Tom Brady's first game with Tampa Bay was NOT the triumphant announcement of an NFC contender many anticipated. The reason: Explosiveness, by nature, can't be defined by one statistic. Only one of Gurley's 10 fastest touches over the last two seasons came in 2019, yet he still managed to reach or exceed 15 mph on nearly 20 percent of his 223 attempts. Today, Nick Shook explores the top 10 running backs who outperformed expected rushing yards from last season. Is Aaron Rodgers destined to win MVP? Was anyone cooler under fire than Ryan Tannehill? Jackson's total of 15-plus mph runs crept toward 100 (93), which is 20 more than the next closest runner on this list -- Dalvin Cook, who had 73 -- and was by far the most in the entire NFL, regardless of the criteria we listed above. Where does Tyrann Mathieu rank? A brutal wrist injury derailed Johnson’s 2017 campaign, but he recovered to earn 1,386 yards from scrimmage the year after. NFL footage © NFL Productions LLC. It feels unusual to place a guy who was an undrafted rookie question mark this time last season ahead of numerous established talents, but that’s how special Lindsay’s introduction played out. Perhaps no play better captured Jones' explosiveness than his 56-yard touchdown run -- "American Pharoah at the Belmont!" Last season, he rose in the face of unforced adversity (the departure of Le’Veon Bell) and made sure the Pittsburgh offensive didn’t miss a beat. Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs for a 57-yard gain during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa. Yes, the Saints signed Latavius Murray, but I don't think we'll see him get the kind of workload that Ingram did. 10-plus run pct: 10.8. The magic number: 20. Barring a prolonged contract dispute for No. Zeke has been every bit the star we all expected when he was drafted fourth overall in 2016. It was easy to think of Henry as a Nashville afterthought. I know, I know -- Gurley ahead of McCaffrey? 15-plus mph pct: 52.8. One might think he probably had more carries in Miami, but that's actually the opposite of the truth. Jones arrives after a gap filled by runners who fell short of the requirement for those on this list to have posted at least 20 runs of 10-plus yards, but that's not an indication of ineffectiveness on Jones' part. You are not logged in. He's a player first-year head coach Zac Taylor should lean on, considering last year's Bengals were 4-1 in games in which Mixon had at least 10 first-half carries and 1-8 in games when Mixon had nine or few carries before halftime. Jackson carried the ball 176 times in 2019, and he hit a speed of 15 mph or faster on over half of those runs. Which pass rushers were the most disruptive in 2019? 2019 NFL Rushing. There’s a lot of talented runnings backs in the league. When healthy, Gurley is the best all-around running back in the NFL, and his dynamic play will allow him to be effective no matter his touch count in 2019. Without Mack, the Colts lacked the ball-carrier who broke 15 mph on 51 runs (fourth-most among running backs) and ripped off 28 runs of 10-plus yards. If Gordon is active and healthy this season, he should have no problem maintaining his place among the best in the league at the position. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. But they're still neck and neck in terms of percentage of runs reaching or exceeding 15 mph, illustrating that they're both excellent runners, even if Gurley is trending downward as McCaffrey trends up. ET over the next two weeks, unveiling a new set of 10 honorees in each installment. Clyde Edwards-Helaire stole the show Thursday, helping the Chiefs open their title defense with a resounding win. The Cardinals have some legitimate speed on their roster, starting with Drake, who enjoyed significant success after being traded from Miami to Arizona during the season. AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kyler Murray.