Our friends at Pro Football Focus have put together a lot of unique stats at all of the positions, and running back is no different. They have come up with an “elusive rating”, which takes into account forced missed tackles, and yards after contact, among other things. We have talked about how being able to be elusive is important in the West Coast system, so let’s see how these two guys faired:
Bradshaw had a 27.5 rating, while Greene posted an 11.7.
The biggest issue is the fact that Ahmad Bradshaw is coming off of foot surgery. Assuming the Giants don’t bring him back, like we said before, this could be an interesting piece that could go both ways.
On one had, he really shouldn’t command top dollar on the open market. He has only recorded 2-1,000 yard seasons so far. Although he is only 26, coming off of surgery will make teams hesitant to pay a ton for this guy. This could well play to the advantage of the New York Jets, whom we all know are a bit strapped in the salary cap department.
But, we all know the negative coming off a surgery, especially one to any part of the lower extremity for a running back. Obviously, these are the parts that the player uses, and there is always that possibility that the player won’t be the same. He also has a lot of carries under his belt for a 26 year old. 921 carries is not a small amount. Could he be nearing the point where he would start going backwards?
The bottom line? Ahmad Bradshaw, if healthy, would be a major asset. But, the Jets would have to make sure, due their due diligence to make sure he is healthy. If he is, and the Jets are interested (there are conflicting reports at this time), throw their hat in the ring.