Are running backs showing that they’re still important?

Author: Jon Kuzma


They definitely are. You look at what Christian McCaffrey is doing for the 49ers. You look at what Saquon Barkley is doing for the Giants. Then you realize that the forgotten position means more than a lot of these GMs think. People think that running backs are becoming obsolete. But you always need someone that’s willing to do the dirty work. Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley play the most physically demanding position in pro sports. However their teams have found a way to scale it back a little bit. The philosophy has shifted from every down running backs to just making sure your guy is healthy at the end of the year. Which just goes to show how physical the NFL has gotten.

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