2006 Touch Leaders

Matt Buser
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The following is a list of the 2006 leaders in touches. It defines those running backs who received the most work this past year.

Touches is defined as the number of times a running back carried or caught the football.

Also See: 2006 Look Leaders

TOUCHES

The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch for the 2006 season included: Carolina ( DeShaun Foster 259, DeAngelo Williams 154), Dallas ( Julius Jones 276, Marion Barber III 158), Denver ( Tatum Bell 257, Mike Bell 177), Houston ( Ron Dayne 165, Wali Lundy 157), Indianapolis ( Joseph Addai 266, Dominic Rhodes 223), Jacksonville ( Fred Taylor 254, Maurice Jones-Drew 212), New England ( Corey Dillon 214, Laurence Maroney 197), New Orleans ( Deuce McAllister 274, Reggie Bush 243), New York Jets ( Leon Washington 176, Kevan Barlow 138, Cedric Houston 120), Oakland ( Justin Fargas 191, LaMont Jordan 124), and Seattle ( Shaun Alexander 264, Maurice Morris 172).

Yards-per-touch leaders for the 2006 season: Jerious Norwood was the leader among players with at least 100 touches – he had 735 yards of offense (633 rushing, 102 receiving) on 111 touches (99 carries, 12 receptions), good for a 6.62-yard average. Maurice Jones-Drew led all players with at least 200 touches – he had 1,377 yards (941 rushing, 436 receiving) on 212 touches (166 carries, 46 receptions), a 6.50-yard average. Brian Westbrook was the leader among players with at least 300 touches – he gained 1,916 yards of offense (1,217 rushing, 699 receiving) on 317 touches (240 carries, 77 receptions), good for a 6.04-yard average.

