Rushing and Receiving Stats Through 4 Weeks

Analyzing the rushing and receiving stats through the first quarter of the season.


First Quarter Of The Season Analysis

With 4 weeks underway and every team playing 1/4th of their schedule (Bucs and Dolphins excluded, Thanks Irma), I'm analyzing who's getting the most use out of their targets and rushing attempts.

There's only 12 players with 65 rushing attempts or more so far and 13 players with 33 targets or more so we're using those as the threshold for analyzing.

Running Backs With The Most Carries

There were 12 running backs with at least 65 carries in the first 4 weeks of the season. Surprisingly, there's 3 rookies on the list.

  1. Le'Veon Bell: 87 Attempts, 324 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
  2. Todd Gurley: 85 Attempts, 361 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 1 Fumble
  3. Leonard Fournette: 82 Attempts, 315 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
  4. Ezekiel Elliott: 76 Attempts, 277 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  5. Dalvin Cook: 74 Attempts, 354 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 1 Fumble
  6. C.J. Anderson: 73 Attempts, 330 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  7. Devonta Freeman: 70 Attempts, 285 Yards, 5 Touchdowns
  8. Kareem Hunt: 68 Attempts, 502 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 1 Fumble
  9. Lamar Miller: 68 Attempts, 257 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  10. LeSean McCoy: 68 Attempts, 216 Yards
  11. Ameer Abdullah: 66 Attempts, 257 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  12. Carlos Hyde: 65 Attempts, 321 Yards, 2 Touchdowns


Kareem Hunt is clearly making the most of his carries. He's leading the group by averaging 7.38 yards per carry, the next closest is Carlos Hyde with 4.94. With a touchdown rate of 5.88%, he's second only to Devonata Freeman (7.14%).

LeSean McCoy is the only running back on the list with no touchdowns. He also has the lowest average yards per carry mark of the group at 3.18, the next closest is Ezekiel Elliot at 3.64. Last year, McCoy was one of the best in both metrics.

Honorable Mentions


Mike Gillislee and Jordan Howard are the only running backs with 4 touchdowns that haven't had at least 65 attempts. Gillislee had 58 and Howard had 63 so far.


Receiving: Players With The Most Targets

There are 13 players that have at least 33 targets so far. All but 1 has caught at least 50% of them and all but 2 have scored a touchdown.


  1. DeAndre Hopkins: 49 Targets (31 Completions - 63.27%), 311 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  2. Antonio Brown: 45 Targets (30 Completions - 66.67%), 388 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  3. Larry Fitzgerald: 41 Targets (26 Completions - 63.41%), 276 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  4. Keenan Allen: 40 Targets (24 Completions - 60.00%), 334 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  5. Dez Bryant: 40 Targets (16 Completions - 40.00%), 212 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
  6. A.J. Green: 38 Targets (25 Completions - 65.79%), 315 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  7. Michael Thomas: 37 Targets (25 Completions - 67.57%), 310 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  8. Zach Ertz: 36 Targets (26 Completions - 72.22%), 326 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  9. Emmanuel Sanders: 34 Targets (20 Completions - 58.82%), 190 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  10. Alshon Jeffery: 34 Targets (17 Completions - 50.00%), 215 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  11. Jarvis Landry: 33 Targets (25 Completions - 75.76%), 166 Yards
  12. Odell Beckham: 33 Targets (20 Completions - 60.61%), 205 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  13. Pierre Garcon: 33 Targets (20 Completions - 60.61%), 285 Yards


While Dez is the only receiver on the list with 3 Touchdowns, he's also hauled in the fewest percentage of passes thrown his way. 

Zach Ertz is, interestingly, being treated as a receiver. Rightfully so as he's 8th in targets but 3rd in receptions and yards and also has the highest yards per target average of the group.

Despite having the highest completion percentage, Jarvis Landry, has the fewest yards per target. He's also only one of two players on the list without a touchdown, Pierre Garcon being the other.




We're going to see if an uptick in stats is in the cards for this weekend's game against the Carolina Panthers based off recent history.


After a rough week one, the Patriots snapped back into typical Patriots shape for week two.


David Johnson is out for a few months, lets look at who will likely pick up the slack.

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