Camarillo, Bess among best in catch percentage

When it comes to receivers holding onto the ball, much of the words assembled in the AFC East paragraph factory have dealt with Terrell Owens and Ted Ginn failing at the skill.

Rather than harp on that some more -- those problems probably won't be clearing up any time soon, so we'll probably be forced to write about them again -- let's acknowledge the receivers who have been the best at making catches.

Four of the league's 10 most reliable receivers hail from the AFC East.

ESPN Stats & Information compiled a list of the best wide receivers in catch percentage, the number of receptions per times targeted.

There are all sorts of factors outside a receiver's control that can prevent him from catching a pass intended for him. The quarterback can throw a lousy ball. A defender can make a great play. But I still find catch percentage to be a worthwhile stat. Drops are a factor, and much of a quarterback's chemistry with a player depends on how good of a route-runner the receiver is and whether he can properly read and react to defensive tactics and get open.

The Miami Dolphins have two of the top 10 in catch percentage, including league leader Greg Camarillo at 83.3 percent. He has caught 25 of the 30 passes thrown his way. He hasn't dropped one.

Camarillo is one of the NFL's great overachievers. The former walk-on punter at Stanford was Miami's leading receiver when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in November 2008.

Teammate Davone Bess has had a case of the dropsies lately, but that involves fumbles and punt returns, too. When it comes to catching passes, ESPN Stats & Information recognizes only two dropped passes for Bess, who ranks 10th in catch percentage.

Two more AFC East slot receivers, Wes Welker and Josh Reed, rank fourth and fifth. Welker's 77 targets are the most of anybody who ranks among the top 17 in catch percentage.