I found some interesting stats on the 49ers’ running backs I’d like to share with you.
According to Pro Football Focus, LaMichael James is averaging 3.37 yards after contact per attempt (14th in the NFL), has forced five missed tackles, and has a 56.2 “elusive rating,” 25th in the NFL.
Keep in mind, James has rushed just 27 times (for 125 yards) and caught just 3 passes (for 29 yards), so this is a small sample size. But his numbers are very good.
Let’s compare them to Kendall Hunters’ 2012 numbers. He rushed 72 times for 371 yards and caught 9 passes for 60 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Hunter averaged 2.82 yards after contact per attempt (34th in the NFL), forced 11 missed tackles and had a 38.3 elusive rating, 45th in the NFL.
Frank Gore is averaging 2.63 yards after contact per attempt (48th in the NFL), has forced 11 missed tackles, and has a 37.6 elusive rating – 47th in the NFL.
What do you make of these numbers? Should James get more touches?