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Jackson no gainers are low

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2010 – 10:42 am

ProFootballFocus was at it again crunching numbers, this time to determine which NFL rushers were the best as avoiding carries for no gain, by scratching out any kind of positive yardage possible whether their lines up front were good, bad or somewhere in the middle. As has been the case in many of these studies, Buffalo’s Fred Jackson has been on the league’s best.

With a minimum of 75 carries needed to qualify from 2009, Jackson ranked 5th in the league in lowest percentage of carries for no gain. Of his 238 carries in 2009 only 34 went for no gain or 14.3%.

The only NFL ball carriers that had a lower figure were Oakland’s Michael Bush, the Jets’ Shonn Greene, Dallas’ Tashard Choice and New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas.

Making Jackson’s low no gain percentage even more impressive is he is the only back in the top 5 with more than 200 carries. So despite having significantly more carries than most of the top 10 on the list, he still had one of the lowest percentages of rushes for no gain.

Only Miami’s Ricky Williams (244) and Baltimore’s Ray Rice (289) had more carries than Jackson (238) that made the top 10. Here’s the top 10 list from ProFootballFocus.

1 – Michael Bush – Oakland – 11.4%
2 – Shonn Greene – NY Jets – 13.5%
3 – Tashard Choice – Dallas – 13.9%
4 – Pierre Thomas – New Orleans – 14.2%
5 – Fred Jackson – Buffalo – 14.3%
6 – Laurence Maroney – New England – 14.4%
7 – Kevin Faulk – New England – 14.5%
8 – Ricky Williams – Miami – 14.5%
9 – Jason Snelling – Atlanta – 14.8%
10 – Ray Rice – Baltimore – 15.2%


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