Packers: Aaron Jones gets honorable mention in 2019 running back rankings
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones gets an honorable mention in the 2019 NFL RB rankings.
The running back position (similar to other skill positions) has acquired a great rush of young talent in recent years. Every player ranked on today’s list is 27 or under, showing that the NFL has a bright future at an iconic position even if this particular position has a quicker fall-off than others.
Many of these players have entered the league within the last two seasons — 12 in total. And while some of these players will almost certainly fall off similar rankings in future seasons, many of these players will have the opportunity to be All-Pro level contributors for their respective teams in coming seasons.
Still, there are valid concerns that the value of the running back position will continually decrease as offenses continue to lean on the passing game. While I believe some components of that argument, I also fail to believe that the position will have a minimal value.
Just look at offenses such as Kansas City, New Orleans, and Los Angeles who, despite having top passing offenses, still leaned on their respective running backs last season.
The running back position will likely continue to have value even in the heaviest of pass-emphasis offenses as the flush of young talent at the running back position continues and teams look to change-of-pace options.
The running back position isn’t going anywhere in the coming years, but I do believe that the position will continually evolve into more of a receiving position. As backs more in the mold of Christian McCaffrey and Le’Veon Bell enter the league and backs in the Derrick Henry mold enter less and less.
NFL offenses will certainly increase in mystique and fascination if this prediction holds true.