Who's the Next 2K Running Back in the NFL?

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIIJuly 1, 2012

We haven't seen a running back reach the 2,000-yard plateau since Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans topped it in 2009.

Reaching that milestone in a 16-game season is tough; Johnson had to average 125 yards per game just to reach 2,006. He did it with 358 carries, but then saw his production dip the following season (from 5.6 yards per carry to 4.3). It's an impossible pace to keep up from season to season, and very improbable to reach within a single season.
But with that said, who has the best chance of breaking the 2K barrier in 2012?
One favorite to reach the mark would have to be Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. I think he runs between the tackles as well as any other player in the NFL. Additionally, he plays on a team that complements his style. The Ravens have a nice complement of other offensive weapons, but prefer to play to their strengths of running the ball and playing defense.

Additionally, Rice hasn't been overused like some other NFL backs—only once has the Rutgers product registered more than 300 carries in a season.
Rice finished second in rushing last season. The man that finished first, Maurice Jones-Drew, would be another promising candidate to pull off a 2,000-yard campaign.

MJD practically is the Jacksonville Jaguars. After following in the footsteps of Fred Taylor in his early days in northern Florida, Jones-Drew has established a legacy of his own with his shiftiness and determination. Last year, no running back produced more rushing yards from scrimmage, and arguably, no other runner produced as much excitement.
Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller and I discuss our favorite candidates to reach 2,000 yards this fall in our latest debate. Enjoy our video above and leave your pick for "RB2K" in the comments below. You might prove yourself to be a genius come January.