Analyzing the big-play percentage stat for RBs
Updated: December 29, 2009, 4:46 PM ETBy Eric Karabell
The Dallas Cowboys are headed for the playoffs, and while I contend the primary reason the team overcame its December demons is the play of its oft-ridiculed quarterback, I can't help but wonder what is going on with this team's running back situation and what lies ahead in 2010. Sure, Marion Barber has had his moments this season and will finish as the team's top-scoring fantasy running back, but that's merely because he has been given more opportunities. Felix Jones is a star in the making, a fact merely reinforced in my mind when I checked out the category of big-rushing-plays percentage.
Jones leads all NFL running backs in this oft-overlooked statistic, with 16.8 percent of his 101 rushing attempts this season having produced 10 yards or more. It's the best percentage in the league, and while it hasn't resulted in a big season, just wait until 2010.
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