Tracking Receiver Errors

June 30th, 2024

Dominant duo.

Yes, the Bucs still have strong receivers.

In the world of noted handicapper turned stathead Warren Sharp, there are three things receivers can do to eff up a pass play after the quarterback releases the ball: drop a pass, fall down or pull a DeSean Jackson and bail on the route.

These three sins are what Sharp refers to as “receiver errors.”

And per Sharp, the Bucs didn’t have that many.

Joe knows some Bucs fans rag on Evans for drops. He still led the NFL in touchdown catches! To Joe, this is like someone complaining Barry Bonds struck out too much.

The Bucs, per Sharp’s research, were tied for 11th-fewest receiver errors last year. Sharp has the Bucs committing one on 15 percent of passes last. That’s tied with the Bengals, Colts and Packers.

There were 18 teams worse than the Bucs.

So yeah, the Bucs, even with Evans having some dropsies, did a pretty good job of being disciplined last year.

17 Responses to “Tracking Receiver Errors”

  1. PowerOfPewter Says:

    ATL, Car, and NO all had fewer though. With worse QBs and receivers. So there might be something in the stat that’s being overlooked.

  2. ATLBUC Says:

    It’s noteworthy that Atlanta is tied for second place on that list. At least Cousins will have some dependable receivers. Or, it could mean that the incompletions were due to quarterback errors which is worse.

  3. Proudbucsfan Says:

    People who complain about Evan’s drops are not real Buc Fans and are using that as an excuse to hate.

  4. heyjude Says:

    Never bothered me about Evans drops at all. Looking at KC, Dallas, and others incomplete, they are not perfect.

  5. Dave Pear Says:

    Of the 10 teams better than the Bucs on this metric, only 3 made the playoffs. Not to mention that’s a very tight band. So while interesting, it’s not overly predictive of winning.

  6. D-Rok Says:

    Thanks for giving us content right now, Joes. This time of the year is the worst for football fans. Hardly any news! Unless people enjoy List and Ranking Season, that is.

  7. Beeej Says:

    Evans never drops difficult passes, always easy uncontested ones

  8. JimBobBuc Says:

    @Beeej – Exactly, very noticeable drops since many would be TDs. ME himself mentioned this in the offseason. Palmer had fewer targets but a higher drop %.

  9. Larrd Says:

    “Middle of the pack.”

  10. Boss Says:


  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    So the Steelers WRs have the least amount of errors according to Sharp’s metric.

    How many high dollar WRs do the Steelers have?

  12. KABucs Says:

    Only 10 teams better… and Pit only 4% better.
    I can easily live with that.
    Godwin and White probably helped that stat % a bit.

  13. SenileSenior Says:

    Amen, Proudbucsfan. Super perfectionistic expectations are absurd. Even the GOAT remains a simple human being after all.

    Go Bucs!

  14. unbelievable Says:

    Not haters, they’re idiots.

  15. heyjude Says:

    I am remembering some throws to Mike being out of his range and some looking like they were surprised throws and possibly were not planned to go to him. In the end, we didn’t have the most drops and Evans didn’t either.

    Last season Evans had the same amount of drop passes as Travis Kelce did. Is anyone complaining about him?… Look at the Chiefs stats on that.

    Other teams: Nacua 13 dropped, Tyreek 12 dropped, S. Diggs, Rice, and others had more dropped passes than Evans.

    Evans is one of the best. Ask Brady, Mayfield, Manziel, and other QBs. Other teams would love to have Mike on their team. We are lucky he remained with us. I give his wife huge thank yous for helping to make it happen.

  16. Scotty Mack Says:

    Pretty insignificant stat, IMHO. The worst team had what amounts to one per game more and the best one per game less than the Bucs.

  17. garro Says:

    Ahh yes one of those WTF stats that leave alot of room for misinterpretation. There is so much more to an incomplete pass in the game of football folks. That stat borders on absurd but all the fantasy stat geeks and gamblers love it I’m sure.

    Go Bucs!