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Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak combines the statistics of wide receivers Kevin Walter & Jacoby Jones and says, “I would tell the people that ask that question that if you put Jacoby and Kevin Walter’s numbers together last year, they add up to about 102 catches and 1,200 yards, and that would be the best number two receiver in football.” Kubiak goes on to say, “I like our two players. I think they’re both damn good players.”

Then why combine their stats into one player?

Related: If Not WR Jacoby Jones, Then Who?

What Kubiak is trying to sell is, remove your top receiver, all running backs and tight ends from the equation, and then compare the Texan WR yardage and catches stats with the rest of the NFL. Okay, lets…(see table below)

Texan Wide Receivers – sans Andre Johnson, caught 121 passes for 1,398 yards.  These number include James Casey, so take that for what it’s worth…15 Teams had more yardage from their receiving corp – minus their top receiver, than the Texans.

For those that think this is an insignificant storyline, I’ve got two words for you – Vonta Leach.  Why is Leach so important but production at the wide receiver behind AJ isn’t?  Isn’t a strong passing game also a benefit to the running game?

Allow me to use the Super Bowl Champion Packers as an example.  Korey Hall is their FB.  He had no carries, isn’t considered a strong blocker, and is primarily used in special teams.  Yet that didn’t stop John Kuhn from averaging 8.8 yards per carry in the playoffs.  He was a 4th-string RB.

I’m not trying to say the fullback – and Leach in particular is not important, but why is it/he more important than the production at wide receiver?

2010 NFL Wide Receiver Production (less the Statistics for each teams’ Top WR)

Team – Number of Catches / Receiving Yards:

  • TEXANS – Kevin Walter / Jacoby Jones = 102 / 1183 [WR’s + Casey = 121 / 1398]
  • CARDINALS – 136 / 1581
  • FALCONS – 103 / 1151
  • RAVENS –  95 / 1366
  • BILLS – 131 / 1655
  • BEARS – 105 / 1300
  • CAROLINA 113 / 1118
  • BENGALS – 149 / 2099
  • BROWNS – 111 / 1822
  • COWBOYS – 100 / 1251
  • BRONCOS – 162 / 1982
  • LIONS – 121 / 1243
  • PACKERS – 181 / 2232
  • COLTS – 175 / 1907
  • JAGUARS – 73 / 1023
  • CHIEFS – 75 / 753
  • DOLPHINS – 137 / 1675
  • VIKINGS – 68 / 699
  • PATRIOTS – 91 / 1404
  • SAINTS – 152 / 1956
  • GIANTS – 140 / 1791
  • JETS – 98 / 1230
  • RAIDERS – 83 / 1116
  • EAGLES – 118 / 1879
  • STEELERS – 125 / 1551
  • CHARGERS – 118 / 1754
  • 49ers – 71 / 994
  • SEAHAWKS – 147 / 1847
  • RAMS – 136 / 1785
  • BUCCANEERS – 61 / 748
  • TITANS – 118 / 1674
  • REDSKINS – 71 / 1210

Teams in bold had more receiving yardage than the Texans

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