With NFL.com’s Player 2K debate shifting towards running backs Wednesday, which player of the 2000s gave his team the most miles per gallon? One way to rank the running backs is to look at yards from scrimmage per game.
Yards from scrimmage is comprised of both rushing and receiving yards, and usually those running backs who lead in this statistic are every-down players. With the NFL moving toward a passing league in the 2000s, the most complete backs were those heavily involved in the air attack.
Marshall Faulk is one of the most complete players the NFL has ever known, so it’s no surprise that his 2000 and 2001 campaigns rank very high among single-season leaders in scrimmage yards per game. Yet, it’s the oft-forgotten Priest Holmes who had the greatest season in NFL history in said category, averaging a whopping 163.4 scrimmage yards per game in 2002.
— Elliot Harrison