Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch not at workout Mon May 20, 05:16 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was not present during organized team activities Monday, May 20.Link to story
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Seahawks | Christine Michael expected to compete for backup role Mon May 20, 04:53 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael is expected to battle with RB Robert Turbin for the backup duties to RB Marshawn Lynch this year. Michael is expected to see plenty of action. 'He's our kind of runner,' general manager John Schneider said this month. 'He's a tough, intense, up-field, one-cut guy. A very good football player.'Link to story
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Bills | Montell Owens leaves meeting Mon May 20, 04:12 PM
Free-agent RB Montell Owens (Jaguars) has left his meeting with the Buffalo Bills without a contract and plans to explore other opportunities.Link to story
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Broncos | Two limited during workout Mon May 20, 04:04 PM
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) and LB Joe Mays (ankle) were limited to individual drills during organized team activities Monday, May 20, because they have not been medically cleared to take part in team drills.
|Footballguys view: Moreno was running off to the side in a straight line and looked quick. He could be medically cleared for later workouts at Dove Valley. Moreno may be battling Willis McGahee for one spot on the roster.|
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Eagles | LeSean McCoy leaves workout Mon May 20, 03:08 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (knee) left organized team activities Monday, May 20, after suffering a knee injury. He did not look to be limping or in any pain after the workout.
|Footballguys view: It sounds like a minor injury at this time. The Eagles will monitor him closely and get him back on the practice field when he's ready. McCoy is set for a big workload this year. The Chip Kelly offense is designed off the inside zone read run. Last year's Oregon team ran 685 times under Kelly.|
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Jets | Mike Goodson meets with team officials Mon May 20, 03:02 PM
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson was in attendance at the team's first OTA practice Monday, May 20, but only to meet with team officials following his arrest on drug and weapons charges last week. Goodson didn't participate or watch the team's workouts, and his future with the team is uncertain. If Goodson pleads guilty or is convicted of unlawful possession of a handgun, he'll be subject to the Graves Act, which is a New Jersey law that carries a minimum of three years in jail.
|Footballguys view: His spot on the team is a serious question mark right now. We'll see if the team wants to keep him around in 2013 as the legal process could drag out a while to find a conclusion. If he stays with the team Goodson will compete with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to be the Jets starting RB.|
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Seahawks | Christine Michael signed Mon May 20, 02:45 PM
The Seattle Seahawks have signed second-round draft choice RB Christine Michael (Texas A&M) to a multi-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Michael is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues. He's an aggressive runner and his legs churn like pistons when running between the tackles. He'll compete with Robert Turbin to be the primary backup behind Marshawn Lynch in 2013. Michael has starting level talent but will have to wait for an opportunity.|
Dolphins | Four have been cleared to take part in workouts Mon May 20, 02:43 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee), TE Charles Clay (knee), OT Lance Louis (knee) and CB Richard Marshall (back) have received medical clearance to participate in organized team activities.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is going to compete with rookie Mike Gillislee (Florida) to be the backup behind Lamar Miller. It's a make or break year for Thomas and he needs to stay healthy to prove his worth as a backup pklayer.|
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Broncos | Willis McGahee to skip OTAs Mon May 20, 12:58 PM
Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee (leg, knee) will not take part in the team's organized team activities Monday, May 20, but it's the same approach he's had in the past for offseason workouts. 'He's following the same routine he's done his whole career. He'll be there,' agent Chafie Fields told said. 'He's ready to compete. No messages.' McGahee is coming off a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee and a broken leg.
|Footballguys view: McGahee is competing for a roster spot this year after the Broncos added potential starter Montee Ball in the second-round of the 2013 NFL draft. Some feel he could be released by the team as the Denver Post reported McGahee and Knowshon Moreno may be competing for one roster spot.|
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Bills | Montell Owens to sign? Mon May 20, 11:32 AM
Free-agent RB Montell Owens (Jaguars) is at Buffalo Bills camp Monday, May 20, wearing Bills shorts and cleats. No roster move has been announced yet.Link to story
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Eagles | Miguel Maysonet released Mon May 20, 09:32 AM
The Philadelphia Eagles released RB Miguel Maysonet.
