Mr. Elusive? Matt Forte can't be confused as such

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Mr. Elusive? Matt Forte can't be confused as such

The stat gurus over at Pro Football Focus continue to crunch numbers to determine next-level stats for the NFL and released new elusive ratings for running backs over the last three years.

As they explain it, the formula combines carries and receptions to reach a "ball-handling opportunities" figure. The, the total forced missed tackles in both categories are divided by that first number and then multiplied by yards per carry after contact and then by 100. Thus, it amounts to something like this:

(Missed tackles rushing missed tackles receiving)(rushes receptions) (Yards per carry after contactAtt. 100)

Bases on the above formula, the most elusive running backs over the last three years are Carolina Panthers backup Jonathan Stewart (58.8 rating) and Fred Jackson (53.3) of the Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, Atlanta's Michael Turner (49.6) and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (44.5) -- ranked third and fourth, respectively -- touch the ball far more often, which leads to a slight negative impact.

Former Bears RB Thomas Jones was the worst with a rating of 8.0.

So where does Forte fall? All the way down at No. 22 out of 47 with a 27.3 rating. He finds himself behind such backs as Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, Pierre Thomas of the Saints, Jason Snelling in Atlanta, Felix Jones of the Cowboys, Justin Forsett, Mike Tolbert, Donald Brown and Knowshon Moreno.

Check out all the numbers and the complete rankings by clicking here.

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith added another piece to the Fighting Illini Class of 2017 late last night when Prospect two-star ranked offensive tackle Alex Palczewski (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) gave Illinois his verbal commitment.

"I felt extremely comfortable at Illinois," Palczewski told Orange and Blue News publisher Doug Buschon last night. "I know with Coach Lovie Smith there, that program is going to go sky high. We're going to win."

Palczewski, who flew under most recruiting radar screens missed his entire 2015 junior season because of an injury is now the 20th known verbal commitment in the Illinois Class of 2017 and the ninth known in-state commitment. 

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