Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week for Week 3, following a two-score performance in Seattle’s 37-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers. For the second-consecutive week, Walker has rushed for two touchdowns, ranking No. 4 league-wide with four touchdowns. Advanced statistics show that Walker is gaining traction as one of the league’s most-elusive backs in 2023. Here are a few statistics suggesting the Michigan State alum is trending upwards.
Pro Football Focus
Per Pro Football Focus, Walker ranks No. 2 league-wide in forced missed tackles (19) and twelfth in yards after contact per attempt (YCO/A) 3.09. Walker is tied for sixth in missed tackles forced after a rush (14). According to PFF’s grading scale, Walker’s 75 grade ranks sixth-best of all backs, while tying for eighth in explosive runs (10-plus yards) with six (minimum 30 carries).
Opponent feature of the Week:
RB Kenneth Walker is tied for sixth in the NFL in missed tackles forced per rush attempt (0.3).
He is also tied for 17th in the NFL with 3.1 yards after contact per attempt.
— Tommy (@TommyG105) September 27, 2023
Top Rush Success rates
5. Isiah Pacheco-54.3%
4. Travis Etienne-55.1%
3. Kenneth Walker-55.3%
2. Kyren Williams-61.5%
1. D’Andre Swift-68.9%
— Fansplain (@Fansplain1) September 27, 2023
Each statistic points to Walker’s ability to create extra yardage with his speed, strength and agility. With four touchdowns on the ground over his last two games, statistics show that Walker is just beginning to heat up in 2023.
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