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Football Fumble Stats So Far This NFL Season

Football player fumble stats
Football player fumble stats

The most important aspect that any football player learns is to always protect the ball when you are carrying it or catching it. There are some NFL players that have taken that to heart, while others still need to practice. A fumble is the worst thing that can happen to a team, seeing as how it gives their opponents the chance to gain possession and even score, and the best case scenario is that they recover the ball, but only lose a few yards.

Based on this, here are some of the skill-position fumble stats showing who is good and who needs to get glue on their hands.

Most Fumbles By Skill Player
Player Team Fumbles Touches
Melvin Gordon Chargers 4 98
Brandon Marshall Jets 3 41
Ameer Abdullah Lions 3 75
Adrian Peterson Vikings 3 133
Least Fumbles By Skill Player
Player Team Fumbles Touches
T.J. Yeldon Jaguars 0 117
Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 0 92
Ronnie Hillman Broncos 0 72
Thomas Rawls Seahawks 0 68
Shane Vereen Giants 0 55

Even though T.J. Yeldon leads with 0 fumbles and 117 touches, he has a drop percent of 13% (3 out of 23). So, we can tell that some of these running backs are great when they are given the ball, as they have a good grip on it, but when the ball is tossed to them, they may not have the best hands for it. On the other hand, it is important to know which of the quarterbacks are better or worse when it comes to holding onto the ball.

Most Fumbles By  Quarterback
Player Team Fumbles Snaps
Josh McCown Browns 6 366
Marcus Mariota Titans 5 305
Colin Kaepernick 49ers 4 412
Least Fumbles By Quarterback
Player Team Fumbles Snaps
Brandon Weeden Cowboys 0 195
Peyton Manning Broncos 0 390
Ryan Mallett Texans 0 250
Aaron Rodgers Packers 1 361
Cam Newton Panthers 1 389
Matthew Stafford Lions 1 412

This not only reflects poorly on the quarterback, but the offensive line that is there to protect the quarterback as well. We can see that Peyton Manning and the Broncos have amazing pocket protection, which is probably what has let them go undefeated so far this season. Giving a great quarterback the time and space needed to make a pass is a dangerous thing in football.

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