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  Ravens | Ray Rice suspended two games    Thu Jul 24, 10:24 AM

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season, according to sources. The announcement is expected Thursday, July 24.

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  Ravens | Ray Rice could be suspended two games    Thu Jul 24, 10:06 AM

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice could just be suspended two games for his off-the-field conduct this offseason, according to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin.

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  Colts | Ahmad Bradshaw cleared    Thu Jul 24, 08:29 AM

Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) has been cleared to practice.

Footballguys view: Bradshaw outplayed Trent Richardson before being sidelined last year, and some believe he can do it again this year. His draft stock is very low and Bradshaw will only cost you a pick in the very late rounds this year. He might even go undrafted. If Richardson stumbles out of the gate, Bradshaw could have surprising value, but Vick Ballard is also back and he might have something to say about that.

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  Lions | Montell Owens facing roster battle    Wed Jul 23, 11:14 PM

Detroit Lions FB Montell Owens has company, as the team will employ a more traditional fullback in the offense. They signed FB Jed Collins for the role. Owens is more of a hybrid player who excels on special teams. He likely needs to set himself apart in that role or risk not making the final roster, as he doesn't fit the traditional blocking fullback role like Collins.

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Jed Collins player page


  Lions | Jed Collins to be traditional FB    Wed Jul 23, 10:20 PM

The Detroit Lions are re-incorporating the traditional fullback into their new offensive scheme this season, and that's why they went out and signed FB Jed Collins.

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  Lions | Mikel Leshourse expected to compete    Wed Jul 23, 10:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is currently believed to be the fourth tailback on the club behind RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick heading into training camp and the preseason, but general manager Martin Mayhew expects Leshoure to compete for snaps. The team will use an offense similar to the New Orleans Saints, and they occasionally used a fourth tailback.

Footballguys view: Leshoure still has natural talent. Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his pro career. This could be his final year with the Lions, and he may need a fresh start to get the most out of his skill set.

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Mikel Leshoure player page
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  Lions | Theo Riddick might break into rotation    Wed Jul 23, 10:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick has the chance to break into the rotation at tailback, and he has drawn considerable praise from his teammates and coaches for his development this offseason. If he proves himself in training camp and the preseason, he could potentially fill a Darren Sproles-like role in the offense.

Footballguys view: Riddick has been getting a lot of praise this offseason. The drumbeat of positive information about Riddick has been constant. Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind. Keep Riddick on your waiver wire speed dial, especially in PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Joique Bell expects to be ready    Wed Jul 23, 10:17 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed most of the offseason due to a knee injury, although he has said his condition is minor and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next week.

Footballguys view: Bell is a talented runner and receiver out of the backfield. The team should ease him back into practice as he comes back from this knee injury.

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  Jaguars | Beau Blankenship waived    Wed Jul 23, 06:21 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed RB Beau Blankenship the no-recall waivers list Wednesday, July 23.


  Browns | Terrance West disputes reports; NFL confirms NFI placement    Wed Jul 23, 06:13 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) said on his Twitter page that he passed his conditioning test and people need to 'stop making up your own stories.' Per the NFL's official transaction log, West was indeed placed on the non-football injury list.


  Colts | Stanley Havili placed on PUP    Wed Jul 23, 06:02 PM

Indianapolis Colts FB Stanley Havili (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles statistical note    Wed Jul 23, 05:44 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is the only player in NFL history to have four receiving touchdowns and one or more rushing score in the same game.

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  Browns | Terrance West on NFI list    Wed Jul 23, 05:32 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source.

Footballguys view: West reportedly passed his conditioning test, and he's set to practice on Friday. He'll end up competing with Ben Tate to be the team's starting running back in 2014.

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  NFL | Running backs compensation note    Wed Jul 23, 05:26 PM

Only Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will make more money than Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, among their positional peers, following Charles' two-year extension.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles financials    Wed Jul 23, 05:22 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will receive $18.1 million in new money and an extra $5 million over the next two seasons, which will put him in the top five of highest-paid running backs.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson won't be limited    Wed Jul 23, 05:04 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) will not be limited at the start of training camp, and he was 'flying' during his conditioning test, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Jets and Johnson here. We'll see if Johnson is energized by a fresh start with his new team. Johnson is not the same player he used to be, and he's clearly lost a step in recent years. His current ADP is RB26 (5.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles receives contract extension    Wed Jul 23, 04:42 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has agreed to an undisclosed contract extension and is on his way to training camp, per sources.

