WR Arnaz Battle - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-1, 217||Born: 2-22-1980||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 6, pick|
2009 Week 1 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Battle caught a 12 yard pass on third-and-13, and he also had a nice catch and run in the second half, but he is clearly just a third WR and fifth option in this passing offense.
2009 Week 4 vs STL (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Arnaz Battle caught just one ball for eight yards against the Rams in Week 4. Battle has elevated himself to the third wide receiver role for San Francisco, but the downside of this is that the 49er passing game is not strong enough for a third wideout to produce much of anything in most contests. Battle is a solid possession receiver but as long as Isaac Bruce is healthy he has little to no fantasy value.
2008 Week 2 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Battle was as active as Johnson in this game, especially noteworthy considering he is the #3 receiver. Battle would have finished with better numbers, but he had a 25 yard reception in the first quarter that was negated by a penalty.
2008 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Battle was targeted four times and finished with three receptions for 22 yards. He also had one rush for 18 yards.
2008 Week 4 vs NO (11 / 7 / 120 / 0 rec)
Battle was the beneficiary of the pressure being applied to J.T. O'Sullivan. Battle was the hot read on most pass plays and had to be ready to catch the ball on little notice. Battle was able to take the short quick passes and turn them into long gains as he caught the ball in stride and was able to get downfield quickly. He could have had an even bigger game if he had been able to connect with O'Sullivan twice in the end zone. On the second end zone target the defensive back ran in front of him and intercepted the pass.
2008 Week 5 vs NE (5 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
WR Arnaz Battle dropped a first down ball he should have had in the fourth quarter as the team was trying to mount a comeback. He also had offensive pass interference called on him in the fourth quarter which turned a third and one into a third and eleven situation.
2008 Week 6 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
WR Arnaz Battle had a quiet game through the air for the 49ers.
2008 Week 7 vs NYG (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Battle seemed to take over Isaac Bruce's targets in the second half, though there was no word of an injury or anything to Bruce. Battle pulled in a couple of 20 yard receptions for first downs as the Niners were attempting to come back late in the game.
2008 Week 8 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
WR Arnaz Battle limped off the field in the second half and did not return.
2007 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Battle was the game's leading receiver on the night with five catches for 60 yards. He figured prominently in the 49ers' final game winning drive being targeted five times during the drive alone. He made a clutch 22 yard catch down to the Cardinals' one yard line, on a third and 13, only to fumble the ball into the end zone, where it was recovered by teammate Darrell Jackson. According to NFL rules, in the last two minutes of the game, when a player fumbles into the end zone and the ball is recovered, it must be placed at the site of the fumble. On the next play, Battle, who was in motion, took a hand off from Alex Smith and ran around the left side untouched for the game winning score.
2007 Week 2 vs STL (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Battle was only able to corral two of the five passes that came his way. As Smith was limited in his passing, the receivers did not see much action either.
2007 Week 3 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Battle was targeted three times in the second half. He converted two first downs with receptions of eleven and 16 yards. Battle also gained eight yards on a reverse. On the play, Battle delivered a blow to Troy Polamalu rather than go out of bounds.
2007 Week 4 vs SEA (8 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Once Trent Dilfer entered the game, Jackson and Battle split targets, though Battle was utilized primarily on underneath routes.
2007 Week 5 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
Battle caught three passes for 36 yards, on five targets. In the third quarter Trent Dilfer found Battle on a slant for a 23 yard touchdown into tight coverage. Though he appeared to be Dilfer's favorite target in this game, the gameplan simply did not use the pass near enough for him to make much of an impact.
2007 Week 7 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)
Battle was targeted a team high ten times, bringing in six of them for 57 yards and a score. He scored the first points of the game for the 49ers on a 17 yard strike from Trent Dilfer in the first quarter.
2007 Week 8 vs NO (10 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Battle was one of Smith's top targets, but really, most of the balls were nowhere near catchable. He was well covered all day, and had very little opportunity to make anything happen. He really suffered without Darrell Jackson in the lineup to take off some of the heat in the secondary.
