Looking Back: By Numbers at Receiver

Over the last three seasons, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson have done what no other receivers in the NFL have done. In fact, Cobb is blowing away the field. Those numbers and much more as we put our unique perspective on the Packers' prolific receivers.

A by-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers' wide receivers.

1: Randall Cobb is the only wide receiver in the NFL to rank in the top 15 in catch percentage in each of the last three seasons, according to ProFootballFocus.com. More on that below.

2: Cobb and Jordy Nelson are the only two wide receivers in the NFL to rank in the top 16 in catch percentage in each of the last three seasons. Nelson ranked seventh in 2011, 16th in 2012 and eighth in 2013.

3: Cobb, Nelson and James Jones are three of the four receivers in the NFL to rank in the top 25 in catch percentage in each of the last three seasons. Wes Welker is the other. Jones ranked 12th in 2011, 18th in 2012 and 24th in 2013.

3: Teams for Chris Harper, a fourth-round pick by Seattle. Harper was released by the Seahawks and 49ers before being claimed by the Packers on waivers on Oct. 18. Harper played two snaps on offense and recorded two tackles on special teams in four games. He was inactive in seven games.

3:28: Jones' drop rate, with three dropped passes out of 61 catchable passes, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That's the third-best in the league behind Larry Fitzgerald's 1.20 percent and DeAndre Hopkins' 1.89 percent.

10: Dropped passes by the Packers' wide receivers. according to STATS: Nelson and Jones with three, Jarrett Boykin with two, and Cobb and Myles White with one apiece.

11: 100-yard receiving games by Packers receivers. New England and Denver led the league with 13, with Green Bay alone for third-most.

19: Receptions of 25-plus yards by Nelson, tops in the league.

21: Receptions of 25-plus yards by Calvin Johnson in 2012 and Jerry Rice in 1995. That's the most in the league since 1994, according to STATS. Rodgers is tied for the third-most during that span.

36: Career touchdown receptions by Nelson, 12th in team history.

37: Career touchdown reception by Jones, 11th in team history. Paul Coffman ranks 10th with 39.

77.5: Cobb's catch percentage, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That was No. 1 in the league among wide receivers playing 25 percent of the snaps.

78.4: Cobb's catch percentage in 2012. That was second in the league behind Brandon Stokley's 78.9 percent.

80.6: Cobb's catch percentage as a rookie in 2011. That was second in the league behind Eric Weems' 91.7 percent, though Weems had only 12 passes thrown his way.

207.4: Receiving yards per game by the Packers' receivers. Only Denver (231.0) had more — a stunning statistic considering Aaron Rodgers missed half the season and Cobb missed 10 games.

302: Career receptions by Nelson, which ranks 15th in team history.

310: Career receptions by Jones, which ranks 12th in team history. Ahman Green ranks eighth with 350; Greg Jennings is seventh with 425.

810: Receiving yards by Nelson in the eight games that Rodgers started and finished. That's 101.3 yards per game. In the other eight games, he had 504 receiving yards, an average of 63.0. Nelson caught 49 passes with seven touchdowns and a 16.5-yard average in the games, with Rodgers and 36 catches, a 14.0-yard average and one touchdown in the games without Rodgers.


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