Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview:Running Backs

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Andre Ellington (center) breaks away on an 80-yard touchdown run.

Last year was a difficult season for the running backs to say the least. Rashard Mendenhall bumbled and stumbled his way through 217 carries and barely picked up more than three yards per carry. Andre Ellington had nearly the same amount of yardage despite 100 fewer carries. Fans wanted Ellington but Bruce Arians stuck with Mendenhall in a lead back role.

Oh, what a difference a year makes.

Mendenhall retired so Ellington looks to be the man in the backfield this season. The backup role, however is up for grabs.

Stepfan Taylor will battle for carries with Jonathan Dwyer for the second spot. Zach Bauman, Robert Hughes, Jalen Parmele and Damien Thigpen will duke it out for the fourth and fifth spots.

Camp is going to go a long way to setlling the backup jobs but there’s little doubt Ellington will start. It gives so,ething Arizona hasn’t had in a long time–clarity at the running back position.

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