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Is DeSean As Important As We Think He Is?

I am fascinated by statistics, so after all this discussion about how crazy it would be to trade DeSean Jackson, I decided to look up numbers. I made the following chart:


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I picked the top 5 receivers in 2013 by yardage and added in their yards per game.

  1. The lines highlighted in yellow are games started by Michael Vick.
  2. The lines highlighted in green are games started by Nick Foles.
  3. I have highlighted the top yard receiver between the two WRs and TEs.
  4. The yardage totals are only for the players listed, not totals in those games.
  5. I didn't break down the games played by more than one QB.

Some analysis:

  1. In games started by Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson always had more yards than Riley Cooper.
  2. In games started by Nick Foles, Riley Cooper had more yards 8/11 times.
  3. Overall, DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper had the same number of yards as each other in games started by Nick Foles
  4. This isn't on the chart, but Jackson had 57% of his yards in games started by Foles, and Riley Cooper had 88% of his yardage with Foles. That is 98 yds/game for Jackson under Vick, 17.6 yds/game for Cooper under Vick, and 79.7 yds/game for each of them under Foles.

I'm not necessarily drawing any conclusions from this, because obviously there are intangible things to consider, such as how the presence of the two of them as a set affected each play. I tried to make a chart for 2012, but too many players were injured at different times to make this data truly useful, but here it is.

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I should probably say that I only started watching football this year, so I'm sure there's plenty I don't know/understand, though I have probably watched upwards of a hundred games. Possibly a little obsessive.

Also, while DeSean is not my favorite player, I am probably as tired of this story as the next person, so I have absolutely no idea why I'm posting this.

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