Hidden Stat Line: Targets, Routes & Snaps from Week 3

Hidden Stat Line: Targets, Routes & Snaps from Week 3

This article is part of our Hidden Stat Line series.

Week 3 of 2020 felt a bit like Week 1 of 2019, featuring a bunch of breakout performances from rookie wide receivers. Minnesota's Justin Jefferson was the headliner with 175 yards and a TD, but Brandon Aiyuk, Gabriel Davis and Tee Higgins also put up big stat lines for the first time, with the numbers supported by encouraging target/snap/route usage in each case.

We also saw a few rookie wideouts take on larger roles that could hint at future production, namely KJ Hamler, Chase Claypool and John Hightower. On the other hand, Van Jefferson disappeared from the Rams offense, while Michael Pittman (leg) got his first NFL start but then needed surgery shortly after the game.

We'll take a look at all that and more in the game-by game recaps below, focusing on WRs and TEs as the follow-up to Monday's HSL: Week 3 Backfield Usage. The RB-focused article now includes my top-10 waiver targets for Week 4, in addition to the stat leaderboards and team recaps we've always provided.

(Snap totals, snap shares, carries and targets come from pro-football-reference.com. Data on dropbacks and routes run comes from Pro Football Focus. Stats on air yards and target share come from RotoWire's advanced stats pages.)

Dolphins (31) at Jaguars (13)

Dolphins

 SnapsRoutesRoutes/DropbackTargetsTarget ShareReceiving Line
WR DeVante Parker 92%  25 1.0 5 25% 5-69-0
WR Preston Williams57% 21 .84 2 10% 2-7-1
TE Mike Gesicki49%  21 .84
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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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