Best Running Backs in the NFL
Everyone is gearing up for the upcoming 2016 football season. This should be a great year for running backs in the NFL, so here are the choices for which ones will be the best. For more rankings I have done my list of best WRs and top QBs as well.
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Gurley returns after his 10 touchdowns and 1106 yards gained last year with the St. Louis Rams. He is a versatile running back with exceptional speed and runs downhill, low to the ground. He is also a good receiver having made twenty-one receptions for one-hundred and eighty-eight yards during the 2015 season. Gurley also holds onto the ball, having lost only one fumble all last year. He is starting to gain recognition and now being the featured back for a team in a large market like Los Angeles, he is certain to get the attention he deserves.
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
Freeman had a great 2015 with over a thousand yards on the ground and scoring eleven touchdowns. He is an excellent receiving back with seventy-three receptions last year for over five hundred yards. The Florida State alum has good cutting ability and moves very well laterally. He can make quick moves that leave would-be defenders looking behind them. He is only twenty-four years old, so the Falcons hope he will be leading their running game for years to come.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is one of the premiere running backs in the NFL. Personal issues have plagued him in the past but on the field he has excelled. Last year he ran for 1485 yards, the third most in his career. He scored eleven touchdowns including one for eighty yards. He possesses lightning speed and when he gets loose down the sidelines, he is gone. He will break the twelve thousand career rushing yard milestone in 2016, his tenth year in the league while he leads the Vikings to the playoffs.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell was injured for most of last season but is healthy now and is looking forward to a great comeback year. In 2014, he showed everyone the kind of running back he is. He gained over thirteen hundred yards and had eight touchdowns. A second round draft pick in 2013, Bell has skills that few teams were interested in, but the Pittsburgh Steelers knew better. They have a keen eye for spotting running back talent and are happy that Bell is healthy for the 2016 quest for the Super Bowl.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Even though Johnson was injured for much of last year, he still gained over five hundred yards on the ground in five starts. He showed what an excellent receiver he is by totaling over four hundred and fifty receiving yards. After scoring twelve touchdowns with limited playing time in 2015, Johnson is projected to be one of the top running backs in the 2016 season for the Arizona Cardinals.
There are so many good running backs in the NFL now and more were drafted earlier this year. Some of the best new running back talent to watch out for on the gridiron this year includes Ezekial Elliot from Ohio State and Derrick Henry from Alabama. Elliot was the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft and he hopes to make the Dallas Cowboys a contender in the NFC East. He sees the field well and makes quick decisions which complement his tremendous speed. Derrick Henry was drafted forty-fifth overall and will have a positive impact for the offense of the Tennessee Titans. He runs the forty yard dash in just over 4.5 seconds.
June 3, 2016 / sportiwoda /