Adrian Peterson does get hurt. In two starts last season in place of Peterson,
Ray Rice –
Willis McGahee straight up for the right to tote the rock for the Ravens. Apparently, he is the alter-ego to Willis, who hasn’t put forth the kind of effort to get in shape and learn the playbook that new head coach John Harbaugh was expecting. Given the team’s aging defense, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the team rally around the guy that helps keep them off the field and fresh.
Pierre Thomas –
Deuce McAllister, who had not one, but two, offseason surgeries on his knees.
He already had his knee drained in training camp and an MRI, although the latter showed nothing wrong. I will be in awe if Deuce makes it through the entire season without missing any games.
In Week 17 last season, Thomas ran for 105 yards and caught 12 passes for 121 yards. He got his shot because both Deuce and Reggie were out, and he took full advantage of it. That’s what I look for in a handcuff.
Tim Hightower –
He may not have the opportunity to produce right away as long as Edgerrin stays healthy. Edge is entering his 10th season and he’s got a lot of miles (8.4 if you count his receiving yardage) on his tires. Tim has surprised the coaching staff with his abilities and he has already moved ahead of the veteran tailbacks to the #2 spot on the RB depth chart. Should James get injured, he will be the starter in a potentially high scoring offense featuring two of the best receivers in the league.
Fred Jackson –
Marshawn is the MAN in