The NFC East features some of the NFL’s most notable running backs. The projected starters between the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins include two superstars, a soon-to-be Pro Bowler, and a future Hall of Famer.
There are maybe only one or two other divisions in the NFL with better starting running backs than the NFC East. Even with the running back position declining in importance, teams in the East heavily rely on running backs, utilizing them more than franchises in other divisions.
The Dallas Cowboys possess one of the most-recognized running backs in the NFL. Ezekiel Elliott opened his career by leading the league in rushing yards per game three times in a row. He’s performed like a top-five running back for his entire career.
However, Elliott might find his reign atop the NFC East halted soon. New York’s Saquon Barkley flashed incredible agility, strength, and versatility during his rookie season. While injuries and inconsistent leadership hampered Barkley in 2019, he’s ready for another Pro Bowl campaign in 2020.
Philadelphia’s Miles Sanders possesses Pro Bowl potential. After a highly productive rookie season, the Penn State product should become the Eagles’ feature back in 2020. Among all running backs in the NFC East, he’s in position for the biggest leap.
That leaves the Washington Redskins and Adrian Peterson. The Redskins don’t plan on keeping Peterson around in the long run, but the veteran proved last season he’s still the best running back on Washington’s roster.
Today, we’ll dive deeper into each of the four projected starting running backs in the NFC East and predict their production for the 2020 NFL season.
The running backs appear in alphabetical order by their last names. They’re not ordered by talent or skill in any way.