Top 5 Running Backs Heading into the 2022 NFL Season

We have gathered the top 5 quarterbacks heading into the 2022 season. Let’s turn the attention to the work horses of the NFL. The running back position has dwindled somewhat over the years. Last year, Jonathan Taylor burst on the scene and garnered some MVP consideration in the process. This year, Taylor is one of the best running backs again. Taylor is also many people’s top pick in their Fantasy Football Draft. Despite the league continuing to become more and more a passing league, the running back position is still valued. Below are the top 5 running backs heading into the 2022 NFL season.

Jonathan Taylor

As mentioned, Jonathan Taylor had an amazing season last year. Taylor entered the NFL after one of the best careers in college football. Last year, Taylor almost single handedly carried the Colts into the playoffs. He finished with over 1800 yards on the ground. You can also add another 360 receiving yards and a total of 20 TDs. The rushing and scrimmage yardage leader from 2021 is as explosive as any running back in the league. Jonathan Taylor is poised to have another great season and he’s the top running back in the league.

Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry was on his way to possibly capturing another rushing title last season. Henry had a serious foot injury that forced him to miss the final nine games of the season. Despite only playing 8 games, Henry finished with over 930 yards on the ground. Will Henry be the same back this upcoming season? He faced a massive workload in 2019 and 2020. Tennessee could focus more on the running game after shipping A.J. Brown to the Eagles.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook is one of the most explosive running back in the league. Cook has all the talent to make him the top one in the league, but he’s been plagued by injuries. Last season he finished with over 1150 yards on the ground. Cook finished with over 220 yards receiving and a total of 6 TDs. With Kevin O’Connell as the new coach, Cook could get more touches. O’Connell will likely focus on his rushing and receiving strengths. With Justin Jefferson getting more attention from defenses that will likely leave Cook reaping the benefits.

Najee Harris

Najee Harris could have been as high as second on this list. Harris is entering his second season in the league. He was a workhouse last season for the Steelers. Unfortunately, Harris has suffered a Lisfranc injury, but he’s expected to play opening week. Harris finished with 1200 yards rushing and another 467 receiving. With the retirement of Big Ben, Harris will carry this offense whomever the quarterback is.

Joe Mixon

The final spot was a tough one, but I’m going with Joe Mixon. Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, and Austin Ekeler were the other backs considered for this spot. When talking about the Bengals offense we normally bring up Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. Mixon finished with over 1200 yards rushing and 16 total TDs. He also caught 42 passes out of the backfield. The Bengals upgraded their offensive line during the offseason. Burrow will reap the benefits of it, but so will Joe Mixon. I’m expecting him to eclipse the numbers from a year ago.

 

There are my top 5 running backs heading into the 2022 NFL season. Who do you disagree with on this list? Who would you replace them with? Head to the comments section below and leave some feedback about the top 5 running backs heading into the 2022 NFL season.

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