Inside The Bills

Fred a tackle breaker

Posted by Chris Brown on May 3, 2010 – 9:59 am

Most Bills fans already knew that Fred Jackson was adept at breaking tackles and eluding would-be tacklers. But Football Outsiders proves it through diligent film review from 2009.

Credited in Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column on SI.com, Jackson ranked 9th in the league in broken tackles, which also factorsin faking defenders out of their shoes. Though that second bit of criteria is a bit subjective it’s hard to disagree when a defender is left behind like a house on the side of the road.

In any event here’s the rundown of the top 10.

1. Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 61
2. Ray Rice, Baltimore, 57
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 56.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 52
5. Steven Jackson, St. Louis, 50
6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina, 46
7. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina, 40
7. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh, 40
9. Fred Jackson, Buffalo, 35
10. Knowshon Moreno, Denver, 33

It’s also encouraging that Percy Harvin ranks high on this list, in light of the fact that Bills head coach Chan Gailey and GM Buddy Nix envision top pick C.J. Spiller being just as elusive.


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