2006 TOUCH LEADERS
RUSHING RECEIVING COMBINED TOTAL
Rank Player Team G Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Touch Yds TD Y/T T/G
1 Larry Johnson KC 16 416 1789 17 41 410 2 457 2199 19 4.81 28.56
2 Steven Jackson STL 16 346 1528 13 90 806 3 436 2334 16 5.35 27.25
3 LaDainian Tomlinson SD 16 348 1815 28 56 508 3 404 2323 31 5.75 25.25
4 Tiki Barber NYG 16 327 1662 5 58 465 0 385 2127 5 5.52 24.06
5 Edgerrin James ARI 16 337 1159 6 38 217 0 375 1376 6 3.67 23.44
6 Frank Gore SF 16 312 1695 8 61 485 1 373 2180 9 5.84 23.31
7 Willie Parker PIT 16 337 1494 13 31 222 3 368 1716 16 4.66 23.00
8 Rudi Johnson CIN 16 341 1309 12 23 124 0 364 1433 12 3.94 22.75
9 Chester Taylor MIN 15 304 1214 6 42 288 0 346 1502 6 4.34 23.07
10 Thomas Jones CHI 16 296 1210 6 36 154 0 332 1364 6 4.11 20.75
10 Jamal Lewis BAL 16 314 1132 9 18 115 0 332 1247 9 3.76 20.75
12 Brian Westbrook PHI 15 240 1217 7 77 699 4 317 1916 11 6.04 21.13
13 Ahman Green GB 14 266 1059 5 46 373 1 312 1432 6 4.59 22.29
14 Warrick Dunn ATL 16 286 1140 4 22 170 1 308 1310 5 4.25 19.25
15 Ladell Betts WAS 16 245 1154 4 53 445 1 298 1599 5 5.37 18.63
16 Travis Henry TEN 14 270 1211 7 18 78 0 288 1289 7 4.48 20.57
17 Willis McGahee BUF 14 259 990 6 18 156 0 277 1146 6 4.14 19.79
18 Julius Jones DAL 16 267 1084 4 9 142 0 276 1226 4 4.44 17.25
19 Ronnie Brown MIA 13 241 1008 5 33 276 0 274 1284 5 4.69 21.08
19 Deuce McAllister NO 15 244 1057 10 30 198 0 274 1255 10 4.58 18.27
21 Joseph Addai IND 16 226 1081 7 40 325 1 266 1406 8 5.29 16.63
22 Shaun Alexander SEA 10 252 896 7 12 48 0 264 944 7 3.58 26.40
23 DeShaun Foster CAR 14 227 897 3 32 159 0 259 1056 3 4.08 18.50
24 Tatum Bell DEN 13 233 1025 2 24 115 0 257 1140 2 4.44 19.77
25 Carnell Williams TB 14 225 798 1 30 196 0 255 994 1 3.90 18.21
26 Fred Taylor JAC 15 231 1146 5 23 242 1 254 1388 6 5.46 16.93
27 Reuben Droughns CLE 14 220 758 4 27 169 0 247 927 4 3.75 17.64
28 Reggie Bush NO 16 155 565 6 88 742 2 243 1307 8 5.38 15.19
29 Kevin Jones DET 12 181 689 6 61 520 2 242 1209 8 5.00 20.17
30 Dominic Rhodes IND 16 187 641 5 36 251 0 223 892 5 4.00 13.94
31 Corey Dillon NE 16 199 812 13 15 147 0 214 959 13 4.48 13.38
32 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 16 166 941 13 46 436 2 212 1377 15 6.50 13.25
33 Laurence Maroney NE 14 175 745 6 22 194 1 197 939 7 4.77 14.07
34 Justin Fargas OAK 16 178 659 1 13 91 0 191 750 1 3.93 11.94
35 Mike Bell DEN 15 157 677 8 20 158 0 177 835 8 4.72 11.80
36 Leon Washington NYJ 16 151 650 4 25 270 0 176 920 4 5.23 11.00
37 Maurice Morris SEA 16 161 604 0 11 46 0 172 650 0 3.78 10.75
38 Cedric Benson CHI 15 157 647 6 8 54 0 165 701 6 4.25 11.00
38 Ron Dayne HOU 11 151 612 5 14 77 0 165 689 5 4.18 15.00
40 Marion Barber III DAL 16 135 654 14 23 196 2 158 850 16 5.38 9.88
41 Wali Lundy HOU 14 124 476 4 33 204 0 157 680 4 4.33 11.21
42 DeAngelo Williams CAR 13 121 501 1 33 313 1 154 814 2 5.29 11.85
43 Clinton Portis WAS 8 127 523 7 17 170 0 144 693 7 4.81 18.00
44 Kevan Barlow NYJ 12 131 370 6 7 21 0 138 391 6 2.83 11.50
45 Anthony Thomas BUF 16 107 378 2 22 139 0 129 517 2 4.01 8.06
46 LaMont Jordan OAK 9 114 434 2 10 74 0 124 508 2 4.10 13.78
47 Cedric Houston NYJ 8 113 374 5 7 43 0 120 417 5 3.48 15.00
48 Sammy Morris MIA 12 92 400 1 21 162 0 113 562 1 4.97 9.42
48 Vernand Morency GB 13 96 434 2 17 118 0 113 552 2 4.88 8.69
