Coming off an impressive two-game start, eclipsing 100 scrimmage yards in each game, Knight kept up his terrific play for the Jets offense in just his third NFL game.
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Zonovan “Bam” Knight only further proving himself to the New York Jets:
Going up against a run defense that was ranked fourth in football, this was undoubtedly going to be Knight’s best test to date. He proceeded to pass exceedingly.
Knight’s carry total continued to increase as he got a new career-high of 17 rushing attempts against the Bills. He finished with 71 yards, averaging 4.2 yards a carry. Knight also scored his first touchdown, which came on the ground.
Out of the backfield, Knight once again caught every pass that came his way. As a receiver, he had two catches for six yards. Knight concluded Week 14 with 77 total yards.
Over his first three games, Knight has recorded 298 yards from scrimmage. An average of just below 100 per game of 99.3.
Starting on the ground, Knight has 46 rushes (15.3 per game). As noted above, his workload has gone up each week from 14 to 15 to then 17 this last Sunday.
Knight has accumulated 230 rushing yards (76.7 per game). He is averaging an impressive five yards per carry. Knight’s biggest run has gone for 48 yards. In each game, he has had a carry go for at least 13 yards. Lastly, as a runner, Knight has had one touchdown so far.
Then, as a pass-catcher, Knight has a 100% catch rate to date. He has caught all 10 targets to come his way, picking up 68 receiving yards (6.8 per catch). Knight has hauled in at least two passes in each of his first three games. On a per-game average, Knight is getting 3.3 targets and catches and 22.7 receiving yards per game.
In total, with all of his rushing attempts and receptions piled up, Knight has 56 touches in three games (18.7 per game). With his 298 all-purpose yards, Knight is averaging 5.3 yards per touch.
Going more in-depth, Knight forced 10 missed tackles this last week in Buffalo. In total, over his first three games, Knight has 25 total missed tackles forced, an average of 8.3 per game.
Knight has the hot hand in the Jets’ backfield right now. He has firmly established himself as the top running back from a rep standpoint until proven otherwise. Knight is a 21-year-old rookie with explosion, speed, one-cut ability, vision, power, and receiving ability. As the weeks go by and the Jets look to get in the playoffs, Knight should only keep getting better.