Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ranking AFC East running backs
By James Walker
It started as a not-so-innocent comment in the AFC East blog.
"I will go as far to say that Reggie Bush is the best RB in that division," PlayaMade5 said Tuesday.
Occasionally, I like to take interesting comments to our AFC East Twitter account to gauge the public's reaction. It instantly created a Twitter firestorm.
- "I will go as far to say that that might be the MOST ridiculous thing I've ever heard," JLoganSP tweeted.
- "That reader must not be familiar with Fred Jackson," Roynp3 tweeted.
- "Has to be between Bush and Jackson," Bosborne13 tweeted.
- "Not saying much, really," OneJay76 tweeted.
There were agreements and disagreements. With that said, here is the AFC East blog's ranking of the top four running backs:
No. 4: Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Skinny: Greene had his first 1,000-yard season in 2011, but it was very underwhelming. He doesn’t have blazing speed and doesn’t break as many tackles as people would expect for a guy his size. Greene seems more effective in a complimentary role than as the primary ball-carrier.
No. 3: C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Skinny: I like Spiller’s potential and would like to see more of it. But he’s been pretty non-existent for the first year and a half of his career. That’s not all his fault. Spiller did make the most of his opportunities in the final six games of the year. This is a big year, even though he’s technically still a backup.
No. 2: Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Skinny: Bush finally proved that he can be an every-down tailback for the Dolphins and had his first 1,000-yard season. He didn’t get that chance in New Orleans. Bush, 27, is still in his prime and may be the best home run hitter in the division, especially when he gets on the perimeter. Durability is always a concern.
No. 1: Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Skinny: Jackson is the most complete tailback in the AFC East. He runs tough inside. His agility and speed can surprise you, considering his size. Jackson also rarely gets credit for his soft hands. The only knock on Jackson is that he is 31 years old. But he was a late bloomer that doesn’t have as many miles as the typical NFL tailback that age.