3. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay, Buccaneers
It might be hard for Sims to get all the touches he deserves in 2016, since the spot above him on the depth chart is already filled by one of the best running backs in the league. However, this kid still managed to go over 1,000 total yards and 4 touchdowns last season, even though he never touched the ball more than 16 times in a single game. As one of, if not the best change of pace backs in the league, the Bucs are going to have a hard time holding Simms back, especially since he is starting to confirm the suspicion that he has all of the necessary tools to be an every down back. Once he gets going his numbers should grow considerably from last yearand he should quickly become a household name among NFL fans.
2. Duke Johnson Jr, Cleveland Browns
In his rookie year last, Johnson showed flashes of being an even better receiver than a running back as he hauled in 61 receptions and 2 touchdowns. That is why Browns Head Coach, Hue Jackson, has made no secret of his plan to get the ball into the young playmakers hands in any way possible, including splitting him to the outside as a pass catcher. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Jackson, who seems very intrigued by the speedster, also gives him enough touches as a running back to allow him a shot to earn the role as the number one back. Either way, it seems certain that Johnson is about to make a splash in 2016.
1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
This young bruiser might just be the best overall running back in the NFL, and it appears he will finally have a chance to prove it as the number one option out of the backfield for one of the most potent offensive units in the NFL. His 12 total touchdowns were tied for first overall among running backs even though he didn’t become a starter until week 13. He has the ability to do damage through the air and on the ground. He should be able to maintain his role as the primary goal line back, in addition to getting more touches and racking up a lot more yards as the featured back. If he can remain focused, he has the potential to nearly double most of his major stats in 2016.