|Footballguys view: The undrafted rookie from Stony Brook became expendable when the Eagles added Felix Jones last week. He's got good balance, leg drive, and burst. Maysonet should be able to latch on somewhere else for training camp.|
Browns | Confident in Travis Benjamin Sun May 19, 09:31 PM
The Cleveland Browns feel confident WR Travis Benjamin and RB Dion Lewis can handle the return duties, which is why fan favorite WR Joshua Cribbs (Raiders) (knee) was allowed to leave via free agency without much effort to re-sign him. Plus, Cribbs is 30, and there are concerns about his knee.
|Footballguys view: Benjamin is an exciting player to watch because of his downfield speed and ball tracking ability. He is developing as a route runner and could become a featured player in Norv Turner's offense. Benjamin will compete with Greg Little and David Nelson to start opposite Josh Gordon this year.|
Browns | Like speed of Dion Lewis Sun May 19, 09:31 PM
The Cleveland Browns like the speed of RB Dion Lewis, especially as a third-down back. Lewis might also be in the mix to return kicks.
|Footballguys view: Lewis has a unique skill set compared to the other backs on the Browns roster. He is built low to the ground, can change direction quickly, and has good burst after the cut. He rarely saw the field with the Eagles but could be in for a change of pace role with the Browns. Even in a subpackage role we're not predicting Lewis to have much of a fantasy impact this year.|
Eagles | Expected to cut Miguel Maysonet Sun May 19, 04:13 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to waive RB Miguel Maysonet.
|Footballguys view: The undrafted rookie from Stony Brook wasn't needed on the roster after the team added Felix Jones last week. He'll be able to catch on with another team before training camp.|
Redskins | Four RBs likely to compete for roster spots Sun May 19, 03:18 PM
Washington Redskins RBs Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison are expected to compete for two roster spots during offseason workouts and training camp. Helu and Thompson are expected to compete for one spot while Royster and Jamison are expected to compete for the other roster spot.
|Footballguys view: Helu is a good all-around back but injuries have prevented him from playing up to his potential. Thompson is a big play back who can score anytime he touches the ball. He has to prove he's back his knee surgery and is expected to be ready for contact by the start of training camp. Royster is the biggest back here, but lacks the balance and short area quicks of Jamison.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell's understanding of offense will decide role Sun May 19, 02:51 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's chance at starting this season will be determined by how quickly he will be able to pick up the offense. If Bell struggles to learn the offense, RB Jonathan Dwyer or RB Isaac Redman could start.
|Footballguys view: Like all rookies Bell must prove that he knows the playbook and can pass protect. Bell is the favorite to win the starting job in training camp. He has build up speed and can make defenders miss in the open field. Bell lacks instant power but is tough to bring down when he builds a head of steam.|
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Dolphins | Mike Gillislee will compete for starting job Sun May 19, 02:43 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Mike Gillislee is expected to compete with RBs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas for the starting running back job during offseason workouts and training camp.
|Footballguys view: Gillislee is a good all-purpose back and was praised in college at Florida for his pass protection skills. He gets stronger as the game goes on and averaged 2.0 yards after contact per rush in the second half of games last year compared to 1.5 yards after contact per rush in the first half.|
Browns | Dion Lewis could have a few roles Sun May 19, 02:09 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis could be used as a third-down back because the team likes his speed. The team could also consider using him as a kick returner.
|Footballguys view: Lewis is a different back from the others on the Browns roster because of his size and speed. He's built low to the ground and runs with good balance, patience, and vision. Lewis could be a decent change of pace option behind starter Trent Richardson.|
Jets | Teammate does not think Mike Goodson will stay Sat May 18, 02:43 PM
New York Jets OG Willie Colon said he does not think RB Mike Goodson will remain with the team after being arrested earlier this week. 'It's one of the things where it's zero-tolerance with stuff like that,' Colon said. 'It's sad. Mike could have been huge for us.'
