While many NFL teams will be looking to add new wide receivers to their roster in this week’s draft, several teams already shored up this need via free agency. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger wide receiver signings with help from Sportradar’s Research Team and the NFL’s Next Gen Stats. The route maps displayed represent the route a receiver ran every time they were targeted in a specific game. Yard numbers represent the distance from the line of scrimmage. If you are interested in including NFL route maps in your content or in an app, please contact our sales team to learn more.
From the Chicago Bears to the Philadelphia Eagles
• Despite playing in just 21 games over the past two seasons Jeffery still managed 1,628 receiving yards. That 77.5 receiving yards per game ranks ninth in the NFL over that timeframe.
From the Washington Redskins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• In 2016, no team threw deep more often than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their average pass traveled 10.1 yards downfield, second furthest in the NFL. Moreover, 25.8 percent of their passes were thrown at least 15 yards past the line of scrimmage, the 2nd most in the league.
• Since Jackson came into the league in 2008, he has the sixth-most receptions on balls that travelled 15 or more yards in the air.
From the Los Angeles Rams to the Cleveland Browns
• The Los Angeles Rams (Britt’s team in 2016) posted the second-worst passer rating in the NFL last season at 69.5. Despite this, Rams quarterbacks managed a 94.5 rating when targeting Britt.
• Britt had the seventh-highest receiving yards per target in the NFL on passes that traveled 15 or more yards downfield (minimum 20 such targets).