I notice that teams are spreading the ball around more than they have in the past – especially in the red zone. The Bills, for example, might have been the worst culprits last year; despite putting up big passing numbers, they didn’t have any of the 38 players last year with at least 8 targets inside the 10 (instead, Buffalo had four players with 6-7 targets, and another 19 pass attempts going to other players).

I miss the good old days, when many teams would have a go-to receiver they would try to get the ball too around the end zone.

As I was looking at the league-wide numbers, I noticed that last year was the first season in league history in which no player caught more than 40 percent of his team’s touchdowns. Adam Thielen hit 40 percent exactly (14 of 35), but nobody went higher. (Davante Adams might have gone higher, but he missed a couple of games.).

So then I started looking at numbers from the best, and you can really see the difference. If you go back and look at the years 2000-2009, there are 8-10 guys most years who caught at least 40 percent of the touchdown passes on their teams.

On all of the figures below, by the way, I’m looking at just wide receivers. Numbers would be a little higher if tight ends were also included (Logan Thomas was the No. 1 tight end last year, at 38 percent (6 of 16).

40% OF TOUCHDOWNS (by year)

The rundown of all of those players with at least 40 percent is below. There have been 125 guys since 2000. If you want to see Thielen, you need to scroll down near the bottom; he’s tied for last at the 40 percent cutoff.

2008Calvin Johnson, Det.121867%
2000Peter Warrick, Cin.4667%
2003Chris Chambers, Mia.111765%
2005Brandon Lloyd, S.F.5863%
2010Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.61060%
2005Joey Galloway, T.B.101759%
2014Mike Evans, T.B.122157%
2004Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.81457%
2002Terrell Owens, S.F.132357%
2010Dwayne Bowe, K.C.152756%
2001Marvin Harrison, Ind.152756%
2011Brandon Lloyd, St.L.5956%
2004Muhsin Muhammad, Car.162955%
2007Braylon Edwards, Clev.162955%
2002Corey Bradford, Hou.61155%
2018Zay Jones, Buff.71354%
2005Roy Williams, Det.81553%
2001Darrell Jackson, Sea.81553%
2003Randy Moss, Min.173253%
2003Hines Ward, Pitt.101953%
2012Brandon Marshall, Chi.112152%
2008Randy Moss, N.E.112152%
2004Joe Horn, N.O.112152%
2005Hines Ward, Pitt.112152%
2007Plaxico Burress, NYG122352%
2003Torry Holt, St.L.122352%
2018Davante Adams, G.B.132552%
2001Terrell Owens, S.F.163250%
2006Terrell Owens, Dall.132650%
2005Chris Chambers, Mia.112250%
2003Santana Moss, NYJ102050%
2001Kevin Johnson, Clev.91850%
2006Joey Galloway, T.B.71450%
2009Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.132748%
2005Steve Smith, Car.122548%
2005Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.102148%
2009Brandon Marshall, Den.102148%
2009Mike Sims-Walker, Jac.71547%
2005Donte Stallworth, N.O.71547%
2017DeAndre Hopkins, Hou.132846%
2009Randy Moss, N.E.132846%
2010Calvin Johnson, Det.122646%
2007T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin.122646%
2002Hines Ward, Pitt.122646%
2008Justin Gage, Ten.61346%
2007Randy Moss, N.E.235046%
2000Randy Moss, Min.153345%
2019Cooper Kupp, LAR102245%
2010Mike Wallace, Pitt.102245%
2015Tavon Austin, St.L.51145%
2012Andre Roberts, Ariz.51145%
2005Laveranues Coles, NYJ51145%
2003Anquan Boldin, Ariz.81844%
2006Donald Driver, G.B.81844%
2000Keyshawn Johnson, T.B.81844%
2001David Boston, Ariz.81844%
2007Roydell Williams, Ten.4944%
2010Brandon Lloyd, Den.112544%
2004Terrell Owens, Phil.143244%
2000David Boston, Ariz.71644%
2008Roddy White, Atl.71644%
2009Steve Smith, Car.71644%
2004Torry Holt, St.L.102343%
2001Randy Moss, Min.102343%
2014Dez Bryant, Dall.163743%
2018Antonio Brown, Pitt.153543%
2004Lee Evans, Buff.92143%
2009Chad Ochocinco, Cin.92143%
2000Antonio Freeman, G.B.92143%
2011Pierre Garcon, Ind.61443%
2002Joey Galloway, Dall.61443%
2002Antonio Bryant, Dall.61443%
2008Santana Moss, Was.61443%
2006Randy Moss, Oak.3743%
2015Brandon Marshall, NYJ143342%
2000Marvin Harrison, Ind.143342%
2018DeAndre Hopkins, Hou.112642%
2010Mike Williams, T.B.112642%
2009Roddy White, Atl.112642%
2009Miles Austin, Dall.112642%
2001Rod Smith, Den.112642%
2004Roy Williams, Det.81942%
2006Steve Smith, Car.81942%
2002Amani Toomer, NYG81942%
2006Lee Evans, Buff.81942%
2007Terrell Owens, Dall.153642%
2010Steve Johnson, Buff.102442%
2013Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.102442%
2002Eric Moulds, Buff.102442%
2006Torry Holt, St.L.102442%
2006Plaxico Burress, NYG102442%
2007Lee Evans, Buff.51242%
2000Marcus Robinson, Chi.51242%
2009Donnie Avery, St.L.51242%
2016Mike Evans, T.B.122941%
2013Calvin Johnson, Det.122941%
2012Dez Bryant, Dall.122941%
2015Doug Baldwin, Sea.143441%
2009Lee Evans, Buff.71741%
2001Laveranues Coles, NYJ71741%
2019DeVante Parker, Mia.92241%
2014Torrey Smith, Balt.112741%
2002Marvin Harrison, Ind.112741%
2004Drew Bennett, Ten.112741%
2000Terrell Owens, S.F.133241%
2015Allen Robinson, Jac.143540%
2020Adam Thielen, Min.143540%
2014Odell Beckham, NYG123040%
2007Greg Jennings, G.B.123040%
2017Davante Adams, G.B.102540%
2003Joe Horn, N.O.102540%
2005Joe Jurevicius, Sea.102540%
2015Jeremy Maclin, K.C.82040%
2011Eric Decker, Den.82040%
2006Javon Walker, Den.82040%
2001Jimmy Smith, Jac.82040%
2001Marty Booker, Chi.82040%
2018Larry Fitzgerald, Ariz.61540%
2014Allen Hurns, Jac.61540%
2008Steve Smith, Car.61540%
2000Oronde Gadsden, Mia.61540%
2007Laveranues Coles, NYJ61540%
2006Braylon Edwards, Clev.61540%
2009Louis Murphy, Oak.41040%

—Ian Allan