When requested to call his top-five present working backs, Marshawn Lynch joked that he’d like to incorporate himself in that listing. Lynch mentioned that, regardless of having not performed for the reason that 2019 playoffs, he has not formally hung up his cleats.
All jokes apart, Lynch did put collectively a profession that boarders on Hall of Fame worthy. A member of the league’s All-2010s Team, Lynch and Seattle’s dominant protection powered the Seahawks to 2 NFC titles and a Super Bowl win throughout the 2010s. He probably would have been a two-time Super Bowl champion had Pete Carroll referred to as his quantity close to the top of the Seahawks’ loss to New England in Super Bowl XLIX.
Lynch, with out together with himself, did reveal his top-five listing of present working backs. In no specific order, Lynch tabbed Najee Harris, Saquon Barkley, Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs and Nick Chubb as one of the best working backs presently within the league throughout a latest look on the “I Am Athlete” podcast. He additionally gave shout outs to Seattle’s Kenneth Walker and San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey.
The greatest omission from Lynch’s listing was Colts working again Jonathan Taylor, who gained the league speeding title in 2021. Along with speeding for 1,811 yards, Taylor additionally scored a league-high 18 speeding touchdowns that season.
Injuries derailed Taylor’s 2022 season, nevertheless. He ran for almost 1,000 fewer yards than he did in 2021 whereas lacking six video games. Taylor did handle to put up a 4.5 yards-per-carry common final 12 months whereas gaining over 1,000 all-purpose yards.
Lynch wasn’t the one member of the podcast that left Taylor off his top-five working again listing. LenDale White, a former 1,000-yard rusher for the Titans and a two-time nationwide champion at USC, tabbed Jacobs, Chubb, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and Ezekiel Elliott and his top-five working backs.
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