7. Rueben Mayes (3,408)
Saints RB from 1986-1990
A third-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Saints, Rueben Mayes immediately packed a punch in the NOLA offense, tallying 1,353 yards and eight touchdowns and averaging 84.6 yards per game. It was enough to earn him the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and the first of two Pro Bowl appearances during his career.
Mayes’ numbers declined every year during the course of his career. He had a respectable sophomore season in 1987 with 917 yards and five rushing touchdowns but that was only the beginning of his eventual decline.
Mayes missed the entire ’89 season due to injuries and after another declining season in 1990, he briefly retired. He made a comeback in 1991 and spent the final two years of his career with the Seahawks.
Considering how dominant Mayes was as a rookie, it’s not shocking to see him in the top-10 all-time in rushing yards even if the final few years of his Saints tenure weren’t the most impressive. He definitely put together one of the best rookie campaigns in New Orleans history though.