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Monday, June 14, 2010
AFC East backfields looking gray

By Tim Graham

NFL.com columnist Bucky Brooks recently produced an interesting look at tricenarian running backs who can contradict the dictum running backs of that age don't have anything left to give.

The piece featured a chart of all the 30-plus tailbacks, and five of the oldest seven play in the AFC East.

The NFL's three oldest backs -- Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris -- are New England Patriots.

Next is Miami Dolphins back Ricky Williams. Fifth is Michael Bennett of the Oakland Raiders, followed by former New York Jets workhorse Thomas Jones, now of the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones' roster replacement for the Jets, LaDainian Tomlinson, is seventh oldest.

Williams and Jones were the only two thirtysomethings to rush for 1,000 yards last year.

The Buffalo Bills' incumbent feature back, Fred Jackson, turned 29 in February.

Brooks compiled a list of five backs in their 30s who still could thrive this year.

Not included on the NFL.com list were fullbacks. Had they been, the AFC East would have been even more prominent. Jets fullback Tony Richardson is the oldest running back of any type. He turned 38 in December.