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    Article: Ranking the NFL's running backs

    Posted on Thu, Jul. 27, 2006



    Ranking the NFL's running backs




    By Chris Harry

    The Orlando Sentinel

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    Remember the rap about Penn State running backs being busts in the pros? Kansas City's Larry Johnson vaporized it last year, taking over for injured Priest Holmes and rushing for 1,351 yards and 16 TDs in the last nine games - easily more than a 2,000-yard pace for the season - for the league's top-ranked offense.

    Rank . . . Team . . . Best Player . . . The Buzz

    1.San Diego . . . LaDainian Tomlinson . . . FB Lorenzo Neal is the best. And ask Indy about backup TB Michael Turner.

    2.Seattle . . . Shaun Alexander . . . MVP runs behind standout fullback Mack Strong.

    3.Kansas City . .. Larry Johnson . . . Priest who?

    4.New Orleans . . . Reggie Bush . . . Deuce McAllister is coming off knee surgery. Michael Bennett is there, too.

    5.Washington . . . Clinton Portis . . . No fullback, but No. 2 TB Ladell Betts could start elsewhere.

    6.Atlanta . . . Warrick Dunn . . . Falcons led the NFL in rushing last season. Dunn platoons with T.J. Duckett.

    7.Cincinnati . . . Rudi Johnson . . . Backup Chris Perry was 1st-rounder in '04. FB Jeremi Johnson is a load.

    8.N.Y. Giants . .. Tiki Barber . . . Barber was MVP candidate in '05 - and nearly a one-man offense.

    9.Tampa Bay . . . Carnell Williams . . . Backup Michael Pittman won a Super Bowl. Mike Alstott has some hammer left.

    10.St. Louis . . . Steven Jackson . . . With Marshall Faulk out, backfield still in nice hands (and feet) with Jackson.

    11.Arizona . . .Edgerrin James . . .His numbers in Indy warrant respect, but his new teammates may not.

    12.Carolina . . . DeShaun Foster . . . Maybe rookie DeAngelo Williams can stay healthy because Foster can't.

    13.New England . . . Corey Dillon . . . High mileage for Dillon brought TB Laurence Maroney in first round.

    14.Denver . . . Tatum Bell . . . With Ron Dayne, Broncos could have formidable combination.

    15.Baltimore . . . Jamal Lewis . . . Wear and tear on Lewis brought 32-year-old Mike Anderson from Denver.

    16.Pittsburgh . . . Willie Parker . . . Duce Staley is still around (allegedly), but champs will miss Jerome Bettis.

    17.Miami . . . Ronnie Brown . . . Ricky's gone, so it's Brown's show. He'll like FB Fred Beasley leading the way.

    18.Buffalo . . . Willis McGahee . . . Don't forget him after one bad season.

    19.Chicago . . . Thomas Jones . . . Sometime this season, Bears will transition to '05 No. 1 pick Cedric Benson.

    20.Tennessee . . . LenDale White . . . Travis Henry and Chris Brown could start for other teams.

    21.Dallas . . . Julius Jones . .. Thomas' little brother is injury-prone. Marion Barber will get a good look.

    22.Cleveland . . . Reuben Droughns . . . Underrated Droughns has back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons.

    23.Detroit . .. Kevin Jones . .. .Running game was awful in '05.

    24.Oakland . . . LaMont Jordan . . . No excuse for 29th-ranked rushing attack. An embarrassment.

    25.Jacksonville . . . Fred Taylor . . . Is Taylor or Greg Jones the No. 1 back? Do Jags even know?

    26.Minnesota . . . Chester Taylor . .. FB Tony Richardson is fine addition. And don't count out Ciatrick Fason.

    27.Green Bay . .. Ahman Green . . . Injuries last season reduced running game to Samkon Gado.

    28.Philadelphia . . . Brian Westbrook . . . All Westbrook has done is give Eagles unfulfilled promise.

    29.N.Y. Jets . . . Curtis Martin . . . He's one for the ages, but he's also 33 and probably done.

    30.Indianapolis . . . Dominic Rhodes . . . Big dropoff from "Edge" to Rhodes or No. 1 pick Joseph Addai.

    31.Houston . . . Domanick Davis . . . And they could have had Reggie Bush. Idiots!

