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Running backs preview

Adrian Peterson is No. 1, but the next six or seven is where it gets dicey

Updated: June 30, 2009, 6:13 PM ET
By Christopher Harris | ESPN.com

How many true No. 1 rushers are left in the NFL? Go ahead and count. I'll wait.

When I wrote this positional preview in advance of the 2008 season, I mentioned that 300-carry backs were on the decline. I commented that 2007 saw just six 300-carry backs, the fewest since 1999. Well, guess what happened in '08? Only five rushers eclipsed 300 carries, the fewest since 1993: Michael Turner, Adrian Peterson, Clinton Portis, Matt Forte and Ryan Grant. Just as interesting is the fact that ...

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