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Why Fred is valuable

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2011 – 1:20 pm

Some observers over the years in which Fred Jackson has been in Buffalo’s backfield wonder how his career per carry average is 4.4 yards per carry when the offense as a whole has ranked in the lower third in the league. ProFootballFocus provides an answer.

In their number crunching analysis in which they determine Elusive Rating, Fred Jackson ranks second in the league behind surprise rookie LeGarrette Blount, not coincidentally another undrafted talent like Jackson. Jackson was tied for second in the NFL with Atlanta’s Michael Turner for forced missed tackles with 51, second only to Adrian Peterson with 53 and Fred did so with 66 fewer touches than Peterson and 93 fewer touches than Turner.

That’s why Jackson also ranks second only to Blount in forced missed tackles per touch, making a defender miss more than 20 percent of the time (20.2%). Blount was tops with a percentage of 24.3%.

Jackson’s Elusive Rating is 58.5, which is far behind Blount at 89.8, but no one else in the league is closer. Washington’s Ryan Torain was at 58 even in third.

According to PFF appearing on this list in consecutive seasons is difficult to pull off, but Jackson is one of the few to do so along with Peterson. Here’s PFF’s take on Jackson being a repeat performer in the elusive category as he appeared in the top 10 in 2009 as both a runner and receiver.

The one player to appear in the mix both seasons is the Bills’ Fred Jackson. Jackson is a player that PFF has long been championing, and he continues to impress as a true weapon in all areas of the game, forcing nine missed tackles on his 31 receptions.


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