Five NFL Running Backs Who Will Compete for Top 2010 Honors
Last year, Chris Johnson was the leading rusher in the NFL.
Now he has a chance to repeat what he did last season. But there are other running backs out there who could challenge Chris Johnson as the best running back in the league.
I predict that these guys will be the top five running backs in the NFL next season.
5. Jamaal Charles
If you were to make a list of the fastest players in the NFL, most likely you would have Chris Johnson and then DeSean Jackson. If I were to make that type of list, Chris Johnson would be No. 1, but Jamaal Charles would be No. 2.
Jamaal Charles was an unknown player until the release of Larry Johnson. After that, Jamaal Charles went off, and now he will be the primary back for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The only problem is that the Chiefs' offensive line is one of the worst in the league.
4. Shonn Greene
The loss of Thomas Jones isn't as bad as it seems. Shonn Greene was the leading rusher in the playoffs, and everybody says the playoffs are when it really matters.
Well, Shonn Greene was the best running back on the field when it mattered.
Greene will most likely be the starting running back behind the one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Thomas Jones at 30 years of age was able to get 1,402 yards,and 14 TDs behind the same line.
So, why didn't I put him higher? If you take a look at the next back I have on this list, I'm sure you will understand.
3. Adrian Peterson
So, I guess I won't be getting any comments on why Shonn Greene was higher on this list, right?
Adrian Peterson would be higher on this list if Brett Favre wasn't coming back. When Favre does come back, don't be surprised if the Vikings are pass-happy.
He will get the ball a lot, because I think Favre will come back and show his true colors. Once that starts happening, the Vikings will realize that they would've done better if Favre had retired.
2. Chris Johnson
As long as Vince Young is starting and Johnson is healthy, I expect Johnson to have 1,500-plus yards this season.
He is just super quick, and nobody in the league can catch him. Ultimately, all Johnson has to do is stay healthy, and he will have a great season.
1. Ronnie Brown
Brown was on his way to having a huge year, until he got hurt. But the same line is still there, and Miami has one of the best offensive lines in the league.
When Braylon Edwards went to New York, the Jets' running game got better. Now that the Dolphins have acquired Brandon Marshall, I think he will help the Dolphins' running game, big time.
Teams didn't really have to worry about play action last season, because the Dolphins didn't have a deep threat that they could go to down field.
Now, the Dolphins have the best deep-threat weapon in the entire NFL. Teams will have to pay attention to the pass more, and that will take pressure off the running game.
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars)
Frank Gore (49ers)
Ray Rice (Ravens)
Michael Turner (Falcons)
Beanie Wells (Cardinals)
Cedric Benson (Bengals)