Welcome to the first installment of Volume Facts and Takeaways! This will be a weekly article, where we will breakdown relevant rushing and receiving volume participation in each week of the NFL season.
Along with quick highlights, we’ll bring you the following Top 20 stat leaders in each week:
- Rushing Share;
- Touches (Rushing Attempts + Receptions) – RB Only;
- Snap Share – RB Only;
- Target Share.
Top 20 Rushing Share
Well, talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers missing Le’Veon Bell… James Conner completely dominated the rushing affairs for the Steelers, adding 31 carries on his stat line, while also scoring twice and amassing 135 yards – an amazing performance by the sophomore RB.
Joe Mixon also stood out from the pack, rushing for 85% of the time for the Cincinnati Bengals and being very productive too – 17 attempts for 95 yards and a TD. Jamaal Williams was the only other RB that surpassed 80% of rushing share in Week 1, although not so productively – 15 attempts for 47 yards.
Also, as expected, Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Melvin Gordon were heavily used in the running game, with Barkley and Gurley rushing more than 75% of the time, Elliott surpassing the 70% mark and Gordon barely missing it.
Top 20 Touches
As no surprise, James Conner also led the Touches category for Week 1. In addition to his whopping 31 carries, he added 5 receptions for 57 yards (for the record, he had ALL of the RB touches for the Steelers).
A fine surprise was Adrian Peterson as the runner-up, finishing with 28 touches (26 rushes and 2 receptions) for the Washington Redskins – and defying Father Time once more.
Melvin Gordon had a fine week too, totaling 24 touches (15 carries + 9 receptions), followed closely by Todd Gurley who along with Carlos Hyde garnered 23 touches each.
Top 20 Snap Share
As dominant as James Conner was, he wasn’t the RB with the largest Snap Share in his backfield – the title, at least for Week 1, is Todd Gurley’s. Gurley participated on a massive 94% of RB snaps for the Rams against the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
Conner and Ezekiel Elliott are tied for the second spot, each with a 92% share of RB snaps for the Steelers and Cowboys, respectively.
Other guys who also dominated their backfield snaps were Christian McCaffrey (85% Snap Share), Alvin Kamara (82% Snap Share) and the returning Dalvin Cook (80% Snap Share).
Top 20 Targets
In an absolute cracker of a performance, Julio Jones got a crazy 19 Targets from Matt Ryan on Thursday Night Football – he also had 10 receptions for 169 yards.
Following him closely were Michael Thomas, with 17 Targets (adding 16 receptions for 180 yards and a score), Antonio Brown, with 16 Targets (adding 9 receptions for 93 yards and a TD), and Odell Beckham Jnr, Golden Tate and Jarvis Landry – each with 15 targets.
On a quick note, three Running Backs had more than 11 targets this Week – Melvin Gordon, with 13 (adding 9 catches for 103 yards), Alvin Kamara, with 12 targets (9 receptions for 112 yards and a TD) and, surprisingly, Jalen Richard with 11 targets (9 receptions for 55 yards).
Top 20 Target Share
Closing the Week 1 article out, we look at the top Target Share leaders. Unsurprisingly (again) Julio Jones was the top Target Share holder for this week, with 48,7% of the Targets for the Falcons.
But a nice surprise was Quincy Enunwa, who had 47,6% of the Targets (totaling 10) for the New York Jets in that massive 48-17 win over the Detroit Lions.
By Gabriel Cabistani – @GtCabistaniFF