Inside The Bills

Fred latest Bill on PFF Top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2012 – 2:03 pm

Yesterday we highlighted the presence of Bills FS Jairus Byrd on the Pro Football Focus Top 100. Here on Wednesday there’s another Bills player making an appearance in the 40-31 range of the countdown.

Bills RB Fred Jackson ranked as the 40th best player in the league in 2011 according to the film reviewers and stat crunchers at PFF. Considering he played in just 10 games the ranking is pretty impressive. Here’s why he ranked so high.

Jackson missed six games and yet still had our highest rating for all running backs. That’s how good he was in 2011, and it makes you wonder how much higher he could have gone if not for injury. He was electric to start the year, as the Bills went from laughing stock to playoff contender. Numbers say it all as Jackson averaged 5.5 yards per carry (best for all backs with 150 plus carries), 3.7 yards after contact per carry (most of all backs) and 11.2 yards per reception (the 2nd most of any back with at least 20 receptions). Stunningly productive.

Best Performance: Week 3 versus New England (+3.9)

Key Stat: Finished second in our 2011 Elusive Rating after averaging 3.75 yards after contact and forcing 45 missed tackles.

For what it’s worth Jackson even ranked higher than Chicago’s Matt Forte (43rd), whose season was also cut short, but was similarly productive.

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