|Footballguys view: Colon is getting a little ahead of himself here. We wouldn't be surprised if Goodson was cut by the Jets but he was guaranteed $2MM and that price tag could keep him on the roster. Goodson could get jail time and a suspension is also looming for the veteran back.|
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Dolphins | Marcus Thigpen expected to be returner Sat May 18, 02:26 PM
The Miami Dolphins will have auditions for their kick and punt returner jobs during offseason workouts and training camp, but RB Marcus Thigpen is expected to handle both roles.Link to story
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Lions | Joique Bell could get more touches in 2013 Fri May 17, 07:00 PM
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell could receive more touches at some point this season if RB Mikel Leshoure does not perform well as the complementary back to RB Reggie Bush.
|Footballguys view: Leshoure has been replaced as the feature back by Bush. If he doesn't impress as a change of pace guy then Bell could take that job too. Leshoure needs to play with more urgency and make the most of his skill set.|
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Eagles | Believe Felix Jones can contribute Fri May 17, 06:00 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles believes RB Felix Jones can make the final roster and contribute on offense this season.
|Footballguys view: Chip Kelly's offense at Oregon ran the ball 685 times in 2012. He may not run it that much this year with the Eagles but they will be a run heavy team. Jones gives them depth behind LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown. Playing as a third-string back with limited touches could help keep Jones fresh.|
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Seahawks | Spencer Ware contract details Fri May 17, 04:03 PM
Updating a previous report, the Seattle Seahawks signed RB Spencer Ware to a $2.257 million deal, including a $97,432 bonus Thursday, May 16.Link to story
Dolphins | Sign Mike Gillislee Fri May 17, 03:45 PM
The Miami Dolphins signed RB Mike Gillislee (Florida) to a four-year contract worth $2.322 million, including $162,800 bonus Friday, May 17.
|Footballguys view: Gillislee is a tough interior runner who gets stronger as the game goes on. He averaged 2.0 yards after contact per rush in the second half of games last year compared to 1.5 yards after contact per rush in the first half. He's a good runner, reliable pass protector, and decent receiver out of the backfield. Gillislee will compete with Daniel Thomas to be the primary backup behind Lamar Miller in 2013.|
Jets | Update on Mike Goodson Fri May 17, 01:33 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets RB Mike Goodson was arrested Friday, May 17, and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a loaded handgun and possession of a hollow-point bullet. Goodson was being held on $50,000 full cash bail.Link to story
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Lions | Reggie Bush comfortable in offense Fri May 17, 01:01 PM
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush is comfortable in the team's offense, and he's comparing it to the days when he was with the New Orleans Saints. 'I've always enjoyed being in the position that I am and doing what I do, being able to split out wide and catch balls so it's great that offenses are going toward that direction,' Bush said.
|Footballguys view: The Lions were a perfect landing spot for Bush. His big play ability in that high octane offense is a great fit. Over the last two years Bush has finished as the 13th and 14th best RB in fantasy football. Right now his ADP is RB17 and he's going off the board at the end of round two.|
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Jets | Mike Goodson taken into custody Fri May 17, 11:33 AM
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson was taken into New Jersey police custody for drug possession and weapons charges.Link to story
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Saints | Mark Ingram improved in second half of season Thu May 16, 07:09 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed for 178 yards and one touchdown in the first eight games of the 2012 season but rushed for 424 yards and four touchdowns in the second half of the season.
|Footballguys view: We could see more from Ingram this year. He's failed to live up to his first-round draft status as a pro but is trending upwards. With the return of head coach Sean Payton we may see the team emphasize the ground game a little more than they did last year. Ingram's current ADP is RB36 and he's coming off the board in the middle of round eight.|
Saints | Mark Ingram not worrying about individual goals Thu May 16, 07:08 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he does not want his personal goals to outweigh the team's goals this season. 'I just want to go out there and do what I can to help the team win a championship,' Ingram said. 'Of course I want to have a big year individually. But, you know, the main goal is to win games and stay healthy and be out there on the field on Sundays.' Ingram said he is fine with sharing carries with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.Link to story
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Seahawks | Spencer Ware signs Thu May 16, 06:43 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed RB Spencer Ware, their sixth-round draft pick, to a multi-year deal Thursday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: Ware is your classic banger between the tackles. He can be used effectively to pick up short yardage situations and can line up at fullback as well.|
Giants | Andre Brown could be poised to start Thu May 16, 06:05 PM
New York Giants RB Andre Brown could be poised to start in 2013. 'This is my year,' Brown said. 'I have to go out there and I have to produce. I feel like this is a very important season and I have to go out there and show the world what Andre Brown is made of.'
