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Top NFL WRs on in routes

The middle of July means we also continue our look at the top wide receivers on each branch of the route tree from 2017, with an eye towards their possible success in the season to come.
Over the course of July, we’ll take a look at the top five receivers from the 2017 season on each individual route, by their passer rating when targeted – their WR Rating – on each specific branch of the route tree.
One example of this, was his performance on in routes last season, where he caught 9-of-15 targets for 175 receiving yards, which was the third-most behind just Keenan Allen and Antonio Brown.
All told, he generated a passer rating of 140.3 from his in routes, which not only paced the league last year, but was the fifth-best mark ever recorded by PFF on in routes for a given season.
It’s no surprise to see Jones near the top of this list as over recent years, no wide receiver has been more dominant on in-breaking routes.
Looking just at his production on specific in routes in 2017, we can see that he hauled in 8-of-10 targets for 130 receiving yards and a passer rating of 118.8 when targeted.
Business sure was boomin’ for Brown last year and he ended the campaign with an elite overall grade of 93.7, the best mark in the league.
All told, he caught 83.3 percent of the passes thrown his way on the route, which ranked second among receivers with at least 10 targets.
The third-year wide receiver did a solid job as the team’s No.
Over the course of the year, Funchess was our second-highest graded receiver on in routes and he converted five of his seven receptions into first downs.

May 21, 2018; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks (12) carries the ball during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the middle of July which means football is closer than you think. Training camps are popping up all over the country and fans will get their first glimpses of the 2018 iteration of their respective teams. The middle of July means we also continue our look at the top wide receivers on each branch of the route tree from 2017, with an eye towards their possible success in the season to come.

[Editor’s note: Routes in this study are bucketed onto the common PFF route tree featured below, for comparison, attached with their NFL average passer rating when targeting each specific route. For more information on our route trees and signature statistics like WR Rating – passer rating when targeted – check out our Signature Stats Glossary.]

Over the course of July, we’ll take a look at the top five receivers from the 2017 season on each individual route, by their passer rating when targeted – their WR Rating – on each specific branch of the route tree. We’ve already looked at routes targeted at or behind the line of scrimmage, on slants, crossing routes, out routes and today continue that trek past the line of scrimmage.

With that, here are the top five receivers on in routes from 2017:

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