2009 Position Battles to Watch: Running Backs

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Published: July 13, 2009

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... up everywhere in the NFL, it seems a bit preposterous that running-back battles still exist. After all, the RBBC makes the NFL seem a bit like Pop Warner—anyone who wants to carry the ball will get a turn.

Still, favoritism exists, as there are glory roles to occupy in the RBBC, including the titles of goal-line back and primary carrier. Thus, the Bruno Boys bring to you today a look at some of the battles brewing as we get set for the preseason.


ARIZONA CARDINALSTim Hightower vs. Chris “Beanie” Wells

Had Hightower posted a decent average yards per carry number in 2008 to go along with his 10 TD's on the season, this battle would have been avoided.

But, the back faltered when given his chance to secure the starting role, amassing just 2.8 ypc out of the Arizona backfield. Hightower’s inability to rack up the yards led the Cardinals to select Wells with their f...

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