Running Backs (13)

Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson.

Modern Positional Average

Running Backs:  Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis, Edgerrin James, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson.

*Edgerrin James replaces Marshall Faulk in regards to the last five Running Backs.  This changed the averages from 2019’s: 156.8 Games, 126.4 Approximate Value, .8061 AV/G, 5.2 Pro Bowls, 2.4 First Team All-Pros, 12,266.6 Rushing Yards, 97.2 Rushing Touchdowns, 3,541 Receiving Yards, 14.2 Receiving Touchdowns.

Stats

  • Games 151.2
  • Approximate Value 120.6
  • AV/G 0.7976
  • Pro Bowls 4.6
  • First Team All-Pros 2.0
  • Rushing Yards 12240
  • Rushing Touchdowns 89.2
  • Receiving Yards 2839
  • Receiving Touchdowns 9.2
Last season, Peterson moved over the MPA in Approximate Value, and he is still a good Running Back and can compile significantly more yardage.  Peterson is likely a first-ballot inductee right now.

Stats

  • Games 164 (+12.8)
  • Approximate Value 121 (+0.40000000000001)
  • AV/G 0.7378 (-0.0598)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (+2.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 4 (+2)
  • Rushing Yards 14216 (+1976)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 111 (+21.8)
  • Receiving Yards 2365 (-474)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 6 (-3.2)
Gore is still chugging along at age 37 and at present his MPA has been exceeded in both Rushing and Receiving Yards.  Last year, Gore went over 15,000 career Rushing Yards, and passed Barry Sanders for third all-time.  Gore joins the Jets with his third different team in as many years, and this is the classic case of a long-time compiler, as opposed to a superstar.  Nevertheless, when you compile as much as Gore has, you will enter Canton.

Stats

  • Games 210 (+58.8)
  • Approximate Value 129 (+8.4)
  • AV/G 0.5708 (-0.2268)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (+0.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 15347 (+3107)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 80 (-9.2)
  • Receiving Yards 3896 (+1057)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 18 (+8.8)
The best seasons of McCoy’s career are in his rear-view mirror, but he proved he is still an asset in last year’s Chief’s Super Bowl triumph.  With an All-Decade Selection, McCoy’s Hall of Fame candidacy grew, but he will need to go the route of compiling.  He needs another 1,169 Rushing Yards to make the MPA, which would take two more good seasons.  He might need them.

Stats

  • Games 160 (+8.8)
  • Approximate Value 104 (-16.6)
  • AV/G 0.6500 (-0.1476)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (+1.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 11071 (-1169)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 73 (-16.2)
  • Receiving Yards 3797 (+958)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 16 (+6.8)
This is what we wrote last year: After sitting out all of last year due to a contract dispute, Bell debuts for the Jets this year.  If he has no rust in 2019, he is set to vault up this list especially if he stays near his current AV/G.”   Bell’s first year with the Jets saw him rush for only 789 Yards, and he was not the dominating force he was before.  His AV/G plummeted from 0.9677 to 0.8442, and while that is still positioned above the MPA, it is bad.  Bell can turn it around, but if he doesn’t, he has a “Hall of Very Good” entry looking at him instead.

Stats

  • Games 62 (-89.2)
  • Approximate Value 60 (-60.6)
  • AV/G 0.9677 (+0.1701)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-1.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 2
  • Rushing Yards 5336 (-6904)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 35 (-54.2)
  • Receiving Yards 2660 (-179)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 7 (-2.2)
Only four years into his career, Elliott is a two-time rushing leader, who has been second in Yards From Scrimmage three times.  “Zeke” is a star whose best seasons could still be ahead of him.

Stats

  • Games 56 (-95.2)
  • Approximate Value 52 (-68.6)
  • AV/G 0.9286 (+0.131)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-1.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1)
  • Rushing Yards 5405 (-6835)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 40 (-49.2)
  • Receiving Yards 1619 (-1220)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 45 (+35.8)
A lot was made of Gurley’s production drop off last season where he dipped below 1,000 Rushing Yards, but he did have 12 Touchdowns on the ground.  Gurley joins the Atlanta Falcons this year, and it will be interesting to see if last year was an abomination or an omen.  Gurley’s AV/G dropped dramatically (0.8103 to 0.7260), and now he is well under that MPA, though he eclipsed the Rushing Touchdown MPA.

