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A.J. Green topped yards per route run in 2014

In case you needed a reminder A.J. Green was one of the best receivers in football, he led all NFL pass-catchers in one of the more important statistics that often gets overlooked.

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Though A.J. Green's 2014 season ended on a down note, he still was one of the best receivers in football.

The fourth-year receiver out of Georgia may have missed several games with a toe injury and concussion, but when he was on the field, Green was still one of the most feared pass-catchers in the NFL. A big reason why is Green's ability to frequently make a big play when he touches the ball.

That was evidenced in Pro Football Focus' yards-per-route-run statistic, which Green led in 2014 with 2.96 YPRR.

Rank Name Team Targets Rec. Yards Snaps in Route YPRR
1 A.J. Green CIN 109 1041 352 2.96
2 Demaryius Thomas DEN 178 1619 583 2.78
3 Martavis Bryant PIT 48 549 200 2.75
4 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 129 1305 476 2.74
5 Julio Jones ATL 156 1593 585 2.72
6 Dez Bryant DAL 135 1320 494 2.67
7 Jordy Nelson GB 146 1519 570 2.66
7 Antonio Brown PIT 178 1698 638 2.66
9 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 140 1409 574 2.45
10 DeSean Jackson WAS 87 1169 479 2.44

Basically, Green gained three yards for every route he ran, even if the ball wasn't even throw his way. Another way of looking at it is how Green gained 1,041 yards on just 352 routes run.

Second-place Demaryius Thomas gained 1,619 yards last year, but it took him 583 routes run to do so, or 2.78 YPRR. Green was simply more productive than any receiver in football last year when he was on the field in terms of yards gained for every route he ran.

This was also a big jump for Green from his 2013 YPRR of 2.28, which was good for ninth that season.

*To qualify a player must have logged at least 200 routes run this season.