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For rookie running backs, preseason success matters

Updated: August 8, 2008, 9:15 AM ET
By Doug Farrar | Football Outsiders.com

Every NFL preseason has its share of disposable heroes -- players who impress in the "silly season," never to be seen again. It's a statistical bubble where Quincy Carter can put up a passer rating of 109.0 (2003), Keary Colbert and Doug Gabriel can outproduce Randy Moss (2004), and names like Adimchinobi Echemandu and Craphonso Thorpe will intrigue with high yardage totals (2007).

In reality, we dismiss most of what we see in the preseason -- there's too much to throw out when considering ...

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