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Week 1 vs. NE
Receiving: 2 / 46 / 0 on 3 targets
Owens had a drop and a pass interference penalty, and only caught two passes. One was a nice gain on a catch and run that Edwards created by getting keeping the play alive when the pocket broke down. The other came on the Bills desperation drive in the last minute. Owens is unlikely to come close to living up to his ADP unless Edwards approach changes.
Week 2 vs. TB
Rushing: 1 / 13 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 52 / 1 on 5 targets
Owens should have had a bigger day, as he let a pass that could have been at 40+ yard gain, if not an 82-yard TD, go right through his hands. He did get the call on an early reverse and broke multiple tackles to make a good gain out of it, and when he got a second chance on a later deep ball, he reeled it in for a TD. Still, it's clear that TO will not be the centerpiece of the passing attack, as he has been in the past. He hasn't lost any physical ability, but this just isn't an offense or QB that will force the ball to him 10+ times a game with regularity.
Week 3 vs. NO
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 5 targets
Nada. Not even close. His streak of 185 games with at least one reception came to an end. Owens had beaten his man on a couple of long passes, but Edwards missed him by a country mile.
Week 4 vs. MIA
Receiving: 3 / 60 / 0 on 7 targets
Bottom line here: Owens is not at all in synch with his quarterback. Two of his catches were for long first downs, but they were not even close to hooking up on any deep patterns.
Week 5 vs. CLE
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 44 / 0 on 7 targets
Owens caught a couple over the middle for a change, took a big hit, and looked like he was having fun doing it. This is a 180 degree turnaround from the past few games, in which he was only targeted on deep and sideline routes, with almost no success. He was targeted on deeper routes twice: the first was overthrown, and the second underthrown (and intercepted). He and Trent Edwards are getting closer, but still have a long way to go to get on the same page.
Week 6 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 1 / 9 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 13 / 0 on 8 targets
Owens got a few catches on very short passes and screens, and did absolutely nothing with them. He looked his age when it came time to make an open field move or turn on the speed to separate on his only deep target (although it was overthrown by Edwards). It might not be time to drop Owens, but there's no way he should be in your lineup until further notice.
Week 7 vs. CAR
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 27 / 0 on 7 targets
Owens had another performance that flashed his talent and tools, but was mostly marred by uneven effort and execution. Owens dropped multiple passes after getting open deep early, only to be underthrown by Fitzpatrick. While Fitzpatrick could have made a better throw, Owens didn't attempt to make a play on the ball. Owens did climb the ladder like a younger man to make a third down catch, and showed strong hands on another catch that was competed for by the DB. Perhaps the most telling play of the game for Owens was when he got his number called on a 3rd and 2 end around late in the game that he could only turn into one yard. Owens is not going to be a fantasy factor unless this offense has a magical transformation.
Week 8 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 29 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 39 / 0 on 8 targets
Sound the sirens, there was a TO sighting in week 8. With the Bills offense struggling through the air week to week, Owens was able to showcase his world-class athleticism breaking loose and scoring on a 29yd end around in the 1st quarter. It was one of the rare times this year that Owens was able to get behind a defense with a football in his hands. Later in the game Owens was targeted in the corner of the end zone on a timing route, but was well guarded by the Texas DB Jacques Reeves. The majority of his targets and receptions came in garbage time late in the game when the Texans defense left the short stuff over the middle open. Owens could see a small rise in value after the bye week if Trent Edwards returns from his injury; otherwise he is a sketchy option.
Week 10 vs. TEN
Receiving: 3 / 85 / 0 on 7 targets
Owens reminded us that he hasn't lost a step, or the ability to reel in the deep ball on two well-run routes and sure-handed catches of Trent Edwards bombs. Owens stepped out close to the goal line on the first big catch, and the Bills went to Lee Evans on the next passing play. Owens frustration seemed to mount as the game went on, including a heated conversation with the WR coach that was about Trent Edwards not making the same reads as the WRs. Don't be surprised if Mt. St. Owens erupts soon.
Week 11 vs. JAX
Receiving: 9 / 197 / 1 on 14 targets
Finally, Owens is saying. Finally, his owners are saying (just as they probably benched TO). Owens was back to his old self, snagging passes over the middle, getting open with ease, and reeling in the deep ball to sting a defensive back in single coverage. Owens had a red zone catch on a slant, and he also was a favorite of Fitzpatrick in the second half after Fitzpatrick found him open deep for a 98-yard TD. Owens got a step on the DB, and Fitzpatrick threw a perfect high-arcing ball that dropped right into TO as he was streaking down the sidelines. It's hard to completely trust Owens after his anemic production through the first nine games, but you have to assume that Fitzpatrick and Owens will try to keep this good thing going in week 12.
Week 12 vs. MIA
Receiving: 5 / 96 / 1 on 5 targets
Owens was very quiet in the first half, but when the game was on the line, Ryan Fitzpatrick knew who to target. Owens got a lot of cushion from the Miami rookie corners, and he took advantage with 15-yards outs. He also caught a tipped ball, showing terrific concentration, and when the Bills went for the kill, Owens got behind speedy rookie corner Vontae Davis and landed the knockout blow on a 51-yard TD. He is back to fantasy relevance, and Owens is a hot hand that probably deserves your trust once he gets past the tough matchup vs. the Jets this Thursday.
Week 13 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 3 / 31 / 0 on 9 targets
Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said that if Owens and Jets CB Revis were even with a 50/50 chance, he would take his opportunities downfield. Fitzpatrick did attempt to push the ball downfield but found little success as Revis held Owens to just 3 receptions for 31 yards. Two of Owens three catches came when the Bills put Owens in motion to give him space. Owens had some opportunities deep, but Darrelle Revis was everywhere and was on his game with yet another pro bowl like, shut down, performance.
Week 14 vs. KC
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 1 on 5 targets
Owens scored by extending the ball over the pylon on a late crossing route, but Fitzpatrick didn't get him the ball on time when he was open on other routes, and he barely factored into this game. After one really good game with Fitzpatrick, Owens is back to not mattering because of the Bills anemic pass offense.
Week 15 vs. NE
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 2 targets
Owens displayed more frustration than big play potential in this game, being limited to two receptions, leaving him two short of becoming the 6th NFL player to hit the 1,000 catch mark. The Bills did give Owens a sniff of the end zone on their first scoring drive, but Owens was unable to shed a multitude of tacklers, eventually getting tackled at the 7-yard line. The camera shot of Owens sitting on the sidelines, agitated and disgruntled, is something that we've grown accustomed to seeing this year. In defense of Owens, his feast or famine play (mostly famine) with the Bills, is due in large part to limited opportunities as they fail to implement him into the game plan.
Week 16 vs. ATL
Rushing: 1 / -4 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 39 / 0 on 9 targets
Owens caught his 1,000th ball of his storied career in this game, but otherwise it was very forgettable. He was open deep in single coverage a few times, but Brohm missed long and then short. Owens got an end around touch, but he was stopped for a loss. He'll very likely be on another team next year, and Owens has more left in the tank than people think.
Week 17 vs. IND
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 1 on 8 targets
Owens got behind the defense twice early, and Fitzpatrick hit him for the TD the second time after overthrowing him the first time. He also moved into #3 on the all-time receiving yardage list ahead of Tim Brown with some good running after the catch in the second half. People probably think Owens is washed up after his terrible season, but he could bounce back on a better team with a better QB in 2010.