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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.

By Michael Nania - 11/06/2021

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?

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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

Carter’s teammate, Ty Johnson, also cracks the top-10.

Johnson has kicked up his elusiveness after a mediocre start. From Weeks 8-9, Johnson forced eight missed tackles on 15 touches for a marvelous average of 0.533. Over six prior games, Johnson had forced only seven missed tackles on 43 touches (0.163). The positional average in the category is 0.187 this season.

It is in the passing game where Johnson has become dynamic. Johnson forced five missed tackles on seven receptions from Weeks 8-9. His elusiveness after the catch is the sole reason for his incredible receiving production over that span: seven catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Shifting back to Carter, the most impressive aspect of the Tar Heel’s elusiveness is how consistent he has been in that facet of the game on a weekly basis. Unlike Johnson, who racked up most of his evaded tackles in a two-week span over a small volume of touches, Carter has been elusive on a large volume throughout the entire season.

Quickly progressing after a quiet debut in Week 1, Carter has forced multiple missed tackles in seven consecutive games. In five of those seven games, he averaged more missed tackles forced per touch than the 2021 positional average (0.187).

Since putting himself on the map with seven missed tackles forced in Week 2, Carter’s season average for missed tackles forced per touch has gone no lower than 0.267 at any point of the season – a mark that would still rank top-6 at this point of the year.

Carter has been able to maintain his high level of per-play efficiency as a tackle-breaker even while taking on an impressive volume of 15.4 touches per game since Week 2.

Breaking tackles is arguably the most important aspect of the running back position, and Michael Carter is as good as anyone in that department.

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10 hours ago, More Cowbell said:

So far Carter is the best offensive  player the Jets have drafted since Pennington.  

Elijah Moore may have something to say about that before the season ends. Very bullish on some of the new talent on offense. I will include White since he has bee a P/S guy and still very high on Wilson. Still I use the same blueprint next year and fix all the holes on offense before addressing the defense. 

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14 hours ago, Hex said:

That's pretty good

Can the defense prevent missed tackles from the opponent's offense?

They have been very effective at prevnting missed tackles.  Can't miss a tackle if you are nowhere near the ball carrier.

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Despite the impressive missed tackle numbers both are still below 4 yards per carry on the season. Those two do complement each other rather well and as things continue to open up they should both benefit. Would love to see Johnson get the edge on a play and house one. 

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4 hours ago, johnnysd said:

Elijah Moore may have something to say about that before the season ends. Very bullish on some of the new talent on offense. I will include White since he has bee a P/S guy and still very high on Wilson. Still I use the same blueprint next year and fix all the holes on offense before addressing the defense. 

AVT too.  lol 

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16 hours ago, More Cowbell said:

So far Carter is the best offensive  player the Jets have drafted since Pennington.  

I was really happy  we were able scoop him up where we did.  I didn't think he'd be available that late. As much as it may seem JD had quite a few misses in the 20 draft I believe the 21 draft was well above league average.   Still bullish on Becton and Mims but complaints about '20 are warranted.

5 hours ago, johnnysd said:

Elijah Moore may have something to say about that before the season ends. Very bullish on some of the new talent on offense. I will include White since he has bee a P/S guy and still very high on Wilson. Still I use the same blueprint next year and fix all the holes on offense before addressing the defense. 

Before season ends sure .... he is a victim of his own hype at the moment and Carter is outpacing the expectations for him thus the perception. Personally  very happy with both picks and I don't think anyone being objective can complain about moving up for AVT he's showing to be a stud.

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If Carter and Elijah Moore turn out to be legit this will go a long way to jumpstarting the O.... and distract a bit from Denzel Mims starting to look like a whiff.

AVT, Carter, Moore could all be above average longterm starters which would really, really help this team.

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