Rumor has it that NFL runners don’t matter, but I guess the logic depends on which ones you’re talking about because they’re not all created equal. Because when it comes to scoring the best in the NFL in a given position, it’s hard for you to sustain that argument, knowing full well that not everyone can do what they do when/if given the chance. It is for this reason that the Dallas Cowboys recently signed a historic contract with Ezekiel Elliott, and why you then saw Christian McCaffrey blow the roof financially and Derrick Henry likely reset the market in the near future.
Many variables determine how successful an NFL-level running back will be, and the bottom line is that not all of them are created equal, and some are forced to work with far fewer supporting staff for most of their careers. point, for example, Joe Mixon. All this and more becomes crystal clear when we try to identify the best in football in this position.
The next 10 players ended up in their own league, one way or another.
Translation: They matter, and to a great extent.
10. David Montgomery, The Bears
It feels like Montgomery isn’t getting the credit he deserves nationally, and that’s very odd. With so much disappointment in the QB and coaching ranks in Chicago, Montgomery was a glimmer of hope and regularly gave Bears fans a reason to rejoice when they had nothing else. He now has over 3,700 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns in his three years with the team, and he has done so despite a terrible quarterback performance that saw the Bears draft Justin Fields in the first round. And now that Fields & Co. have adjusted to the new coaching staff, Montgomery will have to serve as a security blanket for the Bears’ offense — a role he’s not entirely unfamiliar with — making an impact as both a running back and a receiver. .
9. Aaron Jones, Packers
So, you’re probably thinking that there are one or two honorable mentions (listed below) that deserve this place instead of Jones, but if I agreed with you, they would be in this place. The fact is that while Jones took a step back in performance in 2021, he still dominates the defensive end he was when he hit over 3,000 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns for the Packers in the previous two seasons. His streak of consecutive 1,000-yard rushes ended with two, but 1,190 yards with 10 touchdowns in 15 starts isn’t something that would shake a stick. Also, as far as who is in the top 10, there is something to be said about the presence of skins on the wall. a lot to expect, they just don’t also produces as much as Jones.
8. Austin Eckeler, Chargers
The Chargers allowed Melvin Gordon to leave because of their faith in Eckeler, and with good reason. Eckeler’s promotion to a starting role has paid off as gangsters in tandem with Justin Herbert’s pick, and his dual threat ability, which also allows him to be an effective offfield receiver, really takes the defensive pressure off wide receiver Mike Williams. . It’s a powerful aesthetic that works very well on the pitch, and it seems like Ekeler is just getting started. While he hasn’t made it to the 1,000 yard rush club yet, but in two of his last three seasons he’s gone over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and all he has to do now is stay healthy to see the powder blue skies in Los Angeles. is really the limit.
7. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
For all the hype surrounding Tony Pollard, a justified nod to Cowboys’ backup potential, it’s still Elliott’s throne in Dallas, and for good reason. The former two-time NFL sprint champion had a brilliant start to the 2021 season in which he was as fast, fast and determined as he’s ever been, but he was slowed down by an injury in the last half of the season that left many forgetting what he was doing. up to this point. And despite the Cowboys having to shut him down for a few games to rest, later revealed to be a torn knee, he was still able to get through the illness on his way to the next 1,000 yard season (1,289 yards from scrimmage) with 12 touchdowns. If he can do it all on a bad knee, imagine what he can do on two good knees like he did at the start of last season.
6. Joe Mixon, Bengals
Sometimes runners have to do…