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Vikings WR Stefon Diggs ranks No. 1 on ‘tight-window’ catches

By Matthew Coller

You already know by now the Minnesota Vikings had two of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. But an article by NFL.com using NEXTGEN statistics demonstrates just how impressive the tandem was in 2017.

Diggs ranked No. 1 on “tight-window” catches and Thielen ranked eighth. A “tight-window” catch is defined by a receiver having less than one yard of separation from his defender. Writer Matt Harmon ranked the receivers by catch rate on tight-window targets, quarterback’s passer rating when they were targeted in tight windows and yards per catch on tight-window receptions.

Diggs posted the No. 1 catch rate (61.9 percent) and No. 1 passer rating (139.7) on tight-window throws. He was ninth in yards per catch (18.0).

“Diggs is a stunning route-runner with the ability to separate in a flash — his ability to win catches even when he doesn’t separate makes him an absolute chore for opposing defensive backs to cover,” Harmon wrote.

Thielen caught 50 percent of tight-window throws for an 81.3 passer rating.

Harmon wrote:

“Having such a reliable target in tight windows helped gunslinging QB Case Keenum enjoy the best season of his career. Thielen quickly established himself as one of the best receivers in the game in 2017, teaming with the top receiver on this list to form arguably the most dangerous receiver tandem.”

The rest of the list included:

2 – Marvin Jones, Detroit

3 – Dez Bryant, Dallas

4 – Mike Evans, Tampa Bay

5 – Demaryius Thomas, Denver

6 – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

7 – Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles

9 – Keelan Cole, Jacksonville

10 – AJ Green, Cincinnati

Read the entire piece below:

Who were the best WRs at winning the ball in tight windows in 2017? The first piece in my #NextGenStats top-10 series is up https://t.co/TxzSQvPyJD

— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) February 6, 2018

The post Vikings WR Stefon Diggs ranks No. 1 on ‘tight-window’ catches appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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