks' attention. Hakim was targeted 13 times by Brooks in the 52-3 burial by the Packers.

The latest report on Cleveland rookie Braylon Edwards' arm infection has him sidelined for up to two additional months of action. That's big news for this week's waiver wire standout Antonio Bryant. Bryant scored two touchdowns in the 20-10 victory over Chicago and was targeted nine times by Trent Dilfer. For the season, he has been targeted an average of 8.5 times per game.

Touches:
Steven Jackson assumed the top RB spot in St. Louis this offseason, and has now strangled Marshall Faulk almost entirely out of the picture. Despite the proficiency of the Rams' passing attack, Jackson is averaging 22.5 touches per week.

Is it still too early to take the "Fragile" tag off of Jaguars back Fred Taylor? With another yeoman effort in this week's win over Cincinnati, the much-maligned back has averaged 24 touches per week this season. Taylor's not a frequent visitor to the end zone, but with uncertainty lurking in backfields all over the NFL, he's a top starter right now.

The Broncos backfield is now a full on battle between Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson after Bell's breakout performance against the stout Washington run defense. Bell had a slightly heavier workload in this particular game, but the shift has begun for him to rise up and take the lion's share of work going forward.

With an expected passing war between Atlanta and New England on Sunday, T.J. Duckett saw his workload diminished, tallying a meager five touches on the day. And, in what was a prime situation for this TD vulture to tack on another score, the Falcons called on Duckett to block while Matt Schaub tossed a TD pass to Justin Griffith.

