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Jamaal Charles finished his monster year last season with 693 yards and seven touchdowns catching the ball. That performance alone would have tied him as the 35th receiver with Eddie Royal .

There were four teams that finished with more than 500 rushing attempts last year. Buffalo led the way at 546, followed by Seattle (509), San Francisco (505) and Philadelphia (500).

Minnesota led the league in touchdown runs last year (including quarterback runs) with a whopping 23. That’s even more impressive when you consider that they were only 18th in attempts. Peterson had 10 of those touchdowns.

The league average in running back carries last year was 433. The Atlanta Falcons ran the ball the fewest times with 321 rushing attempts. Dallas (336), Cleveland (348) and Miami (349) were the next three fewest.

DeMarco Murray ran the ball 217 times last season. Imagine if Dallas had run the ball the league average amount of times, he would have finished with 1,455 yards and been in the top 5 without any extra touchdowns.

If Montee Ball can pass block, he should get twice as many carries as last year. Double his 120 carries for 559 with four touchdowns in 2013 and he is a top 15 back. That would give him 240 carries; Knowshon Moreno had 241.

Seattle threw the football the second-fewest times last year with 420 attempts. If the Seahawks were to throw the ball at the average rate (566), Russell Wilson would have had more than 4,500 yards and 35-plus touchdowns.

Peyton Manning completed 450 passes last year. That’s more than Seattle even attempted. Drew Brees (446) and Matt Ryan (439) also had more completions than the Super Bowl Champions had attempts.

Five wide receivers finished last year with 100-plus receptions. How many can you name? Don’t peek ahead! I bet it wasn’t Pierrce Garcon (113), Antonio Brown (110), Andre Johnson (109), Julian Edelman (105) and Brandon Marshall (100).

Of the aforementioned receivers, in a non-points per reception league format, none of them finished within the top 4 at their position. Two of the top 3, Calvin Johnson and Josh Gordon , both had fewer than 90 catches.

Two starting running backs had a passing touchdown last season, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden . Both of those guys are now in Oakland; I guess the Raiders finally solved their quarterback issue.


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