Chase Edmonds is Proving that Running Backs are Expendable

By: Andrew Parker

With another NFL season, another superstar running back is forming right before our eyes.

Chase Edmonds took over for the injured David Johnson on Sunday and he never looked back. Edmonds rumbled off three touchdowns and put up 150 total yards of offense.

There is a growing trend in today’s league where big name running backs sit out and their backup steps up, being just as dependable. We have seen situations like James Conner stepping in for Le’Veon Bell, Austin Ekeler for Melvin Gordon, and now Edmonds for Johnson.

There seems to always be another guy ready to step in and show what he is worth.

(Video via: Los Angeles Chargers/YouTube)

This is not stating that all top tier running backs are expendable, but there is a case to be made about being extremely cautious when handing out big money to a running back.

With the exception of guys like Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, and Ezekiel Elliott, every team has running backs that are truly expendable. With the holdouts of Bell and Gordon, in came their backups who looked completely capable of starting in this league.

Those guys never let go of the job either.

(Video via: NBC Sports/YouTube)

It will be interesting moving forward and seeing how teams will handle their contract situations with star running backs, especially after what Chase Edmonds just did.

Cover photo via: AP Photo/Adam Hunger

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Andrew attended the University of Missouri, where he spent time working for ESPNU and the SEC Network on gamedays. He co-hosted the Boston Sports Weekly podcast with Nick from 2016-2018. He also spent time working with CBS Radio St. Louis. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewwParkerr.

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