Now we look at some of the in-depth stats, courtesy of our friends at Pro Football Focus.
As we have talked about many times before, PFF has worked hard to come up with some very unique stats that show the value of a player, no matter how much, or how little, they are used. At the running back position, it has been no different.
The West Coast offense requires a back that can make people miss, and get yards after contact. PFF quantifies this with a stat called “Elusive Rating”. Let’s compare Peerman and the incumbent, Shonn Greene:
PFF also brings us a running back’s yards after contact per attempt. Peerman dominates here as well, with Greene averaging 2.15 yards per carry, and Peerman averaging 3.38 yards per carry. It’s obviously not close.
PFF took a running back’s total runs, with their runs of 15+ yards to come up with a “Breakaway Percentage”:
Cedric Peerman didn’t drop a pass all season as well. Yes, he only had nine thrown at him, but we talked about why his playing time would never grow. In a West Coast offense, you need a back that is reliable when you throw him the football. Never dropping a pass would definitely give someone to classification of “reliable”, don’t you think?
Peerman is young, only 26 years old. He definitely has a lot left in the tank. With the lack of mileage on him, he shouldn’t command the big contract that other, better known names will command. His economic demands should fit right into the Jets budget.
For anyone that might be worried that he can’t handle a bigger load, take a look at his college stats:
He can get the job done, and would be just what the doctored ordered for our beloved New York Jets. Hopefully John Idzik is reading this and will make the call.