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  Saints | Zach Zenner joining Saints    Wed Oct 16, 02:49 PM

Free-agent RB Zach Zenner (Lions) agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Oct. 16, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: With Alvin Kamara a little banged up, the team wanted some depth at the running back position. Zenner is a banger who can grind for tough yards if forced into action.

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  Giants | NY Giants take a look at two running backs    Tue Sep 24, 05:28 PM

Free-agent RBs Fozzy Whittaker and Zach Zenner recently worked out for the New York Giants.

Footballguys view: The team is also taking a look at Benny Cunningham. They need to add another running back to the active roster. Wayne Gallman is the only healthy running back with Saquon Barkley banged up. Elijhaa Penny is a fullback and the team has two running backs (Jon Hillman, Austin Walter) on the practice squad.

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  Cardinals | Arizona kicks the tires on three    Tue Sep 17, 06:10 PM

Free-agent RB Alfred Morris, RB Zach Zenner and TE Luke Willson recently tried out with the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

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  Saints | 3 visit NO    Tue Sep 3, 06:20 PM

Free-agent RB Cameron Artis-Payne (Panthers), free-agent RB Zach Zenner (Lions) and free-agent TE Luke Willson (Raiders) visited the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner done in Detroit    Tue Aug 27, 04:37 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner was released Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Footballguys view: The Lions are packed at the running back position with starter Kerryon Johnson and backups C.J. Anderson and rookie Ty Johnson. Zenner is your classic banger between the tackles and a solid special teams player. We should see him latch on somewhere in the near future.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner being checked out    Thu Aug 8, 09:33 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (undisclosed) was taken to the medical tent by trainers during the preseason game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 8.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner could challenge for backup role    Thu Jul 18, 02:37 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner could challenge veteran RB C.J. Anderson for the No. 2 spot behind RB Kerryon Johnson, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers, who notes that Zenner's north-south running style is a good fit for the team's blocking scheme.

Footballguys view: Zenner has a role for the Lions and we'll see if he can push Anderson in training camp. Anderson is much more experienced and was one of the best running backs down the stretch last year as he helped the Rams make it to the Super Bowl. Now, Anderson is working for the Lions and the most likely backup behind Kerryon Johnson in 2019.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner staying with Detroit    Tue Mar 12, 02:54 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner agreed to a new one-year contract with the Lions Tuesday, March 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Zach Zenner may be option for MIN    Tue Mar 12, 01:16 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent RB Zach Zenner is receiving interest from the Minnesota Vikings.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner has earned trust    Fri Jan 11, 09:59 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner was praised for his consistency by head coach Matt Patricia. 'He's somebody you can put in any situation, and he'll execute to the highest of his ability,' Patricia said.

Footballguys view: Zenner is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. He could easily return to the Lions where he's spent the last few years after coming out of South Dakota State as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Zenner rushed for 265 yards in 2018 with three rushing touchdowns and a career-high 4.8 yards per carry.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner totals 123 yards, TD    Sun Dec 30, 05:10 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner ran 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers while posting a 30-yard reception on his two targets.

Footballguys view: It took an injury to Kerryon Johnson for Zenner to see the field, but he came through with a solid game late in the season for the second time in three years. He'll try to catch on in Detroit again or elsewhere as a free agent next year.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner leads team in rushing    Sun Dec 23, 06:27 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed eight times for a team-high 45 yards in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner paces backfield    Sun Dec 16, 05:11 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills. He added three catches on four targets for zero yards.

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  Lions | Zack Zenner gets start at RB    Sun Dec 16, 01:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner got the start in Week 15 on Sunday, Dec. 16.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner punches one in    Sun Dec 9, 11:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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  Lions | Detroit confident in Zach Zenner    Tue Nov 20, 11:22 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner is a player that head coach Matt Patricia is 'very confident' in and someone who has 'done a great job since he's been back.' Zenner was waived in September after being placed on the Injured/Reserve list before returning Nov. 6.

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  Lions | Detroit brings back Zach Zenner    Tue Nov 6, 02:48 PM

Free-agent RB Zach Zenner (Lions) was re-signed by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Footballguys view: Zenner had a back injury that prevented him from making the 53-man roster for the Lions earlier this season. He'll bring some value to special teams but shouldn't touch the ball much on offense.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner waived from IR    Wed Sep 12, 02:35 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (back) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner out of game    Thu Aug 30, 08:10 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (back) suffered a back injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 30, and will not return.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner worth a spot?    Thu Jul 12, 09:30 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner's 'all-around' ability and contributions on special teams could earn him a spot on the 53-man roster, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

Footballguys view: Zenner has looked better than the tiny opportunity he has been given in Detroit, but the window for him to become a big part of this backfield has closed. If he doesn't beat out Ameer Abdullah in a surprise roster cut move or the Lions don't carry five backs in a surprising over-allotment of roster spots to backs, he could be claimed before the season starts.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner re-signed    Sat Mar 17, 10:12 AM

The Detroit Lions re-signed free-agent RB Zach Zenner Friday, March 16. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Zenner was not tendered as a restricted free agent, but he comes back to the Lions for the veteran minimum. He is not a lock to make the final roster.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner not tendered in Motown    Wed Mar 14, 05:26 PM

The Detroit Lions officially did not tender RB Zach Zenner on Wednesday, March 14, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Zenner fell down the depth chart with the Lions...a team that struggles mightily to run the ball. He may get another shot with a new team, but mostly because of his special teams ability.

