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Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Sure, Mark Ingram is a former first-round pick who should get plenty of opportunity to live up to his draft status this season. But will the Saints throw him in there to their detriment?
Pierre Thomas has clearly been better than Ingram. He has looked better as a runner, statistically backed up by his superior rushing average. He has caught the ball better out of the backfield, as proven by the fact his worst receiving season equals Mark Ingram's career output.
Andre Brown, New York Giants
David Wilson has all the upside in the world. Well, not all of it, but plenty nonetheless. But he won't run away with the starting job, at least if Andre Brown has anything to say about it.
Wilson had a better highlight reel in less duty, but Brown had the better season, by far. His average of 5.3 yards per carry was second in the league, and he scored eight touchdowns on just 73 carries is an eye-popping stat.
That touchdown rate won't last, but Brown clearly proved he could hang. Wilson spent plenty of time in Tom Coughlin's doghouse last season to boot.