The Impact Of Running Backs

The Bengals Sign Benjarvus Green-Ellis

When the NFL free agency first started up, rumors flew that the Cincinnati Bengals would go after some of the big name free agent running backs such as the likes of Michael Bush, Peyton Hillis, Mike Tolbert and even Ryan Grant.  Very few people expected the Bengals to sign up Benjarvus Green-Ellis, but now that they have, experts are tipping that he will prove to be a great running back sleeper pick for the fantasy football leagues.  

With Andy Dalton and AJ Green starting to emerge as play makers during their rookie campaigns, the Bengals would seem to have a promising future when it comes to the offensive side of the ball, while the youth movement on offense also seemed to indicate that the Bengals would rather have a younger running back.  Green-Ellis is one of the youngest available free agents, at 26, who has any real promise of actually getting to start in the NFL.  

Head coach Martin Lewis told Joe Reedy from the Cincinnati Inquirer that he sees Green-Ellis as being an every-down back.  “His versatility, his ability to catch, to protect… he does it all,” Lewis says.  “He makes people miss.  He’s shown the versatility to do all the things you’re looking for in that guy and he can be a three-down player if he needs to be.”

Lewis is therefore basically saying that Benjarvus Green-Ellis is going to be given every chance to be a full-time back and may well take over completely by the end of the season.

Run DMC At Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders feature back Darren McFadden has been dubbed ‘Run DMC’, thanks to his amazing skills at running, and experts are tipping him to be the best running back of 2012 for the football leagues.  

While it is true that McFadden failed to make it through all of the previous season unscathed, it seems overly harsh to suggest that he is somehow suddenly incapable of being able to compete over a long stretch. He rushed for a minimum of 1,000 yards throughout all of the…

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