Teams favor speed over inside muscle

Updated: October 2, 2003, 9:52 AM ET
By Eric Edholm | Pro Football Weekly
Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson was ecstatic when he heard the news. His team had signed an offensive weapon to open things up and keep swarming defenses from ganging up on him.

David Boston?

No, Tomlinson was thrilled his team had signed FB Lorenzo Neal, the most respected Sherpa at one of the NFL's least appreciated positions. For years, it has been Neal's job to lead fast, young runners through narrow passages between mountainous linemen, and for the past six seasons Neal has guided six consecutive 1,000-yard runners.