The growing legion of Justin Forsett fanatics will love this one: The Seahawks’ second-year running back was the most elusive ball carrier in the NFL last season.
That’s according to something called “The Elusive Rating,” as generated by Pro Football Focus. You can check out the rankings here.
Think about it. How many times last season did you watch Forsett carry the ball and then mutter, “How many tackles did he break on that run?” Or, “How many guys did he make miss on that one?”
PFF’s research shows that Forsett forced 23 missed tackles on 114 carries in 2009, when he rushed for 619 yards – or a 5.4-yard average – and also caught 41 passes. The Elusive Rating also factors in a back’s efforts as a receiver out of the backfield.
No. 2 on the elusive list was Jonathan Stewart, who plays for the Carolina Panthers but went to the University of Oregon and Lacey’s Timberline High School.