Scott Chandler: better than you think
Posted Mar. 14 at 08:42 AM
I saw in an AP story over the weekend that Scott Chandler signed a three-year contract to remain with the Bills. There was a line in the article about him being a key part of their offense and a star tight end, and I nearly posted a snarky comment.
Chandler has been with three other teams. If he was really a star, why did the Chargers, Cowboys and Giants get rid of him? (The Giants didn’t technically get rid of him, but he was on their practice squad, so they actually never even signed him.)
Apparently, being an NFL star these days pretty much means that you’re on an NFL roster.
But I was looking at some numbers yesterday, and look whose name boiled to the top. Chandler caught 83 percent of the passes thrown his direction last year. That was the best of all tight ends in the league.
And not only the best last year. It was the best by any tight end in the last five years (among those with at least 40 pass attempts). Probably further back as well. Going back further than that, the numbers I have aren’t as complete.
I’m not saying Chandler is another Gronkowski, Gates or Gonzalez, but I have more respect for him now than I did in the past.
TIGHT ENDS WITH BEST COMPLETION RATES
Last five years, tight ends with at least 40 pass attempts.
No Att Pct Year
38 46 82.6% 2011 Scott Chandler, Buff.
76 97 78.4% 2009 Heath Miller, Pitt.
39 50 78.0% 2008 Donald Lee, G.B.
55 71 77.5% 2009 Jermichael Finley, G.B.
47 61 77.0% 2007 Heath Miller, Pitt.
50 65 76.9% 2010 Antonio Gates, S.D.
48 63 76.2% 2007 Donald Lee, G.B.
48 63 76.2% 2007 Eric Johnson, N.O.
94 124 75.8% 2009 Jason Witten, Dall.
100 132 75.8% 2009 Dallas Clark, Ind.
49 65 75.4% 2007 Tony Scheffler, Den.
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