2007 Week 9 vs ATL (10 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
As went QB Alex Smith's day, so went Arnaz Battle's. All of his catches came in the first half, though he was targeted evenly in both.
2007 Week 10 vs SEA (10 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Despite being targeted ten times by QB Alex Smith, Battle was only able to haul in four passes. He was credited with a catch on the last play of the first half that went for 45 yards and he took a third quarter pass down to the Seattle two yard line. In addition to his pass catching, he was also called upon to run the football, but his rushing attempt resulted in a loss of two yards.
2007 Week 11 vs STL (9 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)
Battle was the most targeted wide receiver for the 49ers, and was looked at on first, second and third down, primarily over the middle and on shorter routes.
2007 Week 12 vs ARI (5 / 1 / 57 / 1 rec)
Battle scored on a 57 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give the 49ers the lead. Battle caught the ball on an out pattern, and juked his way past the Cardinals defender down the left sideline.
2007 Week 13 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 51 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Arnaz Battle caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. In the first quarter, Battle ran the ball but when he spun to try to break a tackle in the backfield he fumbled. Carolina drove down and picked up a field goal off of the turnover. Battle finally got San Francisco on the board in the third quarter. He caught a pass down the middle and was wide open because the Carolina defender fell down. Battle had an 18 yard reception called back due to a penalty on San Francisco.
2007 Week 14 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Battle was invisible for most of the game. He was able to score the 49ers lone touchdown. He found himself wide open in the end zone, and Shaun Hill was able to locate him after several reads. He finished with just 13 yards, however.
2007 Week 15 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Battle caught a 17 yard pass for a first down on the 49ers first drive of the game, but it would be his only catch of the first half. He would only catch one more pass for six yards in the game.
2007 Week 16 vs TB (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Battle was targeted five times, but failed to record a reception.
2007 Week 17 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Battle, much like most of the San Francisco receiving corps, suffered from an inexperienced quarterback in Chris Weinke. He finished the day with three catches for 19 yards, and was largely a non-issue in the game.
2006 Week 1 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Battle was targeted four times in the first half. He caught two passes, including one for 12 yards and a first down. He was not targeted at all in the second half.
2006 Week 2 vs STL (5 / 3 / 78 / 0 rec)
Battle is showing to be a nice complement receiver to Antonio Bryant. He caught a 56 yard pass in the first quarter and also returned the only St. Louis punt of the game for seven yards.
2006 Week 3 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Battle caught all three balls that came his way, ending the game with three catches for 28 yards.
2006 Week 4 vs KC (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Battle managed to get open for a few mid-range catches from Smith. He was an occasional good outlet as the second receiver in a rough passing day.
2006 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 4 / 37 / 2 rec)
Battle capped off the first 49ers' scoring drive by catching a quick hitter from four yards away for a score. QB Alex Smith drilled the pass in low and Battle did a nice job of scooping the pass up not allowing it to hit the ground. Battle scored his second touchdown from seven yards out in somewhat similar fashion. He caught a low dart near the two yard line, but wheeled and dove towards the end zone stretching the ball across the goal line for the touchdown. It was debatable whether or not Battle had a knee on the ground on the play. Raider head coach Art Shell considered challenging the play, but threw the red flag too late to request the replay.
2006 Week 6 vs SD (5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Battle caught five passes for a total of 39 yards.
2006 Week 8 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Battle had four receptions for 32 yards. His 19 yard reception was a pretty over the shoulder diving catch. Battle lost an 11 yard reception, when he was called for offensive pass interference. Battle fought hard for yardage after the catch and once almost turned a short pass into a nine yard first down. It took three Bears to bring him down. He was stopped a yard short, however. Battle's first reception could have been credited as a lateral.
2006 Week 9 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
His only catch came on a 18 yard pass for a first down on a third and long play in the first quarter to keep a drive alive deep in Vikings territory that led to San Francisco's first score of the game. It's worth noting since San Francisco only converted on three third downs the entire game.
2006 Week 10 vs DET (9 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Battle led the 49ers with six catches and 55 yards as he converted a number of key first downs for the 49ers.
