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PFF: Walter has most reliable hands in NFL

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 23, 2011 – 5:35 pm

Texans No. 2 receiver Kevin Walter is second to none when it comes to having reliable hands, according to metrics from Pro Football Focus.

PFF’s Khaled Elsayed calculated the drop percentage for all NFL wide receivers who were thrown at least 120 catchable balls from 2008-10. Walter had the lowest percentage of any player in the league (2.96%), with 164 catches and only five drops on 169 catchable balls over the last three seasons.

That put Walter ahead of Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (3.27%), Denver’s Eddie Royal (4.59%) and San Diego’s Vincent Jackson (4.59%). The bottom-10 in drop percentage from 2008-10 was filled with marquee names like Brandon Marshall, Marques Colston, DeSean Jackson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Dwayne Bowe and Braylon Edwards.

“While none of it makes Walter flatly more valuable than the deep threat that is Jackson, maybe a bit more credit is due for the Texan and his role in their offense,” Elsayed wrote.

Walter had the third-best drop percentage last season (1.92%), with only one drop on 52 catchable balls. Texans All-Pro Andre Johnson was 15th in 2010 (6.52%), recording 86 catches and six drops in 92 chances.

“Walter has become one of the league’s most reliable targets, while Andre Johnson eliminated some of the drops that had always been a part of his game,” Elsayed said. “Somehow Johnson managed to improve this season, and he did so on an injured ankle.”

According to Elsayed, Texans receiver Jacoby Jones was among the bottom-15 in drop percentage last season, dropping seven of 58 catchable balls (12.07%).

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