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Power rushing pays the bills down by the goal line, but nothing is more exciting on rushing plays than when a running back rips off a long gain.

But who were the best breakaway runners in the NFL in 2020? The name at the top of the list won’t be a surprise, but some other names near the top should pique your interest.

Derrick Henry is truly the king of RBs 

playerpos20+ Yd RushesAll AttemptsYds Gained on 20+Total Yards% of Rushes Go For 20+% of Yds From 20+ Rushes
Derrick HenryRB1438350919003.7%26.8%
Nick ChubbRB111943289635.7%34.1%
J.K. DobbinsRB81392827525.8%37.5%
Gus EdwardsRB81462047345.5%27.8%
Alvin KamaraRB71912199013.7%24.3%
Jonathan TaylorRB724525711222.9%22.9%
Dalvin CookRB731826214872.2%17.6%
Aaron JonesRB620530010812.9%27.8%
Kenyan DrakeRB62431949402.5%20.6%
Ronald JonesRB51952139612.6%22.2%
David MontgomeryRB525022410852.0%20.6%
Antonio GibsonRB51751427202.9%19.7%
James RobinsonRB524915510652.0%14.6%

Henry earned his King Henry moniker last season, ripping off 14 rushes of 20-plus yards. But not too far behind (11) — on half as many attempts — was Nick Chubb, who is also earning his reputation as the “best pure runner” in the league.

Chubb ranked second among RBs (minimum 100 attempts) with 5.7% of his rushing attempts going for over 20 yards. He was just behind J.K. Dobbins (5.8%), who is one of the higher-upside young RBs on draft boards in 2021.

Interestingly, fellow Baltimore RB Gus Edwards was third in the league with 5.5% of his attempts going for 20-plus yards. This trio was so far ahead of the rest of the league in terms of breakaway hit rate, with only one other player gaining 20-plus yards on more than 4% of attempts.

Which RBs gain the highest percentage of their yards on breakaway runs?

playerpos20+ Yd RushesAll AttemptsYds Gained on 20+Total Yards% of Rushes Go For 20+% of Yds From 20+ Rushes
J.K. DobbinsRB81392827525.8%37.5%
Nick ChubbRB111943289635.7%34.1%
Miles SandersRB41672568122.4%31.5%
Gus EdwardsRB81462047345.5%27.8%
Aaron JonesRB620530010812.9%27.8%
Phillip LindsayRB41201154253.3%27.1%
Derrick HenryRB1438350919003.7%26.8%
Leonard FournetteRB3100953563.0%26.7%
Cam AkersRB41491676272.7%26.6%
Brian HillRB31031194552.9%26.2%
Alvin KamaraRB71912199013.7%24.3%
Jonathan TaylorRB724525711222.9%22.9%
Joshua KelleyRB3113813612.7%22.4%

Dobbins also led the league last year in percentage of total yards gained on 20-plus yard rushes (37.5%). Chubb was just behind at 34.1%, followed by Miles Sanders at 31.5%. Sanders only had four breakaway runs, but he gained an average of 64 yards on those runs.

There’s another round RB to keep an eye on from this list: Cam Akers gained 26.6% of his total yards on breakaway runs, ninth-highest rate among RBs.

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