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Running Back Consistency
David Dorey
June 23, 2010
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Below lists out each notable running back who played at least eight games and their categories list the number of games in which they had at least the stated topic. The consistency rating comes from the number of times where they had either a 100 total yards game and/or a touchdown game, all divided by the number of games that they played.

The Column for "Either" shows how many times they had either 100 total yards and/or a touchdown game.

Running Back Consistency - 2009 Season

NAME CON Gms Either 100 Rush Yd 100 Total Yd 150 Total Yd 1+ TD 2 + TD
Ray Rice 81% 16 13 4 12 5 7 1
Ryan Grant 81% 16 13 3 7 1 9 2
Adrian Peterson 81% 16 13 3 10 2 12 5
Thomas Jones 81% 16 13 7 7 1 10 4
Chris Johnson 81% 16 13 12 13 10 8 6
Frank Gore 79% 14 11 5 8 4 10 3
Cedric Benson 77% 13 10 6 8 1 6 0
Joseph Addai 73% 15 11 0 2 0 10 3
Steven Jackson 73% 15 11 7 11 3 4 0
Michael Turner 73% 11 8 4 4 2 7 2
LaDainian Tomlinson 71% 14 10 0 2 0 8 4
Maurice Jones-Drew 69% 16 11 5 8 2 10 4
Ricky Williams 69% 16 11 4 5 0 9 2
Rashard Mendenhall 67% 15 10 3 7 2 7 1
Ronnie Brown 67% 9 6 2 3 0 5 3
Steve Slaton 64% 11 7 0 3 0 5 2
Tim Hightower 63% 16 10 1 2 0 8 0
DeAngelo Williams 62% 13 8 4 7 3 5 2
Marion Barber 60% 15 9 1 4 1 6 1
Pierre Thomas 57% 14 8 1 5 0 6 2
Knowshon Moreno 56% 16 9 0 3 0 7 2
Willis McGahee 53% 15 8 1 1 1 8 5
Jamaal Charles 53% 15 8 5 6 3 7 1
Laurence Maroney 53% 15 8 1 2 0 7 2
Jonathan Stewart 50% 16 8 5 5 1 8 3
Carnell Williams 50% 16 8 1 2 0 7 0
Kevin Smith 46% 13 6 1 4 0 4 1
Matt Forte 44% 16 7 2 6 1 3 1
Reggie Bush 43% 14 6 0 0 0 6 2
Ahmad Bradshaw 40% 15 6 2 3 1 5 2
Brandon Jacobs 40% 15 6 0 2 0 5 1
Mike Bell 38% 13 5 1 1 0 4 1
Beanie Wells 38% 16 6 1 3 0 6 1
Fred Jackson 38% 16 6 2 6 2 3 1
LeSean McCoy 38% 16 6 0 2 0 4 0
Ryan Moats 38% 8 3 1 1 1 3 1
Brian Westbrook 38% 8 3 0 1 0 2 0
Donald Brown 36% 11 4 0 1 0 3 0
Jason Snelling 36% 14 5 1 2 1 4 1
Jerome Harrison 36% 14 5 4 4 2 4 2
Mike Tolbert 33% 12 4 0 0 0 4 0
Darren Sproles 31% 16 5 0 1 1 5 1
Felix Jones 29% 14 4 0 1 0 3 0
Julius Jones 29% 14 4 1 3 0 4 0
Michael Bush 27% 15 4 2 2 0 3 0
Leonard Weaver 25% 16 4 0 1 0 4 0
Justin Forsett 25% 16 4 2 2 0 4 1
Sammy Morris 25% 12 3 0 1 0 2 0
Justin Fargas 25% 12 3 0 0 0 3 0
John Kuhn 25% 8 2 0 0 0 2 1
Clinton Portis 25% 8 2 1 1 0 1 1
Quinton Ganther 25% 8 2 0 0 0 2 1
Marshawn Lynch 23% 13 3 0 1 0 2 0
Jamal Lewis 22% 9 2 1 2 0 0 0
Correll Buckhalter 21% 14 3 2 3 0 1 0
Maurice Morris 21% 14 3 1 2 1 2 0
Chris Brown 21% 14 3 0 0 0 3 0
Derrick Ward 21% 14 3 0 0 0 3 0
Tashard Choice 20% 15 3 0 1 0 3 0
Kevin Faulk 20% 15 3 0 0 0 3 0
Darren McFadden 17% 12 2 0 1 0 1 0
Mewelde Moore 13% 15 2 0 0 0 2 0
Le'Ron McClain 13% 16 2 0 0 0 2 0
Chester Taylor 13% 16 2 0 0 0 2 0
Shonn Greene 8% 13 1 1 1 0 1 1

2008 was the year of the rookie running back but 2009 ended up to be the second-year back phenomena with Chris Johnson and Ray Rice both exploding on the scene including Johnson becoming the sixth player ever to rush for over 2000 yards. Ryan Grant seems like a sleeper since his consistency suggests he is worthy of being a top five pick this year. Thomas Jones was another great one last year but now the question is what happens between Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Perhaps not surprising was the high number of the best running backs who did not play a full 16 game season. That's why drafting early and often for running backs will never change.

NAME 100 total NAME 150 total NAME 1+ TD NAME 2 + TD
Chris Johnson 13 Chris Johnson 10 Adrian Peterson 12 Chris Johnson 6
Ray Rice 12 Ray Rice 5 Thomas Jones 10 Adrian Peterson 5
Steven Jackson 11 Frank Gore 4 Frank Gore 10 Willis McGahee 5
Adrian Peterson 10 Steven Jackson 3 Joseph Addai 10 Thomas Jones 4
Frank Gore 8 DeAngelo Williams 3 Maurice Jones-Drew 10 LaDainian Tomlinson 4
Cedric Benson 8 Jamaal Charles 3 Ryan Grant 9 Maurice Jones-Drew 4
Maurice Jones-Drew 8 Adrian Peterson 2 Ricky Williams 9 Frank Gore 3
Ryan Grant 7 Michael Turner 2 Chris Johnson 8 Joseph Addai 3
Thomas Jones 7 Maurice Jones-Drew 2 LaDainian Tomlinson 8 Ronnie Brown 3
Rashard Mendenhall 7 Rashard Mendenhall 2 Tim Hightower 8 Jonathan Stewart 3
DeAngelo Williams 7 Fred Jackson 2 Willis McGahee 8 Ryan Grant 2
Jamaal Charles 6 Jerome Harrison 2 Jonathan Stewart 8 Michael Turner 2
Matt Forte 6 Ryan Grant 1 Ray Rice 7 Ricky Williams 2
Fred Jackson 6 Thomas Jones 1 Michael Turner 7 Steve Slaton 2
Ricky Williams 5 Cedric Benson 1 Rashard Mendenhall 7 DeAngelo Williams 2
Pierre Thomas 5 Marion Barber 1 Knowshon Moreno 7 Pierre Thomas 2
Jonathan Stewart 5 Willis McGahee 1 Jamaal Charles 7 Knowshon Moreno 2
Michael Turner 4 Jonathan Stewart 1 Laurence Maroney 7 Laurence Maroney 2
Marion Barber 4 Matt Forte 1 Carnell Williams 7 Reggie Bush 2
Kevin Smith 4 Ahmad Bradshaw 1 Cedric Benson 6 Ahmad Bradshaw 2
Jerome Harrison 4 Ryan Moats 1 Marion Barber 6 Jerome Harrison 2
    Jason Snelling 1 Pierre Thomas 6    
    Darren Sproles 1 Reggie Bush 6    
    Maurice Morris 1 Beanie Wells 6    

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