There are a number of ways to be effective as an NFL receiver.
One way is to be able to out-jump any defender and contort your body in mid-air for ridiculous highlight reel catches. We’ll call that the DeAndre Hopkins method.
But for other, less physically-gifted receivers, creating consistent and solid separation is a more fitting option. That’s what the Yards of Separation (SEP) metric measures, the average amount of space a WR is able to create between himself and a defender in his routes.
To help give some context to the sleepers we’ll discuss shortly, here are some of the SEP numbers from some of the league’s top WRs in 2018. The higher the number, the more separation yards created:
Tyreek Hill – 3.1
Davante Adams – 3
Odell Beckham – 3
Adam Thielen – 2.9
Travis Kelce – 2.9
Antonio Brown – 2.6
DeAndre Hopkins – 2.5Read more