The workhorse tailback may be a dying breed, but its yet to go the way of the dodo bird.
In Arizona, second-year running back Andre Ellington is poised to become the go-to option in the backfield. According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix, coach Bruce Arians said that Ellington will get 25-30 touches per game this year.
That works out to anywhere from 400 to 480 carries and catches for the season, a staggering amount of activity for a running back in any era.
Larry Johnson set the record for single-season rushing attempts in 2006, with 416. He added 41 catches that year, for 456 touches.
As a rookie during a season in which Ellington made Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams irrelevant, Ellington had 118 rushing attempts and 38 receptions, for a total of 156 touches.