Which NFL Team Do These Starting Running Backs Belong To?

By: Gavin Thagard

Do you know which team Ezekiel Elliott plays for?

A first-round draft pick in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott led the league in rushing his rookie season. He put up 1,631 yards on the ground, averaging 108 yards per game.

Where does James Conner play professional football?

James Conner took over the starting job for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 when Le'Veon Bell decided to sit out the season over a contract dispute. Initially, Bell was going to return halfway through the season, but he elected to remain out as the deadline to sign his franchise tag passed.

The 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, what team does Todd Gurley play for?

Todd Gurley helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LIII, racking up 1,251 yards on the ground during the regular season. However, his production tapered off in the playoffs, and he only rushed for 35 yards in the Super Bowl.

Jamaal Williams is the starting running back for which of the following teams?

Jamaal Williams played college football at BYU, where he holds multiple school records including career rushing yards and rushing yards in a game. Williams was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft.

Which team are you going to find Peyton Barber running the football for?

With 2018 being his third year in the league, Peyton Barber played in all 16 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He struggled most of the season, however, only averaging 3.7 yards per carry.

One of the best dual-threat running backs in the league, what team is Alvin Kamara on?

A rookie in 2017, Alvin Kamara made the Pro Bowl that year, also earning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He went back to the Pro Bowl in 2018, though he would have rather played in the Super Bowl considering he was one game away.

Sony Michel was the leading rusher in Super Bowl LIII. Where does he play?

Sony Michel came onto the scene a few games into the 2018 season, eventually earning the starting job for the Patriots. His first big game was in Week 4, when he rushed for 112 yards against the Miami Dolphins.

Who did Nick Chubb start for in 2018?

Nick Chubb played college football at Georgia, where he suffered a gruesome knee injury in 2015. Luckily, he returned back to form the next season, proving he was one of the best backs in the nation.

A Super Bowl champion, where does Marshawn Lynch currently play?

Marshawn Lynch went to back-to-back Super Bowls with the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015. They lost the 2015 Super Bowl after quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception near the end of the game. The play was heavily criticized since they could have run the ball with Lynch, one of the best running backs in the league at the time.

Derrick Henry takes handoffs on which team?

Rushing for over 2,000 yards, Derrick Henry won the Heisman Trophy his junior season at Alabama. However, Henry was viewed as a one-dimensional power back who might struggle in the NFL.

The number two overall draft pick in 2018, which team does Saquon Barkley start for?

Saquon Barkley set an NFL record by bringing in 91 receptions his rookie season, the most for any rookie running back. That combined with 1,307 rushing yards earned him the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

What team are you going to find LeSean McCoy starting on?

At the age of 30, LeSean McCoy has been to the playoffs four times in his NFL career. However, the veteran running back has yet to advance past the first round.

Do you know who Dalvin Cook plays for when he's healthy?

Playing even as a true freshman, Dalvin Cook rushed for over 1,000 yards every season he was in college at Florida State. He finished his college career with 4,464 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns.

Which NFL team has Lamar Miller been on since 2016?

Lamar Miller holds the record for the longest rushing play in franchise history for both the Dolphins and the Texans. Both runs went 97 yards for a touchdown.

One of the best veterans in the league, which team is Adrian Peterson gaining yardage on?

Adrian Peterson is one of only seven running backs to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season, which he accomplished in 2012. He was also only eight yards away from tying the record held by Eric Dickerson.

Who does Jordan Howard play for as he racks up multiple 1,000-yard​ seasons?

Jordan Howard was overlooked coming out of high school and didn't receive any major scholarship offers. He started his college career at UAB before the football program was dismantled, transferring to Indiana for his junior season.

Which team did Melvin Gordon make the Pro Bowl with in 2016 and 2018?

Melvin Gordon set the single-game rushing record in college when he rushed for 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014. The record stood for one week, when it was broken by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, who rushed for 427 yards against Kansas.

What team did Leonard Fournette almost lead to the Super Bowl in 2017?

Viewed as one of the best running back prospects in years, Leonard Fournette was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He has started every game he's played in but has struggled to stay healthy so far in his career.

