Warner, Brees excel deep

A close look at the numbers reveals which quarterbacks were the best deep passers in 2005, writes KC Joyner.

Originally Published: June 21, 2006
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Which quarterback was the NFL's best deep passer in 2005? There are many ways to approach this question, but I've chosen to focus on three main criteria.

The first is a quarterback's yards per attempt. As I have detailed in previous articles, the yards-per-attempt metric is good because it tends to put a quarterback's productivity in perspective. Here are the top 10 quarterbacks in deep yards per attempt from 2005, with a minimum of 150 total passes needed to qualify:

1. Kelly Holcomb -- 15.6
2. Kurt Warner -- 15.6
3. Ben Roethlisberger -- 15.2
4. Trent Green -- 15.0
5. Chris Simms -- 14.9
6. Jamie Martin -- 14.7
7. Carson Palmer -- 14.4
8. Brian Griese -- 14.2
9. Peyton Manning -- 13.2
10. Mark Brunell -- 12.9


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