3 Running Backs Who Could Be Cut Next

David Kaestle
Jordan Howard at Miami Dolphins Training Camp.
Jordan Howard at Miami Dolphins Training Camp. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

After the shocking news of the New York Jets releasing running back Le'Veon Bell on Tuesday, we are left to wonder both where the star running back will sign next and which running backs around the league could be the next ones to join Bell in free agency.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three candidates who could find themselves cut next.

3. Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram could be a cut candidate in Baltimore this season.
Mark Ingram could be a cut candidate in Baltimore this season. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Mark Ingram is definitely the best of the bunch to make this list, but despite that his job surely isn't safe. With his contract up at the end of this season and the Ravens already getting solid contributions from rookie J.K. Dobbins and backup Gus Edwards, Ingram is no longer needed. Ingram's averages have dropped from last season virtually across the board. His rushing yards per game are down (67.9 to 41.0) along with his attempts per game (13.5 to 9.0), yards per rush (5.0 to 4.6) and receiving yards per game (16.5 to 5.0). Baltimore's offensive line has definitely taken a step back this year as well, but if the Ravens want to focus on giving more opportunities to Dobbins as the back of the future, then Ingram could be on his way out.

2. Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team

Peyton Barber is the odd man out in Washington's backfield.
Peyton Barber is the odd man out in Washington's backfield. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

Peyton Barber has become the odd man out in a lackluster and crowded Washington backfield. Third on the team in rushing yards and attempts, as well as being non-existent in the passing game, it seems Washington truly has no use for Barber anymore. Rookie Antonio Gibson has emerged as the team's best option on the ground and J.D. McKissic has seen some significant work in the passing game, already second on the team in receptions, trailing only Terry McLaurin.

1. Jordan Howard, Miami Dolphins

Jordan Howard is a cut candidate.
Jordan Howard is a cut candidate. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Similar to the Barber situation in Washington, Jordan Howard is part of a crowded backfield where he has performed the worst of the bunch. Myles Gaskin has emerged as the clear lead back in that offense, from both a rushing and receiving perspective. Howard even has fewer rushing attempts this season than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Matt Breida putting up serviceable numbers in a backup role behind Gaskin, Howard clearly lost his spot in this team's rotation and may soon lose his roster spot altogether.

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