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Addai vs MJD

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Nothing like a good debate in the dead space of the offseason.

...overrated RB Jones Drew... (-Piojocuau)

 

Overrated? What? MJD is awesome. I’d take him over Addai in a heartbeat. (-KingRichard)

I hate the term over(under)rated, so I'll just look at KR's, more concrete, statement.

Back Carries Yards YPC Fumb DYAR DVOA Rec RecYds Total TDs RecDYAR RecDVOA Total DYAR
06-Addai 226 1,081 4.8 2 276(4th) 18.4% (5th) 40
325 8
38 (30th) -2.1% (35th) 314
06-MJD 166 941 5.7 1 217(10th) 22.0% (4th)
46 436 15
126 (9th) 16.7% (15th) 333
07-Addai 261 1,072 4.1 0 222 (5th) 11.1% (17th)
41 364 15 150 (3rd)
43.7% (2nd)
372
07-MJD 167 768 4.6 2 81 (25th)
2.1% (23rd)
40 407 9 142 (5th)
32.0% (7th)
223
08-Addai 155 544 3.5 1 34 (32nd)
-1.3% (28th)
25 206 7 40 (29th) 5.2% (22nd) 74
08-MJD 197 824 4.2 7 99 (19th)
4.3% (18th)
62 565 14 223 (1st) 43.7% (4th) 322
Total Addai
642 2,697 4.2 3 532 10.7% 106 895 30 182 16.2%
760
Total MJD
530 2,533 4.8 10 397 9.2%
148 1,408 38 333 31.6% 878

Addai has been a more effiecent runner on significantly more carries, but MJD has been so tremendously valuable as a receiver he overcomes the running deficit and more in total DYAR. Their rookie seasons were pretty even, Addai had a clearly better 2007 and 2008 slanted way over to MJD.

One subjective thing I will point out in the receiving numbers is that usage is a factor in RB receiving numbers. Addai is rarely a primary option in the passing game, while MJD is the primier threat in the Jags passing game. Addai usually gets dumpoffs that don't have much of a chance to gain a lot of effective yards. MJD is deliberately put into position to succeed as a pass catcher.

Can MJD handle an increased workload? Is Addai ever going to be the great back he was in the first 1 1/2 seasons of his career again? The Addai-MJD case is still wide open.