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Michael Carter ranks No. 2 among RBs in this extremely important category

The NY Jets' Michael Carter is lighting the league on fire in one very important category that showcases a running back's true talent.


 Michael Nania



Michael Carter, New York Jets, Getty Images

Michael Carter is making a legitimate case that he’s already a star running back

Just about any NFL running back can pick up what’s blocked for them. It’s not overly difficult to grab the football and plow downhill through a gaping B-gap for four yards after the right guard and right tackle create a big hole.

What running backs get paid to do is pick up yardage beyond what is blocked for them.

To figure out whether a particular running back is a star, a solid player, or a JAG (Just A Guy), all we have to do is ask this simple question: how much production does he create on his own?



Right now, New York Jets rookie Michael Carter is racking up more self-created production than almost any other running back in football.

Carter has been credited by Pro Football Focus with forcing 21 missed tackles on 86 carries this season. To boot, he has forced 11 missed tackles on 27 receptions.

In total, Carter has forced 32 missed tackles on 113 touches. That is an average of 0.283 missed tackles forced per touch, which stands as the second-best average in the NFL among the 52 running backs with at least 50 touches.

It’s not too early to call this kid “great.” Let’s give it some time before we call him “elite,” but at the pace he’s on, he will be there in no time.

Funnily enough, the No. 1 running back in that category is Carter’s collegiate partner-in-crime at North Carolina, Denver’s Javonte Williams. The second-round pick has forced 33 missed tackles on 100 touches (0.330).

Here are the top-10 running backs when it comes to missed tackles forced per touch:

Javonte Williams (DEN): 0.330 – 33 on 100

Michael Carter (NYJ): 0.283 – 32 on 113

Mike Davis (ATL): 0.276 – 27 on 98

Kareem Hunt (CLE): 0.270 – 24 on 89

Nick Chubb (CLE): 0.268 – 30 on 112

Chris Carson (SEA): 0.267 – 16 on 60

Devin Singletary (BUF): 0.259 – 21 on 81

Ty Johnson (NYJ): 0.259 – 15 on 58

Tony Pollard (DAL): 0.250 – 21 on 84

Christian McCaffrey (CAR): 0.250 – 17 on 68

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'In this really important category' usually means some obscure stat that nobody ever uses, but not here! Michael Carter is becoming a star!


Hope I didn't jinx it

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