Will Fuller Drops the Ball and I Don’t Care

The most common complaint about Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller is that he has a problem with drops. Here’s why I think that’s a non-issue. But before I explain why drops are a non-issue for Fuller, let me explain why I think they’re a non-issue in general.

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By Charles Kleinheksel | @Spidr2ybanana | Archive

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  1. Great article. I've discounted drops, but never really put them in same the same mental bucket as something like fielding percentage in baseball. It makes intuitive sense and your study perfectly captures that intuition. Kudos.

  2. My question is, how are drops defined? How accurate is the statistic itself? As you mention, if a player isn't "good enough" to get near the ball, then it can't be considered a "drop" if he doesn't catch it. Is a drop logged when the ball touches a player's hands but the player is unable to catch it? What if the player had to stretch out just to touch it? Is that a drop? Or is it considered a drop when the player had the ball in both hands and then fails to secure it? Does anyone know? Is there an official definition of what constitutes a drop?

  3. Thanks for the responses, guys. So that tells me it's a fairly subjective statistic in that it's up to an individual's determination. That is exactly why it's a fairly useless stat. I also have the same issue with "targets" but somewhat less so.

  4. Excellent article and it makes total sense. In baseball, the quick, athletic SS always makes more errors than the old guys who is a statue and can't get to any balls (cough...Jeter...cough).

  5. Good analogy. Man, I love the Yankees and especially Jeter, but fuck, was he a statue towards the end there.

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