Assessing young running backs
Assessing three of the NFL's best young running backs: Julius Jones , Kevin Jones and Willis McGahee.
That's why I believe straight-ahead speed isn't the first thing to look for in a running back. Don't get me wrong, if a back has speed on top of agility and lateral explosiveness, then a team has an extremely special back.
A running back also has to be able to get his team out of a jam and get the extra yards to move the chains. He's must get his team something when nothing is there and take advantage of the rushing lane. That's how I assess running backs.
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