By the Numbers: Fitzpatrick's legs

By the Numbers: Fitzpatrick's legs
August 19, 2014, 10:00 am
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Ryan Fitzpatrick ran two times for 25 yards in the Texans' win over the Falcons on Saturday.

“I thought it was good,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “I thought those were good decisions. He was decisive about it. It was kind of like a parting of the Red Sea and it opened up for him. And I think on both of those he gained more than 10 yards and it was good for our team.”

In the two preseason games, Fitzpatrick has three rushes for 48 yards.

But Fitzpatrick has always been a threat to run a little. Here's a look at the numbers:

Since he entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick in 2005, Fitzpatrick has rushed for 1,415 yards on 295 carries. His longest run was 31 yards.

Since 2005, his 1,415 rushing yards rank sixth among quarterbacks behind Mike Vick, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, David Garrard and Vince Young. During that span, nine quarterbacks have had more touchdowns on the ground.

During his career, Fitzpatrick has averaged 16.6 yards rushing per game, which is more than Aaron Brooks and the same amount as Rodgers.

He's one of 21 quarterbacks since the merger with over 1,000 rushing yards to average over 16 yards per game.

Fitzpatrick is one of 31 quarterbacks since the merger to throw for 16,000 yards and run for 1,400.

In his seven years in Houston, Matt Schaub ran for a total of 352 yards. Fitzpatrick ran for 304 in 2008 with the Bengals.

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