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Top 5 Deputies In The NFL

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When a star quarterback falls, there must be a competent backup waiting in the wings who can carry the team. Just ask the 2008 New England Patriots. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.
When a star quarterback falls, there must be a competent backup waiting in the wings who can carry the team. Just ask the 2008 New England Patriots. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

As I am confident every football fan is fully aware by now, the NFL has rapidly evolved into a passing league. Gone are the days where a running back cracks the end zone 28 times in a single season (a la former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006), replaced by record-shattering performances by quarterbacks on a seemingly yearly basis.

But just as the passing attempts of those lined up under center have increased over the past few seasons, so to have the amount of hits they take during the course of a game.

This leads to an important question that every NFL franchise asks itself before the start of each season: If our sheriff goes down, do we have a backup on the roster that will be able to step up and lead the group in his absence?

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 deputies in the NFL this season.