Friday, December 23, 2011
Turner, Blount racking up YAC
By Pat Yasinskas
Atlanta running back Michael Turner is one of the NFL’s best at making things happen after taking a hit.
Turner has gained 621 of his 1,129 rushing yards after contact, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew (687) has gained more yards after contact. Turner has had 55 percent of his yards come after contact. That percentage puts him in a tie for fourth in the league and he averages 2.3 yards after contact.
Tampa Bay’s LeGarrette Blount also has gained 55 percent of his yards after contact. Blount has gained 417 yards (No. 20 in the NFL) after the first hit and averages 2.4 yards after contact.
After Turner and Blount, there’s a steep drop off to the other NFC South running backs. Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart has 314 yards after contact and teammate DeAngelo Williams has 289 yards.
New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas has 217 yards after contact and Mark Ingram has 201 yards.
The only other NFC South player among the top 50 in this category is Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. He has 164 yards after contact. He’s one of only two quarterbacks on the list. The other is Denver’s Tim Tebow, who has 230 yards after contact.