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The top 10 running backs are a rugged group

Posted by Betonline team on 7/25/2016 1:48:52 AM
The top 10 running backs are a rugged group

Running backs are not as important in the NFL as they used to be but teams still believe a solid run attack not only helps offenses but takes pressure off of a defense.

Following is a list of the top running backs in the NFL and the common theme with most of the names is their ability to run tough between the tackles. Not surprisingly, injuries are also a common theme because running backs are vulnerable and expendable. It is a young man’s game but that has not stopped Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte’ who have hit the magical 30-year-old mark.

Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: This second round pick is rugged between the tackles. He had 2,200 yards from scrimmage in 2014 and was on pace for 1,800 yards in 2015 before a knee injury in week eight.

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: After sitting out a season due to suspension, this durable back won his third rushing title with 1,485 yards.

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams: He averaged 141.5 yards in his first four starts as a rookie but his season slowed because of shaky quarterback play.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: He might be the best back when completely healthy but has been cut down twice because of injury.

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills: When he makes his first cut, McCoy becomes dangerous in the open field.

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He averaged 4.9 yards per carry after two disappointing seasons. Better line plays and QB Jameis Winston helped his cause.

Lamar Miller, Houston Texans: He should enjoy his best season after playing for the Miami Dolphins who lost interest in running the ball.

Matt Forte’ New York Jets: He is now 30 but remains one of the most consistent backs and carries a heavy load each season.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: Defenses often forget him because of the fleet feet of quarterback Cam Newton.

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals: Some might place teammate Jeremy Hill but Bernard averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 9.6 yards per catch.


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