|Footballguys view: Brown has the experience that David Wilson does not have. He's bigger than Wilson and more capable between the tackles and on short yardage situations. Brown has huge durability concerns and lacks the big play ability that Wilson brings to the field. We'll see the two battle for the starting job in training camp.|
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Browns | Re-sign Brandon Jackson Thu May 16, 05:10 PM
The Cleveland Browns re-signed RB Brandon Jackson Thursday, May 16, to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: If Jackson can stay healthy he gives the Browns a versatile veteran behind starter Trent Richardson. Jackson will compete with Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, and Chris Ogbonnaya for pecking order on the depth chart.|
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Lions | Reggie Bush could have special teams role Thu May 16, 03:32 PM
The Detroit Lions could give RB Reggie Bush a limited role as a punt returner this season.
|Footballguys view: Bush is the team's lead back so they won't use him all the time as a punt returner. In critical situations when the team needs a big play we could see Bush back there returning punts.|
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Jets | Joe McKnight not giving up roster spot Thu May 16, 03:31 PM
New York Jets RB Joe McKnight said he is not going to give up his roster spot because the team brought in competition. "I don't care who they bring in, they're going (to have to) kill me to take my spot. You understand that now?" McKnight said in the locker room Thursday. "Just because they bring Goodson and Ivory in they already think I'm gone. They just bringing people in for competition, they ain't bringing nobody in to say, 'Joe is done.'"
|Footballguys view: McKnight has failed to impress during his short pro career. He's fourth on the depth chart right now but could stick on the roster because of his ability to contribute on special teams.|
Lions | Two rookies could be used as returners Thu May 16, 03:24 PM
The Detroit Lions could consider using RB Steven Miller and CB Darius Slay as kick and punt returners this season.Link to story
Redskins | Chris Thompson expected to get clearance before camp Thu May 16, 03:20 PM
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee) is expected to receive medical clearance before the start of training camp. He has been running and cutting but does not expect to be a full participant during organized team activities and minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Thompson is a big play waiting to happen and can score anytime he touches the ball. He's the perfect complementary back behind starter Alfred Morris.|
Redskins | Hope Roy Helu will be ready for workouts Thu May 16, 03:19 PM
The Washington Redskins are hoping RB Roy Helu (toe) will be a full participant once organized team activities start next week. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Helu recently had a setback in his recovery from offseason toe surgery.
|Footballguys view: Helu has good all-around talent but serious durability concerns have held him back during his pro career. He'll compete with Evan Royster, rookies Chris Thompson, and Jawan Jamison to get snaps behind starting RB Alfred Morris.|
Giants | David Wilson likely will be kick returner Thu May 16, 03:01 PM
The New York Giants likely will continue to use RB David Wilson as their kick returner after being unable to sign Oakland Raiders WR Joshua Cribbs. It was believed Wilson would have his return duties reduced because he is expected to be the starting running back.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if this holds up for Wilson if he shines as the team's starting RB. The Giants have other options at return man like WR Jerel Jernigan or CB Jayron Hosley.|
Jaguars | Denard Robinson plays some QB Thu May 16, 01:22 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson, who was drafted as a running back, ran some plays at quarterback during organized team activities Wednesday, May 15. Head coach Gus Bradley declined to say which kind of plays Robinson was running, though.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Robinson is one of the most versatile players in this draft class and can contribute as a passer, runner, receiver, and in the return game. We could see the Jaguars run some Wildcat/option plays with Robinson at QB this year.|
Redskins | Jawan Jamison signs Thu May 16, 10:37 AM
The Washington Redskins signed seventh-round pick RB Jawan Jamison to a four-year deal.
|Footballguys view: Just like with Chris Thompson, their fifth-round pick, any RB under the guidance of Mike Shanahan is one fantasy owners need to keep an eye on. Jamison is built low to the ground, runs with good balance, and does a good job driving his legs after contact. He can be used effectively on screen passes or draw plays to get him in space. Jamison doesn't have the speed to make the edge at the pro level.|
Jaguars | Montell Owens released Thu May 16, 10:12 AM
The Jacksonville Jaguars released RB Montell Owens.Link to story
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NFL | Two interested in Tim Hightower Thu May 16, 09:53 AM
The Washington Redskins and New York Giants are interested in free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Redskins).
