Who are the 10 best deep-ball threats right now in the NFL? If you think about that question for a minute, who are the players that immediately come to your mind?
We thought it would be an interesting presentation to create, taking into account the speed of the wide receivers in question, statistics from the past several seasons and looking at several other factors.
"The other factors" portion of the research included analyzing parts to the receiving game that don't get mentioned very often. Most football fans are now familiar with the concept of "Yards after catch, or YAC. But, I don't believe many fans are that up on the term "Air Yards" which is essentially the number of yards the pass traveled in the air past the line of scrimmage.
For the purposes of this presentation, we are focusing more on the air yards that were involved in pass plays, as opposed to the YAC side of the fence. If you are so inclined to learn more about these terms or concepts, here is an article by Bill Barnwell from Football Outsiders that goes into greater depth on YAC and "Air Yards".
In an article that addresses this issue, writer Danny Tuccitto of ESPN Deportes.com, figured out that two-thirds of all receiving yards from the 2011 NFL regular season were actually "Air Yards", while the other third were yards after the catch.