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All NFL games are obviously won by points scored. And those points scored are largely influenced by how often a player touches the football.
The criteria for these rankings is derived from the last two seasons (since 2019). The total number of Touches by all qualifying players is divided by the total number of touchdowns scored by said players. A minimum of 15 touchdowns during the last two total seasons is the “cutoff.”
These are the Top 7. Most are wide receivers due to the seldom nature they touch the ball in comparison to running backs.
7. Marc Andrews (TE), Baltimore Ravens
1 TD Every 7.17 Touches
Andrews is arguably quarterback Lamar Jackson’s most reliable target. The tight end has nabbed 17 touchdowns on 122 touches since the dawn of Jackson’s MVP season. The 25-year-old Andrews even reached a Pro Bowl in his sophomore season (2019).
Jackson and Andrews – a package deal – finally got off the schneid with winning a playoff game during 2020. The Ravens toppled the Tennessee Titans in the AFC’s Wildcard round in the pandemic season.
6. Marquise Brown (WR), Baltimore Ravens
1 TD Every 6.91 Touches
Based on this duo, Lamar Jackson should be all set, right?
No – most folks still feel he’s weapon-deprived. But when Hollywood gets the ball, he “usually” scores. Brown has tabulated 15 touchdowns in 105 touches – the second-fewest touches-total on this list.
Now Brown will be joined by Sammy Watkins for 2021 as the Ravens signed the former Chief on the dotted to fortify their receiving corps. Baltimore might even draft a rookie wide receiver. General Manager Eric DeCosta owns the 27th overall pick in April’s draft, which could be a hot spot for a player like Rashod Bateman or Rondale Moore.
5. Tyreek Hill (WR), Kansas City Chiefs
1 TD Every 7.00 Touches
You knew the speed demon would make the cut.
Hill scores effortlessly and with brute-force quickness. It doesn’t hurt matters that Patrick Mahomes is tossing him the football. Hill has tallied 24 touchdowns on 166 touches since 2019. His 24 scores are more as a raw TD-total than any other man in these rankings.
The Chiefs will likely thrive in 2021, still steaming after a shellacking to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
4. Mike Evans (WR), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 TD Every 6.52 Touches
Mike Evans has never had a bad season – ever. He’s accrued over 1,000 yards per year in every season since he entered the NFL in 2014. Through seven seasons, Evans is responsible for the 10th-most receiving yards in history (8,266) for any player in their first respective seven seasons.
Don’t look now – but Evans is also a Super Bowl champion. Brady, Evans, and others were victorious in February over the aforementioned Chiefs.
In the last two seasons, he has registered 21 touchdowns in 137 touches.
3. A.J. Brown (WR), Tennessee Titans
1 TD Every 5.95 Touches
The Titans got an electric one with A.J. Brown. He’s only been a member of the league for two seasons and has accounted for 19 touchdowns on 125 touches. And that’s inside a run-first offense.
When Brown touches the football, long gains are normally on the docket. He averages 17.4 yards per reception for his 30-game career. Although the NFL is markedly different “these days,” his yards-per-catch totals are reminiscent of Randy Moss from 1998 and 1999.
Brown’s career trend can only spiral upward, so long as battering ram, Derrick Henry, keeps defenses honest upfront.
2. Adam Thielen (WR), Minnesota Vikings
1 TD Every 5.28 Touches
You already know the story. Thielen isn’t supposed to be this good. He was auditioned by the Minnesota Vikings as a special teams savant, but Thielen later determined he was too talented for that designation.
His best career year transpired in 2018 – Kirk Cousins’ first year with the team – and Thielen really hasn’t slowed down since. The Minnesota State alumnus has grabbed 21 touchdowns amid 111 touches since 2019.
Thielen will enter 2021 as a 31-year-old. Thankfully, rookie standout Justin Jefferson now resides in Minneapolis, freeing up attention on Thielen indefinitely.
1. Jared Cook (TE), Los Angeles Chargers
1 TD Every 5.00 Touches
It’s a slim sample size compared to his peers on these rankings, but Cook leads the pack. On 80 touches, Cook has scored 16 times. That’s 20% of all times that Cook’s fingers touch the ball – he scores six points.
Amid a cap-clearing spring, the New Orleans Saints said sayonara to Cook. The soon-to-be 34-year-old will unite with Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen out in Los Angeles for 2021.
Cook is a two-time Pro Bowler that simply finds the endzone.