This article is part of our The Stats Room series.
Initially, I found receiver height wasn't a red-zone factor. I expanded the work to move closer and further away from the end zone. Here are the average receiver height and weight for different yards to go.
|YARDS TO GO||HEIGHT||WEIGHT|
|75 or less||72.7||202.5|
|50 or less||72.7||202.6|
|25 or less||72.8||202.8|
|20 or less||72.8||202.9|
|15 or less||72.8||202.9|
|10 or less||72.8||203.0|
|5 or less||72.8||203.1|
There is just nothing useable in the data. No major difference exists in targeted wide receiver height and weight as a team gets closer to the end zone.
Besides the average height, maybe a subset of taller players gets targeted and can catch the ball more. Here are how individual heights matter for targets and completion rates.
First, here's completion rate chart.
The completion rates generally stay the same except when the sample sizes start to shrink (e.g. less than 15 and for players less than 6-foot). There is nothing pointing to the taller players being better. If anything, they