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Most 50+ Yard Runs in a Season for a RB (since '94)

Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 8/12/2019 8:43 pm
Was a little bored and I knew that Saquon had a ton of big plays last year, so I tried to see where his year stacked up in terms of big plays. Pro-Football-Reference has game play data since 1994, which is why I chose that year. It's not "NFL History" but that's 25 years of NFL data which is nothing to sneeze at.

Since 1994, the only players to have had 5+ runs of 50+ yards are in the list below. I also put their number of 50+ yard receptions in parentheses next to their rushes.

B. Sanders 1997 -- 7 runs / 4 TD ---- (1 rec / 1 TD)
Peterson 2012 ---- 7 runs / 4 TD ---- (0 rec)

Barkley 2018 ----- 6 runs / 4 TD ---- (2 rec / 1 TD)
N. Kaufman 1997 -- 6 runs / 4 TD ---- (1 rec / 1 TD)
B. Sanders 1994 -- 6 runs / 1 TD ---- (0 rec)

C. Johnson 2009 -- 5 runs / 5 TD ---- (2 rec / 2 TD)
Tomlinson 2003 --- 5 runs / 3 TD ---- (2 rec / 2 TD)
C. Portis 2003 --- 5 runs / 3 TD ---- (1 rec / 0 TD)
Tomlinson 2006 --- 5 runs / 2 TD ---- (1 rec / 1 TD)
Ray Rice 2011 ---- 5 runs / 2 TD ---- (1 rec / 0 TD)
F. Gore 2006 ----- 5 runs / 1 TD ---- (0 rec)
T. Barber 2005 --- 5 runs / 1 TD ---- (0 rec)

Only Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson in their respective 2000 yard season seasons had more runs of 50+ yards than Barkley just had in his rookie year. If you combine runs + receptions, only Barry Sanders and Barkley had 8+ 50 yard plays from scrimmage in one season. Chris Johnson does have the record for 7 TDs of 50+ yards in his 2000 yard season, 4.2 speed does that for you.

Some interesting names on the list. Napoleon Kaufman with one crazy year, biggest (smallest?) surprise on the list. Ray Rice was a hell of a player before the off-field stuff came tarnished his legacy. Our boy Tiki on the list, what a beast he was during that stretch.

I know these highlight plays aren't everything, Saquon and this OL need to get better at the basic 4yd run. That's how you sustain a ball control offense, churning out those consistent positive runs.

But it takes a special talent to do what Saquon did last year, so many of these plays were almost entirely because of him and not because of some massive hole at the LOS.

I can't wait to see what he has in store for this year.


Whenever  
MookGiants : 8/12/2019 8:47 pm : link
Jones takes over, hopefully sooner than later, I think you will see a marked improvement as far as churning out the 4-5 yard runs. Especially if they use the read option a little bit. Being able to hold an end or a linebacker there from collapsing on Saquon immediately should by itself create a little more space to get those type of runs.
He's got it all:  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 8/12/2019 8:48 pm : link
Talent, hard worker, & seems like a good dude. I hope he's around for awhile.
Good company  
mattlawson : 8/12/2019 8:57 pm : link
To be in
Giants finally have 3 big bodied athletes  
djm : 8/12/2019 9:42 pm : link
In the middle of that OL. They’ve also got a solid pro at LT. Better at RT. Barkley is gonna run wild this season.
Good thread.  
Jerry K : 8/12/2019 10:42 pm : link
Thanks. Barkley certainly had a great year and I hope there are many more to come.
Career 50+ yard plays among active stars  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 8/12/2019 10:43 pm : link
Barkley ——— 6 rushes —— 8 plays —— 352 touches

Gurley ——— 4 rushes ——— 7 plays —— 1229 touches
Bell ———— 3 rushes ——— 3 plays —— 1541 touches
Elliot ———— 2 rushes —— 4 plays ——— 1003 touches
McCaffrey —— 2 rushes —— 2 plays —— 523 touches
Kamara ——— 1 rush ——— 1 play ——— 476 touches

Our guy is just different.
Thanks for  
crick n NC : 8/12/2019 10:45 pm : link
The info Osi

Barkley is a joy to watch.
Sorry for bringing up fantasy football  
allstarjim : 8/12/2019 11:03 pm : link
But yours truly traded OBJ the year before last for what ended up being the #1 overall pick with which I took one Saquon Barkley, who will be all mine for the next 3 seasons.

I'm thrilled, and being a Giants fan is the cherry on top.

Saquon is just so amazingly special. He's going to break all kinds of records. I really do believe he can break the single season scrimmage record THIS YEAR. Which, btw, is Chris Johnson with 2,509 yards. That's a tough but to crack but if anyone can do it it's this guy. In fact, anything less than 2200 yards will be a mild surprise for me.
RE: Sorry for bringing up fantasy football  
crick n NC : 8/12/2019 11:23 pm : link
In comment 14528608 allstarjim said:
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But yours truly traded OBJ the year before last for what ended up being the #1 overall pick with which I took one Saquon Barkley, who will be all mine for the next 3 seasons.

I'm thrilled, and being a Giants fan is the cherry on top.

Saquon is just so amazingly special. He's going to break all kinds of records. I really do believe he can break the single season scrimmage record THIS YEAR. Which, btw, is Chris Johnson with 2,509 yards. That's a tough but to crack but if anyone can do it it's this guy. In fact, anything less than 2200 yards will be a mild surprise for me.