50 Jerious Norwood ATL 14 99 633 2 12 102 0 111 735 2 6.62 7.93
51 Correll Buckhalter PHI 16 83 345 2 24 256 1 107 601 3 5.62 6.69
51 Brandon Jacobs NYG 15 96 423 9 11 149 0 107 572 9 5.35 7.13
53 Michael Pittman TB 16 50 245 1 47 405 0 97 650 1 6.70 6.06
54 Michael Turner SD 13 80 502 2 3 47 0 83 549 2 6.61 6.38
55 Mike Alstott TB 16 60 171 3 21 85 0 81 256 3 3.16 5.06
56 Najeh Davenport PIT 13 60 221 1 15 193 1 75 414 2 5.52 5.77
56 LenDale White TEN 13 61 244 0 14 60 0 75 304 0 4.05 5.77
58 Samkon Gado GB 9 56 210 1 17 85 0 73 295 1 4.04 8.11
59 Mewelde Moore MIN 16 24 131 0 46 468 1 70 599 1 8.56 4.38
60 Kevin Faulk NE 15 25 123 1 43 356 2 68 479 3 7.04 4.53
60 Jason Wright CLE 13 62 189 0 6 82 0 68 271 0 3.99 5.23
62 Arlen Harris DET 10 49 158 1 18 132 0 67 290 1 4.33 6.70
63 Noah Herron GB 16 37 150 1 29 211 2 66 361 3 5.47 4.13
64 Mack Strong SEA 16 33 149 1 29 159 0 62 308 1 4.97 3.88
65 Musa Smith BAL 12 36 153 0 22 135 0 58 288 0 4.97 4.83
66 Stephen Davis STL 15 40 177 0 12 90 1 52 267 1 5.13 3.47
67 Zack Crockett OAK 16 39 163 0 10 53 0 49 216 0 4.41 3.06
68 Kenny Watson CIN 16 25 138 1 23 213 0 48 351 1 7.31 3.00
68 Mike Anderson BAL 16 39 183 1 9 54 0 48 237 1 4.94 3.00
70 Michael Robinson SF 16 38 116 2 9 47 0 47 163 2 3.47 2.94
71 Lorenzo Neal SD 16 29 140 1 17 83 0 46 223 1 4.85 2.88
72 Michael Bennett KC 11 36 200 0 9 77 0 45 277 0 6.16 4.09
73 Artose Pinner MIN 12 42 192 3 2 15 0 44 207 3 4.70 3.67
74 Chris Brown TEN 5 41 156 0 2 4 0 43 160 0 3.72 8.60
75 Justin Griffith ATL 16 19 106 1 23 168 3 42 274 4 6.52 2.63
75 Maurice Hicks SF 16 29 82 0 13 137 1 42 219 1 5.21 2.63
75 Brad Hoover CAR 16 22 73 1 20 122 0 42 195 1 4.64 2.63
78 ReShard Lee OAK 16 21 72 2 20 138 0 41 210 2 5.12 2.56
79 T.J. Duckett WAS 10 38 132 2 2 16 0 40 148 2 3.70 4.00
80 Heath Evans NE 16 27 117 0 7 34 1 34 151 1 4.44 2.13
81 Ovie Mughelli BAL 16 12 50 0 21 182 2 33 232 2 7.03 2.06
81 Jason McKie CHI 15 8 18 0 25 162 0 33 180 0 5.45 2.20
81 Verron Haynes PIT 7 15 78 0 18 95 0 33 173 0 5.24 4.71
84 Chris Taylor HOU 4 28 123 1 3 40 0 31 163 1 5.26 7.75
85 Mike Sellers WAS 16 12 51 0 18 105 1 30 156 1 5.20 1.88
85 Derrick Blaylock NYJ 4 25 44 0 5 29 0 30 73 0 2.43 7.50
87 Aveion Cason DET 6 24 94 0 5 26 0 29 120 0 4.14 4.83
87 Jerome Harrison CLE 10 20 60 0 9 47 0 29 107 0 3.69 2.90
89 Obafemi Ayanbadejo ARI 14 9 37 0 17 139 0 26 176 0 6.77 1.86
89 Mike Karney NO 15 11 33 1 15 96 2 26 129 3 4.96 1.73
91 Aaron Stecker NO 12 4 11 0 19 190 0 23 201 0 8.74 1.92
91 Marcel Shipp ARI 15 17 41 4 6 60 0 23 101 4 4.39 1.53
93 Ahmard Hall TEN 14 7 21 0 15 138 0 22 159 0 7.23 1.57
93 Damien Nash DEN 3 18 66 0 4 41 0 22 107 0 4.86 7.33
93 J.J. Arrington ARI 16 14 19 0 8 58 0 22 77 0 3.50 1.38
93 Travis Minor MIA 16 19 74 0 3 2 0 22 76 0 3.45 1.38
93 Ryan Moats PHI 8 22 69 0 0 0 0 22 69 0 3.14 2.75
98 Nick Goings CAR 11 11 52 0 10 107 1 21 159 1 7.57 1.91
98 Jameel Cook HOU 11 3 18 0 18 107 0 21 125 0 5.95 1.91
98 Ciatrick Fason MIN 5 18 99 1 3 19 0 21 118 1 5.62 4.20
98 Alvin Pearman JAC 13 19 89 1 2 12 0 21 101 1 4.81 1.62
98 Thomas Tapeh PHI 16 5 9 0 16 85 1 21 94 1 4.48 1.31
98 Jeremi Johnson CIN 16 15 56 1 6 37 0 21 93 1 4.43 1.31
104 Tony Fisher STL 8 6 9 0 14 159 0 20 168 0 8.40 2.50
105 Chris Perry CIN 6 10 57 0 9 42 0 19 99 0 5.21 3.17
106 Tony Richardson MIN 9 5 12 0 13 111 0 18 123 0 6.83 2.00
