So I'm sure one of the firsts things you all, like me, did when we signed new players this offseason was check out their nfl.com player page, to see what kind of numbers guys like Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tiquan Underwood, and Ed Dickson put up over their careers. I got to thinking though that one thing these pages didn't show was playoff stats. Given that we'll hopefully be headed back to the playoffs, and that how players play in big games says a lot about them, I was curious to see how our new guys did in the post season. Here's what I found.
2011 Wildcard Steelers @ Broncos L: Rec-1 Yds-31 TDs-1 Lng-31
2010 Wildcard Jets @ Colts W: Rec-2 Yds-17 TDs-0 Lng-10
2010 Divisional Jets @ Chargers W: Rec-3 Yds-25 TDs-0 Lng-15
2010 AFCCG Jets @ Steelers L: Rec-5 Yds-33 TDs-1 Lng-14
2009 Wildcard Jets @ Bengals W: Rec-6 Yds-67 TDs-0 Lng-18
2009 Divisional Jets @ Chargers W: Rec-3 Yds-25 Tds-0 Lng-15
2009 AFCCG Jets @ Colts L: Rec-5 Yds-102 TDs-0 Lng-45
2006 Wildcard Jets @ Patriots L: Rec-4 Yds-100 TDs-1 Lng-77 Rushing Att-2 Yds-17 (w/ Pennington)
2013 Wildcard Saints @ Eagles L: Rec-5 Yds-21 TDs-0 Lng-6 (w/ Foles)
2010 Wildcard Packers @ Eagles L: Rec-7 Yds-93 TDs-1 Lng-24 (w/ Vick)
2009 Wildcard Eagles @ Cowboys L: Rec-2 Yds-32 TDs-0 Lng-20 (w/ McNabb)
2008 Wildcard Eagles @ Vikings W: Rec-5 Yds-47 TDs-0 Lng-14
2008 Divisional Eagles @ Giants W: Rec-4 Yds-43 TDs-0 Lng-21
2008 NFCCG Eagles @ Cardinals L: Rec-2 Yds-23 TDs-0 Lng-14
Was on the Pats for their 2011 playoff run. Didn't catch a pass in the divisional or AFCC games. Was famously cut the day day before the Superbowl, apparently so the Giants couldn't sign him for playbook info. Neither the Jags nor the Bucs made the playoffs while he was there.
2012 Wildcard Colts @ Ravens W: Rec-1 Yds-24 TDs-0 Lng-24
2012 Divisional Ravens @ Broncos W: Rec-3 Yds-29 TDs-0 Lng-14
2012 Superbowl Ravens vs 49ers W: Rec-2 Yds-37 TDs-0 Lng-23
2011 Divisional Texans @ Ravens W: Rec-1 Yds-14 TDs-0 Lng-14
2011 AFCCG Ravens @ Patriots L: Rec-2 Yds-23 TDs-0 Lng-16
2010 Wildcard Ravens @ Chiefs W: Rec-1 Yds-2 TDs-0 Lng-2
- Cotchery looked like a #1 6-7 years ago with Pennington. Struggled as part of an anemic offense with Sanchez in 2009 and 2010. Stat line against the Broncos reaffirms that he can be a red zone target for us.
- Just from this snapshot you can see why Avant wasn't happy in Chip Kelly's system. Five catches for 21 yards and a long of 6 seems like he was under used when previous years' playoff performances show that he can catch balls further down the field. Biggest thing that stands out from these stats is just how consistent Avant has been, even in the playoffs
- Ed Dickson's playoff numbers look acceptable if unexciting for a TE2. Kind of worrisome how he disappeared for a few games, but that could be that he wasn't targeted or didn't take advantage of the targets he got. Of note is that his best playoff game was the biggest in the Super Bowl. Still rooting for B Williams to beat him out, but either way I hope we use more two TE sets this season.
So people can bitch about our WR core all they want, but these numbers show that our new skill position players (save Tiquan who hasn't had the opportunity) have gotten it done in postseason over the years. Hell, even our rookie, KB played and excelled in the National Championship game. All in all, between Benjamin, Olsen, and solid role players and possession receivers around them, I think we're set up not only to get to the playoffs again, but win games in them.