Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

2006 Touch Leaders

Matt Buser
Yahoo Sports

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