One thing that has been bothering me is the occasional criticism leveled at Chan Gailey for not getting Fred Jackson enough touches last year. I was curious, so I looked at some stats at NFL.com. I found out that if you take out the Miami game where Fred got hurt, he averaged 18.1 carries for the nine games he was healthy.
I would've guessed that would have been in the bottom half, but that put him at No. 9 in the NFL, ahead of "workhorses" like Steven Jackson and Frank Gore, and just barely behind Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, and Cedric Benson. Maurice Jones-Drew - the top rusher in the NFL - and Arian Foster averaged 21.4 carries per game. Of all the Top 10, only Rice and Foster had more catches per game (Fred averaged 3.7 before his five catches in Miami).
As MattRichWarren has suggested many times, Fred is on the wrong side of 30. Other Rumblers believe he's a "young" 31-year-old, since he hasn't had the wear and tear most featured backs normally have by now. What do you think? Did you think Fred was this much of a workhorse compared to other NFL backs?
Here are the Top 15. Adrian Peterson would be fifth at 18.3, Fred would be in ninth at 18.1, and Matt Forte would be in tenthth at 18.0 if you take out the game they were injured: