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SCOUT'S HONOR: No replacing these players

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There are many players in the NFL who are tough to replace due to a certain role they play. Here are 10 players who would be extremely tough to replace this season due to either their charisma or the critical role they play within the foundation of a scheme.

, RB

Norv Turner has always built his offense around a strong running back. Last year, Williams put the ¿ offense on his back. You can argue they didn¿t make the playoffs despite Williams¿ numbers last season. But Williams was the one constant that kept them alive after ¿s injury. Turner will ask Williams to carry an even bigger load this season. Could 2,000 yards on the ground be in the works? Stay tuned!

, QB

He doesn¿t have much of an arm these days, but his determination and savvy make him the catalyst of the ¿ offense. Gannon could coach their offensive scheme and knows how to avoid costly turnovers. Although has a similar temperament, nobody around the is ready to find out if he¿s the answer beyond Gannon.

, OT

Losing Ogden would be devastating to the . Without his impact play at left tackle, the would have a mediocre offensive line. Ogden is the true security blanket for the young quarterbacks Baltimore will build around this season.

, RB

Much of the ¿ offensive success over the last two seasons points to Holmes. Holmes¿ blend of quickness and toughness makes the ground game dangerous, but he¿s also created similar matchup problems in the passing game like has in St. Louis.

, LB

In the 3-4 scheme, the rely heavily on Porter¿s ability to put consistent pressure on the quarterback. Without it, the secondary would become even more vulnerable. Backup has pass rush ability, but many doubt he can sustain production as a starter for several games.

, QB

How can¿t this list start with Favre? He¿s the heart of the . If Green Bay lost Favre for a few games or the season, I can¿t even imagine the impact it would play in the huddle. Favre controls the tempo of that team.

, CB Buccaneers

Losing Barber wouldn¿t destroy Tampa Bay, but some of the luster would be lost. He¿s just so instinctive and has the ability to change the course of a game with his nose for the ball. His energy makes the Tampa Bay secondary very special. Barber is the prototype player you look for in Monte Kiffin¿ defense.

, TE

A year ago, you could have easily used ¿s name here. And there¿s still a good argument for that case today. But Shockey lifted the spirits of the and made their offense dangerous. No one can match up with Shockey in the passing game. That creates a lot of opportunities for everyone in their offense ¿ especially . Shockey is the one element that has the talking about the Super Bowl.

, QB

While would be a loss, the offense would struggle to get the ball to him if was at the helm. Simply said, there just isn¿t a lot of confidence in Rattay right now should Garcia get knocked out for an extended period.

, RB

When the drafted McAllister and traded , they envisioned having an offense designed on the speed of McAllister creating a lot of problems for opposing defenses ¿ call it the Marshall Factor, as in . If McAllister goes down for a few games, the ¿ offense will be extremely one-dimensional. The coaches aren¿t very comfortable with their depth in the backfield. And hasn¿t shown the mental edge to carry a team on his back yet at quarterback.
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