The Top 50 NFL Running Backs of 2011

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The Top 50 NFL Running Backs of 2011
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It appears the days of the featured back are nearing an end.

Goal-line backs are decreasing in number, and most teams now have two backs who split time relatively evenly. Third-down receiving backs have become prevalent and serve to extend the careers of the team's No. 1 back.

Only 17 running backs eclipsed 1,000 yards in 2010, while a mere eight ran for 10 or more touchdowns—the leader was Arian Foster of Houston with 16.  

In as recently as 2006, 23 running backs ran for over 1,000 yards, and LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 28 touchdowns. 

Teams are looking for backs specific to their offense. In other words, bowling balls like Michael Turner and Jonathan Stewart will be worth more to some teams than Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy, who are quicker and better receivers. 

I looked at a number of traits to determine who belongs where on this list. Explosiveness, power, vision, versatility and, above all, production, were huge factors in placing the talented backs of the NFL

Continue on to view the most comprehensive list of running backs available, and of course, I won't please everyone, so feel free to share your personal rankings in the comments. 

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