Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy headlined breakout running backs last season, and there are plenty of other running backs who are candidates to break out.
In 2013, there were running backs such as Eddie Lacy who surprised everyone with breakout seasons. There are more running backs, including rookies, who are primed to make some noise of their own.
Here are five running backs who will break out this season.
5. Bishop Sankey, Titans
Sankey will face the tall task of replacing Chris Johnson, who used to be a 2,000-yard rusher. He falls into an ideal situation with a fantastic offensive line that can create lanes for him. Sankey was a Heisman contender in his last two seasons at Washington, rushing for 3,309 yards and 36 touchdowns in that span. Sankey faces no challengers for the starting job, so it’s as good as his, and the offense may run through him since there are no proven quarterbacks on the roster.
4. Andre Ellington, Cardinals
Ellington is set to become the Cardinals’ starting running back with Rashard Mendenhall retired. The team has said they will give him a heavier workload, and it is expected to be close to 30 carries per game. Ellington had 5.5 yards per carry as his role in the offense grew, so he will undoubtedly finish with over 1,000 yards if he can come relatively close to that.