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Does Kelvin Benjamin have a drop issue?

Does Kelvin Benjamin have an issue with drops?

The newest Bills wide receiver is 6-foot-5, with big 10 1/4-inch hands, but has certainly experienced some issues with catching the football despite the array of highlight reel receptions he's made in his professional career.

But just how "bad" is his drop issue?

Let's take a look.

Catchable Targets - Drops

2014: Catchable Targets - 84, Drops - 11 (13.10 percent drop rate)

2016: Catchable Targets - 65, Drops - 2 (3.08 percent drop rate)

2017: Catchable Targets - 34, Drops - 2 (5.88 percent drop rate)

Totals:  Catchable Targets - 183, Drops, 15 (8.19% drop rate)

For perspective on Benjamin's career drop rate of 8.19 percent, here are the drop rates of others members of the famed wideout draft class of 2014:

  • Sammy Watkins - 6.5 percent (12 drops on 183 catchable targets)
  • Jordan Matthews - 8.0 percent (21 drops on 261 catchable targets)
  • Odell Beckham Jr. - 6.0 percent (20 drops on 333 catchable targets)
  • Mike Evans - 9.4 percent (29 drops on 306 catchable targets)

Those four wideouts have combined for a 7.5 percent drop rate on catchable targets in the NFL, not considerably better than Benjamin's career drop rate of 8.19 percent.

After an alarming rookie campaign in which only nine of 90 qualifying receivers had a higher drop rate than Benjamin, the veteran pass-catcher has dropped just four passes on his last 99 catchable targets.

That equates to a drop rate of 4.04 percent.

How good is a drop rate of 4.0 percent on 99 catchable targets? For comparison, in 2016, Doug Baldwin of the Seahawks had a drop rate of 4.08 percent on 98 catchable targets.

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