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Crunching the Numbers: 2018 Steelers receiving statistics

A comparison of various 2018 Steelers receiving stats with the rest of the NFL.

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With Antonio Brown’s 1,297 receiving yards in 2018 combined with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 1,426 yards, the duo set a Steelers franchise record with a total of 2,723 yards. The previous record was held by Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress in the 2002 season with a total of 2,654 combined yards. The Brown-JuJu combination finished second in the league in yards behind Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill with 2,815 yards.

52.6% and 46.8%

Of 16 players who caught passes for the Steelers in 2018, 52.6% of the receiving yards were by Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Nearly half of the Steelers receptions (46.8%) were by Brown and Smith-Schuster with 215 of the 459 catches going to the two Pro Bowl receivers.


While JuJu Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in both receptions (111) and yards (1,426), Antonio Brown had more than twice as many touchdowns with 15. JuJu was second on the team with seven, with the next most belonging to Vance McDonald with four.


The Steelers were second in the NFL in the number of receptions for first downs in 2018 with 251. Only Tampa Bay had more with 265 receptions. Since the Steelers led the league with 459 completions, they finished with 54.7% of the receptions going for a first down which was just below the league average of 55.4%.


The Steelers had four receiving touchdowns of 75 yards or more in 2018 which led the NFL. The four touchdowns belonged to Vance McDonald (75 yards in Tampa), Antonio Brown (78 yards in Jacksonville), and two for JuJu Smith-Schuster (75 yards against Carolina and 97 yards in Denver). The next closest team was San Francisco with three touchdowns.


Of all the receivers in the NFL who had at least 10 targets in 2018, Justin Hunter had the lowest catch percentage in the league with 23.1%. Of the 13 passes where he was targeted, Hunter had three receptions for 21 yards. Not only did he have lowest catch percentage of qualified receivers, it was more than 10% lower than any other receiver in the league.