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Player Rushing First Down Percentage: 2016 NFL Season

Player rushing first down percentage computes the percentage of a player’s rushing attempts that resulted in a first down. More often than not a quarterback will top this list, as they are frequently given the opportunity to obtain a first down on short yardage situations.  Players who lead the league in rushing attempts are generally nowhere near the top of this list, as they just have too many opportunities to run. Obtaining a first down 40% of the time is usually good enough to top this list, a mark that has been reached most frequently by Cam Newton in recent years.

Player Rushing First Down Percentage
RankPlayerPosTeamRushing First DownsRushing AttemptsRushing First Downs %
1Mike GillisleeRBBUF3910138.6
2Bilal PowellRBNYJ4513134.4
3Ezekiel ElliottRBDAL9132228.3
4Jordan HowardRBCHI7025227.8
5Devonta FreemanRBATL6122726.9
6Latavius MurrayRBOAK5219526.7
7Derrick HenryRBTEN2911026.4
8Le'Veon BellRBPIT6926126.4
9David JohnsonRBARI7229324.6
10Ryan MathewsRBPHI3815524.5
11Tim HightowerRBNO3213324.1
12Melvin GordonRBSD6125424.0
13Mark IngramRBNO4920523.9
14LeSean McCoyRBBUF5523423.5
15Jay AjayiRBMIA6026023.1
16Alfred BlueRBHOU2310023.0
17Isaiah CrowellRBCLE4519822.7
18Jacquizz RodgersRBTB2912922.5
19LeGarrette BlountRBNE6729922.4
20Matt AsiataRBMIN2712122.3
21Carlos HydeRBSF4821722.1
22Spencer WareRBKC4721422.0
23DeMarco MurrayRBTEN6429321.8
24Christine MichaelRBGB3214821.6
25Jonathan StewartRBCAR4721821.6
26Tevin ColemanRBATL2411820.3
27C.J. AndersonRBDEN2211020.0
28Paul PerkinsRBNYG2211219.6
29Lamar MillerRBHOU5226819.4
30Thomas RawlsRBSEA2110919.3
31Frank GoreRBIND5026319.0
32Jeremy HillRBCIN4222218.9
33Terrance WestRBBAL3519318.1
34Chris IvoryRBJAX2111717.9
35Rob KelleyRBWAS2916817.3
36Todd GurleyRBLA4827817.3
37Devontae BookerRBDEN3017417.2
38T.J. YeldonRBJAX2113016.2
39Matt ForteRBNYJ3521816.1
40Doug MartinRBTB2314416.0
41Rashad JenningsRBNYG2918116.0
42Jerick McKinnonRBMIN2115913.2
Player Rushing First Down Percentage By Season:
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