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    harlem is mostly right, that RB production is based in large part on scheme and situation... but thats not to say that running backs dont have unique attributes which allow them to perform better in similar situations

    for example, compare leveon bell to trent richardson. they have comparably size/speed, but Bell was made famous for his "vision" and "patience" when running behind Pittsburgh's line. meanwhile, trent richardson had probably the worst vision/instincts of any RB in recent memory. but Bell's vision and patience mattered for -all when he ran behind the jets ty OL.

    zeke does have the benefit of running behind a great line, but tbh i almost always see him fall forward. every run that looks like it should be 4 yards ends up being 6 ... so there's value in that. i dont think he's a saquon-esque talent but he's probably in that second tier, along with guys like mixon, jacobs, cook, henry.

    i think saquon/cmc are the most talented backs in the league. saquon is pretty generational as far as raw ability. from the 2000s, i can only really think of Peterson/LT that were in that category. maybe Chris Johnson too, for a short time

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    WICKED PISSAH!!!! Will Hunting's Avatar
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    harlem is mostly right, that RB production is based in large part on scheme and situation... but thats not to say that running backs dont have unique attributes which allow them to perform better in similar situations

    for example, compare leveon bell to trent richardson. they have comparably size/speed, but Bell was made famous for his "vision" and "patience" when running behind Pittsburgh's line. meanwhile, trent richardson had probably the worst vision/instincts of any RB in recent memory. but Bell's vision and patience mattered for -all when he ran behind the jets ty OL.

    zeke does have the benefit of running behind a great line, but tbh i almost always see him fall forward. every run that looks like it should be 4 yards ends up being 6 ... so there's value in that. i dont think he's a saquon-esque talent but he's probably in that second tier, along with guys like mixon, jacobs, cook, henry.

    i think saquon/cmc are the most talented backs in the league. saquon is pretty generational as far as raw ability. from the 2000s, i can only really think of Peterson/LT that were in that category. maybe Chris Johnson too, for a short time
    Yeah imo Saquon is easily the best RB in the NFL right now, esp since his production is despite a offensive line.

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    Yeah imo Saquon is easily the best RB in the NFL right now, esp since his production is despite a offensive line.
    I don't think so about Barkley. He's wayyyyy too feast or famine. He either gets stuffed or gets a huge gain. I'd much rather have a guy who can tear through the middle of the trees for a consistent tough 4, 5, 6, 7 yards a carry. A few years ago that used to be Zeke, before he sadly got lazy and washed up.

    Henry is one of those LG Blount, Marshawn Lynch guys that just gets better late in the game because of their tree trunk lower body is almost impossible to tackle when you're tired on defense.

    That said I don't think there is a clear best running back in the NFL. In 2015 it was AP, in 2016 it was Zeke, in 2017 it was Bell, last year Gurley before the injury... I don't think there is a truly *above the pack* RB out there right now, and more and more teams are using RBBC as well.

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    Dalvin Cook?
    Lol

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    Erryday I'm Hustlin' Robz4000's Avatar
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    Derrick Henry would've made this game interesting imo.

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    5X ST MVP Spurtacular's Avatar
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    Dalvin Cook?
    Lol
    All the sudden it was naked bootlegs and screens against a team that isn't even that good against the run.

    Cook got 9 carries in favor of a QB that passed for 172 yards on 29 attempts.

    I will concede that Cook looked worn down today though. No explosion.

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    5X ST MVP Spurtacular's Avatar
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    Henry wears the crown. Debate over.

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    Dalvin is good but Henry is big time.
    Playoff yards are hard to come by.

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    Give me liberty? Naw, give me 200 yards and a touchdown every week

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