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In defense of Felix Jones and why Garrett might like Demarco Murray

 

Short post but this comes up again and again so I want to put it in a fanpost so I can just paste a link to the fanpost when it comes up.

I like Felix Jones. I like Felix a lot.  So much that I think you can make the claim that Felix is as good as any RB drafted in 2008 not named Jamaal Charles. I know what you’re saying. You’re crazy FiTaT; CJ, Mendenhall, Ray Rice, and Matt Forte were all drafted in 2008. Felix is as good as those guys?

 

My answer: possibly. Why? Because receiving ability matters just as much … and maybe more than rushing ability.

 

A yard receiving is equal to a yard rushing. And if the defense doesn’t know if the RB will run or be used as a receiver the offense hasn’t tipped its hand making whatever is called harder to defend.

 

So I look at RBs based on their productivity per touch (where touches include rushing attempts and pass targets).  

 

Yards per touch = (rushing yards + receiving yards) / (carries + receiving targets).

 

Rushing YardsCarriesYds Per CarryRec YdsRecTargetsYds Per TargetTotal YardsTotal TouchesYds Per Touch
  A B C=A/B D E F G=D/F H=A+D I=B+F J=H/I
Jamaal Charles 1,290 208 6.2 407 42 64 6.4 1,697 272 6.2
Felix Jones 800 185 4.3 450 48 52 8.7 1,250 237 5.3
Matt Forte 1,069 237 4.5 547 64 70 7.8 1,616 307 5.3
Ray Rice 1,223 308 4.0 556 75 82 6.8 1,779 390 4.6
Chris Johnson 1,364 316 4.3 245 44 57 4.3 1,609 373 4.3
Rashard Mendenhall 1,274 324 3.9 167 27 34 4.9 1,441 358 4.0

 

Everyone knows Chris Johnson is explosive right? Well Felix Jones produced twice as many yards per target in the passing game as Chris Johnson. Betcha didn’t know that did you? Felix also tied Miles Austin as the highest yards per target on Dallas.

 

To bring it back to Murray. I suspect that Garrett is aware of the benefits of a RB that’s a good receiver. He’s already got one of the best in the NFL and was probably happy to add another

 

Want to know why Garrett’s looking for more than Barber and Choice? Maybe it’s because Felix is almost twice as efficient in the passing game. Here’s how the Dallas RBs measure up.

 

Rushing YardsCarriesYds Per CarryRec YdsRecTargetsYds Per TargetTotal YardsTotal TouchesYds Per Touch
  A B C=A/B D E F G=D/F H=A+D I=B+F J=H/I
Felix Jones 800 185 4.3 450 48 52 8.7 1,250 237 5.3
Marion Barber 374 113 3.3 49 11 15 3.3 423 128 3.3
Tashard Choice 243 66 3.7 109 17 22 5.0 352 88 4.0

 

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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