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Reserve runners thriving in 2007

Adrian Peterson is just one of several backup running backs posting impressive numbers, Len Pasquarelli writes.

Originally Published: October 19, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Through the first six weeks of the season, the NFL rushing leader is a rookie who has just the 14th-most carries in the league. He has only one game with more than 20 runs, and isn't even regarded by his head coach as the starter for a franchise with a losing record.

Well, at least not nominally.

Listed second behind the veteran Chester Taylor on the Minnesota Vikings' tailback depth chart, first-round draft choice Adrian Peterson is first in the NFL in rushing yards (607) and ...

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