The NFL is currently in the midst of an era that devalues the running back position. We’ve seen it multiple times. Players at this position holding out for new contracts, hoping the market dictates a value that’s nonexistent.
For good reason. Some of the most successful teams rely on backfield by committee approaches. The days of Emmitt Smith and Adrian Peterson in his prime are well in the past.
From a high-priced back in New Jersey to another star in the Bayou, we check in on the five-most overrated running backs heading into the 2020 NFL season.
Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets
A three-time Pro Bowl performer during his five seasons with the Steelers, it seems like Bell was more of a product of Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh’s offensive scheme more than anything else. That was magnified this past season after he signed a huge free-agent contract with the Jets.
After holding out the entire 2018 season with Pittsburgh, Bell put up less than 800 rushing yards at a clip of 3.2 yards per rush. From a statistical perspective, Bell was among the most unproductive backs in the game. It’s now led to renewed expectations that the Jets will look to move on from the veteran back sooner rather than later.