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Published: Nov. 2, 2016 at 04:42 p.m.

Next Gen Stats: 2016 midseason leaders

Who leads the NFL in air yards, running efficiency and receptions? Find out who makes the cut with these Next Gen stats through Week 8.

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  • The Patriots have the top two quarterbacks against the blitz with Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady. Garoppolo has a passer rating of 144.0 on 17 blitz pass attempts, just edging out Brady (rating of 143.8 on 25 blitz pass attempts). 10

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    Outsmarting the blitz

    The Patriots have the top two quarterbacks against the blitz with Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady. Garoppolo has a passer rating of 144.0 on 17 blitz pass attempts, just edging out Brady (rating of 143.8 on 25 blitz pass attempts).

  • Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green hauled in the highest number of receptions when lined up out wide (47) as well as the highest number of yards (776). He's followed by Antonio Brown (41), Michael Thomas (40), Demaryius Thomas (40) and Mike Evans (38). 9

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    WRs out wide

    Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green hauled in the highest number of receptions when lined up out wide (47) as well as the highest number of yards (776). He's followed by Antonio Brown (41), Michael Thomas (40), Demaryius Thomas (40) and Mike Evans (38).

  • Panthers quarterback Cam Newton recorded the highest average air distance per completion so far this season with 22.3 yards. He also holds the longest completed pass in 2016 with an air distance of 64.0 yards on a 78-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen in Week 2. 8

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    Super Cam in the air

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton recorded the highest average air distance per completion so far this season with 22.3 yards. He also holds the longest completed pass in 2016 with an air distance of 64.0 yards on a 78-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen in Week 2.

  • Due to his many recent lineups in the backfield, Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery has the highest separation of any receiver for the season, averaging 4.5 yards of separation on his 24 targets. 7

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    Distancing himself

    Due to his many recent lineups in the backfield, Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery has the highest separation of any receiver for the season, averaging 4.5 yards of separation on his 24 targets.

  • Tevin Coleman leads running backs with a max speed of 22.25 mph, which he reached in Week 5 against the Broncos. Following him are Jordan Howard (22.03), Isaiah Crowell (21.97), Ezekiel Elliott (21.50) and Mike Gillislee (21.46). 6

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    Fastest running backs

    Tevin Coleman leads running backs with a max speed of 22.25 mph, which he reached in Week 5 against the Broncos. Following him are Jordan Howard (22.03), Isaiah Crowell (21.97), Ezekiel Elliott (21.50) and Mike Gillislee (21.46).

  • Thanks in part to his back-to-back 200+ rushing yard games, Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi currently leads the league's running backs in efficiency so far this season with just 3.3 yards traveled for every rushing yard gained. 5

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    Running efficiency

    Thanks in part to his back-to-back 200+ rushing yard games, Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi currently leads the league's running backs in efficiency so far this season with just 3.3 yards traveled for every rushing yard gained.

  • With 36 receptions and 500 yards, Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry had the most receptions and yards for a receiver out of the slot. Doug Baldwin (30), Sterling Shepard (30), Larry Fitzgerald (30) and Cole Beasley (29) round out the leaderboard. 4

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    Receivers in slot

    With 36 receptions and 500 yards, Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry had the most receptions and yards for a receiver out of the slot. Doug Baldwin (30), Sterling Shepard (30), Larry Fitzgerald (30) and Cole Beasley (29) round out the leaderboard.

  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller tops the list for the lowest average distance to quarterbacks at the time the ball is passed or when the quarterback is sacked with 3.7 yards. 3

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    Getting to the QBs

    Broncos linebacker Von Miller tops the list for the lowest average distance to quarterbacks at the time the ball is passed or when the quarterback is sacked with 3.7 yards.

  • Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has the most receptions (12) among all TEs when lined up out wide so far this season. 2

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    Tight ends going wide

    Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has the most receptions (12) among all TEs when lined up out wide so far this season.

  • Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs reached a max speed of 22.50 mph in Week 2 against the Packers, putting him on top of all wide receivers this season. Mike Wallace (22.34), Marquise Goodwin (22.25), Johnny Holton (22.23), Travis Benjamin (22.17). 1

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    Quickest WRs

    Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs reached a max speed of 22.50 mph in Week 2 against the Packers, putting him on top of all wide receivers this season. Mike Wallace (22.34), Marquise Goodwin (22.25), Johnny Holton (22.23), Travis Benjamin (22.17).