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Chiefs have the league’s two best receivers against off-man coverage

Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill had their way with defenders in off-man coverage in 2017

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Last week, Pro Football Focus (PFF) dropped an article discussing the league’s top receivers vs. both press and off-man coverage.

No Kansas City Chiefs receiver cracked the top 10 against press coverage, but against off-coverage, PFF explained the Chiefs have the league’s top two receivers on their roster in Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill:

As the article describes, “when playing off-man coverage, the defender gives some depth at the line of scrimmage, leaving a “cushion” between him and the receiver.”

The moral of the story is Watkins and Hill are such talented receivers that giving them any room to work can prove deadly for defense. The only problem with that is the two players are so fast, press coverage isn’t really a good option, either.

The ratings are based upon performance from 2017:

On Watkins (139.7):

The fourth-year receiver saw slightly more off-man coverage (53.3 percent) than press-man coverage (46.7 percent) in 2017. Watkins was especially effective against off-man coverage, as he caught 20-of-39 targets for 329 receiving yards and four touchdowns, giving him a league-best WR rating of 139.7. What’s more impressive, is that 61.3 percent of those targets ended with either a first down or a touchdown, also the league’s best mark. Watkins was one of just two receivers to see at least 30 targets against off-man coverage without dropping a single pass.

On Hill (136.3):

As one of the league’s premier deep threats, Hill seldom sees press coverage. Last season, he faced off coverage on 65.0 percent of his routes, finishing the season with 61 catches on 78 targets and racking up a league-leading 924 receiving yards against off-man coverage.

Former Chief and current Miami Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson came in at No. 10 on the off-man coverage list.

Check out the full piece by PFF right here.

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