Training Camp Spotlight: Running Backs

One of the major questions that must be answered during training camp is this: will Tim Hightower or first-round pick Chris "Beanie" Wells have more carries this season? While Hightower has the starting spot as of now, Wells will be looking for substantial playing time during his rookie year.

Chris Wells, the 31st overall draft selection from Ohio State, brings some impressive college stats coming into training camp. With 1,197 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in 2008 with the Buckeyes, Wells has the potential to seize the starting spot from Tim Hightower. Unfortunately, Wells suffered an ankle injury on his first day of camp. Though it isn't serious, it will definitely hinder his competition with Hightower.

Meanwhile, Hightower experienced a great deal of success last year and is the incumbent starter following the departure of veteran Edgerrin James. Sharing time with James and J.J. Arrington, Hightower managed to compile 568 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie campaign. However, Hightower's main competition in 2009 will be Wells, given that James and Arrington were released during the offseason.

After breaking down the running back position, the clear advantage goes to Hightower. He's healthy and already has a year of NFL experience under his belt, including playoff games and the Super Bowl. No matter who ends up securing the starting job, the tandem of Hightower and Wells could prove to be nuisance for defenses around the league.


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