WR Legedu Naanee - Free Agent
|6-3, 230||Born: 9-16-1983||College: Boise State||Drafted: Round 5, pick 0|
2012 Week 4 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Tannehill hit Naanee running a crossing route right in front of a defender. While Naanee caught the football, he fumbled it before he could even get to the ground. Naanee's fumble was returned by Patrick Peterson to the Dolphins' goalline.
2011 Week 1 vs ARI (5 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee was the starter opposite Smith in this game but failed to produce any moments that justify that position. His only reception came on a dig route for 21 yards on a dart from Newton. Naanee failed to get separation for most of the game and lacked any explosiveness out of his breaks. As a result, Newton went to his tight ends and Smith more often.
2011 Week 2 vs GB (7 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee continued to be just so-so as an option in the passing game. He was called for a questionable offensive pass interference early in the game when the officials ruled that he pushed off a defensive back. Naanee should have scored a touchdown if Newton had delivered a more accurate ball in the second half. Naanee ran a quick out route at the goal line and was wide open, but Newton was unable to deliver a ball with enough touch and accuracy to the spot. Naanee is still a good red zone target for Newton. As soon as the Panthers become more clinical in the red zone, expect Naanee's numbers to improve with it.
2011 Week 3 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee was rotated with Brandon LaFell in this game as the number two option at wide receiver, but the passing game was halted this week by the weather and the inaccuracies of Newton at times. Naanee attacked an errant third down pass from Newton to spare his blushes but apart from that, Naanee was kept quiet.
2011 Week 4 vs CHI (11 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee was targeted early and often by Newton as his QB tried to hit him deep early in the game, only for the pass to be broken up by the safety in coverage. Naanee was the target of a pass in the middle of the field which led to an interception. Naanee got his hands on the football but the pass was too high and tipped into the air. Naanee worked some short routes like hitches and curl routes to keep the offense on schedule. When asked to do this, he can use his body to shield the defensive back and he is quite adept at this. Naanee was the target of the Panthers' final effort to keep a potential game-winning drive alive, a 4th and 10 pass that fell incomplete. Naanee seems to be the more trusted receiver by the coaching staff and is definitely a better run blocker than Brandon LaFell, but he simply lacks the talent to be a fantasy-worthy player.
2011 Week 5 vs NO (7 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee produced some good moments in this game, including a spectacular catch on a key third down for a 23-yard completion to keep a possession alive. Naanee sprung DeAngelo Williams for his long touchdown run with a great sustained block on the cornerback covering him, something the coaching staff will love to see. Naanee is not the most consistent receiver; he looked like he had reeled in a beautiful 16-yard diving catch with less than a minute remaining the fourth quarter, but the ball just came loose. The catch was not easy, but most receivers would make it. With the Saints doubling Steve Smith as the game wore on, Naanee's role was increased but even at this early stage in the season it is evident that the Panthers will be looking to upgrade at their WR2 position going forward.
2011 Week 6 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee staked his claim to retain his starting job opposite Steve Smith with a couple of impressive receptions in this game. Naanee was a favourite of Newton on third downs, including one third-and-long that Newton hit Naanee on a deep dig route. Naanee did an excellent job to look the pass in and secure it. Naanee had to lay out his body to make an excellent catch later in the game on a similar route, as he dove across the middle acrobatically. Naanee will retain his spot in the starting lineup because he is a solid all-around receiver with good run blocking skills, but he is clearly the fourth option in the passing game and as such has little value.
2011 Week 7 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee caught some short passes in this game and was mainly used in long yardage situations when the Panthers were backed up due to penalties. Naanee recovered an onside kick as well, but that was probably his best contribution of the day
2011 Week 8 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee's best reception came on a 23-yarder as Naanee went low - his hands almost touched the grass - to reel in the catch. Despite being a very good run blocker who sticks his nose in where it hurts, Naanee simply lacks the dynamism as a football player to be more than a bit part player in this offense going forward. Naanee had a bad drop on a rollout pass. The ball hit him in his hands perfectly but it fell incomplete. Naanee continues to be uninspiring as a receiving option and it is only a matter of time under Brandon LaFell's playing time increases.
2011 Week 10 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee's production mostly came in the two-minute drill as the Panthers offense sputtered throughout the game. Naanee caught some nice zipped passes from Newton but the Titans were leaving the middle of the field open in those situations. His value is still capped by the fact that Smith, Olsen and Shockey are the preferred targets of Newton.
2011 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee made his first reception in the two minute drill at the end of the first half, a sign of how little Newton looked to him in the passing game. Naanee, like LaFell, was not a target of Newton mainly due to his inability to gain separation and the Lions pass rush forcing the ball out of Newton's hands quickly.
2011 Week 12 vs IND (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee came into the game in three-wide sets, but with his injury Brandon LaFell got the starting nod over him. Naanee caught a couple of short passes on slants and hitches, but was mostly a non-factor overall. His role may continue to shrink as LaFell impressed today.