Though he was hurt most of 2018, who does Devonta Freeman start for when he's healthy?

Devonta Freeman won the BCS national championship in 2013, the final year before the playoffs began. Freeman carried the ball 11 times for 73 yards in the game.

An incredible all-purpose back, which team is David Johnson on?

David Johnson slipped to the third round in the 2015 NFL draft. He proved he should have been drafted higher after earning the Cardinals' starting job his rookie season.

Who did Spencer Ware start for after his teammate, Kareem Hunt, was kicked off the team?

With explosive weapons on offense, the Kansas City Chiefs led the league in offensive yards in 2018. Throughout the season, the offense gained 425 yards per game.

A running back with more receiving touchdowns than rushing, which team does Christian McCaffrey start for?

Christian McCaffrey has proven that he can do it all on a football field, literally. In a game against the Saints in 2018, McCaffrey ran, threw, and caught passes for over 50 yards each, making him one of only three players to ever do this.

Which team is Joe Mixon starting for at only 22 years old?

Joe Mixon had off-the-field issues that caused his draft stock to fall leading into the 2017 NFL draft. Projected as a first-round talent, he slipped into the second round where he was picked up by the Bengals.

Drafted out of Alabama where he won two national championships, which professional team is Kenyan Drake on?

Kenyan Drake is known for scoring the final touchdown during the Miracle in Miami in Week 14 of the 2018 season. On a desperate final play near the end of the game against the Patriots, Drake took a lateral pass and scored a touchdown for the Dolphins to win the game.

Matt Breida is averaging five yards per carry on which NFL team?

Matt Breida averaged an insane 6.9 yards per carry during his college career at Georgia Southern. However, the running back was overlooked by NFL scouts and went undrafted in 2017.

Which team does Jay Ajayi start for after being traded from the Dolphins in 2017?

Jay Ajayi tore his ACL in Week 5 of the 2018 season against the Vikings. The starting running back was having a bit of a down year prior to the injury, though he's supposed to make a full recovery.

Making the Pro Bowl as an undrafted rookie, on which roster does Phillip Lindsay sit at the top of the depth chart?

After redshirting his freshman year, Phillip Lindsay played the next four seasons at Colorado. During his four years, he set the Buffaloes' record for all-purpose yards.

One of the most durable running backs in the league, which team is Isaiah Crowell on?

Isaiah Crowell spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns. In his final season with the team in 2017, they finished with a​ 0-16 record.

Kerryon Johnson earned the starting job for which team a few games into the 2018 season?

Kerryon Johnson was named the SEC Player of the Year in 2017, his final season at Auburn. He rushed for 1,391 yards that season with 18 touchdowns on the ground.

Which team are you going to find Chris Carson starting for?

Chris Carson only played in four games his rookie season before he broke his ankle and was placed on injury reserved. He returned in 2018, starting in 14 of the 16 regular season games.

Alex Collins was part of the second leading rushing attack on which NFL team?

In his rookie season with the Seahawks in 2016, Alex Collins struggled to find a place for himself on the roster. When he was released and signed by the Ravens, injuries to other players helped him move up the depth chart, eventually earning a starting role for the team.

What team is Marlon Mack helping win games as a starter?

Marlon Mack was named to the First Team All-AAC every year he played for South Florida in college. When he left for the NFL in 2017, he was the school's all-time leading rusher.

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About This Quiz

Power, speed, agility, brains: NFL running backs are some of the most gifted athletes in the world, with skills that most people can only dream of. But what gives them a leg up over their competition as they compete for a starting spot on a roster in the league? 

Is it their dedication year in and year out as they work every day to be better than they were the day before? Is it some natural talent that very few are blessed with? Maybe it's just their determination, the pure desire to be one of the few players in the world to start for an NFL team. 

One thing is certain, the starting running backs in the NFL earned the right to compete in one of the most competitive sports in the world. They put their bodies on the line every day as they try to stay at the top of their game. 

How well do you know the running backs across the league? Do you know which back starts for which NFL team? If so, can you pass this quiz on the starting running backs in the NFL? 

If you want to find out, get started with this running backs quiz and see if you can score big! 


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