Footballguys view: That was the shortest holdout in the history of the NFL. Charles was going to skip the start of camp because he wanted more money. The Chiefs quickly reacted and gave him a contract extension that locks him up for the next four years. Charles is now the second-highest paid running back in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson. Charles was scheduled to make $3.9 million in salary and bonuses this season, but now that number is $8.3 million in 2014.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles had roster bonus tied to reporting    Wed Jul 23, 03:20 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was due a $1 million bonus to report to training camp, which makes his 2014 base salary only $2.65 million.

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  Jaguars | Deion Belue signed    Wed Jul 23, 02:00 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent CB Deion Belue (Steelers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Beau Blankenship.

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  Bills | Two hospitalized due to cramps    Wed Jul 23, 12:21 PM

Buffalo Bills FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and TE Chris Gragg (cramps) were hospitalized because of complications from cramps and were getting hydrated, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Rodriguez has been released from the hospital, while Gragg is still in the hospital.

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Chris Gragg player page


  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles not reporting    Wed Jul 23, 09:43 AM

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, barring a major contract breakthrough.

Footballguys view: Charles wants more money after an MVP-like season last year. He's massively underpaid as the 13th-highest paid running back in terms of annual average salary ($4.6 million).

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  Colts | Vick Ballard passes physical    Wed Jul 23, 09:28 AM

Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) reported to camp and has passed his physical.

Footballguys view: Ballard is competing for a reserve role with the Colts this year. If healthy, he could win the team's third-string job behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.

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  Bills | Three out, one back    Wed Jul 23, 08:32 AM

Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (cramps), FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and CB Brandon E. Smith (leg) were out of practice Wednesday, July 23. OT Seantrel Henderson (hip) returned to action.

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Chris Gragg player page


  Giants | Could use three-man rotation at RB    Wed Jul 23, 08:18 AM

New York Giants RBs Rashad Jennings, David Wilson and Andre Williams could be used in a three-man rotation this season to keep Jennings fresh.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on this battle in camp. Jennings should be the lead back, and he's a fine runner and receiver out of the backfield. Wilson could be the team's change-of-pace back because of his speed and explosiveness. Williams could be the team's banger in short-yardage and goal line situations.

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David Wilson player page
Andre Williams player page


  Buccaneers | Few players may be on bubble    Wed Jul 23, 02:31 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, G Carl Nicks and DE Da'Quan Bowers may be fighting for roster spots once training camp begins due to other competition for their jobs. TE Luke Stocker and S Kelcie McCray were also mentioned.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. All of the players listed have question marks surrounding their game--either durability or upside/natural ability. We'll see if a guy like Rainey can stick around as a reserve runner with the Bucs.

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Luke Stocker player page
Bobby Rainey player page


  Browns | Ben Tate, Terrance West might be great battle    Wed Jul 23, 01:02 AM

Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Watch this competition unfold in training camp. Tate was added in free agency after spending the start of his pro career as a talented backup behind Arian Foster in Houston. West was a third-round pick this year, and the big back produced in college at Towson. The Browns also added talented UDFA Isaiah Crowell (Alabama State, Georgia transfer) after the draft. Running back talent is not a problem for Cleveland.

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  Giants | Andre Williams used as goal-line back    Tue Jul 22, 11:53 PM

New York Giants RB Andre Williams served as the team's goal-line back Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Keep this in mind when drafting players like Rashad Jennings or David Wilson in your fantasy draft. Williams is a two-down thumper with the ability to grind it out between the tackles. He has build-up speed, and we'll see how much playing time he can carve out for himself as a rookie.

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  Eagles | Darren Sproles could be matchup problem for defenses    Tue Jul 22, 11:03 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles' ability to win one-on-one matchups in space is what head coach Chip Kelly plans to exploit this season. Kelly said opposing defenses played a lot of man-to-man coverage against his offense last year, and his goal was to find a way to exploit the coverage this year.

Footballguys view: We are incredibly excited by the idea of Sproles working under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Reports indicate that LeSean McCoy's workload will not decline this year. Sproles should be used mostly as a receiver out of the backfield. His current ADP is RB31 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Giants | David Wilson looks sharp    Tue Jul 22, 10:23 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) was making quick cuts and looked like one of the most athletic players on the field Tuesday, July 22, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Footballguys view: Talent was never a question with Wilson. He's quick, fast, agile and plays bigger than his size. Wilson led the NCAA in yards after contact during his final season at Virginia Tech. If healthy, he will compete with Rashad Jennings for touches at the running back position.

