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?
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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