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37) Mark Ingram (NO) – Has been very underwhelming over his first couple years in the league but should see more work between the tackles with Chris Ivory gone. I personally see Pierre Thomas as the better all around running back but the Saints seem intent on trying to get something more out of their former first round draft pick.
38) DeAngelo Williams (CAR) – The healthier of the two Panther running backs, DeAngelo could end up moving up this list over the next week while Stewart trends down.
39) Ben Tate (HOU) – Foster still hasn’t practiced and is one injury away from making Tate a must-start running back every single week.
40) Ronnie Hillman (DEN) – Ball should see the most work among Denver running backs, but like Hillman of 2012 he struggles with blocking, which could mean more time on the field for second year runner Hillman.
41) Bernard Pierce (BAL) – One of the more talented backup runners in the league, Peirce is only a flex option at best due to playing behind the sturdy Ray Rice.
42) BenJarvus Green-Ellis (CIN) – The veteran plodder will continue to see work but it is looking more and more like rookie Giovani Bernard will be getting the majority of touches.
43) Vick Ballard (IND) – Ahmad Bradshaw will be battling the much younger Ballard for touches, but knowing Bradshaw’s health history I wouldn’t bet on him playing 16 games. If he doesn’t look better during preseason though he could lose more touches than wanted to Bradshaw.
44) DuJuan Harris (GB) – Recent reports have stated that Jonathan Franklin has been aweful while DuJuan Harris has impressed. Rookie Eddie Lacy is looking like his top competition but might not be ready to pass block for Rodgers the way he will be needed to.
45) Danny Woodhead (SD) – Ryan Mathews is very underwhelming and the Chargers have lost Danario Alexander. Woodhead could see increased work out of the backfield and as a pass-catcher.
46) Mikel Leshoure (DET) – Reggie Bush is the new bell-cow in Detroit which I think is great for both parties, but Leshoure was excellent at crossing the goal line last year and could see many chances to do the same in 2013.
47) Isaiah Pead (STL) –
48) Bilal Powell (NYJ) –
49) Shonn Greene (TEN) – After a career year for the Jets, Greene as shipped of to the Jets to play behind Chris Johnson. While this is bad news for the amount of touches he will get each game, Greene could be a good goal-line runner. Don’t forget about how well LenDale White did when he played behind Chris Johnson.
50) Bryce Brown (PHI) –
51) Michael Bush (CHI) – A very capable runner and pass catcher, Bush should still seem a decent mount of reps behind Matt Forte. Bush can also be more effective on the goal line.
52) Jaquizz Rodgers (ATL) –
53) Jouqie Bell (DET) –
54) LaMichael James (SF) – Pegged as the number two runner behind Frank Gore, reports are coming out that James has not looked very good so far in camp and in preseason. Veteran Kendall Hunter could end up as the true number two option.
55) Knile Davis (KC) – Davis won’t see much work as long as Jamaal Charles is healthy, but we all know how hard that has been for him at times. He was injured already this preseason but luckily is back in practice.
56) Daniel Thomas (MIA) – The Dolphins have not talked to highly of Thomas since drafting him, but he seems to have matured since his appearance on ‘Hard Knocks’ and is still in the running for the spot behind LaMar Miller, who has had some recent troubles himself.
57) Lance Dunbar (DAL) – Currently projected to be the Dallas backup behind DeMarco Murray, but unfortunately he has suffered a recent foot injury. If Dunbar should miss significant time this spot will likely go to rookie Joseph Randle. They also have Philip Tanner still.
58) Roy Helu (WAS) – Alfred Morris was amazing for Washington last year, gaining over 1600 ards rushing, but caught only 11 passes. We saw two seasons ago how effective of a pass-catcher that Helu can be, so he may be able to carve a minor role for himself in the offence this season.
58) Ryan Williams (ARI) –
59) Kendall Hunter (SF) – 49’ers starting running back Frank Gore is as consistent as they come but also has about as much mileage as any running back in the league. Hunter is a veteran of the 49’ers roster and will likely maintain his role in the offence this year and could see much more work if Gore gets hurt.
60) Zac Stacy (STL) – Daryl Richardson has been named the starter for the Rams in week one, but Stacy is still a talented young back that the team feels they can find a role for.