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  Giants | David Wilson works with second-team    Tue Jul 22, 10:04 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) worked with the second-team offense Tuesday, July 22, one day after being cleared to return following an offseason neck procedure.

Footballguys view: Wilson is working his way back from a serious neck injury. He'll have to compete behind Rashad Jennings until he's ready for a larger role. We should see him worked in as a change-of-pace back (at least) this year.

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  Chargers | Ryan Mathews entering last season with Chargers?    Tue Jul 22, 09:33 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews' rookie contract will expire after the 2014 season, which means this could be his final year with the organization, in the opinion of ESPN's Eric D. Williams. San Diego recently extended the contract of RB Danny Woodhead and added a player similar to Mathews in RB Donald Brown via a three-year pact earlier in the offseason.

Footballguys view: Mathews has a lot to play for this year. He finally played a full 16-game season last year, but he was injured in the playoff loss to the Broncos. If he produces this year, then the chances of him getting a rich free-agent contract will increase. If not, Mathews might find himself into a similar situation to what Knowshon Moreno was in earlier this year.

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  Bills | Run game shines in practice    Tue Jul 22, 08:50 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson and RB Anthony Dixon both reached the second level on runs during team drills Tuesday, July 22, and the team's top four backs all had runs that would have gone for first down yardage.

Footballguys view: The Bills are stacked at the running back position. Dixon is the forgotten fourth-string back behind Jackson, C.J. Spiller and Bryce Brown. We'll see if they have to lean on Spiller and Jackson, or if they can jump start the passing game led by E.J. Manuel this year.

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Fred Jackson player page
Anthony Dixon player page


  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles is 14th highest-paid back    Tue Jul 22, 08:44 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is scheduled to earn $3.9 million this year, which ranks 14th among running backs. ESPN.com is reporting that Charles and the team are discussing a new contract.

Footballguys view: Adding in bonus money, Charles has a $5.2 million cap number in 2014. This actually makes him the 13th ranked RB in terms of average annual salary ($4.6 million).

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  Chiefs | Team believes Jamaal Charles will report    Tue Jul 22, 08:28 PM

Updating a previous report, the Kansas City Chiefs believe RB Jamaal Charles will report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, whether a contract extension has been reached or not, a source told Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star.

Footballguys view: This conflicts with an earlier report from a Kansas City TV station. Charles is looking to make more money, and he feels underpaid at his current average annual salary of $4.6 million. At this time, the Chiefs have around $9 million in cap space. They are looking to get a deal done with Justin Houston in addition to Charles. We'll see if they can do some salary-cap gymnastics to get both paid.

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  49ers | Marcus Lattimore may practice soon    Tue Jul 22, 07:30 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) may be on the practice field sooner rather than later, according to a source. The team is being cautious with Lattimore, but he is reportedly fine.

Footballguys view: We need to see what Lattimore looks like in practice and the preseason before we get too excited about his chances to make an impact in 2014. Lattimore has incredible talent, but coming back from the knee injury (second one in college) suffered in 2012 may be difficult. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Frank Gore this year.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles to hold out    Tue Jul 22, 07:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp, according to a source. Charles is reportedly holding out for more money.

Footballguys view: Huge news here. Charles is currently signed through 2015, and he has a $5.2 million cap number in 2014. He is the 13th ranked RB in terms of average annual salary ($4.6 million). Other sources are reporting that Charles is going to show up to camp on time, so we'll have to wait and see what actually happens here.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead extended    Tue Jul 22, 06:34 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The Chargers wanted to wrap up their change-of-pace back, and that's what they did here. He should be in line for a similar level of production to what he had last year (around 75 catches, 100 carries) which makes him a high-end RB3 in PPR leagues. Woodhead has a current ADP of RB33 (7.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Danny Woodhead player page


  Ravens | Bernard Pierce fully cleared    Tue Jul 22, 04:23 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said he has been fully cleared following his rotator cuff surgery in the offseason. Pierce also said he is down to 223 pounds.

Footballguys view: Pierce should be the primary backup behind Ray Rice. If (when) Rice is suspended by the league, Pierce will fill in as the team's starter. Pierce is a big, tough runner who can wear down opponents as the game goes on.

