Derrick Henry ran to the top of the running back hierarchy in 2019.  Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Unfathomable agility. Juggernaut power. A burning desire to win. There are a few running backs in the NFL today with these qualities, and they are almost impossible to bring down.

These five running backs cause even the most skilled tacklers to doubt themselves. Just when you think they’re down, they’ve put you in the dirt and left a trail of dust behind them.

5. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders


Josh Jacobs demonstrated his elusiveness as a rookie in 2019.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As a rookie, Jacobs proved his worth early and often. Appearing in just 13 games, he racked up impressive stats that would be considered successful over 16 games for most NFL running backs. Jacobs was tough to bring down last season, as many a defender can attest.

In addition to being the shiftiest running back in the open field last season, Jacobs broke 26 tackles. He gained 683 yards after contact, averaging 2.8 yards after contact per rush. Now he's going to be playing in an offense with insane speed in the receiving corps. He could be poised for even greater success in 2020.

4. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks


Chris Carson keeps the running game humming in Seattle.  Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Remember the moment when Chris Carson dragged nearly half the San Francisco 49ers defense into the end zone? We do. We also remember this Spiderman-esque recovery from the Seahawks running back.

Carson is nearly impossible to bring down. He rushed for 734 yards after contact last season, averaging 2.6 yards after first contact per rush. Carson also broke 28 tackles. Keep in mind, he’s doing all this playing in the meat grinder that is the NFC West.

3. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints


Alvin Kamara is a threat any time he touches the ball.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Kamara did not have his best season in 2019, not even close. Now that we know just how hurt he was throughout the year, it all makes sense. Still, thanks to his otherworldly agility and surprising power, Kamara remained one of the most difficult running backs to bring down in the NFL.

Because of his injuries, Kamara only carried the ball 171 times last season. He still managed five rushing scores while averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and his 29 broken tackles were good for third in the NFL.

2. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns


Nick Chubb is somewhat overlooked despite his breathtaking playmaking ability.  Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most underrated players in the NFL today, Browns running back Nick Chubb is a stunning playmaker. He combines power with speed and agility that make him one of the biggest home-run threats in the league.

In addition to his ability to break off huge runs, Chubb is incredibly difficult to bring down. Of his 1,494 rushing yards gained last season, Chubb earned 882 after contact. He also broke 32 tackles, tied with Aaron Jones for the league lead.

1. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans


Derrick Henry was dominant in 2019.  Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Henry is the NFL’s juggernaut. Give him a head of steam and it’s rare to see him get hauled down without multiple defenders getting involved.

The Titans star led the NFL with 1,540 yards on the ground last year. He also led the league by a wide margin in yards after contact (968) and was tied for the league lead with a 3.2 yard average per rush after contact. Big running backs who rack up the carries rarely last long in this league, but until his time is up it’s always a treat to watch this dominant back perform.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



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Can you name the player with the most rushing yards as a rookie for every NFL franchise?

An asterisk (*) indicates the franchise was located in a different city and/or went by a different name during the season listed. Players who had USFL experience prior to playing in the NFL were not considered "rookies" by the NFL and therefore do not qualify for this quiz.

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ARZ / 1,605 / 1979
Ottis Anderson
ATL / 1,023 / 1979
William Andrews
BAL / 1,364 / 2000
Jamal Lewis
BUF / 1,185 / 1980
Joe Cribbs
CAR / 836 / 2008
Jonathan Stewart
CHI / 1,313 / 2016
Jordan Howard
CIN / 1,129 / 1997
Corey Dillon
CLE / 996 / 2018
Nick Chubb
DAL / 1,631 / 2016
Ezekiel Elliott
DEN / 1,508 / 2002
Clinton Portis
DET / 1,470 / 1989
Barry Sanders
GB / 1,178 / 2013
Eddie Lacy
HOU / 1,282 / 2008
Steve Slaton
IND / 1,553 / 1999
Edgerrin James
JAX / 1,223 / 1998
Fred Taylor
KC / 1,327 / 2017
Kareem Hunt
LAC* / 1,236 / 2001
LaDainian Tomlinson
LAR / 1,808 / 1983
Eric Dickerson
MIA / 1,116 / 1996
Karim Abdul-Jabbar
MIN / 1,341 / 2007
Adrian Peterson
NE / 1,487 / 1995
Curtis Martin
NO / 1,674 / 1981
George Rogers
NYG / 1,198 / 2018
Saquon Barkley
NYJ / 948 / 1964
Matt Snell
OAK / 1,150 / 2019
Josh Jacobs
PHI / 818 / 2019
Miles Sanders
PIT / 1,055 / 1972
Franco Harris
SEA / 1,449 / 1983
Curt Warner
SF / 1,013 / 1992
Ricky Watters
TB / 1,454 / 2012
Doug Martin
TEN* / 1,450 / 1978
Earl Campbell
WAS / 1,613 / 2012
Alfred Morris

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