2011 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 2 / 38 / 1 rec)
Legedu Naanee, despite not starting at WR for the team, managed to make a very good touchdown reception on a post route in the second half. Newton hit him with a laser pass down the middle and he made the catch despite a huge hit. Naanee also completed a pass to Cam Newton of all people on a throwback play. Naanee used to play quarterback at Boise State and used his passing prowess to good effect.
2011 Week 14 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee caught his first pass in the second half and looked good on a couple of plays, including a 15-yard screen pass when he finished strong. He was targeted a couple of times by Newton late in the game, including one pass deep which Naanee seemed to give up on. Brandon LaFell got the start over Naanee and it is unlikely that Naanee will have much value going forward.
2011 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee really only got looks from Newton in the red zone and failed to capitalise on his opportunities, being tackled short of the goal line on two occasions.
2010 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 5 / 110 / 1 rec)
Naanee was Philip Rivers go to WR in key situations throughout much of the game on Monday night. He looked smooth and reliable for the most part on his routes. Naanee is usually a pretty sure handed WR but he was not able to reel in an end zone pass in the 1st half. He made up for it later during a blown bracket coverage deep route for a long TD reception. The game turned out to be Naanee's 1st ever 100 yard effort. He could be a really solid WR3 this season in PPR leagues. He looks like a more natural WR than Malcolm Floyd so it's possible he sees an increase in targets moving forward. Stay tuned.
2010 Week 2 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Naanee looked to be involved early, catching a crossing route for 14 yards on the first play of the game. Nobody realized it at the time, but that was the last ball Naanee would catch all game. Naanee, who has terrific hands, had a couple of balls go off his fingertips in this one after dropping a pass last week as well. This time, he mis-timed a jump that resulted in the ball bouncing off his fingertips for an interception, and later in the game he dropped a ball in the back of the end zone that should have gone for a touchdown. Aside from the long Malcom Floyd touchdown, most of the San Diego receivers were very quiet in the second half. Naanee was obviously no exception to that.
2010 Week 3 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Naanee continues to display good skills and athleticism, but also mental lapses that detract from his performance. In this game, he made a number of nice grabs and tough catches, had a big third down reception in the second half to keep a drive alive, and hauled in the game-tying two point conversion in the fourth quarter. However, in addition to those good plays he also had a very costly fumble early on while trying to pick up extra yardage. San Diego coaches went back to him two plays later, so the confidence is still there. And as mentioned, he was looked to on the all-important conversion. Lastly, he was the target of Philip Rivers' fourth down desperation pass into the end zone with the game on the line, so he's still being looked to in big spots. He just needs to remain consistent from start to finish so he doesn't fall too far behind Malcom Floyd in terms of being the team's top wide receiver option (and doesn't allow Buster Davis to gain any ground on him for a starting spot).
2010 Week 4 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Naanee had just one reception for a meager four yards. Of course, none of the San Diego wide receivers really got much work in this one, as TE Antonio Gates hogged all of the receptions.
2010 Week 12 vs IND (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
It was unknown whether Naanee would play in the game, but he got a lot more reps than he maybe expected after Vincent Jackson had to leave the game very early on with a calf injury. Naanee ended up as most San Diego receivers, effective in a limited capacity with the team's entire passing game playing it pretty conservatively. He did drop an easy one over the middle that might have gone for big yardage if he had been able to haul it in.
2010 Week 13 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Naanee and QB Philip Rivers could never really get on the same page in this one. Twice he was wide open in the flat for potentially big gains, one of which could have gone for a touchdown. And each time, Rivers overthrew him towards the sideline for a harmless incompletion. Late in the game, Naanee did manage a nice grab on the move when he reached up over his head for a slightly errant pass for his only catch of the game.
2010 Week 16 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Naanee had maybe his best game all season, running more precise routes and making catches downfield. Naanee's four catches accounted for four first downs and he was reliable enough for Rivers to keep targeting him all day. He had a nice block to spring Ryan Mathews TD run and was interfered with inside the five to stall out a potential TD drive even though it wasn't called. We've learned that Naanee is probably not starting material this year, but he is finishing on a high note.
2010 Week 17 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
Naanee finished strong with a few nice catches and a great downfield block to spring Mathews third TD. He did fail to adjust to a deep ball in one-on-one coverage and he didn't play consistently enough to earn consideration to start next season, but his athleticism and experience with Rivers may earn him a return to San Diego next year.
2009 Week 1 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Naanee was the most dynamic presence in the Chargers WR corps. He made some very athletic catches and adjustments to the ball in flight, and looked like a very dangerous run after catch threat. He should continue to get multiple targets every game from Rivers, and he is worth picking up right now in deep leagues. Malcom Floyd is the backup to the lagging Chris Chambers, but Naanee was so impressive that the Chargers probably feel like they have to get him more snaps, so he could see time in place of Chambers if he can get comfortable running more downfield routes.
2009 Week 2 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Legedu Naanee followed up his exciting Week 1 performance with a very quiet afternoon. He caught just one second half pass, had one run out of a pseudo-Wildcat formation, and was involved in special teams but wasn't an integral part of the offense. Naanee had a catch on the games final drive that could have easily set up four shots at a game-winning TD, but he tried to make a big play, passed up the easy first down to dance in the open field, and the Chargers failed to convert on two subsequent short yardage opportunities.
