Running back is still a position of importance in the NFL and as the 2021 season approaches, CBS Sports just evaluated all eight divisions based on the talent at the position.
Even with Miles Sanders (Eagles), Saquon Barkley (Giants), and Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) leading the way, the NFC East finished third behind the NFC South and NFC North.
3. NFC East
Starters: Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), Saquon Barkley (Giants), Antonio Gibson (WFT), Miles Sanders (Eagles)
Again, this was a photo finish in the top three spots on this list, and mostly because the NFC East not only boasts two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott — who appears hellbent on reclaiming his crown in 2021 — but also Saquon Barkley, an all-world talent. Gibson is showing signs of being the next big thing at the position and Sanders has impressed in Philly, but the division isn’t without concern regarding if Barkley can remain healthy enough to bowl over the NFL once again. Balance that with the presence of Tony Pollard as a talented backup in Dallas, however, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a division more talented at the position that isn’t the NFC South or NFC North.
The NFC North with Dalvin Cook (Vikings), Aaron Jones (Packers), David Montgomery (Bears), D’Andre Swift (Lions) landed just behind the NFC South which boasts Alvin Kamara (Saints), Christian McCaffrey (Panthers), Ronald Jones II (Bucs) and Mike Davis (Falcons).