Week 1 Looks/Touches

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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

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

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