June 13, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receivers Austin Collie (17) and Reggie Wayne (87) break from the line of scrimmage to run pass routes during minicamp practice at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Before we get into the numbers, I hope every had a great 4th of July holiday even though it kind of sucked that America's birthday fell on a Wednesday.
BBS 4th of July dinner: Salmon burgers with a corn and avocado salad.
BBS 4th of July beer of choice: Brooklyn Lager, the best overall beer in America in terms of taste, price, and availability.
If you wish to share your 4th menus and beer preferences, comment below.
OK, now onto the goods: In case you didn't know already, Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie have great hands. What the two men lack in speed (and, in Collie's case, durability because of the concussions) they make up for by being efficient. It's tough to recall moments in games when either player dropped the ball.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that both Wayne and Collie rank 6th and 9th, respectively, in Pro Football Focus' Drop Rating chart. From PFF:
Catching the ball isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to receiving. You need to be able to get open and make things happen after the catch. But, fundamentally, if you don’t secure the ball then your route running is wasted, and you don’t even get a chance to find your way for extra yardage. So the Drop Rate is an extremely useful tool in terms of determining which players have the best hands (though it should be noted not all drops are created equal).
Interesting, the player with the fewest drops is Bears WR Earl Bennett. Larry Fitzgerald is No. 2, giving further credence to the notion that Fitz is the best WR in football. Unlike guys like Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson, Fitzgerald doesn't have Matt Schaub or Matthew Stafford throwing him the ball.
Back to Wayne and Collie, one of the bigger misconceptions out there is that Andrew Luck is coming to a less talented Colts team than Peyton Manning did in 1998. Again, I just think that's a stupid statement, and I don't know where it's coming from.
Sure, Peyton had a young Marvin Harrison in 1998. He also had the immortal Torrance Small, E.G. Green, and Jerome Pathon has his second, third, and fourth options at WR.
If you don't know or don't remember any of those guys, that's ind of the point.
With Luck, he's coming to a team with Reliable veteran receivers paired up with young, dynamic talent (Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton). Toss in an X Factor like Donnie Avery, and Luck is coming into a much better offense, overall, than Manning did in 1998.