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2020 Breakout Running Backs in the NFL

Running backs are still crucial to a team's success in the NFL and you also need great depth at that position. Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey and Ezekiel Elliott are just three of some special running backs in the NFL. Who will be the next C-Mac or Nick Chubb in 2020?

1)Devin Singletary, Buffalo

Singletary averaged 5.1 yards per carry as a rookie. He shared carries with veteran Frank Gore and a hamstring injury slowed his progress down. But he's the number one guy now and should easily rush for over 1,000 yards, considering he had 775 in just 151 carries last season.

2)Austin Ekeler, LA Chargers

Ekeler gets the job now with Melvin Gordon off to Denver. Ekeler proved that he was more than just a third-down back, though he did catch 92 passes for 903 yards and eight TDs. He also rushed for 557 yards on 132 carries. He doesn't have a lot of competition, though he might not get all the short-yardage touches.

3)Derrius Guice, Washington

At some point, Arian Peterson will either slow down or quit. He's still a productive player, but he wouldn't be here if Guice was not dealing with injuries. The second-rounder in 2018 has played in just five games due to knee injuries. Bryce Love could be another candidate, coming off ACL surgery and so is rookie Antonio Gibson. But with Guice, we're talking about a big-time talent, who could be a monster if he can avoid injuries.

4)David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

Montgomery was a bust in his first season as a rookie, rushing for 889 yards on just 3.7 yards per carry. He wasn't able to make much after being hit behind the line. That happened early and often due to a weak offensive line. He'll get another chance this season with a new line coach in Juan Castillo attempting to improve the unit.

5)Darrell Henderson Jr., LA Rams

Rookies can't have breakout seasons, so let's go with Henderson. He should beat out rookie Cam Akers, though both should share carries. Henderson is not Todd Gurley in his prime, but he's a 5-8, 208-pounder runner who rushed for over 1,900 yards and 25 TDs at Memphis in his final college season. He only had 38 carries last season, but expect him to be a lot more productive in around 150+ carries this season.

6)Ryquell Armstead, Jacksonville Jaguars

This is assuming that Leonard Fournette gets traded or that new OC Jay Gruden uses Armstead more. The talented Temple second-year player had just 35 carries last season and should get more touches this season even with pass-catching Chris Thompson entering the fold from Washington.

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