    32.San Francisco . . . Frank Gore . .. Get used to seeing the 49ers at the bottom of, oh, every one of these lists.

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    Saints are too HIGH.

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    [QUOTE=tnedator]Posted on Thu, Jul. 27, 2006



    31.Houston . . . Domanick Davis . . . And they could have had Reggie Bush. Idiots!






    Domanick Davis is A good reliable Back, Reggie Bush look what happened to Saints. Hes holding Out, Freaking loser. But i think Domanick is
    a pretty good back.

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    I don't see how you can rank a guy that hasn't played one snap in the NFL as the 4th best back in the league. I stopped reading his list after that.
    Where does the abuse of end? Where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnedator
    Posted on Thu, Jul. 27, 2006



    Ranking the NFL's running backs




    By Chris Harry

    The Orlando Sentinel

    (MCT)

    Remember the rap about Penn State running backs being busts in the pros? Kansas City's Larry Johnson vaporized it last year, taking over for injured Priest Holmes and rushing for 1,351 yards and 16 TDs in the last nine games - easily more than a 2,000-yard pace for the season - for the league's top-ranked offense.

    Rank . . . Team . . . Best Player . . . The Buzz

    1.San Diego . . . LaDainian Tomlinson . . . FB Lorenzo Neal is the best. And ask Indy about backup TB Michael Turner.

    2.Seattle . . . Shaun Alexander . . . MVP runs behind standout fullback Mack Strong.

    3.Kansas City . .. Larry Johnson . . . Priest who?

    4.New Orleans . . . Reggie Bush . . . Deuce McAllister is coming off knee surgery. Michael Bennett is there, too.

    5.Washington . . . Clinton Portis . . . No fullback, but No. 2 TB Ladell Betts could start elsewhere.

    6.Atlanta . . . Warrick Dunn . . . Falcons led the NFL in rushing last season. Dunn platoons with T.J. Duckett.

    7.Cincinnati . . . Rudi Johnson . . . Backup Chris Perry was 1st-rounder in '04. FB Jeremi Johnson is a load.

    8.N.Y. Giants . .. Tiki Barber . . . Barber was MVP candidate in '05 - and nearly a one-man offense.

    9.Tampa Bay . . . Carnell Williams . . . Backup Michael Pittman won a Super Bowl. Mike Alstott has some hammer left.

    10.St. Louis . . . Steven Jackson . . . With Marshall Faulk out, backfield still in nice hands (and feet) with Jackson.

    11.Arizona . . .Edgerrin James . . .His numbers in Indy warrant respect, but his new teammates may not.

    12.Carolina . . . DeShaun Foster . . . Maybe rookie DeAngelo Williams can stay healthy because Foster can't.

    13.New England . . . Corey Dillon . . . High mileage for Dillon brought TB Laurence Maroney in first round.

    14.Denver . . . Tatum Bell . . . With Ron Dayne, Broncos could have formidable combination.

    15.Baltimore . . . Jamal Lewis . . . Wear and tear on Lewis brought 32-year-old Mike Anderson from Denver.

    16.Pittsburgh . . . Willie Parker . . . Duce Staley is still around (allegedly), but champs will miss Jerome Bettis.

    17.Miami . . . Ronnie Brown . . . Ricky's gone, so it's Brown's show. He'll like FB Fred Beasley leading the way.

    18.Buffalo . . . Willis McGahee . . . Don't forget him after one bad season.

    19.Chicago . . . Thomas Jones . . . Sometime this season, Bears will transition to '05 No. 1 pick Cedric Benson.

    20.Tennessee . . . LenDale White . . . Travis Henry and Chris Brown could start for other teams.

    21.Dallas . . . Julius Jones . .. Thomas' little brother is injury-prone. Marion Barber will get a good look.

    22.Cleveland . . . Reuben Droughns . . . Underrated Droughns has back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons.

    23.Detroit . .. Kevin Jones . .. .Running game was awful in '05.

    24.Oakland . . . LaMont Jordan . . . No excuse for 29th-ranked rushing attack. An embarrassment.

    25.Jacksonville . . . Fred Taylor . . . Is Taylor or Greg Jones the No. 1 back? Do Jags even know?

    26.Minnesota . . . Chester Taylor . .. FB Tony Richardson is fine addition. And don't count out Ciatrick Fason.

