Drops are surely subjective. You and I might look at a play and you’d say Phil should have caught it and I’d say he couldn’t have.
ESPN tracks drops and applies a strong benefit of the doubt standard. A drop has to be something quite obvious.
Pro Football Focus breaks down targets into catchable balls, and judges drops more harshly.
Both ESPN and PFF then compute drop rates -- ESPN simply by dividing drops by targets, PRR by dividing drops by catchable balls.
By any standard, Kenny Britt had a terrible 2013. ESPN says he dropped four passes, PFF counted seven.
Britt is a free agent, and the Tennessee Titans have no interest in bringing him back. He’s drawn a decent amount of interest and will be a reclamation project somewhere.
Another Titans receiver, Damian Williams, is on the market and looks unlikely to return unless his price drops.
No coach or player is going to say anything more than none is an acceptable drop total. But everyone drops some. Let’s sample three top guys at random just for some context on their ESPN drop rates from 2013: Detroit’s Calvin Johnson was at 5.2, Andre Johnson at 3.4 and Larry Fitzgerald 0.7.
Here’s how last year’s top pass catchers fared for Tennessee.