Last offseason, we highlighted the trend of established free-agent running backs getting paid like kickers and punters.
The last two weeks have provided further evidence of the foolishness of dumping valuable resources into the position.
Meanwhile, undrafted C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson combined for 228 yards from scrimmage in the Broncos' 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins. Former sixth-round pick Latavius Murray became the only back in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards and a pair of scores on fewer than six carries in the Oakland Raiders' upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The trend isn't limited to the last two weeks, with the Pats and Broncos employing specific game plans to establish the run.
Undrafted Cleveland Browns rookie Isaiah Crowell leads all first-year players with seven rushing touchdowns. Arian Foster, originally undrafted out of Tennessee, is fifth in rushing yards despite missing three games. Former seventh-round pick Justin Forsett, an after-thought free-agent signing in April, leads the NFL in yards per carry (5.8).
Even with a trio of running backs on the fringe of the MVP discussion, the NFL's devaluation of the position isn't going away.