The Ten Most Productive Running Backs Per Carry
Much like a strong financial investment, you want a strong return for every dollar you spend. These running backs have proven they will provide the best return each time they carry the football. One may argue that a player's average declines over time, but looking toward the 2010 season, these are the best per-carry running backs in the NFL.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
More amazing than rushing for 2006 yards in 2010, is the fact that he averaged 5.6 yards per carry. The 5'11" speedster is entering his third professional season with 3,234 yards, and a 5.3 average in his short NFL career.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Like Johnson, Charles is entering his third year in the NFL. The Texas alum only ran for 357 yards on 67 carries during his rookie year.
In 2010, Charles broke out with 1,120 yards, and an amazing 5.9 yards per carry average. In two years the 5'11" tailback is averaging 5.7 yards per rush.
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
The former Scarlet Knight recorded a stellar season in 2009 with 1,339 yards, seven touchdowns, and a 5.3 yard average.
As a rookie, Rice only rushed for 454 yards and a mediocre 4.2 per carry average.
The 5'8", 210-pound Raven holds a career average of 5.0 yards per rush entering his third season.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
The veteran Panther is heading into his fifth NFL season with a career average of 5.1 yards per carry.
Williams was plagued late in the 2009 season with injuries, yet still managed to finish with 1,117 yards and a 5.1 yard average.
Sharing time with Jonathan Stewart, he has averaged over five yards per carry since a 4.1 average his rookie year.
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Although he can't boast a single 1,000-yard rushing season, Thomas does hold a Super Bowl ring and a career average of 5.1 yards per carry.
In 2010, the 5'11", 215-pound Illinois alum posted a career best 793 yards rushing at 5.4 per clip.
He is entering his fourth season with 1,670 rushing yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average.
Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Jones has only seen the ball 146 times in 20 games during his Cowboy career.
In 2008, he averaged 8.9 yards per carry and followed it with a 5.9 yard average last season.
The former Razorback has rushed for 951 yards and six touchdowns during his career.
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
The longtime LaDainian Tomlinson backup has shined since moving to Atlanta in 2008.
At 244 pounds, Turner averaged 5.2, 5.9, and 6.3 yards per carry his first three years in the league, respectively.
In six seasons he has accumulated 3,827 yards, 33 touchdowns, and a 4.9 yard per carry average.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have been blessed with Stewart and Williams, who both average around five yards per carry.
Entering his third season, the Oregon alum averaged 5.1 yards per carry with over 1,100 yards rushing in 2009.
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
A forgotten star out west, Gore has rushed for over 5,500 yards in five seasons with the 49ers.
The 5'9" former Hurricane only averaged over five yards per carry once (2006) during his career. Gore holds a 4.8 yard per carry average during his time in the NFL.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
After an eye-popping 5.6 yard average his rookie year, the 6'1", 217-pound Viking has seen his average decline each of the past two seasons.
2009 saw Peterson's average drop to 4.4 yards per carry while rushing for 1,383 yards.
In three seasons he has rushed for 4,484 yards on a 4.9 yard per carry average.