I've been interested in all the discussion about CJ and what happens to his average as he gets more carries. I agree with those who say his yards per carry will go down. I think that's always the case.
But that isn't the point of giving him more carries. Here's the point: The guy is a game-breaker. That's why they drafted him. The value in a game breaker is not simply that once every 10 touches he rips off 30 yards or more. The value also is that when he's on the field the defense has to account for him. If he has 25 touches per game instead of 17 or 18, it means every couple of games he'll pop a big play, but almost as important it means that whenever he's on the field the defense is reshaped to account for the threat.
AP is a good example. AP's yards per carry probably would be higher with fewer carries. But the Vikings don't care about yards per carry. They care about having him on the field as much as they can and having the defense worry about him every play. The Vikings effectively say to their opponents "AP's getting the ball A LOT, and you'd better be ready for him, because he's gonna break some on you."
In 11 games, AP has 248 touches, rushing and receiving. CJ has 155. That's 93 touches, or 8 per game. If the defense knows CJ is getting the ball 8 more times a game, the defensive game plan changes. CJ's yards per carry goes down (because the defense is keying on him more), but that change in the defense opens up other areas to attract the defense. Plus, wouldn't you rather have the ball in CJ's hands 8 more times, and give it to Chandler, Jones, Johnson, TJ and Freddy one or two limes less? Isn't CJ more likely to get you a big play than any of the others? By the way, besides getting a little more yards per carry than AP, CJ is getting FOUR yards more per reception.
CJ is the only star running back in the league who isn't getting close to or more than 20 touches a game. AP, Foster, Marshawn, CJ (a smideon below 20), Frank Gore (about 19), LeSean McCoy. CJ gets 14 per game.
I've really changed my tune on CJ and joined those who think he's underutilized.
I said this once before. In the 50s, everyone ran their offenses with a fullback and halfback, and both got carries. The Cleveland Browns had Jim Brown at fullback and Bobby Mitchell at halfback. I don't excactly who to compare Mitchell with - after he was traded to the Redskins he was something like DeSean Jackson, a really big threat. Someone asked Paul Brown why Jim Brown got the ball so much and Mitchell so infrequently. Brown said something like "when you have a cannon, why fire a popgun?" Well, the Bills have a cannon (not Jim Brown, but a huge threat), and the rest of the offense truly is a popgun offense. CJ should get the ball more.