NFL Running Back Workloads: Week 1
Jon Impemba takes a look at the running back workloads on each team across the league following Week 1 of the NFL season.
Drake led the Cardinals backfield with 16 carries while playing 71-percent of the total offensive snaps. He saw one carry inside the 10-yard line and was able to convert that for his first rushing touchdown of the season. Drake is a capable pass catcher and saw two targets but it was backup Chase Edmonds that led the group with five targets, converting three of them for catches which included a 10-yard touchdown reception. Drake is still the clear lead back here but those who drafted Edmonds as a handcuff or as part of their “Zero RB” draft strategy are likely happy with the usage here as well.
My biggest takeaway when it came to the Falcons signing Todd Gurley in the offseason was that the Falcons were looking to improve upon one of the league's worst red zone offenses as the Falcons ranked 25th in red zone scoring in 2019. Gurley was among the league's most efficient red zone runners and that was on display in Week 1 as he...