Saints RB Alvin Kamara leads NFL in missed tackles forced per touch
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is slippery. How slippery, you may ask? So slippery that he leads the NFL in missed tackles forced per touch through three weeks of playing, according to Pro Football Focus’ data.
RB leaders in missed tackles forced per touch through three weeks [PFF data]:
1. Alvin Kamara (0.37)
2. Le'Veon Bell (0.32)
3. Austin Ekeler (0.31)
4. Mark Ingram (0.30)
5. Josh Jacobs (0.28)
6. Dalvin Cook (0.27)
— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) September 23, 2019
Kamara averages 0.37 missed tackles forced per touch. That’s 0.05 higher than New York Jets’ Le’Veon Bell. While not a huge number to the naked eye, a 0.05 difference between the two is a high value; especially considering the difference between second and sixth is the same number.
Kamara is a human joy-stick with the ball in his hands. He’s exceptionally quick, has the speed to burn, brings power to the table, can hit any move and, perhaps his most famed trait, has the balance to keep on going no matter the tackle. The Seattle Seahawks defense witnessed that on Sunday, as he scorched them to the tune of 69 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts and nine receptions for 92 yards and a score.
“He’s a great player. He can do everything,” Seattle defensive end Quinton Jefferson said of Kamara on Sunday, via Todd Fredrickson of HeraldNet. “He runs the ball hard and you’ve got to really put your body on him. Hats off to him for having a great game.
“I feel like he’s definitely, probably the best [at evading tackles], especially at keeping his feet moving. He runs hard as hell, he doesn’t want to go down, and with him you’ve got to lay heavy and run your feet.”
The Seahawks don’t have to worry about Kamara anymore, as he already helped beat them 33-27 on Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, do as they’ll face New Orleans in Week 4.