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Profiling the Backup Running Backs for the Bengals

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TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Mark Walton #1 of the Miami Hurricanes looks for a hole to run through as linebacker Jacob Pugh #16 and defensive back Ermon Lane #7 of the Florida State Seminoles close in during the second half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Mark Walton #1 of the Miami Hurricanes looks for a hole to run through as linebacker Jacob Pugh #16 and defensive back Ermon Lane #7 of the Florida State Seminoles close in during the second half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /
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Tra Carson

I have pivoted to Carson as an intriguing target to make the final roster. Carson is a much bigger running back than Walton, measuring at 6’0″ and 235 pounds. A bruising workhorse coming out of Texas A&M, Carson went undrafted in 2016. He signed with the Bengals in both 2016 and 2017, although didn’t make the roster either year (he was on IR last year).

His time in college shows what he’s capable of with a large workload. Carson averaged 4.8 yards per carry in college and totaled 20 touchdowns in four season. On smaller workloads his freshman and sophomore seasons, he was over 5.5 yards per carry in both seasons.

In the first preseason game, Carson was the “leading rusher” for the Bengals. Although they spread the carries among all their backs, Carson did lead the team in yards with 24. He also added a catch for 6 yards. Carson is certainly not among the favorites to make the team, but his size and physicality are attributes the Bengals could certainly use.

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