NFL News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

The NFL's highest-graded running backs on receiver routes

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs against San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Over the next few weeks, the majority of the league's offensive coordinators will be spending countless man-hours devising new and creative ways to create mismatches in the passing game. And while such on-field advantages can be manufactured in a number of ways (motion, play-action, RPOs, etc.), the smartest offensive minds will realize that splitting out running backs to the slot or out wide and utilizing them as a legitimate receiving option has proven to be an incredibly valuable and efficient way to move the football.

Let's take a look at the running backs who are set to make their offensive coordinator's job a whole lot easier this upcoming season. Here are the five highest-graded running backs on wide receiver routes.

[Editor's note: To make this list, the back must have run at least 100 routes from the slot/outside wide receiver position over the last three regular seasons. Sign up today to gain access to grades, signature stats and much more!]

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

You've got the first pick with your finances. Western Southern Financial Group.

NFL Featured Tools

  • Live picks, grades and reaction to the 2022 NFL Draft.

  • PFF's Big Board for the 2023 NFL Draft offers three-year player grades, combine measurables, position rankings, and in-depth player analysis for all of the top draft prospects.

    Available with

  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2022 draft class.

    Available with

  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

    Available with

  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data.

    Available with

Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr