Rashard Mendenhall – The First 50 Carries

The 29 carries running back Rashard Mendenhall had on Sunday night against the Chargers, put him over the 50 carry mark finally. I have compiled a list of most of the current starting running backs in the league and compiled their stats of each ones first 50 carries for a quick comparison of where Mendenhall ranks. Of the 28 backs I have listed, Mendenhall ranks #10. Surprisingly he is ahead of the pace of superstars LaDanian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson at the same point in their careers.

This numbers still do not take in situational football like down and distance and short yardage like goal line carries. A running back could have had a 1 yard touchdown run and that would mean he had a 1 yard YPC for that run. Regardless most are pretty much on the same playing field albeit a small cross section of numbers. Also to be considered is that Mendenhall has only started 2 games. One against a top notch Ravens defense and one against a struggling and injured Chargers defense.

In closing, it is still too early to tell if Mendenhall is indeed a star in the making, but his performance against the Chargers showed he does have vision and runs down hill very good. He also showed signs of running violent between the tackles. I will revisit these numbers at the 150 carry mark as it should give a little clearer picture stats wise.

Running backs first 50 carries

PlayerTeamCarriesYardsYPCLongTD
Felix JonesDAL504388.76604
Willie ParkerPIT502875.74581
Clinton PortisDEN502785.56241
Chris JohnsonTEN502765.52510
Steven JacksonSTL502735.46481
Frank GoreSF502715.42221
Darren McFaddenOAK502705.40501
Kevin SmithDET502565.12502
DeAngelo WilliamsCAR502565.12311
Rashard MendenhallPIT502434.86392
Ryan GrantGB502354.70301
Michael TurnerSD502324.64300
Matt ForteCHI502304.60501
Jonathan StewartCAR502224.44244
Marion BarberDAL502204.40282
Adrian PetersonMIN502184.36161
Joseph AddaiIND502154.30161
Maurice Jones-DrewJAC502084.16263
Larry JohnsonKC502024.04193
Marshawn LynchBUF501983.96232
Cedric BensonCHI501963.92360
LenDale WhiteTEN501943.88190
Laurence MaroneyNE501863.72272
Brandon JacobsNYG501793.58218
Reggie BushNO501583.16180
LaDanian TomlinsonSD501513.02132
Ronnie BrownMIA501412.82151
Tim HightowerARI501352.70176

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  • Ron

    Great stats. Thank you for doing this as I was curious about some sort of comparison. I read your blog daily and thoroughly enjoy it. It is the best Steelers blog I have found.