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  Redskins | Michael Hill signs    Mon Mar 30, 04:56 PM

Free-agent RB Michael Hill (Colts) signed an undisclosed deal with the Washington Redskins Monday, March 30.

Footballguys view: This is just a depth move here. Hill is known as a sleeper prospect in super deep dynasty leagues, but we're not even sure he can make Washington's final roster. Watch to see if the former Missouri Western star can make an impact in training camp and the preseason.

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  Panthers | Jordan Todman signed    Mon Mar 30, 01:33 PM

Free-agent RB Jordan Todman (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 30. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Only fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues should be interested here. Todman has good straight-line speed, but he's not big enough to take on more than a change-of-pace role in the NFL. Todman will compete for touches behind Jonathan Stewart, and the Panthers will likely draft a back too.

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  Packers | Eddie Lacy will see limited touches    Sun Mar 29, 01:08 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will have his touches limited next season in order to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'I'm conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there,' McCarthy said. McCarthy indicated he is not looking for Lacy to abandon his physical running style.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Lacy came out of Alabama with durability concerns, and the Packers are wise to save him up a little bit for what should be another run into the playoffs. Remember that last season, Lacy only saw more than 20 carries in a game three times all year long. His workload should be similar this year.

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  NFL | Stevan Ridley to start meeting teams    Sun Mar 29, 10:04 AM

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is scheduled to meet with a few teams this week. Ridley is expected to receive full medical clearance in around six weeks.

Footballguys view: Ridley should start getting more interest now that he's closer to full strength. Some team may give him a shot before the draft, but we think he may be one of those players added in August (or maybe after Week 1). He's not the same player he used to be, and Ridley has disappointed as a pro.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson enters OTAs as starter    Sun Mar 29, 07:16 AM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will open OTAs in April as the starter, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Footballguys view: Anderson will open up the year as the starter. So long as he stays healthy, Anderson should be able to shine as the lead back in Denver. The zone-blocking system is perfect for his skill set, and there's a chance Anderson could rush for well over 1,000 yards this season.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart limited to 15 carries    Sat Mar 28, 04:54 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The team will look to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft that will likely take eight to 10 carries per game.

Footballguys view: You hear that sound? It's Jonathan Stewart's fantasy owners sobbing upon hearing this news. Stewart was supposed to be "the man" this year without DeAngelo Williams. Now, it looks like he's going to be the lead back...but splitting the workload. This is a great RB draft class, so we don't blame the Panthers for looking to add another back.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington's role won't be reduced    Fri Mar 27, 07:42 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.

Footballguys view: His role will depend on who they add at the running back position in the draft. The Cardinals may even be in line to trade for Adrian Peterson (Vikings) if he's on the trade block.

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  Broncos | Denver RB competition fierce    Fri Mar 27, 07:25 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back depth chart, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. However, competition will be fierce for touches in training camp, with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman still around. Ball vowed 'to get back my job' at the end of last season after landing on the Injured Reserve. Hillman is a wild card, and he has yet to top 106 carries in any one season. RB Juwan Thompson is a possibility as a fullback/running back hybrid.

Footballguys view: Anderson enters camp as the starter, and he's the best fit--a near-perfect fit--for the zone-blocking system. Ball will look better in this system, but he needs to stop dancing in the backfield if he wants to play up to his potential. We think Hillman is a bad fit for the new system, and his role may be quite small in 2015.

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  Packers | Not rushing to re-sign John Kuhn    Fri Mar 27, 12:47 PM

Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) isn't a top priority for the Green Bay Packers, but head coach Mike McCarthy said they are still interested in bringing him back.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Kuhn playing anywhere else. The Packers will likely bring him back later in the year.

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  Giants | Shane Vereen adds another dimension for NY    Thu Mar 26, 05:13 PM

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants something they didn't have last season -- a receiving threat out of the backfield. 'I see him in that regard as a pass receiver out of the backfield,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. Coughlin added that Vereen can protect the quarterback and is a capable runner.

