NFL Running Backs Are Experiencing a Resurgence
Running back has been an integral part of the NFL since its foundation. However, not all running backs have been able to find success. Not even close. This is the reality that the running back position has to face as we enter the age of analytics, and as well as the age of a changing game.
In years past, it was not uncommon to see teams make the selection of a running back based primarily on his ability to catch passes and break tackles. However, as time has passed, teams have begun to find success with running backs who excel in both of these areas. With that being said, let’s take a look at a three-year sample of the top running backs, and how they’ve performed these past three years.
In 2015, the top running back in the NFL was Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. In 2013, Adrian Peterson was the top running back in the NFL. However, it was his next year in which he did better. In 2014, the running back position in the NFL was a very different story. The top running back in the NFL was LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles. For the third year in a row, LeSean McCoy was the top running back in the NFL. All these years later, is the running back position in the NFL finally becoming relevant?
In each of the three years, there have been numerous running backs who have done quite well in the NFL. In 2013, Adrian Peterson had a breakout season, a year in which he finished second in the NFL in rushing yards. In 2014, LeSean McCoy had one of the finest offensive seasons of all time, in which he had the second highest rushing yards total of all time.
In 2015, the running back position in the NFL was again dominated by Adrian Peterson. Peterson played in all 16 games, and finished the season third in the NFL in rushing yards. In total, he finished the season with 1,943 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Peterson finished the season third in the NFL in rushing yards for his career