Top 5 Running Backs Going Into The 2014-2015 NFL Season
In the last article we ranked the top quarterbacks, so now we move on to the top running backs in the league. This is becoming one of the more overlooked positions in the league in the past few years, but here are my top 5 running backs for this season:
1. Adrian Peterson-Minnesota Vikings
AD is still the top running back in the league, even if it didn’t look like it at times last season. Peterson ran for just 1266 yards last season, a low number for him, but I blame that on the Vikings horrible passing situation, leaving Peterson as basically the only offensive threat on the Vikings, making it easy for opposing defenses to slow him down. If Peterson can stay healthy, something he has struggled to do in two of the last three seasons, and the Vikings can manage some sort of a passing attack, we all know the kind of talent he has and has the ability to eclipse 2000 yards again and solidify himself as the top running back in the league.
2. LeSean McCoy-Philadelphia Eagles
Shady had the best season of any running back last year, rushing for 1607 yards and also had 539 receiving yards. While he only managed 10 total rushing touchdowns on the season, McCoy is one of the biggest home run hitters in the league, with many long rushes and long catches for touchdowns last season. McCoy is one of the toughest players in the league to bring down due to his amazing cutting ability and how can evade the defense. The Eagles have made big strides to improve their offensive line to help McCoy, and it showed last year. If McCoy does better than Adrian Peterson this season, it is safe to say we have a new best running back in the league.
3. Jamaal Charles-Kansas City Chiefs
Charles, like McCoy, was not just great running the ball with 1287 yards and 12 touchdowns, but also caught 70 passes for 693 yards out of the backfield, making him one of the most versatile backs in the league. Charles was one of the big parts in the Chiefs massive turnaround last season by going from the worst team in the league to the playoffs. They may have fared better in the playoffs last season had he not gotten injured in the first quarter against the Colts in the Wild Card game, but that will give Charles more motivation to get back there this season.
4. Matt Forte-Chicago Bears
Forte is another versatile back who is big threat to run and catch the ball for big yardage. Last season, Forte rushed for 1339 yards and 9 touchdowns, but also caught 74 passes for 594 yards and 3 more touchdowns. Forte has been one of the more consistent running backs in the league over the course of his six year career as far as running and catching goes. This season will be no different as the Bears plan to have Forte as one of the key pieces of their offense yet again, and Forte should flourish again.
5. Marshawn Lynch-Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode now has a Super Bowl ring under his belt, but knowing his work ethic, he still isn’t satisfied. Lynch is an absolute bruiser out of the backfield, barreling over tacklers and rushing for 1257 yards and 12 touchdowns. Lynch is known for being one of the toughest running backs in the NFL and is an absolute nightmare to bring down for opposing defenses, and that won’t change this season. Look for Lynch to be one of the key pieces of the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks offense and try to lead them to another title.