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Bernard Pierce player page


  Ravens | Bernard Pierce at practice    Tue Jul 22, 04:19 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce practiced Tuesday, July 22. Head coach John Harbaugh is pleased with his medical progression.

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  Seahawks | Spencer Ware's DUI case dismissed    Mon Jul 21, 10:03 PM

Seattle Seahawks FB Spencer Ware's DUI case was dismissed Monday, July 21, according to the King County prosecutor's office.

Footballguys view: Ware is an interesting talent to monitor in super deep dynasty leagues. He's a good runner and receiver out of the backfield who can play fullback or running back.

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Spencer Ware player page


  Bills | Bryce Brown looking good     Mon Jul 21, 08:59 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Bryce Brown has routinely reached the second level when running the ball in camp, according to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak.

Footballguys view: An interesting note for fantasy owners here. Brown is going to play as a reserve runner behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson this year. However, Brown may be the lead back for the Bills in 2015. Both Spiller and Jackson are in the final year of their contracts.

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  Redskins | Roy Helu may have advantage over Evan Royster    Mon Jul 21, 06:28 PM

Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr. is seen as a better pass catcher than RB Evan Royster by some of the coaches, which should help his chance to make the final roster.

Footballguys view: Helu does have an advantage, especially under new head coach Jay Gruden. He's a fine receiver out of the backfield and has good run-after-the-catch ability.

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Evan Royster player page


  Patriots | Several placed on NFI list    Mon Jul 21, 05:21 PM

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley, RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner and OT Chris Martin have been placed on the team's non-football injury list.

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  Giants | Former OC believes David Wilson can help    Mon Jul 21, 01:32 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) should be able to help the offense if he is able to stay healthy this upcoming season, according to former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

Footballguys view: We agree with the former OC here. Wilson is a talented player who can make big plays happen any time he touches the ball. However, there are still a few things he needs to improve before the team can rely on him as anything more than a part-time back. Gilbride said Wilson needs to work on his pass blocking and route running.

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  Chiefs | De'Anthony Thomas works mostly with RBs    Mon Jul 21, 01:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas spent most of his time with the running backs during practice Monday, July 21. Thomas run a lot of passing routes out of the backfield and motioned out of the back field at times during plays.

Footballguys view: The speedy rookie is listed as a running back, but he's more like Dexter McCluster used to be for the Chiefs--an offensive weapon. Thomas was drafted this year since McCluster left in free agency. We're not expecting much from the rookie this year, but we are intrigued by how his skill set will translate to the pro level. McCluster is not as fast, but he's quicker and a better runner in cramped space than Thomas was at Oregon.

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  Chiefs | Two to PUP    Mon Jul 21, 12:09 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Joe McKnight (knee) and CB David Van Dyke (hamstring) were placed on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: Camp PUP is much different than regular-season PUP. McKnight and Van Dyke can come off the list at any time.

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  Packers | John Kuhn blocking well    Mon Jul 21, 11:15 AM

Green Bay Packers FB John Kuhn didn't have a quarterback pressure in 325 snaps last season, with half of the snaps coming in spread formations. 'He did block better,' an NFC North scout said. 'He can cover you up as a lead (blocker) but he's just not great there. He's valuable because he's really good in pass protection and he can catch the ball.'

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  Giants | Rashad Jennings still the lead back    Mon Jul 21, 11:00 AM

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is still considered the lead running back, despite RB David Wilson's (neck) clearance for contact.

Footballguys view: That's the best move for the Giants. Wilson is a talented back, but there's no need to rush him back. He'll have to first compete as a reserve behind Jennings in training camp. We like Jennings value as a low-end RB2 with upside.

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David Wilson player page


  Giants | David Wilson says he's good to go    Mon Jul 21, 10:29 AM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) said that he has been cleared for everything.

Footballguys view: Talent has never been a question mark for Wilson. During his final season at Virginia Tech, Wilson led the NCAA in yards after contact. He's fast, quick and runs bigger than his size. This neck injury has nearly derailed his pro career, but we'll see if he can get things back on track this year.

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Rashad Jennings player page
David Wilson player page


  Chiefs | Joe McKnight had surgery    Mon Jul 21, 08:20 AM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Joe McKnight (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery after minicamp ended last month and is close to returning to practice.

Footballguys view: McKnight is trying to get his career back on track with a fresh start with the Chiefs. He spent last year out of football, but could make the Chiefs final roster as a reserve running back and return man.

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