Running Back Yards per Opportunity (2014-15)

I saw this news blurb about Lamar Miller come across my Twitter timeline and it re-hashed some… “feelings” of ex-Fins head coach Joe Philbin’s perplexing usage of Miller over the past few seasons before Philbin was canned.

So, I wondered: how many yards did Lamar Miller actually gain on his opportunities? Does he actually deserve more touches, wherever he lands in free agency? Well, the answer, using a simple analysis of yards per opportunity over the past two seasons, is a resounding “yes.”

In fact, Miller gained a full half of a yard more on average than the 33 running backs with at least 250 rush attempts over the past two seasons. I grant you that this analysis of dividing total yards gained by rush attempts and targets isn’t overly sophisticated, but hopefully he sees a little more than the 16.2 opportunities per game he averaged over the past two seasons in the near future.

Rk Name Games Opportunities Yards/Opp
1 Le’Veon Bell 22 534 5.444
2 Jamaal Charles 20 365 5.110
3 Lamar Miller 32 519 5.092
4 C.J. Anderson 30 411 5.051
5 Giovani Bernard 29 447 4.991
6 DeAngelo Williams 22 315 4.879
7 Eddie Lacy 31 516 4.868
8 Arian Foster 17 410 4.788
9 Justin Forsett 26 486 4.780
10 Marshawn Lynch 23 460 4.717
11 Mark Ingram 25 488 4.678
12 DeMarco Murray 31 704 4.666
13 Matt Forte 29 672 4.662
14 Adrian Peterson 17 387 4.651
15 Doug Martin 27 486 4.591
16 Rashad Jennings 27 443 4.569
17 Devonta Freeman 31 464 4.541
18 Joique Bell 28 393 4.527
19 Jeremy Hill 32 496 4.460
20 Jonathan Stewart 26 469 4.431
21 LeSean McCoy 28 602 4.420
22 Latavius Murray 31 424 4.399
23 Chris Ivory 31 509 4.383
24 LeGarrette Blount 28 309 4.359
25 Darren McFadden 32 503 4.300
26 Isaiah Crowell 32 369 4.287
27 Chris Johnson 27 398 4.236
28 Frank Gore 32 592 4.140
29 Ronnie Hillman 24 382 4.050
30 Alfred Morris 32 506 4.022
31 Tre Mason 25 305 3.961
32 Alfred Blue 31 386 3.751
33 Andre Williams 32 345 3.232
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