Footballguys view: Vereen has big-play ability, but don't try to use him as a full-time back. Good thing for the Giants, they'll be able to use Vereen as a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in 2015. Vereen will have a bit of fantasy value in PPR leagues, but we'll have to see how the playing time is split between three backs before we get overly excited about his prospects.

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  Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller    Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'

Footballguys view: Spiller will fill in the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and we actually think he could put up some nice PPR numbers while he's at it. Don't count on RB1 numbers, but some nice RB2 numbers are likely.

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  Saints | NO considered Reggie Bush    Thu Mar 26, 01:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was considered by the New Orleans Saints before he agreed with the Niners, according to Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: While Bush might have been a decent fit 'back home' we think the fit with the 49ers could be a good one as well. While we don't see him as an every down back, he should be a solid passing down back and accrue some nice PPR points as well. A low end RB2 or a good RB3 sound about right for Bush.

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  49ers | Jim Tomsula high on Reggie Bush     Thu Mar 26, 01:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.

Footballguys view: Bush found himself the outside man looking in back in Detroit, but with the departure of Frank Gore, the Niners need help in the backfield. We're dubious of the idea he can still be an every down back, but he would be a big help in the backfield on passing downs at least.

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  Chargers | Search for RB continues    Wed Mar 25, 09:01 PM

The San Diego Chargers remain in search of a fourth option at running back after RB Ryan Mathews turned down their one-year contract offer in favor of signing with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason. The agent for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was dismissive at the notion of any potential trade to the Chargers Wednesday, March 25. The Chargers seem likely to address the need via the NFL draft. Only RB Danny Woodhead, RB Branden Oliver and RB Donald Brown are under contract for 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson discontent in Minnesota?    Wed Mar 25, 04:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson would be a disruption if he did return to the Vikings. 'I want him to want to be [in Minnesota], like I want all of my players to want to be there. I've been in situations before that I thought were not the best situations.'

Footballguys view: Back and forth and back and forth. Peterson wants out according to his agent, but the Vikings are not budging. Zimmer added that he thinks his football relationship with Peterson is a good one in its current state. We'll see something give sometime....stay tuned.

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  Redskins | Chris Thompson could play on third down    Wed Mar 25, 11:01 AM

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson is the front runner for the third-down back role, according to head coach Jay Gruden. The team could also draft a back for the role.

Footballguys view: Thompson would be a fine change-of-pace back if he could actually stay healthy. As a smaller back he struggles with staying durable, and that impacts the effect he can have on the field. It's a great running back class this year, so we'd like to see Washington just draft another back.

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  Vikings | No plans to trade Adrian Peterson    Wed Mar 25, 10:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.

Footballguys view: That's the plan right now, but if Peterson is unhappy the team might be persuaded to change their mind. What else could change their mind is a couple of premium picks. Peterson is still one of the best backs in the game, and there would be more than a few teams interested in adding the superstar back.

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  Eagles | Chip Kelly favors one-cut runners    Wed Mar 25, 09:58 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles traded RB LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills because head coach Chip Kelly desires a one-cut running back, according to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie praised McCoy as a player, but the move was not financially driven. Kelly felt he could garner more production from a different running back or two. Lurie used the term 'power spread' on multiple occasions to describe Kelly's offense.

Footballguys view: The Eagles now have an incredible group of running backs to work with. DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews figure to share the workload.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray to compete to start    Wed Mar 25, 01:54 AM

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Tuesday, March 24, that he expects RB Latavius Murray and RB Trent Richardson to compete for the starting tailback job. 'I think it will be a competitive situation,' Del Rio said.

Footballguys view: If Richardson can stay in shape, stay healthy and get motivated then he's got tremendous physical ability. The problem is, we haven't seen him flash that ability since his rookie season (2012) in Cleveland. Murray is an ascending player with speed and power. We're putting our chips on Murray to win this job.

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  NFL | Ray Rice hasn't had workouts    Tue Mar 24, 05:39 PM

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) hasn't had a workout with a team since he was released by the Baltimore Ravens after his domestic violence case.

Footballguys view: We're not sure Rice will get a ton of interest on the open market. Running backs can be found without the baggage that Rice will bring. He's not the player he used to be, and Rice may have to wait until after the season begins (and injuries hit) to get another opportunity.

