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Highest-graded NFL WRs: Breaking down routes and field-level success for the top 10

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• Justin Jefferson, the 2022 out route king: He was the most-targeted receiver on out routes (44) and led all receivers in catches (33), yards (400) and first downs (19) on such plays.

• Amon-Ra St. Brown thrived on short throws: The Lions star graded out as the second-best receiver on throws targeted 1-9 yards downfield.

• Defenses struggled against A.J. Brown on slants: Brown ranked first in targets, catches, yards and first downs on such plays in 2022.

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1. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins: 92.2 Receiving Grade

Box Score
Targets Catches Yds TDs First Downs
167 (3rd) 119 (2nd) 1,710 (2nd) 7 (T-12th) 77 (2nd)
Three Most-Targeted Routes
  1. Out: 29 times
  2. Hitch: 25 times
  3. Post: 18 times
Production on Out Routes (86.8, 15th)
Targets Catches Yds TDs First Downs
29 (T-4th) 19 (6th) 215 (7th) 1 14 (T-5th)

*Out routes led to big plays for Tyreek Hill. Fourteen of his 19 catches went for first downs (tied fifth), including seven plays of 15-plus yards (tied third).

Targets by Field Level
Behind LOS (69.9) 1-9 Yds (79.9) 10-19 Yds (93.8) 20+ Yds (94.1)
22 51 56 38
Production from 10-19 Yards (93.8, 7th)
Targets Catches Yds TDs First Downs
56 (3rd) 39 (T-1st) 634 (3rd) 0 37 (1st)

*Miami targeted Hill and Waddle often within this area of the field. Both receivers finished in the top three in catches, yards and first downs from this range. Both were also big-play threats, combining for 44 explosive plays. Hill led all receivers with 24.


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