A Jamal Lewis fan would explain the running back's decline in Baltimore by
pointing out that he lacked a fullback and split carries with Chester Taylor
for two years. Here Lewis won't have to share the rock much, and he'll get
blocking from the talented Lawrence Vickers. Even if Lewis struggles, he won't
likely lose many touches to fourth-year back Jason Wright, who hasn't made much
of his limited opportunities.
LEWIS, 80%; WRIGHT, 10%; VICKERS, 10%
Cam Cameron was never one to spread carries around when he was in
San Diego, where he served as offensive coordinator from 2002 to '06. In
Miami, the rookie coach will ask Ronnie Brown (left) to fill the LaDainian
Tomlinson role, which should result in 400 carries and 40 receptions
for the third-year back. Cameron will deploy small-but-quick rookie Lorenzo
Booker, a third-round pick from Florida State, in a relief role, much as he
used Michael Turner while he was with the Chargers.
BROWN, 80%; BOOKER, 20%
Since Corey Dillon left Cincinnati three years ago, Rudi Johnson (left) has
been the man, getting 87% of the RB carries. The Bengals had hoped to mix it up
more this year after finishing 26th in rushing in 2006, but a preseason ACL
injury to second-round pick Kenny Irons has complicated those plans. Veteran
Kenny Watson will still get third-down work, while practice-squadder Quincy
Wilson now seems the likely option for the third slot.
JOHNSON, 75%; OTHERS, 25%
Steven Jackson proved last year that he's a genuine workhorse, carrying the
ball 346 times, catching 90 passes, scoring 16 TDs and missing only
part of one game. This year coach Scott Linehan will ask Jackson to shoulder
much the same load; expect Brian Leonard, a second-round pick out of Rutgers,
to be used primarily as a blocker and pass catcher in two-back sets, spelling
Jackson only on rare occasions.
JACKSON, 90%; LEONARD, 10%
Be smart and steer
clear of these highly problematic rotations