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The Death of the RB


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Between the NFL becoming increasingly becoming a passing league with each down how near are we to the death of the RB?

 

Doug Martin, Adrian Peterson, Danny Woodhead and Thomas Rawls all left their respective games with injuries yesterday. Receivers like Stefon Diggs and Willie Snead are bursting onto the scene out of nowhere. You look at the stats and RBs are becoming less and less valuable.

 

Anyone else feeling this change affecting the league in positive and negative ways?

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It's not so much the death of the running back, as it's the death of the workhorse running back. Backfields are now manned by specialists. 3rd down backs that can catch, guys to run between the tackles, etc. Throw in the fact that many QB's now run some, and the need to have one guy that can do it all is gone, especially considering that the physical abuse a workhorse guy has to endure, makes it a bad idea to have just one main back.

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There isn't such thing as an all-purpose back anymore. It starts in college to me. Every college team seems to run 2 guys, one a pounder between the tackles and one who stretches it outside. You don't find guys that do it all anymore in the NFL because they don't do it in college. Also there are a lot of plays that are considered "passes" but are the modern day run plays.

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