The 'Rookies are running back to prominence' quiz


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We seem to be in the midst of a running back renaissance in this modern, pass-happy NFL. Over the last decade, franchises had been investing fewer high-leverage resources into their backfield, instead opting for cheaper options found in the later rounds of the draft or in runners who went undrafted all together. But Ezekiel Elliott’s emergence last year in Dallas may have changed that. 

From the moment he stepped on the field, Elliott made an immediate impact for the Cowboys, both in the standings and on their bottom line. His production paved the way for the 2017 top 10 selections of Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, who are projected to help Jacksonville and Carolina immediately. The Jags, in particular, have some seriously lofty expectations for Fournette, but at least they are willing to put their money where their mouth is.  

Thirty running backs were chosen in the 2017 Draft, the most since 1998, and there are candidates from nearly every round that could make an immediate impact next season. The Vikings are hoping Dalvin Cook is the heir apparent to Adrian Peterson. The Bears, meanwhile, struck gold in the fifth round last year with Jordan Howard, but that didn’t stop them from going back to the well and picking a running back in the fourth round, one with a healthy sense of irony. Elsewhere, there are already reports that the incumbents in Washington and San Francisco could lose their jobs to rookies Samaje Perine and Joe Williams, respectively. And just last week, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph rattled off a list of four RBs, including sixth-round rookie De’Angelo Henderson, who could be the next Denver rookie tailback to seemingly come out of nowhere and surpass 1,000 yards in a season.

And that brings us to today’s quiz. Over the years, many rookie running backs have been thrown into the fire only to emerge with impressive, veteran-like production in their first season. How many of the 25 best rookie rushing seasons can you recall in six minutes?

Good luck!

CLUE: YEAR / TEAM / YARDS

QUIZ: Name the 25 NFL running backs who rushed for the most yards during their rookie seasons

Score:
0/25
Time:
10:00
1983 / LAR / 1808
Eric Dickerson
1981 / NO / 1674
George Rogers
2016 / DAL / 1631
Ezekiel Elliott
2012 / WAS / 1613
Alfred Morris
1979 / STL / 1605
Ottis Anderson
1999 / IND / 1553
Edgerrin James
2002 / DEN / 1508
Clinton Portis
2000 / DEN / 1487
Mike Anderson
1995 / NE / 1487
Curtis Martin
1989 / DET / 1470
Barry Sanders
2012 / TB / 1454
Doug Martin
1978 / HOU / 1450
Earl Campbell
1983 / SEA / 1449
Curt Warner
1993 / LAR / 1429
Jerome Bettis
1996 / HOU / 1368
Eddie George
2000 / BAL / 1364
Jamal Lewis
1986 / NO / 1353
Rueben Mayes
2007 / MIN / 1341
Adrian Peterson
2016 / CHI / 1313
Jordan Howard
1980 / DET / 1303
Billy Sims
1994 / IND / 1282
Marshall Faulk
2008 / HOU / 1282
Steve Slaton
2008 / CHI / 1238
Matt Forte
2001 / SD / 1236
LaDainian Tomlinson
2008 / TEN / 1228
Chris Johnson
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