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New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount Solid On First And Ten During His Career


While it’s pretty obvious that new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount is not a three down player at the NFL level, there is one down and distance in particular  that he has excelled at since coming into the league in 2010.

Dating back to 2010, Blount has averaged 5.47 yards per carry on first and ten. To put that into perspective, there have been 75 running backs that have carried the ball 100 or more times dating back to 2010 and only Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs has a higher yards per carry average (6.31) during that span.

Last season with the New England Patriots, 85 of Blount’s 153 total carries came on first down and ten, and he averaged 6.00 yards per carry. The three years prior to that as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Blount still averaged 5.28 yards per carry on 233 first and ten runs.

Here is another interesting stat about Blount on first and ten. Exactly 50% of his 318 career first and ten carries (159) have gone for four yards or more.

In case your curious, dating back to 2010, running backs that have carried the football for the Pittsburgh Steelers on first and ten have averaged 4.28 yards per carry and only 43.3% of those carries went for four yards or more.

Past performance doesn’t predict future success when it comes to the NFL, but there’s no denying that Blount should be a very capable early down fill-in running back for the Steelers in 2014 as long as their offensive line stays healthy.

2010-2013 Running Back Carries On 1st & 10 – Minimum 100 To Qualify

PLAYER RUSH YDS YPC TD 4+YDS 4+YDS%
Jamaal Charles 394 2487 6.31 7 208 52.8%
LeGarrette Blount 318 1741 5.47 7 159 50.0%
Brandon Jacobs 184 1005 5.46 3 97 52.7%
Toby Gerhart 125 649 5.19 2 58 46.4%
Kendall Hunter 126 652 5.17 1 66 52.4%
Tim Hightower 139 714 5.14 1 59 42.4%
Adrian Peterson 563 2871 5.10 8 251 44.6%
Alfred Morris 330 1674 5.07 6 166 50.3%
Reggie Bush 404 2039 5.05 8 187 46.3%
LeSean McCoy 458 2268 4.95 4 227 49.6%
Arian Foster 479 2365 4.94 5 223 46.6%
Chris Ivory 235 1154 4.91 3 115 48.9%
Darren McFadden 338 1657 4.90 3 126 37.3%
Mark Ingram 201 974 4.85 4 102 50.7%
DeAngelo Williams 381 1847 4.85 12 155 40.7%
Frank Gore 497 2397 4.82 4 230 46.3%
Ben Tate 219 1052 4.80 0 104 47.5%
Eddie Lacy 151 725 4.80 1 69 45.7%
Maurice Jones-Drew 471 2255 4.79 4 217 46.1%
DeMarco Murray 297 1419 4.78 0 155 52.2%
C.J. Spiller 348 1664 4.78 6 148 42.5%
Fred Jackson 374 1781 4.76 3 189 50.5%
Ryan Torain 121 572 4.73 0 56 46.3%
Donald Brown 235 1102 4.69 4 107 45.5%
Jonathan Dwyer 119 556 4.67 0 54 45.4%
Stevan Ridley 293 1359 4.64 2 145 49.5%
Ahmad Bradshaw 347 1598 4.61 7 156 45.0%
Marshawn Lynch 524 2386 4.55 7 248 47.3%
Pierre Thomas 249 1127 4.53 1 128 51.4%
Willis McGahee 349 1572 4.50 3 166 47.6%
Roy Helu 112 501 4.47 2 57 50.9%
Andre Brown 103 460 4.47 0 52 50.5%
Bernard Scott 109 485 4.45 2 51 46.8%
Ray Rice 545 2419 4.44 1 234 42.9%
Felix Jones 249 1104 4.43 0 117 47.0%
Isaac Redman 123 545 4.43 0 56 45.5%
Joique Bell 137 606 4.42 2 67 48.9%
Doug Martin 247 1087 4.40 3 112 45.3%
Matt Forte 493 2170 4.40 4 208 42.2%
Chris Johnson 612 2689 4.39 9 254 41.5%
Danny Woodhead 154 668 4.34 0 82 53.2%
Ryan Mathews 504 2188 4.34 7 225 44.6%
Michael Bush 283 1226 4.33 2 120 42.4%
Shonn Greene 426 1840 4.32 3 221 51.9%
James Starks 161 693 4.30 3 72 44.7%
Jonathan Stewart 211 900 4.27 1 89 42.2%
Jahvid Best 152 645 4.24 2 55 36.2%
Mike Tolbert 204 854 4.19 0 94 46.1%
LaDainian Tomlinson 150 625 4.17 0 64 42.7%
Bilal Powell 151 627 4.15 0 67 44.4%
Rashad Jennings 165 685 4.15 1 70 42.4%
Lamar Miller 129 534 4.14 1 59 45.7%
Joseph Addai 124 510 4.11 0 52 41.9%
Brandon Jackson 111 454 4.09 0 50 45.0%
Peyton Hillis 283 1142 4.04 1 135 47.7%
Knowshon Moreno 344 1382 4.02 1 148 43.0%
Beanie Wells 250 1000 4.00 1 115 46.0%
Rashard Mendenhall 455 1822 4.00 2 186 40.9%
Daniel Thomas 181 715 3.95 0 86 47.5%
Steven Jackson 519 2048 3.95 2 213 41.0%
Michael Turner 456 1801 3.95 0 186 40.8%
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 495 1951 3.94 2 219 44.2%
Jackie Battle 142 560 3.94 0 56 39.4%
Cedric Benson 338 1311 3.88 1 156 46.2%
Thomas Jones 201 770 3.83 1 84 41.8%
Ricky Williams 135 516 3.82 0 65 48.1%
Zac Stacy 129 487 3.78 0 51 39.5%
Ronnie Brown 147 553 3.76 1 56 38.1%
Mikel Leshoure 124 465 3.75 0 52 41.9%
Jacquizz Rodgers 130 484 3.72 0 51 39.2%
Bernard Pierce 136 501 3.68 0 60 44.1%
Vick Ballard 118 424 3.59 0 48 40.7%
Trent Richardson 228 802 3.52 1 102 44.7%
Le’Veon Bell 114 397 3.48 0 49 43.0%
Cadillac Williams 100 295 2.95 0 34 34.0%

