Jimmy Graham led NFL in drops

Although Drew Brees became the first quarterback ever to have three 5,000-yard passing seasons, he’s numbers could have been significantly better if his receivers had provided some more help.

New Orleans finished second in the league with 43 dropped passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only Jacksonville (46) had more drops.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham lead the league, by far, with 14 drops. Graham played part of the season with an injured wrist and that may have played a role in some of his drops. But if Graham had caught the passes he dropped, he would have finished with 99 receptions and well over 1,000 receiving yards.

Graham had plenty of help from his teammates in putting the Saints near the top of the league in drops. Receiver Marques Colston and running back Daren Sproles were among a group of players tied for fourth in the league with nine drops and receiver Lance Moore had five.

Atlanta’s Julio Jones tied for No. 10 with eight drops as the Falcons tied for No. 18 with 26 team drops. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tied for No. 24 with 24 drops and rookie running back Doug Martin led them with six drops.

The Carolina Panthers finished No. 30 with 18 drops and receiver Steve Smith had six of those.