C.J. Spiller will enjoy a breakout campaign this season. But the 2010 first-rounder will not be alone. Three other running backs are also set for breakout seasons.
These include a veteran who will finally be free from the constraints of a crowded rotation. While a pair of exciting second-year backs will benefit from becoming the feature of their respective offenses.
1. Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Chris Ivory has spent three seasons sharing the load in the New Orleans Saints backfield. He has yearned for carries as if they are scraps from a dinner table.
When Ivory has been given his chance to run the ball he has rarely disappointed. A tenacious power back with deceptive quickness, Ivory can be a true workhorse.
He will certainly get that chance with the New York Jets. Gang Green will give Ivory more carries and may have to lean on him, if neither Mark Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith emerge as a competent quarterback.
2. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns