Looking Back on the 2017 Rookie RB Class
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In August, just before the prime draft weeks, I sent out the following tweet that raised a few eyebrows and received contentious comments.
And there’s a bit of deception in this tweet if you looked at it the wrong way. From a percentage perspective, it appears that only 5.6 percent of rookies achieve a 50 percent market share of rushing attempts. But that was never really my point. The point was that there’s an average of 1.7 rookie RBs per year to receive the majority of rush attempts for their team and that, because of a variety of variables, it was incredibly unlikely that four members of this rookie class would achieve it.
Since 2000, only 30 of 529 rookies RBs have received 50% of a teams rush attempts. Why are we so casually calling for 4 to do it in 2017?— Matt Wispe (@WispeyTheKid) August 31, 2017