Week 5 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER WEEK 5 SEASON
1 Willis McGahee, Buf 33 117
2 Shaun Alexander, Sea 28 115
3 Domanick Davis, Hou 27 85
4 Kevin Jones, Det 26 74
4 Thomas Jones, Chi 26 97
6 Corey Dillon, NE 25 103
6 Edgerrin James, Ind 25 134
6 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 25 118
8 Fred Taylor, Jac 24 110
10 Ronnie Brown, Mia 23 85
10 Curtis Martin, NYJ 23 115
10 Steven Jackson, STL 23 90
10 Chris Brown, Ten 23 91
14 Clinton Portis, Was 22 81
15 Jamal Lewis, Bal 21 85
15 Reuben Droughns, Cle 21 94
15 Warrick Dunn, Atl 21 76
15 Kevan Barlow, SF 21 33
15 Tyson Thompson, Dal 21 42
20 Michael Pittman, Tam 20 42
20 Rudi Johnson, Cin 20 116
22 Stephen Davis, Car 18 94
22 Jerome Bettis, Pit 18 18
24 Julius Jones, Dal 16 124
25 Marcel Shipp, Ari 15 74
26 Deuce McAllister, NO 14 110
26 Tatum Bell, Den 14 49
28 Chester Taylor, Bal 13 79
28 Antowain Smith, NO 13 28
28 Najeh Davenport, GB 13 32
28 Tony Fisher, GB 13 20
32 Mike Anderson, Den 12 80
33 Willie Parker, Pit 11 77
34 DeShaun Foster, Car 10 53
35 Artose Pinner, Det 9 17
35 Frank Gore, SF 9 31
35 Brian Westbrook, Phi 9 80
35 Chris Perry, Cin 9 44
39 Jarrett Payton, Ten 8 12
39 Chris Cooley, Was 8 17
41 ReShard Lee, GB 7 7
41 Earnest Graham, Tam 7 11
41 Patrick Pass, NE 7 18
44 Dominic Rhodes, Ind 6 10
45 Cedric Benson, Chi 5 24
45 T.J. Duckett, Atl 5 43
45 J.J. Arrington, Ari 5 30
45 Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari 5 23
49 Mike Alstott, Tam 4 17
49 Derrick Blaylock, NYJ 4 12
49 Mack Strong, Sea 4 13
49 Jonathan Wells, Hou 4 13
49 Anthony Thomas, Dal 4 11
49 Ladell Betts, Was 4 33
49 Greg Jones, Jac 4 14
49 Alvin Pearman, Jac 4 14
57 William Green, Cle 3 10
58 Shawn Bryson, Det 2 15
58 Shaud Williams, Buf 2 19
58 Heath Evans, Mia 2 4
58 Daimon Shelton, Buf 2 4
58 Adrian Peterson, Chi 2 3
58 Terrelle Smith, Cle 2 2
64 Paul Smith, Det 1 5
64 Ovie Mughelli, Bal 1 2
64 Sammy Morris, Mia 1 13
64 Aaron Stecker, NO 1 2
64 William Henderson, GB 1 14
64 Vonta Leach, GB 1 3
64 Jameel Cook, Tam 1 4
64 Marc Edwards, Chi 1 5
64 Justin Griffith, Atl 1 5
64 Steve Bush, SF 1 3
64 Fred Beasley, SF 1 2
64 Chris Hetherington, SF 1 3
64 Lamar Gordon, Phi 1 25
64 Lousaka Polite, Dal 1 2
64 Kyle Johnson, Den 1 7
64 Jeremi Johnson, Cin 1 6
64 Dan Kreider, Pit 1 2
64 Lorenzo Neal, SD 1 13
64 Verron Haynes, Pit 1 23
64 Mike Sellers, Was 1 2
Week 5 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER WEEK 5 SEASON
1 Anquan Boldin, Ari 17 61
1 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari 17 55
3 Santana Moss, Was 14 46
4 David Patten, Was 13 32
4 Torry Holt, STL 13 62
4 Antonio Gates, SD 13 35
4 Az-Zahir Hakim, NO 13 15
4 Steve Smith, Car 13 56
9 Chris Cooley, Was 12 29
9 Derrick Mason, Bal 12 40
11 Joey Galloway, Tam 11 42
11 Kevin Curtis, STL 11 41
11 Hines Ward, Pit 11 32
11 Deion Branch, NE 11 50
11 Eric Moulds, Buf 11 40
11 Alge Crumpler, Atl 11 43
17 Joe Jurevicius, Sea 10 23
17 Eric Parker, SD 10 32
17 Reggie Wayne, Ind 10 36
17 Terry Glenn, Dal 10 41
17 Keyshawn Johnson, Dal 10 43
17 Michael Jenkins, Atl 10 25
23 Ben Troupe, Ten 9 26
23 Terrell Owens, Phi 9 71
23 Chris Chambers, Mia 9 46
23 Jimmy Smith, Jac 9 43
23 Brandon Stokley, Ind 9 26
23 Domanick Davis, Hou 9 23
23 Donald Driver, GB 9 43
23 Jason Witten, Dal 9 27
23 Antonio Bryant, Cle 9 34
23 Chad Johnson, Cin 9 48
23 Muhsin Muhammad, Chi 9 43
34 Drew Bennett, Ten 8 41
34 Michael Pittman, Tam 8 18
34 Alex Smith, Tam 8 19
34 Shaun McDonald, STL 8 33
34 D.J. Hackett, Sea 8 8
34 Greg Lewis, Phi 8 40
34 Ashley Lelie, Den 8 39
34 Mark Clayton, Bal 8 25
42 Ike Hilliard, Tam 7 15
42 Steven Jackson, STL 7 24
42 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD 7 22
42 Antwaan Randle El, Pit 7 21
42 Brian Westbrook, Phi 7 40
42 Laveranues Coles, NYJ 7 41
42 Ronnie Brown, Mia 7 18
42 Corey Bradford, Hou 7 15
42 Tony Fisher, GB 7 15
42 Kevin Johnson, Det 7 17
42 Mike Williams, Det 7 15
42 Aaron Shea, Cle 7 7
42 Brian Finneran, Atl 7 30
55 Shaun Alexander, Sea 6 14
55 Keenan McCardell, SD 6 35
55 Heath Miller, Pit 6 9
55 Ernie Conwell, NO 6 30
55 Marty Booker, Mia 6 25
55 Rod Smith, Den 6 42
55 Reuben Droughns, Cle 6 16
55 Kevin Walter, Cin 6 13
55 Mark Bradley, Chi 6 20
55 Chester Taylor, Bal 6 16
55 Clarence Moore, Bal 6 20
66 Brandon Jones, Ten 5 26
66 Erron Kinney, Ten 5 28
66 Mack Strong, Sea 5 12
66 Jerramy Stevens, Sea 5 29
66 David Givens, NE 5 43
66 Daniel Graham, NE 5 11
66 Donte' Stallworth, NO 5 38
66 Reggie Williams, Jac 5 30
66 Edgerrin James, Ind 5 20
66 Jerome Mathis, Hou 5 5
66 Robert Ferguson, GB 5 30
66 Dennis Northcutt, Cle 5 21
66 Chris Henry, Cin 5 16
66 Matt Schobel, Cin 5 13
66 Todd Heap, Bal 5 16
81 Kevan Barlow, SF 4 21
81 Corey Dillon, NE 4 9
81 David Martin, GB 4 14
81 Roy Williams, Det 4 33
81 Steve Heiden, Cle 4 20
81 Willis McGahee, Buf 4 14
81 Mark Campbell, Buf 4 11
81 Jamal Lewis, Bal 4 11
81 Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Ari 4 21
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