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Steelers T Kelvin Beachum Is An Underrated Run Blocker

There’s been a lot of talk about Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum as of late as it relates to him possibly having his contract extended prior to the start of the 2015 season. For those set of fans that are against Beachum receiving an extension, the common narrative attached to that seems to be that he’s just not a good run blocker and just an average pass protector.

While Beachum certainty won’t be confused as being the best road-grading left tackle in the league, he certainly is above average. Many of you will refuse to look at the tape that proves this, but maybe you’ll look at a few stats.

For starters, you might be surprised to learn that the Steelers ranked first in the league last season in yards per carry on runs scored as going to the left side. Additionally, they ranked fifth in the league in 2014 when it came to stuff percentage. A stuff, in this instance, is a run that goes for zero or negative yardage. You can see all of these stats in the top table and they can be sorted as well.

TEAM PLYS YPC 1st 1st% STF STF% TD
PIT 135 5.39 37 27.4% 21 15.6% 5
GNB 176 5.19 47 26.7% 33 18.8% 4
STL 123 5.18 35 28.5% 28 22.8% 5
SEA 159 5.17 43 27.0% 31 19.5% 7
DAL 212 5.07 42 19.8% 39 18.4% 2
SFO 168 5.07 41 24.4% 34 20.2% 5
JAX 126 5.06 28 22.2% 19 15.1% 4
DEN 135 4.83 25 18.5% 31 23.0% 2
NOR 188 4.81 53 28.2% 28 14.9% 8
NWE 158 4.61 41 25.9% 30 19.0% 6
MIA 147 4.61 40 27.2% 29 19.7% 2
BUF 129 4.60 23 17.8% 20 15.5% 1
CAR 162 4.57 38 23.5% 32 19.8% 3
MIN 121 4.43 31 25.6% 15 12.4% 2
NYG 154 4.34 37 24.0% 32 20.8% 5
IND 137 4.28 28 20.4% 25 18.2% 3
HOU 209 4.25 47 22.5% 43 20.6% 6
CHI 150 4.25 42 28.0% 30 20.0% 2
NYJ 144 4.25 28 19.4% 27 18.8% 3
SDG 93 4.19 25 26.9% 22 23.7% 2
BAL 169 4.17 39 23.1% 36 21.3% 5
KAN 115 4.17 29 25.2% 22 19.1% 6
PHI 161 4.16 35 21.7% 32 19.9% 4
TEN 125 4.13 25 20.0% 24 19.2% 2
CLE 190 4.08 29 15.3% 39 20.5% 4
OAK 109 4.07 24 22.0% 23 21.1% 2
CIN 197 3.89 39 19.8% 38 19.3% 7
DET 148 3.85 32 21.6% 33 22.3% 6
WAS 142 3.81 30 21.1% 28 19.7% 5
TAM 144 3.76 31 21.5% 31 21.5% 3
ATL 165 3.68 35 21.2% 32 19.4% 9
ARI 101 3.08 16 15.8% 25 24.8% 2

The second table is a run direction breakdown of the overall stats included in the first table. You will notice when you sort them that the Steelers led the league last year in yards per carry on runs that were scored as going off left tackle. Additionally, only 7.3% of those 41 runs were stuffed and that’s an incredibly low percentage.

While I did not include the numbers in any of the tables, you might also like to know that those left tackle runs had a 65.9% success rate when it comes to yards needed on a specific down and distance.

If anything, Beachum, is an underrated run blocker.

We will look at the right side runs in a future post and I think some of those stats might surprise you as well.

