2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Packers offense rolls on 'yards after catch'

By GENARO C. ARMAS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-16 18:38

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The ``YAC'' attack is thriving once more in Green Bay.

Passing yardage statistics can be deceiving. Those gains through the air aren't always about the throw and the catch - it's the yards gained after the catch that can result in big plays.

Aaron Rodgers may have set a career high with 480 yards passing in the 38-20 victory Sunday over the Redskins, but targets James Jones, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley gained a lot of those yards with what they did following the catch.

The Packers had 295 ``yards after catch'' against the Redskins, their most in any game since 1992 and the second most by any team in that period, according to STATS, LLC. Only the Houston Oilers had more, 348 on Nov. 15, 1992 against Minnesota.

``Just guys being athletic I guess, nothing much,'' Nelson said Monday when asked why the receivers excelled in getting yards after the catch.

Some guys will try to stiff arm a cornerback to break free. The speedy Cobb can make people miss in space. And 6-foot-5 tight end Finley might drop his shoulder to bowl over a defender.

``I mean, there's not a recipe for it. It's just catching the ball and then making the first guy miss one way or another,'' Nelson said.

Sounds simple enough. Every receiver wants to gain as many yards as possible.

But in Green Bay, it's long been a key to the offense.

``I mean, the emphasis has always been there, but we're just trying to coach it better and the players are doing a better job at it,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. ``The timing of the throw and the routes are more in sync. It creates another half yard of separation as opposed to when you're not as in sync. So all those things factor.''

As always, Rodgers gets things started with his knack of getting the ball to his receivers at just the right time. He finished 34 for 42 with no interceptions on Sunday.

According to the Packers, Rodgers became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 480 yards and four touchdowns without throwing a pick. The Giants' Y.A. Tittle also accomplished the feat in 1952 against ... the Redskins.

Rodgers was quick Sunday to give credit to his receiving corps.

``We had a lot of yards after catch,'' he said. ``It was 480 yards, but how much of that was YAC?''

Jones (178 yards) and Cobb (128) each had career highs in yards receiving. Nelson caught two touchdowns. Finley had six receptions and a score despite being bothered last week by a sore toe, then cramps on Sunday.

``We talk about extended plays, chart `em, practice `em, big-play opportunities. It's part of our makeup as a football team, not just our offense,'' McCarthy said. ``It's where a lot of big plays are generated. ... It's all part of emphasizing how you want your team to play and the identity of how it helps you be most productive.''

Green Bay also got a big day from running back James Starks, a forgotten man in the preseason after the Packers draft Eddie Lacy out of Alabama in the second round, and Johnathan Franklin from UCLA in the fourth. Starks finished with a career-best 132 yards on the ground.

Lacy left with a concussion after his first carry following what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather. McCarthy said he would know more about Lacy on Wednesday.

``Well, it was definitely a helmet-to ... the Washington safety definitely led with his helmet, so I know that's not what we're looking for,'' McCarthy said.

He deferred to the league office when asked if he was surprised Meriweather wasn't flagged.

NOTES: After leading 31-0 at one point, McCarthy said he was unhappy about giving up 20 to the Redskins over the last 20-plus minutes of the game. ``To play at the level we performed at for a large part of the game and then to give that up, it's something that probably looks worse on the stat sheet than the reality of the football game. You have to look at that,'' he said. ... McCarthy likes how the team is playing physically, but says the ``mental performance isn't even close to what it needs to be.'' He said coaches need to do a better job of getting the team ready.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Lardarius WebbJul 29 10:45a

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) missed his third straight day of practice Monday, July 28, and will undergo further testing to determine the extent of the injury, according [ More ]

Jairus ByrdJul 29 10:43a

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Alfonso SmithJul 29 10:43a

The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (Cardinals) to an undisclosed deal and waived/injured OT Fou Fonoti (undisclosed).

Eric WinstonJul 29 10:43a

The Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent OT Eric Winston (Cardinals) to a one-year deal.

Kelvin BenjaminJul 29 10:40a

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) doesn't have a timetable for his return after bruising his left knee, but he is expected to be back in days, not weeks. [ More ]

Josh ThomasJul 29 10:03a

Carolina Panthers CB Josh Thomas (undisclosed) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list and is practicing Tuesday, July 29.

