Competition between the starter and the backup is a great sign in the NFL.
It is often said that the best way to evaluate the true talent of your team is to look and see how much competition you have at each position, and how many starters are legitimately being challenged by their backups.
The running game in the NFL has vastly changed throughout the years, though, and now we are seeing many teams adopt a two-back system. The “thunder and lightning” philosophy or a change of pace scat-back has become a huge part of the game, so having more than one back that is capable of starting is a huge plus.
What happens when the backup running back challenges the starter to the point where they should actually be the ones getting the majority of the carries though?
Here are five backup backs that are destined to be starters.