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Mike Tanier reviews 2014 running games for Sports on Earth. We feature well.

Here's our rank and review.

"3. Carolina Panthers

The DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart backfield is unique in 21stcentury football. Running backs don't split carries for six years the way Williams and Stewart have; eventually, the secondary rusher signs a big contract elsewhere, or the primary rusher breaks down. Stewart signed the big contract to remain in Carolina, which was not the most cost-effective decision in salary cap history, but it likely contributed to Williams' prolonged health and usefulness.

Stewart's health has been an issue for several seasons, but he has been a full participant in OTAs and restructured his (somewhat insane) contract to provide a little cap relief. Williams is not as explosive as he was in his heyday, but sharing carries has paid dividends for the 31-year-old. Williams only carried the ball more than 20 times twice last year, thanks to Stewart and others.

Mike Tolbert is a pretty big "other." The best running fullback in the NFL, Tolbert adds another layer to the 1970s atmosphere in the Panthers backfield. Tolbert converted 20-of-27 short yardage situations for first downs or touchdowns last year as a rusher and took over as the power runner when Stewart was injured.

Cam Newton led all quarterbacks with 25 broken tackles last year. With Newton and Tolbert around to confuse defensive keys, the Panthers were a tough team to defend in short-yardage situations: fourth in the league on 3rd-and-short rushing according to Football Outsiders, seventh in goal-to-go situations. They should be even better this season with Stewart healthy and Stanford power back Tyler Gaffney around to soak up some carries in the event of injury.

The bad news for the Panthers running game: none of these guys can play wide receiver."

I think he misses their short yard receiving potential. Still it's nice to see such a positive outlook on our run game this season.

Full article: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/83242256/ranking-nfl-running-backs-seattle-seahawks-oakland-raiders#!baq07x

(Please forgive formatting and non-link, mobile is being a pain.)

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