Over the last 2-3 weeks I have worked on this video trying to figure out what was going on with Dez. As a Redskins fan, I always considered him in the upper echelon of receivers but the last two seasons (and through the first 9 games) have been quite a disappointment so far. Here are some of my observations from my film study:
- Dez can’t really separate on fade/sideline routes.
- Dez has received a lot of targets (quantity), but the targets haven’t been that catchable (quality). Right now roughly 60% of his targets (9/game) are catchable and during the first five weeks that figure was closer to 50% by my tracking.
- Many of his non-catchable targets (#2) are on fade routes (#1) which means that he can’t show off his contested 50/50 catch skills.
- Dez runs some of the best dig routes I’ve ever seen.