Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
Some interesting numbers from ESPN Stats & Information on targets.
I like to think of the Saints as having the deepest group of receivers in the NFL and I still think that, but this number made me think a little bit. In the grand scheme of things, the Saints don’t rely very heavily on their wide receivers. In fact, they rank third in the NFL in smallest percentage of throws to their wide receivers.
Part of the reason the Saints don’t use their wide receivers too much is because they get their running backs and tight end Jeremy Shockey so heavily involved in the passing game. A lot of people talk about how New Orleans running back Reggie Bush has disappeared this year. That’s not necessarily true. Among running backs, Bush is one of the most targeted.