The league’s rushing leader usually gets all the pub and to a certain extent that’s understandable. But what about the guys that get the truly tough yards? You know, the ones after initial contact. Well ProFootballFocus has crunched the numbers and not surprisingly, the Bills backs fared well.
Marshawn Lynch ranked tied for third on the list for 2009 with a whopping 77.37% of his rushing yards gained after initial contact. That means that of his 450 rushing yards last season 339 came after he was already hit. The only players that ranked higher were Cincinnati FB Brian Leonard and Houston’s Chris Brown.
Meanwhile Fred Jackson ranked high in a different category. In ProFootballFocus’ look at how many missed tackles were forced by running backs, Jackson ranked in the top 10 in both missed tackles forced receiving and missed tackles forced rushing. Jackson’s higher of the two rankings came in missed tackles forced on receptions. Fred finished 8th overall in missed tackles forced, logging 15 on his 46 receptions last season for a percentage of 34.78. He forced 38 on 238 rushing attempts (16%).
Jackson also ranked fourth in the league in ProFootballFocus’ elusive rating. Only Seattle’s Justin Forsett, Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart and New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas had better numbers.
Tags: Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch
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