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Ranking the AFC West by position: Running back

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Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Much like quarterback before it, running back is a fairly solid position in the AFC West, making for a tough call for the two and three spots.

1. ChiefsKareem Hunt

What a phenomenal rookie season. Hunt was electric last season, racking up 1327 yards and 8 touchdowns while averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He is already at 33 in the NFL Top 100. There’s a new top running back in the AFC West.

2. ChargersMelvin Gordon

Gordon is such a tease. He always looks like he’s ready to blow up, and he may do it at some point, but hasn’t quite yet. The 4th year back is quite productive. Even though he has averaged 3.9 yards per carry the past two seasons. He saw enough carries last season to put up 1105 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns. His added 476 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns brings up his value.

3. RaidersMarshawn Lynch

On the other end of his career is Marshawn Lynch. He doesn’t make his money by being quick and fast so much as instinctive and running through a muhfukka’s face. He did plenty of that last season, especially over the second half of the season when he averaged 4.6 yards per carry to finish with 891 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s back for what could be his final season at the age of 32.

4. BroncosDevontae Booker/Royce Freeman

It was CJ Anderson who was their primary back last season, rushing for over 1000 yards. But they cut the Vallejo native and are going with the Sacramento native Booker and San Diego native Royce Freeman. With Booker averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in his first two seasons, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this job is won by the rookie Freeman.

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