    27.Green Bay . .. Ahman Green . . . Injuries last season reduced running game to Samkon Gado.

    28.Philadelphia . . . Brian Westbrook . . . All Westbrook has done is give Eagles unfulfilled promise.

    29.N.Y. Jets . . . Curtis Martin . . . He's one for the ages, but he's also 33 and probably done.

    30.Indianapolis . . . Dominic Rhodes . . . Big dropoff from "Edge" to Rhodes or No. 1 pick Joseph Addai.

    31.Houston . . . Domanick Davis . . . And they could have had Reggie Bush. Idiots!

    32.San Francisco . . . Frank Gore . .. Get used to seeing the 49ers at the bottom of, oh, every one of these lists.

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    2006, The Orlando Sentinel (Fla.).

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    One of the worst ratings I've seen. They rate some people high when they shoudl be low and some low that should be high.

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    How can he put Alexander and LT above LJ......!?!?

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    just to point out, guys. . . it's actually set up as a ranking of backfields, not individual backs. . . .


    that said, i still found some of it a little ridiculous. . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidman
    How can he put Alexander and LT above LJ......!?!?

    From the looks of it, he is going off of depth as well as superstars. KC has LJ and thats it. They got rid of their FB ( name slips my mind ) but a VERY VERY valuable run blocker and even better pass blocker. He is going to be missed dearly in KC and no one seems to be talking about it. WHen the FB was on the sidelines last year and LJ was left in to block on passing situations, Green would be hurried or get killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchthemiddle
    From the looks of it, he is going off of depth as well as superstars. KC has LJ and thats it. They got rid of their FB ( name slips my mind ) but a VERY VERY valuable run blocker and even better pass blocker. He is going to be missed dearly in KC and no one seems to be talking about it. WHen the FB was on the sidelines last year and LJ was left in to block on passing situations, Green would be hurried or get killed.
    Tony Richardson...

    I may be mistaken, but I thought the reason he was let go by KC was that they were going to more one-back sets with LJ and he wasn't going to be used. Can any KC fans confirm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WABronco
    Tony Richardson...

    I may be mistaken, but I thought the reason he was let go by KC was that they were going to more one-back sets with LJ and he wasn't going to be used. Can any KC fans confirm?

    T RIch, thats right....well thats KC's first major mistake. Talking with die hard KC fans that I am related too, they tell me its not going to be a easy loss to over come. ONe back is fine and all, but passing situations and picking up the blitz is going to kill them unless LJ vastly improved in the off season with his blocking....then again, I guess the same could be said about Tatum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchthemiddle
    From the looks of it, he is going off of depth as well as superstars. KC has LJ and thats it. They got rid of their FB ( name slips my mind ) but a VERY VERY valuable run blocker and even better pass blocker. He is going to be missed dearly in KC and no one seems to be talking about it. WHen the FB was on the sidelines last year and LJ was left in to block on passing situations, Green would be hurried or get killed.
    Your thinking of Tony Richardson who went to Minnesota.


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    There is no way you can justify NO at number 4.

    Micheal Bennet can catch some balls and thats about it.

    Reggie bush should not even be counted because he may not even be worth a roster spot without the best O-line in the nation on his team like he had at USC.

    In regards to duece, in case this guy hadn't noticed, running backs do not usually bounce back well from knee injuries, especially when they weren't exceptional to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidman
    How can he put Alexander and LT above LJ......!?!?
    Well, one thing might be that those two have done in consitantly. Whereas LJ has nothing more then 6 games and a game here or there. I'll take LT2 over LJ cause I know for a fact that LT2 will be good all year long. LJ? No clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrass1
    There is no way you can justify NO at number 4.

    Micheal Bennet can catch some balls and thats about it.

    Reggie bush should not even be counted because he may not even be worth a roster spot without the best O-line in the nation on his team like he had at USC.

    In regards to duece, in case this guy hadn't noticed, running backs do not usually bounce back well from knee injuries, especially when they weren't exceptional to begin with.
    'weren't exceptional to begin with'?


    are you kidding? When healthy Deuce is one of the best in the NFL


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    Quote Originally Posted by TDforTatum26
    'weren't exceptional to begin with'?


    are you kidding? When healthy Deuce is one of the best in the NFL
    Baloney, good but not one of the best in the nfl.
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