Adrian Peterson Gets the Glory but Doug Martin Is Future of NFL Running Backs

May 25, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Adrian Peterson made a clear statement last season that he is the NFL's most spectacular running back.
A recovery from a torn ACL didn't stop Peterson from rushing for 2,097 yards, the second-highest total in NFL history. He had 348 rushing attempts, on which he averaged more than six yards per carry.
Although Peterson is coming off of a career-best season, the window of his prime could only have a couple more seasons left. He is 28 years old, leaving him just two more years before he reaches the magic age of decline—30—for most NFL running backs.
Only four running backs—Thomas Jones (twice), Fred Taylor, Willis McGahee and Ricky Williams—have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in any of the past six seasons after turning 30, according to Pro Football Reference's player season finder index. In contrast, eight running backs have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the season they were 29 years old.
If Peterson's career fo...

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