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  NFL | Ahmad Bradshaw trial update    Tue Mar 24, 04:25 PM

Updating previous reports, free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) did not have any additional drugs aside from marijuana when he was charged with a misdemeanor marijuana count while driving, according to crime lab tests.

Footballguys view: Bradshaw has pleaded not guilty and has a pretrial conference scheduled for April 8. After his legal troubles are behind him, Bradshaw is unlikely to get that much interest on the open market.

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  Bills | LeSean McCoy trade was quick    Tue Mar 24, 01:31 PM

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles March 4, and Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the trade took 30 minutes to wrap up. 'The trade for LeSean happened really quick,' Ryan said at the NFL owners meetings. 'We were all sitting there. We were having organizational meetings. ... And all of the sudden we get this call from Philadelphia and I think that was when the trade started. Probably 30 minutes later, the trade was done.'

Footballguys view: The Bills don't mess around. They wanted McCoy to be the centerpiece of their offense, and now he will be. McCoy should have a hefty workload and is a RB1 for fantasy owners.

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  Bills | LeSean McCoy Buffalo's bellcow    Tue Mar 24, 10:31 AM

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was referred to as the team's 'bellcow' by head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said that McCoy and RB Fred Jackson could see time on third downs.

Footballguys view: He's the centerpiece of the offense, and fantasy will love the size of his workload--provided he can stay healthy. McCoy is a RB1, but consider him a low-end RB1 due to the Bills' poor offensive line.

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  Cowboys | Dallas to continue to pound on ground    Tue Mar 24, 10:15 AM

Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle figure to see a good amount of work in 2015. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team would like to continue their emphasis on inside running after losing RB DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles. 'Absolutely,' Garrett said. 'It has to be replaced. It was a good style of football for us to play. We will try to continue to do that.'

Footballguys view: The Cowboys may want to continue their offensive philosophy that worked so well last year, but they won't have the same results without Murray. We doubt that McFadden stays healthy with a starter's workload, while Dunbar and Randle are backup-caliber backs at best. Unless the Cowboys can trade for Adrian Peterson, we won't have a ton of confidence in their rushing attack this year.

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  NFL | Michael Bush admits his career may be done    Tue Mar 24, 02:26 AM

Free-agent RB Michael Bush (Bears) ran a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash at the weekend's Veterans Combine, and he admitted to media afterward that his career may be over.

Footballguys view: It's like a Captain Obvious commercial. There were some interesting players at the veteran combine...and Bush was not one of them.

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  Vikings | Agent wants Adrian Peterson to move on    Mon Mar 23, 07:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond.

Footballguys view: Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.

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  Vikings | MIN GM expects Adrian Peterson to stay    Mon Mar 23, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.'

Footballguys view: Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants out of Minny?    Mon Mar 23, 12:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this year. The Vikings look like they'd be willing to pay him in 2015, and a restructured contract would likely be appealing for Peterson. Minnesota could call Peterson's bluff and force him to decide between playing this year or sitting out a second straight season.

Footballguys view: Here we go again. Every week it seems like there's a news item about Peterson being unhappy with the Vikings. If they're not going to release him (as they've indicated), then the Vikings could put Peterson on the trade block.

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  NFL | Felix Jones fails to impress    Sun Mar 22, 08:46 PM

Free-agent RB Felix Jones (Steelers) didn't show the 'boost' he was known for early in his career during his drills at the 2015 NFL Veteran Combine Sunday, March 22, according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network.

Footballguys view: Jones wasn't one of the players who was really going to impress at the veteran combine. It's a tough road for a running back in today's NFL. It doesn't help veterans like Jones that this draft class is chock full of strong running back talent.

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  Vikings | HC changing stance on Adrian Peterson?    Sun Mar 22, 08:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.

Footballguys view: This is a game of cat and mouse going on right now. Peterson is reportedly unhappy with the Vikings, and he could be on the trade block. His future in Minnesota is unclear at this time.

