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Week Two Running Back Performances

The analysis of running back touches last week showed an improvement in carries and yards gained along with an increase in the number of RB1, or RB2, who scored a TD increasing also. The average yards gained by the RB!, based on starting assignment, increased to 77 yards per game on 19 carries from 65 yards and 17 carries in Week One. This could be the result of the lack of PT given to starters in the pre-season and just reflects a gradula increase in workload as the RB1s get into regular season mode. It is something to watch in Week Three.

Looking over the Top 10 RB1s by Percent of Touches (%T) shows both New York RBs getting 100% of the RB touches. This does not bode well for Jets' back-up Leon Washington nor injured Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs. While Washington's lack of touches leads to one conclusion, Derrick Ward's 100% role leads me to worry that he has the full confidence of the Giants coaching staff and will not lose that once Jacobs returns. Time will tell.

The surprise amongst the RB1s with a %T of 60% or less is Saints' RB Deuce McAllister. This is the second consecutive week that his %T has been in the low 40% area. Is this a reflection of an awful Saints' defense in Weeks One and Two or is it more of a reflection of a shift towards Reggie Bush as a RB?

Top 10:

TM Player Att Yds TDs Rec Yds TD Touches %T
CIN Rudi Johnson 23 118 0 4 33 0 27 100
BUF Marshawn Lynch 18 64 0 1 21 0 19 100
NYJ Thomas Jones 24 67 0 2 20 0 26 100
NYG Derrick Ward 15 90 0 4 35 0 19 100
PHI Brian Westbrook 17 96 0 8 66 0 25 96.2
STL Stephen Jackson 21 60 0 3 36 0 24 96.0
IND Joseph Addai 20 81 1 2 6 0 22 95.7
CLE Jamaal Lewis 28 215 1 0 0 0 28 93.3
SD Ladanian Tomlinson 18 43 0 4 15 0 22 88.0
DEN Travis Henry 26 128 0 2 8 0 28 87.5

60% Or Less:

TM Player Att Yds TDs Rec Yds TD Touches %T
NE Laurence Maroney 15 77 0 0 0 0 15 60.0
JAX Fred Taylor 16 56 0 1 11 0 17 58.6
ATL Warrick Dunn 13 50 1 1 4 0 14 58.3
TEN Lendale White 15 64 1 0 0 0 15 53.6
DAL Julius Jones 15 32 0 1 24 0 16 50.0
CAR Deshaun Foster 9 22 0 4 20 0 13 50.0
HOU Ahman Green 15 71 1 0 0 0 15 44.1
NO Deuce McAllister 10 49 0 1 7 0 11 40.7