Where Do the Panthers RBs Rank in NFC South?

The running back position is up next as we rank each position group in the NFC South to find out which team is the best heading into the 2015 season. Where do the Carolina Panthers running back rank? Find out below!

Over the next few weeks, Brandon Croce will be ranking the NFC South by position. The team with the best position group, based on their starters as well as their depth, will receive four points all the way down to one point. The points will be totaled up to determine who has the best team heading into 2015.

 

New Orleans Saints

Starter: Mark Ingram

Reserves: C.J. Spiller, Khiry Robinson, Edwin Baker, Tim Hightower, Marcus Murphy

After the trades of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, it would not be a surprise to see the Saints run the ball more in 2015. The team still has Mark Ingram, who ran for 964 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, which was tied for third in the NFL.

They also added C.J. Spiller this offseason who has the skill set that makes him very dangerous in this offense. It would not be surprising to see him put up similar numbers to Reggie Bush when he was in New Orleans. There is plenty of depth after Spiller with Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower on the roster.

Points: 4

 

Carolina Panthers

Starter: Jonathan Stewart

Reserves: Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne, Jordan Todman, Mike Tolbert, Darrin Reaves

The Panthers released DeAngelo Williams but still have Jonathan Stewart, who ran very well at the end of the season for this offense. The team does have plenty of question marks at this position particularly with Stewart’s health. He has not been able to play a full 16-game season since 2011.

After Stewart, the running back position is very inexperienced. Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne are expected to be fighting for that number two role but both are unknown at this point. Neither player at this point is the same caliber as C.J. Spiller. This is why the Saints were ranked slightly higher than the Panthers.

Points: 3

 

Atlanta Falcons

Starter: Devonta Freeman

Reserves: Tevin Coleman, Antone Smith, Jerome Smith, Terron Ward

Right now Devonta Freeman is the starter because he is the veteran but it would be a surprise to see Tevin Coleman take over that duty at some point in 2015. The Falcons used their second round pick on Coleman, who is an impressive running back from Indiana. He was basically their entire offense and opposing defenses focused their attention on Coleman. He still ran for over 2,000 yards his senior season.

Freeman is more of a change of pace back rather than a featured running back, a player who could carry the ball 15 to 20 times a game. This group has a lot of potential but unlike the Saints or Panthers does not have at least one proven running back.

Points: 2

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Starter: Doug Martin

Reserves: Bobby Rainey, Mike James, Charles Sims, Dominique Brown

Doug Martin turned heads during his rookie season when he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. He looked to be on his way to a promising career in this league but has been derailed by injuries the past two years. Since his rookie year he has only run for 950 yards and three touchdowns.

After Martin the Bucs depth chart includes Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims who will be looking to take the starting job from Martin this offseason. It would not be surprising to see Jameis Winston ended up leading this team in rushing yards this upcoming season.

Points: 1

 

 

Carolina

Tampa Bay

Atlanta

New Orleans

Quarterback

3

1

2

4

Running Back

3

1

2

4

Wide Receiver

 

 

 

 

Tight End

 

 

 

 

Offensive Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

6

2

4

8

Brandon Croce is the Lead Publisher for PantherInsider.com. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonCroce.

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