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Week 6 Looks/ Touches

Matt Buser
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The following is a list of the Week 6 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

You just can't spin Edgerrin James' numbers into much of anything positive. His league-high 37 touches in Week 6 (36 carries, one catch) resulted in just 62 yards of offense (55 rushing, seven receiving), ranking him 21st among running backs for the week. His 1.68 yards per touch was the lowest of any back with at least 12 touches. His 171 touches through six games (148 carries, 23 receptions) are 13 more than any other player, while his 531 yards of offense (398 rushing, 133 receiving) are just 13th. At least the Cardinals are making a concerted effort to get him the ball (?)
It's fairly safe to assume Travis Henry has settled in as the Titans' featured back of the present after his 181 yards of offense (178 rushing, three receiving) on 34 touches (32 carries, two catches) in Week 6. Over the past two weeks, Henry has totaled 314 yards of offense (301 rushing, 13 receiving) on 55 touches (51 carries, four receptions).
Rudi Johnson continued a string of sub-par games in Week 6, with 52 yards rushing on 17 carries (no receptions). Johnson averaged 125.5 yards of offense and 1.5 touchdowns on 28.5 touches in the season's first two weeks, but in his past three games has averaged just 66.7 yards of offense and 0.3 touchdowns on 18.3 touches.
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 6 included: Baltimore (Jamal Lewis 12, Mike Anderson 6), Houston (Ron Dayne 11, Samkon Gado 8), New Orleans (Deuce McAllister 18, Reggie Bush 15), New York Jets (Kevan Barlow 16, Leon Washington 11), and Pittsburgh (Willie Parker 22, Najeh Davenport 12).
Warrick Dunn led all running backs with at least 10 touches in Week 6 at 10.43 yards per touch. Dunn had 146 rushing yards on just 14 carries (no receptions). Ron Dayne managed to just beat out James on the low end, averaging only 1.64 yards with his 11 touches. Dayne had 10 carries for 14 yards and one catch for four yards. Larry Johnson also deserves mention, as he helped form a terrible trio with Dayne and James. Johnson had 18 touches (15 carries, three receptions) but only 32 yards of offense (26 rushing, six receiving) against the Steelers, a 1.78-yard average – although he did score once on the ground.

