Michael Carter’s elusiveness has been top-notch
New York Jets rookie running back Michael Carter‘s fantasy statistics do not pop off the page. Through three games, he has logged 24 carries for 89 yards (3.7 average) and no touchdowns. He has also grabbed five of eight targets for 48 yards and no touchdowns.
However, when you dig deeper and take a look at his individual effort on a per-play basis, his special potential is revealed.
According to Pro Football Focus, Carter has forced 11 missed tackles across his 29 touches this season. That’s an average of 0.379 per carry, ranking second-best in the league among 50 qualified running backs (min. 20 carries) behind only fellow rookie Najee Harris (0.383).
Carter has been tough to bring down in both phases, forcing seven missed tackles as a rusher and four as a receiver. His vision, change of direction speed, and tremendous contact balance have all been impressive.
If Carter can maintain this level of elusiveness as his workload increases, he will be on the path to becoming a star.
Let’s dig into a few examples of Carter’s intriguing ability with the ball in his hands.