When it comes to running backs that make things happen after they’ve been hit, the NFC South features three of the league’s best.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Atlanta’s Michael Turner, Tampa Bay’s LeGarrette Blount and Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart are among the best in the league in gaining yards after initial contact by a defender.
Turner is No. 2 in the league with 530 yards after contact. Turner averages 2.5 yards per carry after contact and only Adrian Peterson (2.7), Ben Tate (2.7) and DeMarco Murray (2.6) have better averages.
Blount and Stewart don’t have as many carries as Turner, but each of them also averages 2.5 yards after contact per carry. Blount has gained 339 yards after first contact. Stewart has gained 228 yards.