The receiving breakdown through Week 12 shows Jerramy Stevens with the highest percentage of dropped passes among players with at least 10 chances.
A lesser athlete would not even get into position for some of the plays that end up being drops for him. Take the deep pass over the middle yesterday. They've drawn that up for Itula Mili a couple of times this season, but he could not get to the ball. Those ended up being incomplete passes, not drops. On the play last night, Stevens got there and nearly made a very good catch. He had the ball in his hands when Marquand Manuel hit him hard. The ball came loose. Manuel gets credit for a pass defensed, but we also gave Stevens a drop because the ball was in his hands long enough for him to make the grab, in my subjective view.
Stevens nearly had another nice grab near the right sideline, but he could not hold on. Again, many tight ends wouldn't drop that pass because they wouldn't even have a shot at getting to the ball. Stevens has the talent. He did a good job getting both feet down in the back of the end zone on that short TD grab late in the game. He also caught the pass for the two-point conversion. He just needs to become more consistent finishing plays. If he ever does that, I think he can be a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end on the strength of his receiving.