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Hakeem Nicks Top 15 WR in the League?

I’ve found the most amazing football website on the web. It’s called

It is a website that tracks every play of a team for the entire year based on a simple rating system. An average play is a Zero (A zero signifies that the player carried out his assignment and nothing spectacular happened on the play). Anything positive gets a positive grade, anything negative gets a negative grade and then it’s averaged out.

Anything above a 1 means that a player routinely makes GOOD plays (better than excected outcomes)

Anyway, I was looking through the web site and found something and was wondering what you guys have thought.

I’ve been praising Hakeem Nicks’ for awhile for his tenacity in blocking and finally a website has noticed! has Nicks rated as the thirteenth best blocking Wide Receiver in the game.

Hakeem Nicks is also rated as the 14th Best WR in the league right now  ovreall (and the number 2 Rookie Wide Receiver behind only Percy Harvin; the WORST score for a WR in the entire league is Darrius Hewyard Bey, by the way). Nicks comes in with a score of 7.4. Remember anything over a 1 is well above average.

Nicks excels in two areas pass routes  and Blocking.  Hakeem Nicks is also 10th in the league in yards after catch with 291 and #1 overall with an average of 8.6 yards after catch per catch.

Hakeem Nicks is rated as the 23rd best WR in the League on pass routes only.

All this while coming in the league at the 63rd Most thrown at Wide Receiver.

Hakeem Nicks catches 65.4 percent of balls thrown his way, which is right around 25th overall in the league for players who get about 50% of the offensive snaps.

On the other hand DeSean Jackson has a cumulative rating of a -5.

and according to this site DeSean Jackson is god-awful at run blocking, having penalties against him, and also below average on ALL Pass plays.

Meaning that DeSean Jackson has one or two good plays a game and a lot of below average routes.

DeSean Jackons has a very poor catches at 56.4 balls thrown in his direction.

Steve L. Smith (New York Giants) has catches on 68.3 percent of the passes thrown in his direction.

Mario Manningham has receptions on 57.5 of balls thrown his way.

Steve Smith is a 5.5 overall and Mario Manningham is a 3.4 Overall.

What’s all this mean, well it means that despite only taking 324 snaps this season (or put another way the 87th most snaps taking by a Wide Receiver in the league) and after only being thrown at 52 times (or 59th most in the league) Hakeem Nicks is making his impact felt.


It also means that the New York Giants have, perhaps the best young Wide Receiver Corps in the league moving forward.

I really do think it’s better than the Eagles overall as a receiving corps, and this is before the Giants even get to use Ramses Barden or Running back Andre Brown.


Right Now, according to these rankings which are suppose to be un-bias analytical rankings Hakeem Nicks is the 14th best overall Wide Receiver in the league.

There are players who are playing more, and have more touchdowns, and there are players who have more yardage, and there are players who run better routes.

But as far as a player who catches a high percentage of balls thrown at him, breaks tackles, gets yards after the catch, gets in the end-zone, blocks on screens, runs, and for other receivers after catches there are only Thirteen players in the league playing a higher level at the Wide Receiver position in the league.


This is a huge game this weekend and I’m very nervous and hopefully the Giants can make some big plays and keep the Eagles from any big plays (their best attribute as a team) it’ll be close.


Have a nice day, everyone.

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5 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks Top 15 WR in the League?”

  1. I love that site — only wish stats and rating would come out before wednesday at midnight.

    hard to use their analysis before we finish our wrap ups… and mine come late enough as it is.

    but its time consuming and painful to style all those little charts!!

  2. twerp says:

    Great research, loved the article. I’ve been saying since week 6 that he should be starting over Manningham.

  3. Shane says:

    Nicks is a very physical, very smart, and has great awareness on the field.

    There is a reason why this guy is always around the ball!

  4. Jesse Cassel says:

    Nicks should be starting, hes a game breaker

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