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  Lions | Detroit likely won't tender Zach Zenner    Fri Mar 2, 01:02 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner likely won't be tendered a contract offer from the team. However, it's possible that once he hits the open market, the club could choose to re-sign him and have him compete for backup spot.

Footballguys view: Zenner had 14 carries for 26 yards in 2017...in a season where the Lions were desperate for help at the position. He's unlikely to get much interest on the open market, so staying with the Lions makes sense.

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  Lions | Three RFAs unlikely to receive offers    Thu Mar 1, 09:43 PM

Detroit Lions restricted free-agent RB Zach Zenner, OG Zac Kerin and DE Brandon Copeland are not expected to receive tender offers this offseason.

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  Lions | Week 17 inactives for Detroit    Sun Dec 31, 11:45 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared OL Brian Mihalik, RB Dwayne Washington, WR Jace Billingsley, TE Michael Roberts, CB Nevin Lawson, DL Rodney Coe, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 17.

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  Lions | Week 16 inactives for Detroit    Sun Dec 24, 11:32 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared DT Rodney Coe, OG T.J. Lang, WR Bradley Marquez, C Travis Swanson, OT Ricky Wagner, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 16.

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  Lions | Week 15 Lions inactives    Sat Dec 16, 03:13 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared WR Bradley Marquez, RB Dwayne Washington, OT Emmett Cleary, OT Ricky Wagner, DL Rodney Coe, C Travis Swanson, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 15.

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  Lions | Detroit's Week 10 inactives    Sun Nov 12, 11:43 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared FS Don Carey, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OG T.J. Lang, CB Teez Tabor, RB Tion Green, RB Zach Zenner, DL Ziggy Ansah inactive for Week 10.

Footballguys view: Kenny Golladay is back this week, but he will probably be eased into the lineup after a long layoff. TJ Jones has less sleeper appeal with Golladay active.

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  Lions | Week 9 inactives for Lions    Mon Nov 6, 07:06 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared FS Don Carey, OT Greg Robinson, DE Jeremiah Valoaga, WR Kenny Golladay, LB Steve Longa, RB Tion Green, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 9.

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  Lions | Detroit's Week 8 inactives    Sun Oct 29, 07:11 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared OT Emmett Cleary, OT Greg Robinson, WR Kenny Golladay, LB Paul Worrilow, CB Teez Tabor, RB Tion Green, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 8.

Footballguys view: Golden Tate will go against the Steelers, but its still a very tough matchup. If you were waiting for him, you can start him.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner scores touchdown    Sun Oct 8, 06:24 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed three times for 11 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner to be power back in Week 3?    Thu Sep 21, 11:26 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner will likely fill the role of power back if RB Dwayne Washington (quadriceps) is unable to play against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

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  Lions | Week 2 inactives for Lions    Mon Sep 18, 07:05 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared OT Emmett Cleary, WR Jared Abbrederis, LB Nick Bellore, CB Teez Tabor, RB Tion Green, C Zac Kerin, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 2.

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  Lions | Week 1 inactives for Lions    Sun Sep 10, 11:52 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared OT Corey Robinson, WR Jared Abbrederis, OT Storm Norton, CB Teez Tabor, RB Tion Green, C Zac Kerin, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 1.

Footballguys view: Dwayne Washington appears to be the #1 power back for the Lions with Zenner inactive despite being healthy.

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  Lions | Detroit's Friday practice report    Fri Sep 8, 04:25 PM

Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang (non-injury) and DT Haloti Ngata (non-injury) did not practice Friday, Sept. 8, but they are not listed on the injury report for Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. RB Zach Zenner (back) also practiced in full and is not listed. DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee), WR Kenny Golladay (ankle) and OT Corey Robinson (foot) were each limited and are all considered questionable.

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  Lions | Detroit's Thursday injury report    Thu Sep 7, 04:40 PM

Detroit Lions OT Corey Robinson (foot) and DE Ziggy Ansah (knee) were limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 7. RB Zach Zenner (back) fully participated in practice.

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  Lions | Detroit's Wednesday injury report    Wed Sep 6, 05:41 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee), OT Corey Robinson (foot) and RB Zach Zenner (back) were limited practice participants Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah not getting featured?    Sat Aug 5, 11:31 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner received the goal-line reps with the first-team offense during a padded practice ahead of Ameer Abdullah on Friday, Aug. 4.

