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July 20, 2010 @ 7:53 am
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Clayton And Stevens Among NFL's Worst At Catching The Ball

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Buccaneers fans don't need another reminder about how wide receiver Michael Clayton has grossly underperformed during his time in Tampa.

Well, here is one anyways.

During his rookie year, Clayton caught 80 passes for 1,193 yards (14.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns. In the five seasons that have followed, Clayton has just 141 receptions for 1,743 yards and a measly three touchdowns.

After his stellar rookie campaign, Clayton seemed destined to join the game's elite at the wideout position. Instead, injuries and dropped passes over the years now have Clayton fighting to make the team in 2010 after signing a five-year, $23 million contact last offseason.

If that wasn't enough, here comes another reminder.

According to FootballOutsiders.com, Clayton is among the league worst when it comes to plus-minus stats for receivers.

FootballOutsiders base this off their own formula in which they compute the figures relating to the amount of times they were targeted with a pass and the number of times they made a reception, and then list the players per an average of 150 targets.

Last season, Clayton had only 16 catches on 45 targets. That equals a plus-minus score of -11.2. But if you average that out per 150 targets, Clayton was the second-worst in the league at -37.4. The only player worse was Oakland's Darrius Heyward-Bey.

And Clayton is not the only Buccaneer on the list.

Tight end Jerramy Stevens also makes an appearance, ranking fourth, with a plus-minus of -30.4 per 150 targets.

These findings aren't going to help Clayton's case to get more looks from quarterback Josh Freeman – if he is even on the team come September.


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