Anthony McFarland

Anthony McFarland

22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A fourth-round pick in 2020, McFarland never got going as a rookie despite running for 42 yards on only six carries in his Week 3 debut. In fact, it took him eight more weeks to equal that yardage total on the ground. The Maryland product offers top-tier speed in the open field, but the rest of his skills seemed a bit lacking and two drops on only nine targets highlight how far he has to go to become even a passing-down complement to new lead back Najee Harris. Depending on how much progress he makes in turning himself into a more well-rounded player, McFarland could emerge as the No. 2 back for the Steelers and see a consistent role in the offense, but the fact that he wasn't used at all on special teams last year suggests his hold on a roster spot could be tenuous if he isn't an offensive contributor. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.02 million contract with the Steelers in July of 2020.
Inactive Sunday
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Coach's Decision
January 9, 2022
McFarland (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Baltimore, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
McFarland was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday but won't be active for the final game of the regular season. The 22-year-old has appeared in only two games this season and has three carries for three yards and one catch for 11 yards.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Anthony McFarland's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
66.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
100.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.0
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
2.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
25.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
0.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
11.0
 
% Targeted On Route
10.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.10
 
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Snap Counts
Snap %
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2021 Anthony McFarland Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Anthony McFarland's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
193 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
 
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
 
Broad Jump
116 in
 
Bench Press
0 reps
 
Hand Length
8.88 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
While the collapse of the Steelers offense last year was largely due to Ben Roethlisberger's injury, the lack of spark provided by the backfield committee of James Conner, Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels was hard to ignore. Enter McFarland, a fourth-round pick out of Maryland who ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine. McFarland's acceleration and agility make him dangerous in the open field, and while he may lack the power and vision to make an impact between the tackles, Pittsburgh already has plenty of options on the roster to handle those duties, and he'll be running behind an offensive line that won't make him work too hard to find holes. He also needs to sharpen his blocking and receiving skills if he wants to emerge as a consistent third-down weapon. McFarland might not be ready to handle a large touch volume, but he offers the Steelers big-play upside that even a healthy Conner can't match.
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Activated by Pittsburgh
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 5, 2022
The Steelers activated McFarland (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
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Lands on COVID list
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Undisclosed
December 23, 2021
The Steelers placed McFarland (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
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Inactive Thursday
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Coach's Decision
December 9, 2021
McFarland is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Vikings.
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Inactive against Ravens
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Coach's Decision
December 5, 2021
McFarland (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Three touches in Week 12
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November 29, 2021
McFarland recorded two carries for two yards while securing his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals.
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