The 2014 NFL free agent running backs create a solid group. The list is packed with former starters and backups who never go their fair shot. Here are my top 3 free agent running backs:
- Ben Tate
Ben Tate is an intriguing player to me. The emergence of Arian Foster crippled any opportunity that Tate had a starting job for the Texans. With that being said, he has been very good when given the chance to carry the rock. Last season, Tate averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored 4 touchdowns. With 34 receptions, he showed that he has the ability to catch the football, too.Don’t be shocked if Cleveland makes a play for Tate.
- LeGarrette Blount
Without LeGarrette Blount, the Patriots march into the post-season would have been a lot harder. Blount ran for over 200 yards and posted 4 touchdowns during the final 2 weeks of the regular season. He then took it upon himself to score 4 touchdowns against the Colts in the divisional round of the playoffs.Because of his aggressive run style, Blount is a challenge for defenders to bring down. Couple that with a pair of still reasonably fresh legs and you have a good running back. If Blount can produce numbers similar to the ones previously mentioned, he could be a top 15 running back.
- Donald Brown
Considering he split time with an under achieving Trent Richardson, it wasn’t a bad year for Donald Brown. Statistically, he outperformed Richardson on the ground. Brown rushed for 537 yards and 6 touchdowns on 102 carries. Richardson rushed for just 458 yards and 3 touchdowns on 157 carries for the Colts. If you factor in Richardson’s rushing yards from his two games on the Browns, he has more yards, but still a far worse average and less touchdowns.Before this turns into an anti-Richardson article, let me get to the point. Donald Brown is a solid running back. Any player that can average 5.3 on the ground deserves a chance to have a bigger role in an offense.Honorable mention: Knowshon Moreno