First Two Years

Thanks in part to Peter King’s weird diatribe today and the odd assertions of a reader, it’s a good time to take a look at how Anthony Gonzalez stacks up to Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison over his first two seasons.

Anthony Gonzalez:

Games Catches Yards YPC TD DVOA NFL Rank Catch Rate
2007 13 37 476 15.6 3 43.7% 1 73%
2008 16 57 664 11.6 4 26.2% 3 72%

 

Reggie Wayne

Games Catches Yards YPC TD DVOA NFL Rank Catch Rate
2001 13 27 345 12.8 0 -10.9% 45 55%
2002 16 49 716 14.6 4 14.7% 14 68%

 

Marvin Harrison

Games Catches Yards YPC TD DVOA NFL Rank Catch Rate
1996 15 64 836 13.1 8 4.1% 34 54%
1997 16 73 886 11.9 6 11.8% 13 62%

So what can we learn from this?

  • Gonzalez has been incredible for a WR in his first two years.  He been one of the most valuable WRs in the game.
  • Gonzalez is markedly better through year two than Wayne was.  Year three was where Wayne took off.
  • Gonzalez catches the ball more regularly than either a young Wayne or Harrison.
  • Marvin Harrison was a beast and was the Colts #1 WR from the go his rookie year.  That is rare.  Still, there are some areas where Gonzo passes him, but that might be the difference between having Manning as QB and having a beat up Jim Harbaugh and Paul Justin as QB.
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