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The NFL's 9 most indispensable players

By SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN Sports

One of the biggest training camp stories for Wednesday was the beginning of Jamaal Charles' holdout. The Kansas City Chiefs dynamic running back won't report to camp until he gets paid accordingly.

In 2013, Charles was the focal point in the Chiefs offense, recording almost 1,300 yards rushing, nearly 700 yards receiving and 19 total touchdowns.

Without Charles, the Chiefs are probably a team picking in the top 10 for 2014. Charles headlines our list of the nine most indispensable players in the NFL today.

Here are players two through nine:

Why they didn't make the cut

Aaron Rodgers: Arguably the best NFL quarterback, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace filled in and kept the Packers afloat en route to the playoffs.

Peyton Manning: If you plugged in even a mediocre quarterback under center, he could do well with overly talented offense. And the defense can certainly hold its own.

Richard Sherman: It's the Legion of Boom, and the title itself gives credit to the collection of talented defensive backs on the Seahawks, not just its best player.

Calvin Johnson: Now the team has Reggie Bush, Golden Tate and Eric Ebron. Matthew Stafford has a decent enough supporting case now that the Lions could still compete - not that they haven't underachieved the past five years.


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Daniel Shearer July 25 2014 at 1:59 PM

"Peyton Manning: If you plugged in even a mediocre quarterback under center, he could do well with overly talented offense. And the defense can certainly hold its own." I highly disagree with this one. The Colts had a great offense until Manning got hurt and moved on. You're telling me that any mediocre QB could come in and do well with a good offense? Tell that to the Colt's when they went like 2-14! They had a decent QB and the flopped. Without Manning, the broncos aren't squat! That's why they HAVE MANNING!!!

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topgmanw July 25 2014 at 12:55 PM

NO non QB is more valuable than the Qb. without Luck, Manning{both} etc there teams are sub 500. How is any Rb valuable in a passing league.This writer knows very little about football.

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bailey.willie July 25 2014 at 2:05 PM

YOU ARE KIDDING, CHARLES SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ON THE LIST. WHO MADE THIS SELECTION. THE NBA BLACK CACUS

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Bill July 25 2014 at 2:18 PM

Quarterbacks should pretty much be #1 through #9 on this list.

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wildwillie267 Bill July 25 2014 at 4:05 PM

Let the line just stand up then see how important the quaterback is

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savannahswithgod wildwillie267 July 26 2014 at 10:11 AM

That's how I thought you should judge who the best QB ever was? How well does he throw with 4 guys hanging on to him and two getting ready to crush him from opposite sides. Norman Snead where are you?

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Bill Bill July 25 2014 at 6:52 PM

Certainly if the players aren't going to do their jobs then the team will flounder but it will be considerably easier to replace those offensive linemen than it would be to replace the quarterback. The Broncos lost their All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady in the second game. They plugged someone else in and went on the set offensive records. That wouldn't have happened if Peyton Manning had gone down.

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rude July 25 2014 at 1:05 PM

Once again, Terry Bradshaw misses the list by the last hair remaining on his head.

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db1219 July 26 2014 at 3:45 PM

Brady does NOT belong on that list. Without Bill Bell-a-cheat as their coach, the Patriots wouldn't have ever even been a blip in the sky. And that's only because the coach cheated. Face it---Brady just isn't that great.

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rvkin July 25 2014 at 7:59 PM

The writer doesn't follow football too well does he. It was announced on the 24th that Charles signed with the Chiefs. This story was posted on the 25th. Man keep up with the news.

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dsujet July 26 2014 at 4:48 PM

"Bryant continuously saving Romo?" Really? Who gets him the ball you dopes?

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Fernando July 25 2014 at 7:27 PM

No Peyton Manning and No Aaron Rodgers? Does this guy even watch football? I would put a stack of stats to prove how horrible this list is but I'm just too lazy. Im gonna continue on reading more meaningful articles. Shame on you Sam Spielgelman for writing this article. This is clearly not your expertise.

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Patrick Kessel July 26 2014 at 1:31 PM

Spiegelman: It's not "Case and point" you dolt! =)

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dsujet Patrick Kessel July 26 2014 at 4:50 PM

That was funny.

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