NFC West runners put the ball on the ground

August, 21, 2009
8/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DeAngelo Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie Parker, Warrick Dunn, LenDale White and Dominic Rhodes combined for 1,313 carries without a fumble last season.

Pretty impressive.

NFC West running backs Julius Jones, Frank Gore and Steven Jackson fumbled 15 times in 651 carries.

Not as impressive.

Jones, Gore and Jackson ranked among the seven worst in the league for fumbles per rushing attempt (among players with more than 150 carries).

Something to keep in mind this season.

The Cardinals' Tim Hightower fumbled once in 143 attempts last season. Among runners with at least 100 carries, the Bengals' Chris Perry had the worst rate by far, fumbling five times in 104 attempts, or 4.8 percent of the time.

2008 Ranking NFL Running Back Team Attempts Fumbles Fumble Rate
1
Larry Johnson
KC 193 5 2.59%
2
Julius Jones
SEA 158 4 2.53%
3
Frank Gore
SF 240 6 2.50%
4
Ricky Williams
MIA 160 4 2.50%
5
Adrian Peterson
MIN 363 9 2.48%
6
Maurice Jones-Drew
JAC 197 4 2.03%
7
Steven Jackson
STL 253 5 1.98%
8
Justin Fargas
OAK 218 3 1.38%
9
Brandon Jacobs
NYG 219 3 1.37%
10
Le'Ron McClain
BAL 232 3 1.29%

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