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Old 05-07-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Ranking the running backs



May 7 11:00AM ET By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com





Here are the guidelines: My rankings are based on past play and projected 2012 performances and roles. Rookies are eligible. I only rank players who I am sure will have a role. If I think a third stringer is worthy, I’ll list him. If I don’t think a second stringer is worthy, I won’t list him.



1. Darren McFadden, Oakland: This was a tough choice between McFadden and Jamaal Charles. I went with McFadden because he played more last season and his foot injury was less serious than Charles' knee injury. When healthy, McFadden is a game changer but he has to show durability.


2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City: I think Charles will come back from his torn ACL. If he still has the same game-breaking speed, the Chiefs will be in great shape.


3. Willis McGahee, Denver: McGahee was my division MVP last season. He will turn 31 this season and he was dinged up last season. I think McGahee can still be very effective if he gets some help. He is a tough player.


4. Ryan Mathews, San Diego: Mathews is a good player and I expect him to be higher on this list next year. Entering his third year, Mathews could be a breakout player if he stays healthy and focused.


5. Peyton Hillis, Kansas City: He was an intriguing pickup in free agency. Hillis is a tough runner who will help the Chiefs.


6. Taiwan Jones, Oakland: I would like to see Oakland get a veteran running back and make Jones a change-of-pace option and not McFadden’s primary backup. I think Jones will be most effective that way.


7. Ronnie Hillman, Denver: He is a home-run hitter who could excel in Manning’s offense. I expect exciting things from this third-round pick.


8. Knowshon Moreno, Denver: I’m only putting Moreno here because he was a first-round pick three years ago. He is coming off a torn ACL and an arrest for drunk driving. He could surprise me, but I’m not expecting much.





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another hard hitting piece from burger bill.
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Every time I'm floored that he managed to find someone to pay him to write pieces like this
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with all his buddies at the DPO, you'd think he was an ESPN Insider.
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Article was about as dumb as the Nurse Practitioner who didn't know jack **** about my tests today and even questioned why she brought me back in. **** my life. I hope I die.
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Article was about as dumb as the Nurse Practitioner who didn't know jack **** about my tests today and even questioned why she brought me back in. **** my life. I hope I die.
I was going to complain about this article, but I think I'll just go home and sleep with my wife.
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That was generous of Burger Bill to actually include Moreno on the list.
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I think weve figured bill out...hes a huge ice skating fan that took a gig writing about nfl to keep the gaps out of his resume. Is this guy a huge raiders homer or what?
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i have to put McGahee over Charles because, with Charles injury you can't say he is still good until he comes back. McGahee has been a more impact player more recently.
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Laughed pretty hard at 'My rankings are based on past play and projected 2012 performances and roles.'

Thanks for spelling that out for me, Bill.
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Have you not seen ESPN during the past 10 years? Things like the Budweiser Hotseat wasnt one of your first clues that they weren't as worried about substance?
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Hope you have a better day than I did. I'm in the dumps. If it's bad news on Wednesday, I'm going to run in front of a truck.
Health problems suck, I know. The good days when you make progress you almost feel normal then after a set back or couple of bad days it gets tough.

Be grateful for what you do have is about all I can offer up.
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6. Taiwan Jones, Oakland: I would like to see Oakland get a veteran running back and make Jones a change-of-pace option and not McFadden’s primary backup. I think Jones will be most effective that way.
Oakland did get McFadden a backup this offseason. They acquired Mike Goodson from Carolina.
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What this article proves is that the AFC West is lacking any "franchise" running backs and a lack of "elite" players at the skill positions.

It's no wonder the division has failed to win a Super Bowl in thirteen seasons.
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What this article proves is that the AFC West is lacking any "franchise" running backs and a lack of "elite" players at the skill positions.

It's no wonder the division has failed to win a Super Bowl in thirteen seasons.
Which elite RB'S have won superbowls the last 10 years?
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What this article proves is that the AFC West is lacking any "franchise" running backs and a lack of "elite" players at the skill positions.

It's no wonder the division has failed to win a Super Bowl in thirteen seasons.
mcfadden and charles are sooo good if they stay healthy the whole season
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There must only be a total of 8 RB's in the AFC West if Moreno ranked that high/low
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Bill forgot to mention that water is wet, heat is hot, and that Kathie Lee Gifford would be a lot more attractive if she kept her mouth shut.
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Maybe, but the rankings themselves are pretty solid.
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