George must adjust to supporting role

Updated: June 23, 2004, 10:39 AM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
As is the case every year, training camp will provide NFL fans with some intriguing battles to monitor throughout the month of August.

There always seems to be a juicy quarterback situation entering camp. In 2002, Jon Gruden (Brad Johnson vs. Rob Johnson vs. Shaun King) and Steve Spurrier got all the attention during the summer for their respective quarterback carousels. Last year, Tim Couch vs. Kelly Holcomb in Cleveland and Kurt Warner vs. Marc Bulger in St. Louis provided good "Reality TV." This year is no different, as there is a pretty good battle about to be waged down in South Florida between Dolphin QBs A.J. Feeley and Jay Fiedler.

However, what may be going unnoticed is the extraordinary number of unsettled running back situations across the league. As it stands right now, there are as many as 10 teams whose starting running back position could be decided during camp. There are four more situations in which a logjam exists. We may know who the technical starter will be in those cases, but what still is yet to be determined is how big of a role the other backs on the depth chart will play during the regular season.

While other teams such as the Rams with Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson, and the Panthers with Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster obviously do not warrant a debate, or for that matter to be on this list, there is some question as to how many carries the talented younger players will take away from the proven veterans this fall.

Below is a breakdown of all the running back situations across the NFL that have potential for shuffling this summer as a direct result of training camp performances and preseason production. On Friday, we will revisit the subject and focus on the rest of the top training camp battles that will take place among all the other positions.

For starters, here is a breakdown the six battles that are wide open heading into training camp:


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