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  Bills | Heavy workload for LeSean McCoy?    Sat Mar 21, 08:48 PM

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy should receive plenty of carries if head coach Rex Ryan has his way. 'We prefer to ground and pound it, we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you,' Ryan said Friday, March 20.

Footballguys view: McCoy is going to get everything he can handle in 2015 and beyond. The Bills made the move to acquire the superstar running back so he could be the centerpiece of the offense.

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  Bills | Rex Ryan committed to the run    Sat Mar 21, 06:57 PM

Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson are expected to receive a lot of carries in head coach Rex Ryan's offense. Ryan went as far as to say: 'we're going to run it 50 times if we can on you.'

Footballguys view: That's why they have LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson. The mindset makes a ton of sense, especially when you consider they have Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver a starter for now    Sat Mar 21, 03:37 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver is penciled in as the starting running back at this point.

Footballguys view: Yeah, we just can't see that lasting to the start of the season. Oliver is a nice change-of-pace back, but he's not a feature back. The Chargers should pick a running back in this talent-rich draft class.

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  Bengals | Jason Campbell, Cedric Peerman could return    Sat Mar 21, 02:26 PM

Free-agent QB Jason Campbell and RB Cedric Peerman could re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Bengals could use a solid backup QB like Campbell. We're not believers in A.J. McCarrron as a backup behind Andy Dalton. Peerman should re-sign because he can do it all as a reserve running back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent rejects meeting    Fri Mar 20, 07:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was asked to have a dinner meeting with general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL owners meeting, but his agent rejected the offer.

Footballguys view: Ben Dogra is standing firm here. This might be the sign that Peterson's days in Minnesota are done. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Minnesota wants Adrian Peterson back    Fri Mar 20, 02:32 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.'

Footballguys view: This story is far from over. The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.

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  Cardinals | Arizona willing to trade for Peterson?    Fri Mar 20, 02:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains unhappy with the Vikings. The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly willing to offer a high draft pick in return for Peterson, if he becomes available.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals are in a Super Bowl window, and they want to upgrade their rushing attack. Adding Peterson would swing the power balance in the NFC. We love Andre Ellington, but he's not built to be a featured back. If Arizona adds Peterson they'll be able to run the ball with authority while playing suffocating defense. So long as Carson Palmer stays healthy, Arizona could make a deep playoff run.

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  Dolphins | LaMichael James re-signed    Fri Mar 20, 02:09 PM

Free-agent RB LaMichael James re-signed with the Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal Friday, March 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: James will continue to serve as a return man and part-time running back. There's little fantasy relevance with this signing.

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  Jaguars | Bernard Pierce could face suspension    Fri Mar 20, 01:27 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Bernard Pierce will face a suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy with his DUI arrest this week. Pierce will be given a chance to compete for playing time with RBs Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson in 2015. Pierce has struggled in the NFL since his rookie season in 2012, and he's mainly been hampered by a list of injuries including back, ankle, knee, shoulder, thigh, toe and head ailments.

Footballguys view: Pierce has a chance to be part of a three-man rotation, especially if the Jaguars use Gerhart more as an H-back.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater working with teammates    Fri Mar 20, 01:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is working out in California with Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, RB Jerick McKinnon, WR Charles Johnson and TE Brandon Bostick. McKinnon and Rudolph are rooming together at Rudolph's Newport Beach, Calif., home and are taking a no-nonsense approach to their training. Rudolph organized the group event.

Footballguys view: It's no mystery, we love Bridgewater. He's smart, accurate and known as a football junkie. Why he wasn't a top-5 pick last year is completely baffling. Moving on from that, his upside is that of a top-12 fantasy QB. We'll see if he can make a big jump in year two.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon healthy    Fri Mar 20, 01:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is fully recovered from back surgery and has left for Southern California to train. He is preparing as though he will be a starting running back but acknowledged the job belongs to Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, provided Peterson returns to the team. McKinnon noted that he needs to learn how to help keep his body healthy, too.

