While he looked awesome at times in the preseason, Jarvis Landry has been a bit underwhelming so far this season, whether it's his two fumbles on punts or his uncharacteristic drops. However, it seems like he is starting to come on, getting more and more involved in every game. He's already taken over the team's #3 WR, now getting more snaps than both Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews. In a year that is primed to be a huge year for rookie WRs, this is a good time to look and see how he is doing compared to his classmates four weeks into the season. First, the two headliners have got to be Kelvin Benjamin and Alex Hurns so far. Benjamin is a front runner for OROY with 329 yards and 17 first downs, way more than anyone else in the class. Hurns is the Cinderella story of the year so far, coming out of nowhere as a UDFA for the second most yards (254), and a whopping 21.2 yard average (#2 in NFL) on 12 receptions. Each have 3 TDs. But how about everyone else? There are six other rookie WRs with 100+ yards and 10+ catches (rec/tgt yards): Mike Evans (17/28 203), Brandin Cooks (23/30 199), Sammy Watkins (17/32 197), Allen Robinson (17/26 192), Jordan Matthews (15/25 141), and our very own Jarvis Landry (12/18 111). So let's see how he compares to his peers. The positive is that Jarvis has done this with only 18 targets, whereas everybody else above him received 24-36 targets. (Yes, Benjamin has been targeted 36 times!) In fact, Jarvis has caught 66% of balls thrown his way, second only to Cooks' 76%. (Hurns has caught a poor 50% and Watkins 53%.) Also, I'd guess he's near the top of blocking prowess according to the eyeball test, but if anybody can share the PFF blocking grades for this group that would be interesting. His first down (7) rate and his average ypc (9.3) are in the lower middle of the pack. (The worst first down conversion rate would prob be Robinson's seven in 17/26. The worst average ypc is Cooks' 8.7.) His two drops look bad, but it's such a small sample size as they all have 1-3 drops (except for Robinson's and Cooks' zeroes) that I'm not concerned yet. Where he needs work is scoring touchdowns, as he and Robinson are the only ones in the group without one. Where he really shines as a WR is his YAC, which is pretty surprising considering the preseason chatter was that he is slow and couldn't get away from defenders. I'm somewhat shocked that 51% of his yards are coming after the catch! (The next closest is Cooks' 40%.) (Sammy Watkins, for all his hooplah, is only seeing 27% of his yards as YAC.) Jarvis has 57 YAC, which is only surpassed by Hurns (90) and Cooks (80). Considering his 12 targets, he's averaging 4.75 YAC on each reception, second only to Hurns' outstanding 7.5. The next closest is again Cooks (3.5). Surprisingly, the big bodies have poor tackle breaking ability in their YAC : Benjamin (29) (wow that's only 8% of his yards!), Evans (33), and Matthews (36). (An important note, I'm using the most modest number of 57 yards from ESPN, but footballdb.com cites 88 YAC and sportingcharts.com says 90 YAC, which makes it even more impressive. It's a convoluted stat to track, but if you accept those numbers he's arguably the most expert YAC rookie WR so far this year.) Also, it should be noted that (stats from weeks 1-3) Jarvis' 105 offensive snaps were lower than everybody else's 137-174 snaps (not sure if that's a good or bad thing). On the flip side, he had 38 ST snaps, whereas the other seven had 9 combined ST snaps (and Cooks had 8 of them). While he may not be returning punts much longer, Jarvis actually leads the entire NFL in KO return yards (287) and is #4 in KO return average (28.7). He leads ALL rookies by a mile with 449 All Purpose Yards (Solomon Patton has 359 and Benjamin has 329), and he is averaging 14.5 yards every time he touches the ball, which also leads ALL rookies (#5 in the NFL). Where I expect him to improve the most is on third down, once he is more acclimated into the pros. Jarvis was the best WR in the NCAA last year on third down, period: He led the NCAA with 6 TDs on third down; he led all WRs with 28 third down receptions, and 26 of those 28 reception resulted in first downs; his 6 receptions of 25+ yards was #1, and his 15 receptions of 15+ yards was #2. (I can't find the stats for third down yards, but I think he was #1 there as well.) Ultimately, looking at the stats made me feel better about his performance to date, as he seems to be in that second tier (or on the cusp) of quality rookie WRs, most of whom are first rounders who have no depth in front of them. However, if you include ST's contributions he may be the only other one that could make the argument to be in the conversation of belonging in that first tier of impactful rookie WRs. As he gets more comfortable in this system, and with Tannehill (as Tannehill also becomes comfortable in the system), I fully expect him to continue to improve as he becomes a more integral part of the offense. Yes, there are still holes in his game and youthful mistakes, but so far the early returns are promising.