Is Christian McCaffrey ready to become the NFL’s next 1,000-1,000 running back?
In a recent article, Carolina Panthers all-purpose running back Christian McCaffrey mentioned that a goal he has for the 2019 season is to become the next 1,000-1,000 running back… a running back that gains 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards via pass receptions.
McCaffrey, who is starting his third season in the NFL, came close last season: He had 1,098 rushing yards and 867 yards receiving. In the history of the NFL, only two running backs have accumulated 1,000 yards in both rushing and receiving in a season… San Francisco’s Roger Craig did it in 1985 and in 1999 Marshall Faulk became the second member of this exclusive club as a member of the St. Louis Rams
Here’s a look at the running backs who have reached 1,000-1,000 yards in both rushing and receiving in a season along with those who are members of the 900-900 and 800-800 yard clubs.
1,000-1,000 Club (Rushing yards-receiving yards)
Roger Craig, 1985, San Francisco, 1,050-1,016
Marshall Faulk, 1999, St. Louis, 1,381-1,048
Marshall Faulk, 1998, Indianapolis, 1,319-908
Charlie Garner, 2002, Oakland, 962-941
Marshall Faulk, 2000, St. Louis, 1,359-830
Steven Jackson, 2006, St. Louis, 1,528-806
Matt Forte, 2014, Chicago, 1,038-808
Le’Veon Bell, 2014, Pittsburgh, 1,361-854
David Johnson, 2016, Arizona, 1,239-879
Christian McCaffrey, 2018, 1,098-867
For Packers fans wondering how close a Green Bay running back came to joining any of the above clubs, there have been four different running backs who have gained 500 or more rushing yards and 500 or more receiving yards in the same season. Edgar Bennett and Ahman Green accomplished the feat twice.
Following are the 500-500 running backs for the Pack in their history.
Gerry Ellis, 1983, 696-603
Edgar Bennett, 1994, 623-546
Edgar Bennett, 1995, 1,067-648
Dorsey Levens, 1999, 1,034-573
Ahman Green, 2000, 1,175-559
Ahman Green, 2001, 1,387-594
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For the third consecutive season, the Packers had a player gain 300 or more yards rushing and 300 or more yards receiving in the same season. Ty Montgomery had 457 rushing yards and 348 receiving yards in 2016. James Starks reached 300-300 in 2015; Eddie Lacy did it in 2014.
Sixteen different Packers players have reached the 300-300 rushing/receiving stat in the club’s history, accomplishing it 30 times. Leading the way is Ahman Green who did it five times in his career with the Pack. Donny Anderson and Gerry Ellie each did it four times with the Packers, while Edgar Bennett did it in three seasons.
Bennett and Ellis are the only two Packers to have a 600-600 season (600 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving) for Green Bay. Ellis in 1983 had 696 yards rushing and 603 yards receiving; Bennett in 1995 rushed for 1067 yards and added 648 yards receiving to his stat line.
If we look at career numbers, the Packers have three players who reached the 2000-2000 stat in rushing yards and receiving yards in their career with Green Bay. They are:
Dorsey Levens, 3937 rushing yards, 2079 receiving yards
Ahman Green, 8322 rushing yards, 2726 receiving yards
Gerry Ellis, 3826 rushing yards, 2514 receiving yards.