Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier getting stronger as the season gets older
You often hear announcers and analysts in the NFL talk about how some running backs get stronger as an individual game gets later. Tyler Allgeier—the Falcons’ rookie running back—is getting stronger as the weeks progress.
It isn’t often that NFL running backs get stronger each week because of the punishment their bodies take but it is clear that Allgeier is getting harder and harder to bring down as the weeks pass by.
Falcons rookie RB Tyler Allgeier is getting stronger and stronger each week
The Falcons made the right selection in the fifth round by taking Tyler Allgeier to pair with Cordarrelle Patterson moving forward. Both are angry and nasty runners who no one wants to get in front of.
Initially, to start the season, we weren’t really seeing much strength out of Allgeier. He was gaining yards but not many yards over expected. Then the weeks went by and we saw a forceful run here and a forceful run there, but now we are nearing the end of the season and it feels like every run is ending with defenders flat on the ground.
I’m sure if you ask Saints safety, Marcus Maye, about him, he would roll his eyes. He jumped out of the way of Allgeier at the goal line and then was carried for a first down on the final run.
If you look at his yards after contact (via PFF) through the weeks, here’s how it shakes out. Keep in mind he didn’t play in week one and the team had a bye in week 14.
- Weeks 2-6: 32.2 average yards after contact per game
- Weeks 7-10: 40.8 average yards after contact per game
- Weeks 11-15: 49.3 average yards after contact per game
He is steadily getting stronger and stronger as the weeks fly by. And it isn’t like those numbers inflate because of a significant increase in rush attempts. Here are his average rush attempts per game through those same weeks:
- Weeks 2-6: 10.8 carries per game
- Weeks 7-10: 12 carries per game
- Weeks 11-15: 11.5 carries per game
It really seems like the Falcons drafted one tough player. Some of this could be due to it being his rookie season and he is learning how to use his power in the NFL, but we cannot deny the simple fact that he is becoming harder to tackle each week. Who knows what he will become in a year or two.