Chris IvoryJul 29 09:53a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is likely to be the team's goal line back, according to running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

D'Aundre ReedJul 29 08:53a

The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent TE Brett Brackett (Cardinals), undrafted free-agent QB Seth Lobato (Northern Colorado) and DE D'Aundre Reed. QB Brock Jensen was waived and OG Davonte Wallace (undisclosed) was waived/injured.

Ricky SappJul 29 08:43a

The Houston Texans signed free-agent RB Tim Cornett (Cardinals) and OT Mike Farrell (Broncos) to undisclosed deals. LB Ricky Sapp was waived.

Alan BonnerJul 29 02:23a

Houston Texans WR Alan Bonner (foot) was placed on the Texans' Reserve/Injured list after clearing waivers Monday, July 28.

Brandon JenkinsJul 29 02:13a

OG James Dunbar (Bears), OT Anthony Dima (Texans), OT Jack Breckner (Colts) and LB Brandon Jenkins (Redskins) all cleared waivers Monday, July 28, and are free to sign with any team.

Menelik WatsonJul 29 01:43a

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson is slated to start at right tackle. The coaching staff has confidence in his ability after what was largely viewed as a disappointing 2013 [ More ]

Jimmy ClausenJul 29 12:22a

Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen was accurate with his throws during practice Monday, July 28, and he led a touchdown drive during a two-minute drill. Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com [ More ]

Jordan ZumwaltJul 28 11:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt (groin) left practice early Monday, July 28, and WR C.J. Goodwin (shoulder) was held out of drills during practice.

Rod StreaterJul 28 11:33p

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) is dealing with a concussion, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.

Odell Beckham Jr.Jul 28 11:33p

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined at least another week due to his hamstring injury. Beckham was originally [ More ]

Marcus LattimoreJul 28 11:33p

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has not been cleared to practice yet due to lingering concerns about his surgically repaired right knee. However, he appears close to joining his teammates.

Chris CantyJul 28 11:33p

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (family issue) missed practice Monday, July 28. OG Will Rackley (head) and OT Parker Graham (groin) also missed practice.

Alfonso SmithJul 28 11:33p

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to announce the signing of free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (Cardinals) Tuesday, July 29. The team needs healthy reinforcements with RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) [ More ]

Juron CrinerJul 28 11:33p

Oakland Raiders WR Juron Criner (hamstring) has been sidelined from practice due to a hamstring injury, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.

Gavin EscobarJul 28 11:23p

Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar has often lined up out wide during training camp, and offensive play-caller Scott Linehan is experimenting with different ways to get him involved in the offense.

Roy MillerJul 28 10:52p

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Roy Miller (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, July 28, after being given the day off Sunday, July 27, to rest his shoulder that he had surgery on in the offseason.

Cyrus KouandjioJul 28 10:43p

Buffalo Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio has struggled in training camp, and Joe Buscaglia of 550 Sports Radio believes that OT Erik Pears is now the frontrunner for the starting RT job.

Mario ManninghamJul 28 10:42p

New York Giants WR Mario Manningham (knee) said he is still not 100 percent confident in his surgically repaired knee. 'I'm working on it,' he said of overcoming that [ More ]

John AbrahamJul 28 10:23p

Arizona Cardinals DE John Abraham was detained, questioned and later charged with multiple counts, including DUI, on Sunday, June 29, according to arrest reports in DeKalb County. Abraham missed [ More ]

Anthony DixonJul 28 10:12p

Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was listed as the No. 3 back on the team's first official depth chart with RB Bryce Brown listed as the No. 4 back.

Scott ChandlerJul 28 10:12p

Buffalo Bills FS Kenny Ladler (hamstring), TE Scott Chandler (groin), TE Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and TE Chris Gragg (cramps) were held out of practice Monday, July 28.

Joe HawleyJul 28 10:02p

Atlanta Falcons C Joe Hawley and C Peter Konz have both been taking reps with the first-team this offseason.

Odell Beckham Jr.Jul 28 09:53p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) had tests on his injured hamstring Monday, July 28, and the results were negative, according to two sources briefed on the injury.

Danny AmendolaJul 28 09:43p

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola has spent the offseason working with trainer Alex Guerrero. Guerrero is also QB Tom Brady's trainer, and he helped WR Julian Edelman prior to last season.

Marlon MooreJul 28 08:42p

The Cleveland Browns signed WR Marlon Moore (Dolphins) Monday, July 28.

Clay HarborJul 28 08:32p

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) will miss some time with a strained calf, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group