New Orleans Saints: Making sense of Ted Ginn Jr.’s roller coaster of a career
While fans want to call for his job, let’s take a look at the lengthy career of New Orleans Saints’ receiver, Ted Ginn Jr.
The New Orleans Saints returned to their dominant form in their Sunday win over the divisional rival Tampa Bay.
The game featured Brees, Kamara, and Cook for the first time since the season debut. All of these pieces proved to be crucial in this win as they all provided big plays, major yards, and scores. One piece of the offense that didn’t shine but that stood out to me was Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn only finished the game with two receptions for 14 yards and one score on a short slant inside the ten-yard line. After Ginn’s first reception, however, the announcers commented on how that was Ginn’s 400th reception of his career.
This stat doesn’t seem impressive when fans realize that Michael Thomas is on pace to break Marvin Harrison’s record of 143 receptions in one season alone. However, people need to consider that both of those players perform at historic levels and are unfair comparisons for most any receiver.
With his 401 receptions, Ginn now sits at No. 246 on the all-time receiving list.
This stat isn’t what’s most impressive about his career, though. What makes Ginn such an impressive player is how long that he’s been in the league. The average career length for any NFL player is roughly two and a half years due to a variety of factors like injury and lack of skill.
Ginn has been playing since 2007, which puts him in his 12th season in the league now. Looking back at his high expectations, variety of teams and now his 400th reception, let’s dissect why’s he’s able to stay in the league so long.