NFL1000: Ranking the Top Running Backs of 2017 Season

NFL1000: Ranking the Top Running Backs of 2017 Season

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60. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans

Inside Running: 17/25
Outside Running: 
15/25
Receiving: 
13/20
Blocking: 
13/20
Position Value: 
7/10
Overall Grade: 
65/100

While Alfred Blue doesn’t have the natural talent of starter Lamar Miller, he did show more trust in his offensive line. He ran more decisively and always finished his runs well by lowering his pad level and keeping his feet driving forward to ensure he picked up every available yard. Blue found himself buried on the depth chart behind Miller and rookie D’Onta Foreman for much of the season, but played well in his limited snaps.

                  

59. D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans

Inside Running: 19/25
Outside Running: 
17/25
Receiving: 
11/20
Blocking: 
11/20
Position Value: 
7/10
Overall Grade: 
65/100

D’Onta Foreman is an impressive athlete with both imposing size and the speed to outrun defenders. He split carries for most of his rookie campaign with Lamar Miller and was just starting to get into rhythm when he ruptured his Achilles in Week 11. He ran well between the tackles, keeping his pad level low enough to bulldoze defenders, but he also ran well to the edge, showing off his speed. Foreman only had six catches and offered very little on third downs as either a receiver or as a pass protector, which he will need to improve upon going forward.

                   

58. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers

Inside Running: 13/25
Outside Running: 
15/25
Receiving: 
16/20
Blocking: 
14/20
Position Value: 
7/10
Overall Grade: 
65/100

Jamaal Williams’ NFL career got off to a slow start, often being outshone by fellow rookie Aaron Jones. But once Jones was injured, Williams got his opportunity. As the season progressed, the light slowly came on as he acclimatized to life in the NFL. He began to trust his tracks and run with more confidence, leading to a better, sharper cut and burst. He’s also been a solid option as a receiver out of the backfield, giving the Packers plenty of options at running back entering the offseason.

                   

57. Jamaal Charles, Denver Broncos

Inside Running: 14/25
Outside Running: 
15/25
Receiving: 
15/20
Blocking: 
14/20
Position Value: 
7/10
Overall Grade: 
65/100

After the first four weeks of the season, Jamaal Charles looked like he still had something left to offer the Broncos. He averaged over five yards per carry in his 33 carries through four games, but slowly saw his production and snaps diminish. By Week 14 he had zero carries, and in Week 16 he was a healthy inactive as the Broncos looked to give their younger backs more opportunities to develop in a lost season.

                    

56. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Inside Running: 17/25
Outside Running: 
14/25
Receiving: 
13/20
Blocking: 
14/20
Position Value: 
7/10
Overall Grade: 
65/100

With so much of the offense geared toward rookie Christian McCaffrey, it was easy to forget Jonathan Stewart’s role within the Panthers offense. He played out the year as the starting running back, though did split time with McCaffrey. Stewart, who is now at the dreaded age of 30, did not produce his best season; though that’s not all his fault. The offensive line struggled to move defenders off the ball, often leaving Stewart with nowh

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