Versatility is key in today's NFL, whether it's Matt Forte leading his team in receiving or Danny Woodhead playing with the kickoff team (Belichick, it's only preseason!). With the workhorse running back nearly extinct, ball carriers currently coming into the league from college must bring a niche that a potential suitor will highly value.
Shutting down the opponent's rushing attack is still priority No. 1 for opposing defenses and it's getting more difficult to hand the ball off and attempt to pound it in the middle. For the most part, teams are unwilling to pay top cash for running backs when the career span for the position is much less than any other.
Players still need to have the threat of running in between the tackles (sorry, Reggie) but more characteristics are being demanded by organizations when the position is considered easily replaceable.
With that said, here are the top eight most versatile backs in the league right now.