Moss, Ginn rank among most involved WRs

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

This might surprise you.

The two AFC East receivers who've been the most involved in their teams' offenses are Randy Moss and Ted Ginn.

ESPN Stats & Information has broken down the number of times each NFL receiver has been targeted in various situations.

The New England Patriots have targeted Moss with 67 passes this year, tying him for the league lead with Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson. Patriots mate Wes Welker ranks sixth with 61 targets.

Moss is one of the NFL's top beacons in critical situations such as in the red zone and on third down.

Here are the league leaders in the red zone:

  1. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: 11 targets, five catches.

  2. Chad Ochocinco, Bengals: nine targets, six catches.

  3. Randy Moss, Patriots: nine targets, four catches.

  4. Nate Washington, Titans: eight targets, seven catches.

  5. Marques Colston, Saints: eight targets, six catches.

League leaders on third down:

  1. Steve Smith, Giants: 23 targets, 17 catches.

  2. Percy Harvin, Vikings: 22 targets, 13 catches.

  3. Sammie Stroughter, Buccaneers: 20 targets, 11 catches.

  4. Santonio Holmes, Steelers: 19 targets, 12 catches.

  5. Randy Moss, Patriots: 19 targets, 11 catches.

Ginn hasn't been making as many plays as the Miami Dolphins would've liked and could see reduced playing time after a couple of costly drops in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints, but they've tried to get the ball to him repeatedly.

No other receiver has been thrown to 20 or more yards downfield.

  1. Ted Ginn, Dolphins: 13 targets, two catches (74 yards, one TD).

  2. Vincent Jackson, Chargers: 12 targets, six catches (254 yards, one TD).

  3. Donald Driver, Packers: 12 targets, five catches (156 yards, one TD).

  4. Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns: 12 targets, four catches (126 yards, no TDs).

  5. Steve Smith, Panthers: 12 targets, three catches (98 yards, zero TDs).

  6. Terrell Owens, Bills: 12 targets, two catches (82 yards, one TD).

Ginn's also tied for first in number of times thrown to on third down in the fourth quarter.

  1. Steve Smith, Giants: seven targets, six catches.

  2. Ted Ginn, Dolphins: seven targets, four catches.

  3. Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns: seven targets, two catches.

  4. Bobby Wade, Chiefs: six targets, two catches.

  5. Wes Welker, Patriots: six targets, one catch.