2009 Week 3 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Naanee caught a screen pass early on and picked up a first down on third and long, and from that play it was evident that he had learned from his mistake last week. Unlike a week ago, when his dancing around after the catch cost the team a first down and very possibly the game, this time he was quick and decisive with the ball in his hands. He also made a nice diving grab in traffic later in the game, and saw more and more playing time at the expense of veteran Chris Chambers. Expect that to continue as the Chargers prepare him for a more prominent role going forward and in 2010.
2009 Week 4 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Naanee had his quietest game of the season in week 4 where he was on the field often but targeted only a handful of times. Naanee looked fluid in his route running and blocked well as well, however he finished with just two short catches and one drop of a screen pass. Naane was not targeted by Philip Rivers in the 2nd half during their comeback.
2009 Week 8 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Naanee had a short grab in the flat in the second quarter, but wasn't heard from much outside of that one minimal gain.
2009 Week 9 vs NYG (3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Naanee got a few short catches that allowed him a chance to create with his running ability, but he also displayed the lack of first-down marker awareness that cost the Chargers a chance to win the Ravens game earlier this season. He is the fifth target in the pecking order right now.
2009 Week 10 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Naanee is a player with a world of upside, and slowly but surely he is starting to turn that upside into results. In addition to scoring a key third quarter touchdown (a play on which he didn't do much other than be wide open), he also caught the critical third down pass late in the fourth quarter that helped ice the win. The fact that Philip Rivers continues to look in Naanee's direction at such critical junctures shows just how far he has progressed already. He is definitely a name to keep in mind moving forward, because his physical talent is undeniable. Again, however, Naanee has to learn the mental aspect of the game. Against Baltimore earlier this season, he failed to pick up a critical first down that may have cost his team the game. While his error in this game wasn't as costly, it was far more egregious. A personal foul penalty was called for dropping to one knee and handing a cheerleader the football following his touchdown, setting the Eagles up with prime field position on their ensuing possession.
2009 Week 11 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Naanee had just one reception in the game, but he certainly made it count with a two yard touchdown grab along the back line of the end zone. The pass was thrown in a tight spot between several players, but Naanee held his concentration and came down with the score. As the season has progressed, his involvement as a regular part of the offense has become more and more evident.
2009 Week 12 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
For the first time in awhile, Naanee wasn't an offensive factor whatsoever. He took an end-around for a minimal gain, but other than that there wasn't much involvement.
2009 Week 13 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite his listing as a wide receiver, Naanee's lone contribution to the passing game was actually courtesy of a pass he made. On an option pass, Naanee made a very nice throw across the field to RB LaDainian Tomlinson for a 21 yard gain.
2009 Week 14 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Naanee is still not a top option in the passing game yet, but he made a nice grab in traffic over the middle late in the first half as San Diego tried setting up a late-half field goal.
2009 Week 15 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Naanee entered the game when Malcom Floyd went out after taking a big hit. Naanee landed a quick fifteen yard reception, and then disappeared from the offense as quickly as he had arrived.
2009 Week 16 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Legedu Naanee was able to reel in two passes in the second quarter for first downs. Naanee took a pass in the backfield from Philip Rivers for a five yard gain on a designed wide receiver screen then followed up on that with a solid 21-yard gain over the middle on third down and 11.
2008 Week 2 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Naanee's big contributions to this game were that he failed to haul in a pass intended for him in the end zone, but later caught the two point conversion that put the Chargers up by seven points. He wasn't a huge factor in the passing attack, however.
2008 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Naanee had two receptions over a six play span in the second quarter. The second catch came on a third and eight and went for 11 yards. Naanee made a terrific grab on the pass that was thrown slightly high. He dove to his left and reached back up to the right to snag the pass.
2008 Week 17 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Naanee served as the third receiver and caught one of the two passes thrown his way.
2008 Week 19 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Naanee's afternoon started poorly, as he missed a tackle on Santonio Holmes during a punt return touchdown that would have prevented him from getting into the end zone. But Naanee will likely remember this as the day he caught his first NFL touchdown. It came off a quick slant from four yards out early in the fourth quarter, and cut Pittsburgh's lead to 28-17.
2007 Week 9 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Naanee, who entered the game without a single offensive touch in his pro career, caught two passes on San Diego's second possession of the game. One of the grabs was a very nice play in traffic in which he took a big hit from the defender over the middle and still managed to hang on.
2007 Week 10 vs IND (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Naanee, starting the game in a three receiver set, caught two passes for 12 yards on three targets. He did not see the field often with Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers both locked into the lineup in most formations, but did earn first downs on both of his receptions.
2007 Week 11 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Naanee didn't do anything particularly impressive to warrant mentioning, except that he had more passing targets than either Vincent Jackson or Craig Davis (casting issue about who the true number two wide receiver option is for the Chargers). He did show great hands on a five yard out route in the middle of the third quarter, and was the intended target of the game-ending interception in the fourth quarter (proving that the team is looking his way at critical times).
2007 Week 12 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Naanee's sole catch came early in the game.