NFL Sophomore Slumps and Jumps: Running Back

The GhostwriterContributor IIOctober 15, 2009

NFL Sophomore Slumps and Jumps: Running Back

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his first career touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry Frenc

Sophomore Rank No. 11: Darren McFadden (OAK)

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 29:  Running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against Pierson Prioleau #31 of the New Orleans Saints during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 29, 2009 in Oakland, California.

Sophomore Rank No. 10: Felix Jones (DAL)

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball 40 yards in the 3rd quarter against Richard Marshall #31 and Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers at Cowboys Stadium on September 28, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo

Sophomore Rank No. 9: Jonathan Stewart (CAR)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Running back Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles, during the second half of their NFL season opener at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Charlotte, North Caroli

Sophomore Rank No. 8: Tashard Choice (DAL)

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 11, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im

Sophomore Rank No. 7: Rashard Mendenhall (PIT)

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    DETROIT , MI - OCTOBER 11:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions on October 11, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Pittsburgh won the game 28-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamu

Sophomore Rank No. 6: Steve Slaton (HOU)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 11: Runningback Steve Slaton #20 of the Houston Texans rushes the ball 13 yards past Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Glendale,

Sophomore Rank No. 5: Tim Hightower (ARZ)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 11:  Runningback Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the ball past Connor Barwin #98 of the Houston Texans during the NFL game at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardina

Sophomore Rank No. 4: Kevin Smith (DET)

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Sophomore Rank No. 3: Matt Forte (CHI)

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears tries to gain yardage as A.J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers chases him on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15.  (Photo by J

Sophomore Rank No. 2: Ray Rice (BAL)

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball for his first career touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larr

Sophomore Rank No. 1: Chris Johnson (TEN)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on October 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)