Yesterday, we started the game tracking series on pass protection by running backs, a skill that is often both underrated and overrated. We started with Joseph Addai, and today we'll continue with Delone Carter, a rookie in 2011. Carter was used a lot in the early parts of the season, and seemed to wane out as the season grew longer.
How did his pass protection fare? And how will it fare in 2012?
Reads: 19 good, 7 bad
Blocks: 14 solid, 6 poor, 4 missed
Pressure: 5 hurries, 4 hits, 1 sack
Carter, as a rookie, struggled early. He had the highest rate of total pressures (10 in 24 applicable scenarios, or 42%). He also had a solid block rate of just 58%, the lowest of the three backs. He had almost double the bad reads of the other two backs, but on less than half of the total snaps.
However, Carter showed great strides throughout the year. All seven of his bad reads came in the first four games, as did all four of his missed blocks. Eight of his ten pressures...