Stats

  • Games 73 (-78.2)
  • Approximate Value 53 (-67.6)
  • AV/G 0.7260 (-0.0716)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-1.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 2
  • Rushing Yards 5404 (-6836)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 58 (-31.2)
  • Receiving Yards 2090 (-749)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 12 (+2.8)

Kamara may not have been a First Team All-Pro in his brief career but his production as a dual-threat Back has been incredible in his brief career.  Kamara’s AV/G of 0.9556 is incredible, and three more years like this one will give him what has to be considered a Hall of Fame worthy peak.  He already has the MPA for Receiving Touchdowns.

Stats

  • Games 45 (-106.2)
  • Approximate Value 43 (-77.6)
  • AV/G 0.9556 (+0.158)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-1.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 2408 (-9832)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 27 (-62.2)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 10 (+0.8)
  • Receptions 243 (+243)
McCaffrey is a three-year NFL veteran with a decent rookie year, a good second year, and a fantastic third season, where he led the NFL in Yards From Scrimmage (2,392) and Touchdowns (19).  The Running Back also rushed for over 1,000 Yards and caught passes over 1,000 Yards, a rare feat indeed!  McCaffrey can’t get into the Hall based on this alone, but similar seasons will do the trick.  He has already hit the MPA for Receiving Touchdowns.

Stats

  • Games 48 (-103.2)
  • Approximate Value 40 (-80.6)
  • AV/G 0.8333 (+0.0357)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-3.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1)
  • Rushing Yards 2920 (-9320)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 24 (-65.2)
  • Super Bowls 0
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0
  • Receiving Yards 2523 (-316)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 15 (+5.8)

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Ingram is an interesting case as he was a bit of a disappointment early in his Saints career, but he is now over 7,000 Rushing Yards and a three-time Pro Bowl recipient.  Ingram’s path to Canton is that of a compiler, and it is unknown whether he can do that, but his AV/G is rising.

Stats

  • Games 121 (-30.2)
  • Approximate Value 78 (-42.6)
  • AV/G 0.6446 (-0.153)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-1.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 7025 (-5215)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 60 (-29.2)
  • Super Bowls 0
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0
  • Receiving Yards 1845 (-994)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 10 (+0.8)

A lot of people are high on Barkley, and they should be, but often the best seasons of a Running Back are their first two.  Barkley’s were very good, but were they Hall of Fame worthy.  Based on the AV/G, it was close.  There is a lot more data that needs to be had on the Giants’ Running Back.

Stats

  • Games 20 (-131.2)
  • Approximate Value 23 (-97.6)
  • AV/G 0.7931 (-0.0044999999999999)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-3.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 2310 (-9930)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 17 (-72.2)
  • Receiving Yards 1159 (-1680)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 6 (-3.2)
Henry’s AV/G is not very good, but he is the defending Rushing Champion.  If he is as good as advertised, he will skyrocket up this list. 

Stats

  • Games 62 (-89.2)
  • Approximate Value 29 (-91.6)
  • AV/G 0.4677 (-0.3299)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-3.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 3833 (-8407)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 38 (-51.2)
  • Receiving Yards 578 (-2261)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 3 (-6.2)
Gordon is a five-year vet and has been in that second tier of Running Backs since he arrived.  A two-time Pro Bowl Selection, Gordon has to reach another level for him to gain any real Hall of Fame traction.

Stats

  • Games 67 (-84.2)
  • Approximate Value 42 (-78.6)
  • AV/G 0.6269 (-0.1707)
  • Pro Bowls 2 (-2.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2)
  • Rushing Yards 4240 (-8000)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 36 (-53.2)
  • Receiving Yards 1873 (-966)
  • Receiving Touchdowns 11 (+1.8)