2006 Week 11 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Battle drew linebacker coverage and caught a quick slant for a nine yard touchdown in the second quarter. He also had an apparent TD reversed by a booth review, the official stating that he was down two inches short of the goal line. Battle finished with 47 yards on five catches.
2006 Week 12 vs STL (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Battle played with a broken hand, which had been stabilized with surgical screws earlier in the week. He still caught three passes for 32 yards, but he also fumbled a punt at his own 36 yard line that led to a Rams' touchdown.
2006 Week 13 vs NO (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Battle caught all four of his targets in Week 13, starting with two short range catches for a combined 22 yards and two first downs in the first quarter. He added a 14 yarder on third down and long (21) in the third quarter, then closed out his production with a short seven yard catch on his only fourth quarter target.
2006 Week 14 vs GB (6 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Due to a number of poorly thrown passes, Battle struggled to get anything going in this game. Of the six targets, Battle was targeted just twice in the first half while teammate Antonio Bryant was standing on the sidelines for a portion thereof.
2006 Week 15 vs SEA (6 / 5 / 97 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Battle appears to have taken over as the 49ers' number one receiver. He caught five passes for 97 yards, including a 54 yard reception which helped turn the game around. He also gained 18 yards on a reverse.
2006 Week 16 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Battle got a lot of attention without Bryant in the lineup, getting nine targets and coming down with seven catches for 55 yards. He did have a costly fourth quarter fumble that led to an Arizona field goal that increased their lead to 26-13.
2006 Week 17 vs DEN (5 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Battle showed sure hands when the ball was thrown to him. The only pass thrown to him that he did not catch was overthrown. He ran good routes and was able to get open when he was the targeted receiver.
2005 Week 1 vs STL (6 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Battle was very versatile for the 49ers, catching passes, throwing passes and running the ball as Coach Mike Nolan tried a few trick plays in the game. Battle caught his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter on a six yard strike over the middle from Tim Rattay. Battle had two pass completions in the game on two attempts for 27 yards. Battle took a lateral pass from Rattay and connected with WR Brandon Lloyd for a 24 yard gain. He also lined up at QB for a play in the second quarter and threw a pass to RB Frank Gore for three yards.
2005 Week 2 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Battle led all 49ers' receivers with 44 yards on four catches. His long play of the game was a 17 yard pick up on which he broke several tackles on the way to a nice gain. Battle also had two touches in the running game, but neither play amounted to much in the way of yardage.
2005 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 68 / 1 rec, 2 / -4 / 0 rush)
Arnaz Battle is Tim Rattay's primary target and possession receiver. His stats for the game six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Battle did come out of the game on the 49ers' final drive limping after a 15 yard catch in traffic. He did have two rushes on the game but for a negative four yards.
2005 Week 5 vs IND (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Battle was in the game, but QB Alex Smith just couldn't find him down field. Most every pass from Smith was a short dump off under pressure. With the 49ers trying to move the ball in the last series of the first half, Alex Smith's pass intended for Battle was intercepted. As the game got into the second half, Smith didn't even look for Battle once.
2005 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Battle played for the first time in over a month and had catches of ten and seven yards. His knee did not appear to bother him.
2005 Week 10 vs CHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Battle wasn't a factor in this game, like the entire 49ers' passing attack. He was only targeted twice and was held without a catch.
2005 Week 11 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Battle caught an 11 yard pass during the first drive of the game. His other target was a 24 yard reception, but it was called back because of an illegal shift penalty.
2005 Week 12 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 75 / 1 rec, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Battle led the way in receiving for the 49ers, grabbing seven balls for 75 yards and a 17 yard touchdown. He also had two rushing attempts for a total of four yards. Battle was targeted ten times for the game.
2005 Week 16 vs STL (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Battle was targeted the most by Smith, and made some tough catches while being covered closely by Rams defenders.
2005 Week 17 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Battle led the 49ers in receiving yardage with 52 yards on three catches, 39 of those yards came on a great adjustment to a ball affected by the wind.