|Footballguys view: Hightower would be a good fit for both teams, but might have more opportunity with the Giants. The Redskins added two RBs in the 2013 NFL draft (Chris Thompson, Jawan Jamison) to compete for roster spots with Roy Helu and Evan Royster behind Alfred Morris. The Giants have David Wilson and Andre Brown as their top two RBs but lack depth behind those two.|
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Bengals | Giovani Bernard to play key role Wed May 15, 07:04 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is expected to play a key role in the team's offense this year, and he said he's excited to share the backfield with RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. 'I think it's more so a complementary kind of thing,' Bernard said. 'I think we are both going to help each other out. I definitely had a chance to talk to him, and he's the leader of that pack, he's the leader of the guys. I'm going to be following his footsteps, so I'm going to do whatever I can to help him. He's going to help me.'
|Footballguys view: Bernard is the big play change of RB the Bengals have been looking for. He'll start as a change of pace back behind Green-Ellis but could get a bigger role if he impresses early.|
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Titans | Make roster moves Wed May 15, 05:15 PM
The Tennessee Titans signed RB Alvester Alexander (Colts) and LB Greg M. Jones (Jaguars), and waived RB Stefphon Jefferson Wednesday, May 15.
|Footballguys view: Alexander is a versatile runner who can be relied on as a receiver out of the backfield. He'll work to win a roster spot behind Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene in training camp.|
Texans | Make roster moves Wed May 15, 04:47 PM
The Houston Texans have signed free-agent C Tyler Horn (Titans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB George Winn and OT Dann O'Neill.
|Footballguys view: Winn is an all-purpose RB who should be able to latch on with another team. He lacks elite speed and too often tries to bounce runs outside. Winn is a backup caliber RB who may have to earn his keep on a practice squad.|
Bills | Several working as kick returners Wed May 15, 04:26 PM
Buffalo Bills RB Tashard Choice, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR T.J. Graham and WR Brad Smith have been returning kicks during organized team activities. CB Leodis McKelvin (groin) is also expected to be a candidate for the role but has been limited to individual drills because of offseason groin surgery.Link to story
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Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe has high expectations for offense Wed May 15, 04:13 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe said he expects to lead the NFL in receptions and receiving touchdowns in 2013, and that RB Jamaal Charles will lead the league in rushing this season.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs offense has been energized by new head coach Andy Reid. We'll see what kind of chemistry can be established between Bowe and new QB Alex Smith.|
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Texans | Several expected to compete for No. 3 RB job Wed May 15, 03:45 PM
Houston Texans RBs Deji Karim, Cierre Wood, Dennis Johnson and Ray Graham are expected to compete for the No. 3 running back job during offseason workouts and training camp.
|Footballguys view: We like Graham in this race to be RB3. The PITT runner looked like he was back to full speed at the Shrine Game earlier this year. He's a natural runner who can make defenders miss in the open field. Wood is also an intriguing option because he's a versatile player.|
Deji Karim player page
Redskins | Sign Chris Thompson Wed May 15, 02:02 PM
The Washington Redskins signed RB Chris Thompson Wednesday, May 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Any RB added by Mike Shanahan is worth making a note of for fantasy owners. Thompson is a feisty runner who is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. He is dangerous in space, has the vision to set up defenders with ease, and the body control/footwork to take sharp cuts and angles. Thompson can work off a speed option to the outside and should be a nice change of pace back behind Alfred Morris.|
Colts | RBs to be involved more in passing game Wed May 15, 01:30 PM
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to use their running backs more out of the backfield as receivers under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton than they did in 2012 with Bruce Arians calling plays. RB Vick Ballard led all Colts rushers with just 17 catches a year ago.
|Footballguys view: The Colts offense won't feature as much downfield passing as it did last year under Arians. The Hamilton offense is more controlled and based off underneath routes that move the chains in short chunks. That means a bigger opportunity for TEs like Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener. It also means more targets for RBs out of the backfield like Ballard.|