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Player Rushing Yards Per Attempt Statistics: 2016 NFL Season

Players with the highest rushing yards per attempt are nearly always quarterbacks, who have the luxury (to an extent) of choosing when they want to run.  Generally speaking, quarterbacks choose to run the ball when they feel they can gain more than a few yards by leaving the pocket.  Running backs do not have the option of “backing out” of a running play when they can see it’s not going to result in a positive outcome. Among running backs, an average of five yards per attempt will usually come close to leading the league, while an average of 3.5 or lower may result in players looking for a new team the following season.


CHANGE SEASON: 
Player Rushing Yards Per Attempt Leaders
RankPlayerPosTeamGamesRushing YardsRushing AttemptsYards Per Attempt
1Mike GillisleeRBBUF155771015.71
2Bilal PowellRBNYJ167221315.51
3LeSean McCoyRBBUF151,2672345.41
4Jordan HowardRBCHI151,3132525.21
5Mark IngramRBNO161,0432055.09
6Ezekiel ElliottRBDAL151,6313225.07
7Jay AjayiRBMIA151,2722604.89
8Le'Veon BellRBPIT121,2682614.86
9Isaiah CrowellRBCLE169521984.81
10Devonta FreemanRBATL161,0792274.75
11Carlos HydeRBSF139882174.55
12Derrick HenryRBTEN154901104.45
13Tevin ColemanRBATL135201184.41
14DeMarco MurrayRBTEN161,2872934.39
15Jacquizz RodgersRBTB105601294.34
16Spencer WareRBKC149212144.30
17Ryan MathewsRBPHI136611554.26
18David JohnsonRBARI161,2392934.23
19Alfred BlueRBHOU144201004.20
20Rob KelleyRBWAS157041684.19
21Tim HightowerRBNO165481334.12
22Paul PerkinsRBNYG144561124.07
23Latavius MurrayRBOAK147881954.04
24Terrance WestRBBAL167741934.01
25Lamar MillerRBHOU141,0732684.00
26C.J. AndersonRBDEN74371103.97
27Christine MichaelRBGB155831483.94
28Melvin GordonRBSD139972543.93
29Frank GoreRBIND161,0252633.90
30LeGarrette BlountRBNE161,1612993.88
31Jonathan StewartRBCAR138242183.78
32Jeremy HillRBCIN158392223.78
33Chris IvoryRBJAX114391173.75
34Matt ForteRBNYJ148132183.73
35T.J. YeldonRBJAX154651303.58
36Devontae BookerRBDEN166121743.52
37Jerick McKinnonRBMIN155391593.39
38Matt AsiataRBMIN164021213.32
39Rashad JenningsRBNYG135931813.28
40Thomas RawlsRBSEA93491093.20
41Todd GurleyRBLA168852783.18
42Doug MartinRBTB84211442.92
Player Rushing Yards Per Attempt Statistics By Season:
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