Hot expectations
I had posted a similar thread towards the end of last season based on  
BSIMatt : 8/12/2019 11:30 pm : link
Plays over 40 yards. The bottom line was his season last year was rare, it doesn’t happen very often..and he did it for much of the season behind what was a dysfunctional offensive line and a offense that wasn’t exactly clicking on all cylinders.

You start giving this guy some real holes to run through and get creative in how you use him in the passing game some more records will be broken in the coming seasons. He is going to be a nightmare for defenses to deal with if the Giants can give him some support.
As impressive as his stats were, something concerns me...  
EricJ : 8/13/2019 12:00 am : link
I heard something this morning on a podcast. If you only measure runs that were less than 20 yards, Barkley had the worst average in the league 2.7 yards per carry.

Now, we all know that is really an indictment on the OL. However, it really emphasizes the fact that he needed the long gainers to essentially mask the stink of the OL.

We all saw how many times he was hit in the backfield last year.
Just shows that there is a lot  
BSIMatt : 8/13/2019 12:03 am : link
Of room for improvement in the run game, which is scary.
Barkley's 8 plays from scrimmage over 50 yards  
BlueLou'sBack : 8/13/2019 2:39 am : link
ties Sanders and others for first and beats Peterson's 7 rushes and zero receptions for that distance.

I'm guessing Barkley will have more than 8 this year, with a few more reception going long distance and perhaps fewer runs.

Although for sure pure luck is involved in accumulating that many.
RE: As impressive as his stats were, something concerns me...  
BlueLou'sBack : 8/13/2019 2:41 am : link
In comment 14528627 EricJ said:
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I heard something this morning on a podcast. If you only measure runs that were less than 20 yards, Barkley had the worst average in the league 2.7 yards per carry.

Now, we all know that is really an indictment on the OL. However, it really emphasizes the fact that he needed the long gainers to essentially mask the stink of the OL.

We all saw how many times he was hit in the backfield last year.


That's why I expect his YPC to increase to 5.4 or better this year if the starting OL remain healthy the vast majority of the year.
This is a point  
English Alaister : 8/13/2019 4:57 am : link
I, and others, made again and again during the debates over whether we should have taken a QB.

Barkley was a sure thing and he is just different. I understand the analytics arguments that you don't take RBs in the top half of the first (maybe even lower). Barkley is not Fournette though...he's just different. He should be thought of as an offensive weapon and not just a back.
...  
christian : 8/13/2019 6:28 am : link
Barkley had a fabulous season with many exciting runs, especially the 2nd half of the year.

It's gets lost in discussion, but the Giants offensive was quite consistent and in terms of run blocking, the numbers would indicate pretty good.

All players healthy I'd expect Barkley to mirror his second half of the season last year, which hopefully gets the Giants from a bottom 3rd to a top 3rd rushing team.
Unbelievable football player  
mfsd : 8/13/2019 7:06 am : link
Giants games and highlights are must watch for all football fans with him out there.

The Giants might even get on prime time again despite having traded our “brand ambassador” prince...wouldn’t that be cool!
RE: As impressive as his stats were, something concerns me...  
Ivan15 : 8/13/2019 7:45 am : link
In comment 14528627 EricJ said:
Quote:
I heard something this morning on a podcast. If you only measure runs that were less than 20 yards, Barkley had the worst average in the league 2.7 yards per carry.

Now, we all know that is really an indictment on the OL. However, it really emphasizes the fact that he needed the long gainers to essentially mask the stink of the OL.

We all saw how many times he was hit in the backfield last year.

That is why this offense is not going to b a “ground and pound” offense. There are still going to be a lot of 3rd and 5 situations and the offense will have to deliver on 3rd down. Barkley will be a receiver on 3rd down.
RE: This is a point  
arcarsenal : 8/13/2019 7:58 am : link
In comment 14528662 English Alaister said:
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I, and others, made again and again during the debates over whether we should have taken a QB.

Barkley was a sure thing and he is just different. I understand the analytics arguments that you don't take RBs in the top half of the first (maybe even lower). Barkley is not Fournette though...he's just different. He should be thought of as an offensive weapon and not just a back.


Yep. It's sort of disingenuous to just call Barkley a RB... he's a lot more than that. Which is why I always hated the "you don't draft a RB that high" stuff. Saquon is a generational talent - a term people use too loosely now - but he is.

On top of all his physical talents and abilities on the field; he's a tremendous young man and the person I want representing the Giants for what I hope will be a bit longer than the standard RB shelf-life. Something tells me Saquon will find a way to exceed that, too.
Barkley out wide  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 8/13/2019 10:37 am : link
Catching "WR" screens should be devastating, guaranteed 1st miss tackle. Fake pump to Barkley and jet sweep or pass to Engram should be sick. Just absolutely abuse any LB or S defending him, So much we can do, enough of Shurmur wco Barkley to the flats BS, outside of short yardage sit.
Going back to the line  
BSIMatt : 8/13/2019 12:32 pm : link
The other side of the offensive line issues in pass protection seemed to limit Barkley’s use as a receiver. Too often he was used as a quick check down dumpoff option for Eli when the line was giving up pressure. So in many of those situations he wasn’t downfield isolated with a defender in space he still had 9,10, 11 defenders upfield from him and able to pursue. The better the line can hold up in pass pro the more we can see Barkley used as a weapon further downfield and not just a dumpoff outlet.
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