Footballguys view: That's worth noting in touchdown heavy leagues more than anything else, though if he can find the end zone regularly, he could be a nice bye week or flex on a more consistent basis. Will Abdullah recover the look he had before being injured last season? Hard to say, and we should also keep in mind that the Lions ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing offense last year. Most of the backfield - even Theo Riddick - would be unreliable as more than an RB3 or so.

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  Lions | Team relying on Zenner and Washington in RB rotation    Sun Jun 25, 10:00 PM

Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press, reports the Detroit Lions are relying on both Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington in their running back rotation. Ameer Abdullah is the team's starter, and Theo Riddick should continue as a primary receiving weapon out of the backfield. However, Zenner and Washington both showed promise in limited reps last year.

Footballguys view: Detroit's backfield is going to be ....interesting in 2017. Abdullah should be the lead back and he could turn some heads with his flashy skill set. However, he's small and has been banged up quite a bit as a pro. Riddick is a RB3/flex option for fantasy owners. Zenner and Washington have size the other two don't have, but they'll essentially be splitting touches in a limited rushing attack to begin with. Dynasty owners should have love for Zenner and Washington but redraft owners are unlikely to be rostering either back unless injuries hit on the depth chart above them.

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  Lions | Coach believes Zach Zenner can help    Sun Jun 25, 07:23 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he believes RB Zach Zenner can be an effective option for the Lions this season because of his skill set and his steady improvement. 'He can run the ball. He can pass protect. He can catch the ball out of the backfield if need be and I think just another year under his belt is going to be a great help. Zach is one of those guys that I think without question can be effective for us,' Caldwell said.

Footballguys view: Zenner is more than just a fullback, but how much more remains a mystery. He is a power back who can catch effectively out of the backfield. Zenner will be the Lions no3 back if he can beat out Dwayne Washington.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner's versatility praised    Sat Jun 17, 09:33 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner is still progressing and improving, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He can run the ball,' Caldwell said. 'He can pass protect. He can catch the ball out of the backfield.'

Footballguys view: Zenner is a jack of all trades and that versatility will get him on the field in certain situations. The Lions have a cluttered backfield, so Zenner's fantasy value is limited. Ameer Abdullah should be the lead back provided he can stay healthy. Theo Riddick should continue as the team's primary pass-catching back. That leaves little for Zenner outside of perhaps some short-yardage or goal-line work.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner established himself in 2016    Mon Feb 6, 12:48 PM

Lions RB Zach Zenner finished with 334 yards on 88 carries for the year and a team-high four rushing touchdowns, leading the team in rushing the last three weeks of the season. Even though Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are expected to be completely healthy by the start of 2017, WR Anquan Boldin said in a recent interview Zenner could handle a growing role.

Footballguys view: Zenner should enter the season as the lead big back and maybe the top back in the Lions backfield. Still, if Riddick and Abdullah are healthy, his volume will be limited from week to week. He'll be a boom/bust flex play, but one that anyone who watched him in December will be eager to take at the end of their drafts.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner's persistence paying off    Fri Jan 6, 10:35 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner credits his recent success to his consistent preparation throughout the year, and he said he plans to make the most of every opportunity he is given.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner endorsed as featured back    Thu Jan 5, 12:41 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner played 64 of the 66 offensive snaps against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Zenner is in 'phenomenal shape' and is open to keeping Zenner in an every-down role moving forward.

Footballguys view: Zenner is built like a fullback, but he's got the running style of a halfback. The Lions travel to face a tough Seahawks defense in Wild Card Weekend, so having Zenner work as the battering ram makes sense to keep the defense honest.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner goes front and center    Tue Dec 27, 12:49 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed 12 times for 67 yards with two touchdowns in the Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, Dec. 26. He also hauled in two receptions for 25 yards on three targets.

Footballguys view: The Lions don't run the ball well, but they did against the Cowboys on Monday night. Zenner worked well when the game was close, but it got away from the Lions in the second half so they abandoned the run game. If Theo Riddick (wrist) misses Week 17, then Zenner should be the lead back again.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner will be on the field    Sun Dec 18, 12:12 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (concussion) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner questionable    Fri Dec 16, 07:51 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (concussion) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 16, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Footballguys view: Dwayne Washington should be the lead back for the Lions this week. If Zenner does play we don't think he has much fantasy value against the Giants.

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  Lions | Detroit's Thursday practice report    Thu Dec 15, 04:45 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 15. DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), LB DeAndre Levy (knee), CB Darius Slay (hamstring) and RB Zach Zenner (concussion) were limited.

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  Lions | Detroit's Wednesday practice report    Wed Dec 14, 04:44 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and C Travis Swanson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 14. LB DeAndre Levy (knee), CB Darius Slay (hamstring) and RB Zach Zenner (concussion) were limited.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner has concussion    Wed Dec 14, 11:24 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (concussion) is in the concussion protocol Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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