Don't believe the hype. Many people like to say that the NFL is a passing league now and that running backs have been devalued. Don't listen to them. There are still players who can pound the rock with the best who have ever played this game and we're going to give them their due. So, let's run down the NFL's top 10 running backs. -- Sid Saraf
10. Jeremy Hill
This could be the last time you see Hill this low on a list like this. The second-year Bengals running back is coming off an impressive rookie season as he ran for for 1,124 yards and nine touchowns in just eight starts. Hill and Gio Bernard have formed a potentially devastating backfield in Cincinnati, but it's Hill's ground-and-pound running style that pushes him into the top spot on the team. He just needs to clean up his fumbling issues and the sky is the limit.
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9. Eddie Lacy
A man this size shouldn't be able to move with that kind of swiftness, but the Packers running back does it every week. Lacy has topped the 1,000-yard rushing plateau in both of his first two seasons in the NFL, with 20 touchdowns on the ground along the way. He's also proven adept at catching the ball out of the backfield as he's had 77 receptions and has scored another four touchdowns during that time. After years of having a turnstile backfield, Green Bay has a running back it can rely on going forward.
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8. Arian Foster
Definitely the most interesting personality in the league. The Texans' star has run into some injury issues lately, missing 11 games over the last two seasons. However, he's been productive when he's on the field as he racked up 1,573 total yards and 13 total touchdowns last season in 13 games. His resume is still impeccable: four Pro Bowl appearances and a two-time first team All-Pro selection. The man is money.
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7. Matt Forte
How many productive seasons does the Bears veteran have left? The eight-year vet is approaching the age (29) where production traditionally tails off, but Forte appears to be an exception. He ran for 1,038 yards in 2014 and turned in his second consecutive season with 16 starts. Not only that, he added a dazzling 102 receptions last year (fourth in the league) for another 808 yards. He's not flashy, he's just consistent.
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6. Jamaal Charles
Charles is the NFL's career leader in average yards per carry with 5.5 per attempt. The reason for that is his blinding speed. Once he gets in the open field, it's goodbye. Charles has been the bright spot for a plodding Chiefs offense over the last three seasons as he has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of those campaigns. He's also a standout in the passing game -- he pulled down a career-high 70 receptions in 2013 and added another 40 last season. The four-time Pro Bowler doesn't appear to be slowing down and a big 2015 should be expected.
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5. Adrian Peterson
We're not talking about off-the-field issues here. And it's true that Peterson hasn't played football since Week 1 of last season. That said, there's no reason to believe that the superhuman Peterson won't pick up where he left off. Remember he's not recovering from an injury and has had a chance to get his body to 100 percent. The former NFL MVP (2012) has more than 10,000 career rushing yards and has scored 91 total touchdowns. Those numbers are going to increase in the fall.
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4. Marshawn Lynch
Just keep feeding the beast. Lynch has been automatic in his four full seasons wearing a Seahawks uniform, running for at least 1,200 yards each year. He's also had double-digit touchdowns in those seasons, as well. He can't be brought down with arm tackles and seemingly can't be hurt. Now, if only the Seahawks had given him the ball at the goal-line in Super Bowl XLIX ...
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3. Le'Veon Bell
Bell is on the brink of becoming the NFL's next great running back as the third-year man is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro nod after gaining 2,215 total yards in 2014. He also has 19 total touchdowns over his first two seasons and none other than LaDainian Tomlinson has declared Bell to be the best running back in the league. It might be too soon to hand him the crown, but another season like his 2014 campaign will push him to the top.
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2. LeSean McCoy
McCoy has a new home as he was traded to the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Don't expect his production to change, however, as Shady is as reliable as they come. Despite having what some considered to be an "off" season in 2014, he still garnered a Pro Bowl nod and ran for 1,319 yards. Expect his output to increase in 2015 as Bills head coach Rex Ryan is enamored with what McCoy brings to the table as a runner and as a pass-catcher.
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1. DeMarco Murray
Murray also has a new home, getting the big-money deal he was looking for out of the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray is coming off a season that saw him put it all together. He finally started all 16 games and led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also a force in the passing game with 57 catches. Despite his seemingly lean frame, Murray is a tough runner and should excel in Chip Kelly's offense in 2015. Murray isn't going anywhere.