Friday, May 7, 2010

SEAHAWKS: Forsett most elusive back in NFL, according to PFF

Justin Forsett

Standing just 5-8, Justin Forsett isn't imposing when compared to "average" sized running backs. But, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in quickness, with the ability to shed would-be tacklers weighing 50+ more pounds.

Some might sum up Forsett as the prototypical "elusive" back.

And, according to a formula concocted by Pro Football Focus, Forsett epitomizes that term.

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Forsett came in no. 1 in PFF's "elusive rating," which is a formula that takes into account numerous stats, including yards after contact and tackles shed.
Forsett was noticeably shifty and tough as a runner and receiver, and it will be interesting to see where he fits in 2010, with Seattle having added LenDale White and Leon Washington in the offseason.
He finished with a 70.19 elusive rating. The second most elusive runner was Jonathan Stewart at 67.66. Forsett had the least amount of carries of the top 10 most elusive runners by more than 30, which may say something about the former coaching staff's ability to evaluate players.

Forsett forced 23 defenders to miss tackles out of just 114 carries, according to PFF. He also shed 11 tackles on 41 receptions.

Here is the formula from Pro Football Focus:
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