In 2011, we’re running back committee happy. In this possible weekly segment, we’ll take a quick look at how some teams are dividing up the workload.
1. James Starks and Ryan Grant are splitting touches pretty equally in Green Bay. But Starks is dominating the snap count, which indicates he’s better on passing downs. Look for Starks to start getting more touches.
2. Daniel Thomas had more snaps than Reggie Bush in Miami’s second game. Bush wasn’t used on many clear running downs. Coach Tony Sparano said he’d like to get Bush a few more snaps, but it looks like “Reggie Bush, lead back” is already a dead idea.
3. Fred Jackson made sure there’s no committee in Buffalo. He has 35 carries to only nine for C.J. Spiller.
4. Ryan Mathews (24 carries) and Mike Tolbert (21 carries) split running downs equally, but Tolbert plays more and catches the ball more on passing downs because he’s better in pass protection.
5. Delone Carter is now splitting carries with Joseph Addai. Carter gets the short yardage carries, while Addai plays passing downs.
6. Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram are splitting snaps almost equally in New Orleans. Coach Sean Payton says he’s still figuring out how to use all three backs. This is what you call an “upscale problem.”