2. Percentage of Team Yards When On Field
This is a similar stat though a bit more telling. While Rice is drawing targets at an elite rate when on the field, he's also accounting for an absurd percentage of the Chiefs' receiving yards as well.
If a player's percentage of yards is higher than their percentage of targets, they're outproducing the involvement. Remember that Rice is drawing 32% of the targets when he's on the field and then look at this:
48%! This speaks not only to Rice's excellent production when targeted, but it also shows how much the rest of the Chiefs' pass catchers are struggling.
It's not sustainable for one player to account for half of your yardage, so there are obviously bigger problems at hand. That being said, Rice is not one of the issues. He's dropped a pass in every game, but we can live with the drops if he's producing at this kind of level.
His ability to get open in the middle of the field and break tackles is apparent every game. It looks like Brett Veach acquired a foundational offensive piece for the Chiefs and we'll see his involvement and production grow in the coming weeks.
Thus far, the Chiefs have played three good defenses. Rice caught five passes for 59 yards against the only poor one, the Bears, and that kind of production is what we should expect moving forward.
We entered the year thinking Skyy Moore would fill the JuJu Smith-Schuster role, but it's becoming clearer that Rice was who the organization had in mind. He's a natural fit, and this next stat shows how much he's impressing others across the league too.