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  • Smashmouth

    5.47 yds. on first downs is an amazing stat considering the teams he has played for in the past with the exception of new englands OL and there he played in a 3 back stable. IMO,as a back up to bell he will add a much needed extra dimension in the steelers offence and it will help Ben and the receiving corp also as it will make the opposing defense respect the run more and not just Bens arm.with the addition of a speed back in the later stages of the draft or a free agent signing during the pre-season the FO will have addressed this problem.

  • JAMESH

    Nice chart, Dave. Thanks!

  • steeltown

    I knew he had a really good yds per avg overall, but I wouldve never guessed this

  • cencalsteeler

    If Blount can get us into some second and shorts, the playbook can really be opened up for everyone. Huge offensive addition, IMO.

  • RMSteeler

    If the Steelers can establish the run early this year, Ben can be deadly on play action. If OL stays healthy, this will be a fun year to watch the offense. Not as concerned about RZ if they can score from outside the 20. Wonder what teams were best last year scoring from outside the 20. I’d guess Peyton was the probbablly best, but where do the other teams stack up in that category. Especially comparing outside the 20 scoring production against their RZ production.

  • Ken

    super cool chart Dave, thanks. I think everyone is excited about this guy. It is somewhat of a mystery he doesn’t/didn’t draw more interest????

  • Ravi

    lol Le’Veon Bell is second to last on this list with 3.48… didn’t realize it was so low, comparatively speaking.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I don’t imagine Blount will see much 1st and 10 situations unless he’s subbing in for a series but with that kind of statistical production how could they ignore the potential? Blount is a one down back and it’s not on 3rd either. From past articles on this guy he seems to be an oddity by the very nature of his physical stature and position at which he plays. Wonder why Chip Kelly didn’t try to acquire Blount though? ….on that note he could certainly have Paulson, if he wanted him of course.

  • steelster

    Why not give him at least 4 or 5 first down carries in a game and then put bell in for 2nd and 3rd downs.

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    I guess you’d have to take some of these stats with a grain of salt as he ran behind a different O-line with different plays on a different team?

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