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Old 01-08-2005   #18
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Originally Posted by Lucky
Some interest stats regarding Gaffney in '04:

5.3 Yards After Catch average (YAC) - 8th among WRs with 40+ catches
21 1st down receptions on 3rd down - 7th in NFL (21 3rd down catches/21 1st downs)
82.9 1st down/catch % ( 34/41 ) - 6th in the NFL

These numbers indicate that Gaffney has produced when thrown to. His numbers are similar to Wayne's, except Wayne had 40% more balls thrown his way. Jabar is not going to beat CBs physically, as a Burress or Bennett will. His catches will come as a result of precision routes run in context of the offense. When a play breaks down, Gaffney will lose effectiveness. Like Carr, Gaffney will be a major benifactor when the Texans pass protection problems are solved.
That's exactly what Jabar does well. Pick up first downs, and that's why he's important to the Texans. Why I believe he's a good third option. His niche is come in on passing situations, get open, and pick up the first.

Like I said before, if the Texans pass on WR in the draft, with another year experience I hope Gafney responds opposite AJ and proves me wrong. That would be wonderful.
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