LOOKS

You have to wonder why Anquan Boldin had "just" 19 looks against the Bears. While Edge floundered at the line of scrimmage, Boldin recorded a league-high 12 catches, good for 136 yards and a score. With Larry Fitzgerald sidelined, Matt Leinart targeted Boldin on just under half of his 42 pass attempts. Bryant Johnson started in Fitzgerald's place and was targeted seven times, finishing with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Roy Williams has certainly lived up to the preseason hype thus far, as he set career-highs in both receptions (10, on 17 looks) and receiving yards (161) for the third time in four games in Week 6. Despite missing all but his team's first possession last week with a stinger in his back, Williams currently leads the NFL with 552 receiving yards on the season. His 58 looks and 36 receptions on the season are both good for fifth in the league among wide receivers.
Mark Brunell completed 53.3 percent of his 30 passes overall on Sunday versus the Titans, but just 31.3 percent of his 16 passes intended for Santana Moss, who finished with five catches for 50 yards on the day. Hank Baskett had the worst o-fer of Week 6, as he had zero catches despite being the intended target of Donovan McNabb on six occasions.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh missed the Bengals' first two games due to injury, and, in the three games since his return, he's had 31 looks to Chad Johnson's 26. The resulting stats for the two in those three games have been strikingly different: Johnson has recorded 13 catches for 176 yards and no scores, while Houshmandzadeh has 23 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Week 6 Touch Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W6 YTD
1 Edgerrin James ARI 37 171
2 Travis Henry TEN 34 88
3 Kevin Jones DET 29 126
3 Tiki Barber NYG 29 124
5 LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 28 136
5 DeShaun Foster CAR 28 129
7 Steven Jackson STL 27 158
7 Tatum Bell DEN 27 110
9 LaMont Jordan OAK 25 91
9 Maurice Morris SEA 25 61
11 Ronnie Brown MIA 22 127
11 Willie Parker PIT 22 117
11 Julius Jones DAL 22 110
11 Carnell Williams TAM 22 94
15 Willis McGahee BUF 19 142
15 Clinton Portis WAS 19 97
15 Brian Westbrook PHI 19 94
18 Larry Johnson KAN 18 128
18 Deuce McAllister NOR 18 104
20 Rudi Johnson CIN 17 112
21 Kevan Barlow NYJ 16 72
22 Frank Gore SFO 15 136
22 Reggie Bush NOR 15 103
24 Thomas Jones CHI 14 130
24 Warrick Dunn ATL 14 100
26 Jamal Lewis BAL 12 101
26 Najeh Davenport PIT 12 15
28 Ron Dayne HOU 11 62
28 Leon Washington NYJ 11 55
28 Brandon Jacobs NYG 11 37
31 Marion Barber III DAL 10 44
32 Samkon Gado HOU 8 23
33 Verron Haynes PIT 7 29
33 Lorenzo Neal SDG 7 19
35 Mike Anderson BAL 6 21
35 Sammy Morris MIA 6 8
37 Jerious Norwood ATL 5 32
37 Tyson Thompson DAL 5 13
37 Aaron Stecker NOR 5 11
40 Ladell Betts WAS 4 67
40 Mack Strong SEA 4 26
40 Kenny Watson CIN 4 14
40 J.J. Arrington ARI 4 7
44 Chris Brown TEN 3 39
44 Justin Fargas OAK 3 21
44 Mike Alstott TAM 3 19
44 Michael Pittman TAM 3 17
44 Mike Sellers WAS 3 10
44 Nick Goings CAR 3 4
44 Derrick Ross KAN 3 3
51 Cedric Benson CHI 2 50
51 Correll Buckhalter PHI 2 42
51 Musa Smith BAL 2 31
51 Jason McKie CHI 2 15
51 Tony Fisher STL 2 14
51 Justin Griffith ATL 2 10
51 Maurice Hicks SFO 2 10
51 Obafemi Ayanbadejo ARI 2 6
51 Cecil Sapp DEN 2 6
51 Brian Calhoun DET 2 5
61 Michael Turner SDG 1 44
61 Mike Bell DEN 1 33
61 Michael Robinson SFO 1 27
61 Anthony Thomas BUF 1 12
61 Ryan Moats PHI 1 11
61 Thomas Tapeh PHI 1 11
61 Brad Hoover CAR 1 8
61 Ronnie Cruz KAN 1 7
61 Cory Schlesinger DET 1 6
61 B.J. Askew NYJ 1 5
61 Justin Green BAL 1 3
61 Mike Karney NOR 1 3
61 Moran Norris SFO 1 3
61 Madison Hedgecock STL 1 3
61 Jeremi Johnson CIN 1 2
61 Jim Finn NYG 1 2
61 Ahmard Hall TEN 1 2
61 Eric Shelton CAR 1 1
61 Zack Crockett OAK 1 1
61 ReShard Lee OAK 1 1
Week 6 Look Leaders
RANK PLAYER TEAM W6 YTD
1 Anquan Boldin ARI 19 63
2 Roy Williams DET 17 58
3 Andre Johnson HOU 16 54
3 Santana Moss WAS 16 43
5 Joey Galloway TB 15 51
6 Torry Holt STL 14 73
6 Keyshawn Johnson CAR 14 54
6 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN 14 31
9 Lee Evans BUF 13 59
10 Randy Moss OAK 12 40
10 Randy McMichael MIA 12 38
12 Steve Smith CAR 11 51
12 Chad Johnson CIN 11 45
12 Michael Clayton TB 11 32
12 Derek Hagan MIA 11 17
16 Wes Welker MIA 10 48
16 Bernard Berrian CHI 10 46
16 Mark Clayton BAL 10 42
16 Terry Glenn DAL 10 36
16 Deion Branch SEA 10 20
21 Laveranues Coles NYJ 9 59
21 Joe Horn NO 9 41
21 Darrell Jackson SEA 9 41
21 Desmond Clark CHI 9 32
25 Todd Heap BAL 8 49
25 Isaac Bruce STL 8 45
25 Antonio Bryant SF 8 44
25 Kevin Jones DET 8 40
25 Plaxico Burress NYG 8 37
25 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 8 33
25 Steven Jackson STL 8 29
25 Eric Parker SD 8 24
25 Keenan McCardell SD 8 20
34 Chris Chambers MIA 7 56
34 Muhsin Muhammad CHI 7 47
34 Drew Bennett TEN 7 45
34 Reggie Brown PHI 7 40
34 Frank Gore SF 7 34
34 Antonio Gates SD 7 32
34 Tony Gonzalez KC 7 31
34 Eddie Kennison KC 7 31
34 Bryant Johnson ARI 7 27
34 Troy Walters ARI 7 15
44 Reggie Bush NO 6 47
44 Terrell Owens DAL 6 47
44 Marques Colston NO 6 45
44 Javon Walker DEN 6 34
44 Alge Crumpler ATL 6 33
44 Eric Johnson SF 6 30
44 Michael Jenkins ATL 6 27
44 Jeremy Shockey NYG 6 26
44 Samie Parker KC 6 25
44 Roddy White ATL 6 21
44 Hank Baskett PHI 6 20
44 Deuce McAllister NO 6 17
44 Patrick Crayton DAL 6 12
57 Amani Toomer NYG 5 38
57 L.J. Smith PHI 5 37
57 Hines Ward PIT 5 37
57 Tiki Barber NYG 5 32
57 Peerless Price BUF 5 29
57 Jason Witten DAL 5 28
57 Drew Carter CAR 5 27
57 Arnaz Battle SF 5 26
57 Josh Reed BUF 5 23
57 Alvis Whitted OAK 5 23
57 Rashied Davis CHI 5 19
57 Carnell Williams TB 5 19
57 Daniel Wilcox BAL 5 17
57 Tatum Bell DEN 5 15
57 Clinton Portis WAS 5 15
57 Samkon Gado HOU 5 9
57 D.J. Hackett SEA 5 7
74 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 4 35
74 Chris Cooley WAS 4 34
74 Brian Westbrook PHI 4 33
74 Larry Johnson KC 4 28
74 Eric Moulds HOU 4 25
74 Bo Scaife TEN 4 21
74 Nate Washington PIT 4 20
74 Thomas Jones CHI 4 19
74 Brandon Jones TEN 4 18
74 Alex Smith TB 4 18
74 Chris Baker NYJ 4 16
74 Courtney Anderson OAK 4 15
74 Aaron Stecker NO 4 11
74 Tim Dwight NYJ 4 8
74 Rod Gardner KC 4 8
74 Kenny Watson CIN 4 8
74 Jeff Webb KC 4 4
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