As many backs as we have football-less Sundays to get through until we can actually see them fully kitted and ready to rip off so turf in pure anger.
Until that glorious moment comes to us though we are in a middle of very hot and very annoying summer, some teams started their training camps, some players got injured and we have these 6 long Sundays to get through. Not to mention all the days in between these 6 sad Sundays. Let’s see these 6, yards- starved running backs that are about to rock!
- Jamaal Charles- (Chiefs): Yup. It is going to be a do or a die year for Charles who only managed 5 games before giving in to a nasty injury. Within his short period he still racked up four rushing and one receiving touchdowns. Last time he came back after losing most of his season was in 2012 when he posted his career high in rushing yards. Yes, do or die here. Gone be do!
Devonta Freeman- (Falcons): After an explosion in his second season, Freeman set his bar very high but he shouldn’t have problems meeting his numbers and even exceeding them unless we see some injury plagued season.
Last year, Freeman scored 11 rushing and 3 receiving touchdown and he co- led the scoring tables. He also surpassed 1000 rushing yards. The momentum will carry on here.
Doug Martin- (Buccaneers): After two rather disappointing seasons, Martin bounced back up in 2015 and nearly beat his rookie season highs but he just came a bit short. Now, in 2016 he’ll have his eyes set on a group of targets and he’ll prove he was worth the weight of his fresh contract standing at over $35 millions.
Last season numbers to beat are 1402 rushing yards, 6 rushing and one receiving touchdown. He’ll hope to beat his rookie season high of 11 rushing touchdowns though.
Todd Gurley- (Rams): He was in the spotlight since the draft day and he hasn’t disappointed. Despite missing three games Gurley still surpassed 1000 rushing yards and recorded 10 rushing touchdowns basically exploding most of the times he touched the ball.
Now the Rams have moved to Los Angeles and it’d be fitting to give the city a new star to look at. Perhaps Gurley can make sure LA doesn’t wait a long time.
Le’Veon Bell- (Steelers): Injuries are awful and at the minute no one knows if Bell will play his first game of the season as he recovers from a nasty knee injury for which he required a surgery.
Let’s hope he does recover in time and at least meets his numbers from his sophomore year. With Big Ben under center and Antonio Brown at receiver, defenses can’t load the box and Bell will punish it whenever he can.
Adrian Peterson- (Vikings): If one doesn’t count his single game in season 2014, then it is easy to see that Peterson never let down his fans and every season delivered double digit numbers in rushing touchdowns. It is probably his last chance at repeating the feat for the ninth time.
Peterson won’t have his 2012 career high numbers in yards but still over 10 touchdowns and over 1300 rush yards are a given unless an injury strikes. There’ll be much more though. It’s going to be nasty!
And that is all. No more running this summer for me as it’s exhausting. It really is, especially in this heat. I hope to revisit this entry towards end of the year to see how much of an insightful creature I am when it comes to football and in the meantime, keep well and remember to hydrate kind souls. Until next week!
ALL STATISTICAL DATA PER http://www.pro-football-reference.com