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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Broken tackle contrast for Pats RBs

By Mike Reiss

Aaron Schatz and the gang at Football Outsiders produce a chart of the NFL leaders in broken tackles, and it highlights a contract with top Patriots running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead.

Green-Ellis had a 4.1 percent broken tackle rate, which ranked as the fifth-lowest percentage among running backs, according to Football Outsiders. Green-Ellis totaled 10 broken tackles in 241 touches (rushes and receptions).

Meanwhile, Woodhead had a 15.3 percent broken tackle rate, the fourth-best percentage among running backs, according to Football Outsiders. Woodhead totaled 20 broken tackles in 131 touches (rushes and receptions).

Overall, the Patriots ranked in the middle of the NFL pack when it came to broken tackles by the offense, as 5.9 percent of their plays included a broken tackle (all positions).

With Shane Vereen (second round) and Stevan Ridley (third round) joining the mix, it could lead to those numbers improving.

EXTRA POINT: Schatz and the Football Outsiders crew acknowledge that broken tackles are a subjective stat. The stats were kept by 12 different game charters.