106 Cecil Sapp DEN 11 10 80 0 8 34 0 18 114 0 6.33 1.64
108 Adrian Peterson CHI 16 10 41 2 6 88 0 16 129 2 8.06 1.00
108 Terrelle Smith CLE 16 8 14 0 8 21 0 16 35 0 2.19 1.00
110 B.J. Askew NYJ 13 6 11 0 9 50 0 15 61 0 4.07 1.15
110 Jamaal Branch NO 1 10 29 0 5 14 1 15 43 1 2.87 15.00
112 Tyson Thompson DAL 7 13 30 1 0 0 0 13 30 1 2.31 1.86
113 Kyle Johnson DEN 14 5 30 0 7 37 1 12 67 1 5.58 0.86
113 Earnest Graham TB 16 11 59 0 1 4 0 12 63 0 5.25 0.75
113 William Henderson GB 14 0 0 0 12 62 0 12 62 0 5.17 0.86
116 Dee Brown KC 15 10 24 0 1 5 0 11 29 0 2.64 0.73
117 Shawn Bryson DET 6 2 1 0 8 98 1 10 99 1 9.90 1.67
117 Jim Finn NYG 16 2 14 0 8 54 0 10 68 0 6.80 0.63
117 LaBrandon Toefield JAC 4 10 22 0 0 0 0 10 22 0 2.20 2.50
120 Dan Kreider PIT 16 1 5 0 8 62 0 9 67 0 7.44 0.56
120 Lawrence Vickers CLE 16 3 2 0 6 60 0 9 62 0 6.89 0.56
120 Brandon Miree GB 10 0 0 0 9 57 0 9 57 0 6.33 0.90
120 Reno Mahe PHI 12 4 18 0 5 23 0 9 41 0 4.56 0.75
120 Lousaka Polite DAL 12 7 18 0 2 21 0 9 39 0 4.33 0.75
120 Brian Calhoun DET 7 7 19 0 2 20 0 9 39 0 4.33 1.29
120 Eric Shelton CAR 9 8 23 0 1 6 0 9 29 0 3.22 1.00
127 Patrick Pass NE 3 6 21 0 2 24 0 8 45 0 5.63 2.67
127 Cory Schlesinger DET 14 0 0 0 8 36 0 8 36 0 4.50 0.57
127 Madison Hedgecock STL 16 1 2 0 7 29 0 8 31 0 3.88 0.50
130 Moran Norris SF 14 2 8 0 5 36 2 7 44 2 6.29 0.50
130 Ronnie Cruz KC 5 5 19 0 2 20 0 7 39 0 5.57 1.40
130 Daimon Shelton BUF 14 0 0 0 7 35 0 7 35 0 5.00 0.50
133 Vonta Leach GB 12 0 0 0 6 61 1 6 61 1 10.17 0.50
133 Lee Suggs MIA 5 6 26 0 0 13 0 6 39 0 6.50 1.20
135 Derrick Wimbush JAC 12 1 3 0 4 23 0 5 26 0 5.20 0.42
135 Rock Cartwright WAS 16 5 15 0 0 0 0 5 15 0 3.00 0.31
137 Andrew Pinnock SD 3 4 25 0 0 0 0 4 25 0 6.25 1.33
137 Kay-Jay Harris STL 7 3 9 0 1 10 0 4 19 0 4.75 0.57
137 Justin Green BAL 12 0 0 0 4 17 0 4 17 0 4.25 0.33
137 Keylon Kincade DAL 1 4 9 0 0 0 0 4 9 0 2.25 4.00
141 John Kuhn PIT 9 2 18 0 1 15 0 3 33 0 11.00 0.33
141 Darian Barnes MIA 16 0 0 0 3 22 0 3 22 0 7.33 0.19
141 Fred McCrary ATL 15 0 0 0 3 13 1 3 13 1 4.33 0.20
141 Fred McAfee NO 4 3 12 1 0 0 0 3 12 1 4.00 0.75
141 Cedric Cobbs DEN 2 3 9 0 0 0 0 3 9 0 3.00 1.50
141 Derrick Ross KC 6 3 8 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 2.67 0.50
141 Marquis Weeks SEA 10 3 8 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 2.67 0.30
141 Rich Alexis JAC 1 3 5 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 1.67 3.00
141 Ran Carthon IND 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 3 4 1 1.33 1.00
150 James Hodgins NYJ 6 0 0 0 2 9 0 2 9 0 4.50 0.33
150 Shaud Williams BUF 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.00 0.40
150 Quincy Wilson CIN 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.00 0.67
150 Chris Hetherington SF 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0.00 0.67
154 Chad Morton NYG 15 1 22 0 0 0 0 1 22 0 22.00 0.07
154 Josh Parry SEA 8 0 0 0 1 11 0 1 11 0 11.00 0.13
154 Corey McIntyre NO 4 0 0 0 1 10 0 1 10 0 10.00 0.25
154 Jerald Sowell TB 11 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 6 0 6.00 0.09
154 A.J. Schable ARI 11 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 5.00 0.09
154 Marlion Jackson ATL 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.00 1.00
154 Lamar Gordon DET 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.00 1.00

Y/T = Yards per touch
T/G = Touches per game