2014 NFL Free Agency: Offensive X-factors

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Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) runs with the ball for a fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. The Patriots beat the Texans 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

 

Running backs

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
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Tags: 2014 Nfl Free Agency Ben Tate Donald Brown Eric Decker Free Agents Garrett Graham Golden Tate Hakeem Nicks Jeff Cumberland Jermichael Finley Josh McCown LeGarrette Blount Matt Cassel Michael Vick

  • Austin New

    I really hope the Chiefs sign one of the WR’s that you listed. My personal preference would be Hakeem Nicks tho. He would be a stud in our offensive system.

  • Bill Stowers

    Dolphins need to get lagerrete blount! And eugene monroe at LT