Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders is one of the greatest NFL players of all time.
Sanders only played 10 seasons in the NFL — retiring at the age of 30 — but he made an enormous impact during those 10 seasons.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer was the 1997 NFL MVP, a 10-time Pro-Bowler, and the NFL’s rushing yards leader in 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997.
Suffice it to say, Sanders knows what a great running back looks like.
Earlier this week, during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, Sanders named his top two running backs currently playing in the NFL.
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“The NFL has a lot of great young running back talent,” explained Sanders. “You look at what Jonathan Taylor did this year…I’m sure Derrick Henry will be back next year bigger and stronger than ever. I think he may be playing in the playoffs. You look at Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs — there’s a lot of good talent out there. But I think you put Jonathan Taylor & Derrick Henry at the top of that list.”
Taylor rushed for 1,811 yards in 17 games this season. Henry only played in eight games, rushing for 937 yards in those eight games.
If you extrapolate Henry’s numbers over 17 games, it would put him at 1,991 yards. He rushed for 2,027 yards in 16 games last season.
There’s no doubt that Taylor has been impressive this season, but I still think Henry gets the nod as the best running back in the NFL. When Henry is healthy, he’s on a completely different level from every other running back in the league.
Henry is ramping up activity at practice this week. With the Titans having a bye in the first round of the playoffs, the expectation is that Henry will play in the divisional round of the playoffs.
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