Footballguys view: McKinnon transitioned from a college quarterback to an NFL running back last year. As he gets more comfortable with his new position, McKinnon should perform better. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in 2014 and chipped in with 27 receptions as a rookie. Peterson's status with the team will drastically alter the outlook for McKinnon in 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't come cheap    Fri Mar 20, 12:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who won't be released by the team, is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015, and the feeling is that he won't come cheaply in a trade. The Vikings are believed to be looking for at least a second-round pick and another piece in a potential trade.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, may be trying to facilitate a trade by effectively telling all 31 other teams that the only way to acquire his client is through a trade.

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  Vikings | DuJuan Harris signs    Thu Mar 19, 05:15 PM

Free-agent RB DuJuan Harris (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: An interesting move for Minnesota. Their backfield may not be done changing just yet. We know they're unlikely to release Adrian Peterson, but they may trade him...or they may just keep him. Harris may lack the durability of a featured back, but he is a good receiver out of the backfield with speed to make the corner.

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  Jaguars | Bernard Pierce claimed by Jags    Thu Mar 19, 04:33 PM

Free-agent RB Bernard Pierce (Ravens) was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens by the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: Some wondered if recent off-the-field issues might lead teams to pass on Pierce, but clearly the Jaguars figured that he could be a cheap option with upside. The backfield is so-so, and if he can stay out of trouble, there is the chance he might return to his form from 2013 and before. Pierce could work in a RBBC with Denard Robinson. The Jaguars are moving Toby Gerhart to more of an H-back role.

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  Steelers | Dri Archer will have role in offense    Thu Mar 19, 01:08 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will have a role on offense that will take advantage of his speed, but people have to be patient with his development, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Archer could also be used as a kick returner next season.

Footballguys view: Archer is a very versatile back, but because of his size, that versatility will almost always have to do with speedy routes and screens and never much between the tackles. Assume LeVeon Bell returns to 100 percent, Archer will still be very limited and have inconsistent fantasy value.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be released    Wed Mar 18, 11:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was told Wednesday, March 18, by general manager Rick Spielman that the running back will not be released by the team.

Footballguys view: He won't be released...that doesn't mean he's staying in Minnesota. We could see the Vikings move Peterson if the price was right. We could also seeing him staying put. Stay tuned, this one is not over yet.

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  Jaguars | Melvin Gordon to meet with Jags    Wed Mar 18, 07:29 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon will have a pre-draft visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars hold the third and 36th overall picks in this year's draft.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if the Jaguars spent the third-overall pick on Gordon. He's likely to be a first-round pick and Gordon will be gone by the time their 36th pick comes up. The Jaguars are moving Toby Gerhart to an H-back, and Denard Robinson is not a bellcow back. Gordon has star potential in the NFL. He's super fast in a straight line, and he runs with good patience and vision.

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  Ravens | Baltimore to visit with Melvin Gordon    Wed Mar 18, 07:26 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has set up a pre-draft visit with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. The Ravens hold the 26th overall pick in the first round of this year's draft. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Gordon 'should be ready to contribute on all three downs in Year 1.'

Footballguys view: Gordon is not a power back, but he has the speed to score from anywhere on the field. He'll likely be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. We like his vision and patience when allowing blocks to develop in front of him. If added, Justin Forsett's fantasy value would take a huge hit.

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  NFL | Todd Gurley doesn't take part in pro day    Wed Mar 18, 05:40 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley (knee) didn't take part in his school's pro day Wednesday, March 18, as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee from last November. He is hoping to be ready for full contact in July, and he could be ready for some drills during minicamps. Despite his injury, Gurley is expected to be selected in the first or second round of this year's draft. He has already visited with the Detroit Lions and has a visit scheduled with the Carolina Panthers. Scouts represented both the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers at Gurley's pro day, too.

Footballguys view: This is no shock to anyone out there. Gurley is still likely to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Several teams are interested in this potential superstar. His size/speed/power combination is elite, and he's one of the best backs we've seen come into the league since Adrian Peterson.

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  Ravens | Bernard Pierce released by Ravens    Wed Mar 18, 02:43 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was released Wednesday, March 18.

Footballguys view: Be careful how much you party on St. Patricks Day. Pierce was arrested for driving under the influence Wednesday.

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