Most people believe that the wide receivers are the guys who get the points in many of the NFL games. Here is a chart of data of several outstanding Oakland Raiders who were wide receivers.
One comparison uses only the first three years that each player was cited as the outstanding wide receiver. Other observations are made.
One observation is that Cliff Branch, Fred Biletnikoff and Warren Wells were outstanding and if we use point difference as a measure of team strength, they were on stronger teams than some of the other wide receivers.
Here is another table:
|Brown||Wells||Branch||Powell||Biletnikoff||418||Biletnikoff||3 of 3|
|72||7||60||4||117||362||Wells||3 of 3|
|180||135||58||27||66||313||Brown||3 of 10|
|61||220||28||59||235||146||Branch||3 of 6|
|313||362||146||90||418||90||Powell||3 of 5|
|First three years|| |
Another observation is that Biletnikoff and Wells rank above Brown, Branch and Powell when we consider the context of team strength. The comparison is also narrowed to the first three years that they are cited as outstanding wide receivers.
This discussion is descriptive. One thing that is learned is that outstanding wide receivers in the context of a strong team as measured by point difference helps to further distinguish the wide receivers.
What do you think?