Rookie RBs are the real deal

We’ve seen only one preseason game so far, so it’s still very early, but so far in training camps, it appears this year’s crop of rookie runners is a very good one.

I’ll start with Matt Forte, one of our favorites in the league already. Talk about being “as advertised.” He’s been so damn solid that I’m starting to feel bad that he’s on the Bears, a bad offense. But he will make them better, for sure. Most encouraging, he’s been good picking up the blitz, his biggest problem. If healthy, Forte’s going to have a nicer NFL career. He’s not bursting with upside, but he’s going to be very, very solid.

In Detroit, Kevin Smith has also impressed. Just keep in mind that he’s far from a special talent. But he’s a very hard worker with high marks for his character and work ethic, and he’s tireless. This offense could be surprisingly good, too. Keep in mind they still have two stud wideouts on the outside and Jon Kitna is still serviceable.

In Oakland, the reviews on Darren McFadden have been phenomenal. Head coach Lane Kiffen can’t contain his excitement. That’s nice and all, but we’re still going to [...]

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