TEAM LE PLYS LE YPC LE 1st% LE STF % LE TD LT PLYS LT YPC LT 1st% LT STF % LT TD LG PLYS LG YPC LG 1st% LG STF % LG TD
ARI 43 3.37 18.6% 20.9% 2 37 2.59 10.8% 35.1% 0 21 3.33 19.0% 14.3% 0
ATL 53 3.45 26.4% 30.2% 5 48 3.92 18.8% 18.8% 2 64 3.70 18.8% 10.9% 2
BAL 25 5.60 40.0% 28.0% 2 69 4.35 20.3% 23.2% 2 75 3.53 20.0% 17.3% 1
BUF 30 4.20 13.3% 26.7% 1 45 5.38 20.0% 15.6% 0 54 4.17 18.5% 9.3% 0
CAR 54 6.54 37.0% 18.5% 1 39 3.92 17.9% 25.6% 0 69 3.41 15.9% 17.4% 2
CHI 49 4.04 28.6% 22.4% 0 36 3.17 19.4% 22.2% 0 65 5.02 32.3% 16.9% 2
CIN 55 4.33 23.6% 21.8% 2 59 3.10 16.9% 28.8% 0 83 4.17 19.3% 10.8% 5
CLE 50 5.16 10.0% 20.0% 0 56 3.91 19.6% 16.1% 3 84 3.56 15.5% 23.8% 1
DAL 73 4.96 24.7% 23.3% 0 98 5.54 19.4% 16.3% 2 41 4.15 12.2% 14.6% 0
DEN 41 4.44 22.0% 29.3% 1 42 4.52 16.7% 28.6% 0 52 5.38 17.3% 13.5% 1
DET 53 4.08 24.5% 24.5% 3 74 3.31 16.2% 23.0% 1 21 5.19 33.3% 14.3% 2
GNB 85 5.82 31.8% 21.2% 3 61 4.62 24.6% 21.3% 0 30 4.53 16.7% 6.7% 1
HOU 48 3.81 29.2% 27.1% 3 83 3.90 18.1% 21.7% 2 78 4.88 23.1% 15.4% 1
IND 58 4.81 24.1% 20.7% 0 41 4.07 14.6% 14.6% 1 38 3.68 21.1% 18.4% 2
JAX 85 5.41 27.1% 15.3% 3 24 3.83 16.7% 16.7% 1 17 5.00 5.9% 11.8% 0
KAN 54 5.26 27.8% 18.5% 3 37 3.30 16.2% 21.6% 1 24 3.04 33.3% 16.7% 2
MIA 60 4.40 31.7% 30.0% 2 45 4.20 15.6% 15.6% 0 42 5.36 33.3% 9.5% 0
MIN 40 6.10 40.0% 15.0% 1 34 3.76 23.5% 14.7% 1 47 3.49 14.9% 8.5% 0
NOR 61 6.26 32.8% 19.7% 6 55 4.13 25.5% 10.9% 1 72 4.11 26.4% 13.9% 1
NWE 49 5.65 28.6% 20.4% 1 59 4.31 25.4% 18.6% 2 50 3.96 24.0% 18.0% 3
NYG 48 3.75 20.8% 27.1% 0 52 4.90 26.9% 21.2% 3 54 4.33 24.1% 14.8% 2
NYJ 63 4.06 28.6% 22.2% 2 36 3.17 13.9% 25.0% 0 45 5.38 11.1% 8.9% 1
OAK 23 4.35 34.8% 26.1% 2 47 4.36 19.1% 21.3% 0 39 3.56 17.9% 17.9% 0
PHI 94 4.14 19.1% 23.4% 3 40 4.72 30.0% 20.0% 0 27 3.41 18.5% 7.4% 1
PIT 31 4.84 25.8% 22.6% 2 41 6.90 31.7% 7.3% 2 63 4.68 25.4% 17.5% 1
SDG 36 4.97 27.8% 25.0% 0 37 3.73 27.0% 29.7% 1 20 3.65 25.0% 10.0% 1
SEA 64 7.17 39.1% 17.2% 5 65 3.95 18.5% 26.2% 2 30 3.53 20.0% 10.0% 0
SFO 50 5.24 28.0% 24.0% 3 82 5.43 25.6% 18.3% 1 36 4.03 16.7% 19.4% 1
STL 44 6.14 43.2% 20.5% 3 46 3.85 19.6% 26.1% 0 33 5.76 21.2% 21.2% 2
TAM 33 3.58 30.3% 33.3% 2 45 4.42 20.0% 20.0% 1 66 3.41 18.2% 16.7% 0
TEN 44 4.14 15.9% 20.5% 0 40 4.93 25.0% 15.0% 0 41 3.34 19.5% 22.0% 2
WAS 82 3.70 19.5% 22.0% 4 37 4.35 21.6% 18.9% 0 23 3.35 26.1% 13.0% 1
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