(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
Having a solid running game is important in the NFL (or is it? That’s a topic for another blog!). Sometimes, however, it isn’t always the running back that provides the running game spark.
Handing the ball off to a fleet-footed wide receiver can be just the ticket to the end zone. To illustrate this point, let’s look at the players who have the highest yards per rushing attempt in the NFL and with the Packers.
For the Pack, James Lofton holds the Packers record for highest yards per carry (minimum of 30 career rushing attempts). Every time Lofton carried the ball for Green Bay he averaged 7.9 yards (31 carries for 245 yards).
Here are the four Packers players with the highest yards per carry average (minimum of 30 career carries to qualify for the list).
James Lofton 7.9… Randall Cobb 6.7… Donald Driver 6.4… Ty Montgomery 5.9.
Cordarrelle Patterson has the highest yards per carry average in a career for the NFL. He is averaging 10.7 yards per carry in his career (31 carries for 333 yards). He is followed by Ernest Givens (9.9 yards per carry) and Curtis Conway (9.3 yards per carry). Lofton, with an NFL career yards per carry of 7.7, ranks 17th on this list. He is the only player in the top 20 with ties to the Packers.