1. Derrick Henry, RB
Was there ever any doubt who number one would be?
Derrick Henry has been the NFL rushing champ for 2 straight seasons. Not only that, but he eclipsed the revered 2000-yard mark in 2020- a feat almost unheard of in this day and age.
Henry finished the 2020 season with 378 rushes for 2027 yards and 17 TD’s. Henry averaged a whopping 5.4 yards per carry, and also contributed 19 receptions for 114 yards (though we probably should spend a lot of time on Henry as a receiver). There might not be a player in the entire league who is more valuable to their team than Derrick Henry.
Ryan Tannehill had a great season at QB, A.J. Brown and Corey Davis both had admirable seasons as WR’s. But none of these performances hold a candle to what Henry was able to accomplish. The threat of Henry breaking off a huge run at any time is what keeps defenses on their toes and allows Tannehill to throw for almost 4,000 yards. There isn’t another RB in the league who can impact a game the way Henry does.
Henry stumbled in the playoff game against Baltimore, only mustering 40 yards on the ground. Let this not overshadow the historic rushing performance Henry put on display in 2020. It was a huge accomplishment for a RB to eclipse 2,000 yards 25 years ago, even more so now in this era of high-flying passing attacks.
Long live the King.