Hot-Seat Watch for Starting NFL Running Backs

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Hot-Seat Watch for Starting NFL Running Backs
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BenJarvus Green-Ellis faces a stiff test from Giovani Bernard.

Out of the 32 projected starting running backs for the 2013 season, there are a handful that potentially will lose their starting job between now and opening day.

The 2013 NFL draft illustrated that the overall value of running backs is slipping, as not a single back was drafted until the No. 37 overall pick.

Another example of the declining value of running backs is the case of free agent Ahmad Bradshaw. He received medical clearance to resume football activities. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and gained over 1,000 yards in 2012. He still is looking for a new team.

Who will wind up being the Michael Turner of 2013? Turner wound up averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in 2012, so Atlanta replaced him with Steven Jackson. Turner is also out of work, but his phone figures to be ringing less than Bradshaw's.

While the value of running backs overall is a good topic for debate, we should note that the two teams that reached Super Bowl XLVII, San Francisco and Baltimore, both feature balanced offenses thanks to the skills of Frank Gore and Ray Rice, respectively.

In this presentation, we will look at a handful of starting running backs that need to come up with a strong 2013 season to fight off the competition.

Our presentation will look at the current depth charts for all 32 teams posted by OurLads.com, and name the handful of starting running backs that appear to be most likely to be on the hot-seat during training camp or the regular season.

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