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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson confused by doubters    Sat Feb 25, 12:07 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he perplexed by those who question whether or not he can bounce back in 2017.

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  Steelers | Not much progress between PIT Le'Veon Bell    Fri Feb 24, 06:47 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has not made much progress in contract talks with the Steelers and likely will receive the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the deadline.

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  Bengals | Rex Burkhead may not be back with CIN    Fri Feb 24, 06:08 PM

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent RB Rex Burkhead probably will not re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals unless he receives a bigger role in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell.

Footballguys view: The Bengals won't have that larger role for him on offense until/unless something happens with Gio Bernard or Jeremy Hill. With this strong RB class in the draft, we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves to sign Burkhead.

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  Vikings | No talks between Vikings, Adrian Peterson    Fri Feb 24, 05:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he has not talked with RB Adrian Peterson at this point but will not make a decision on Peterson's contract until he talks with him and his agent. Spielman said the team will make a decision before the start of free agency.

Footballguys view: They're not going to bring him back with a price tag of $18 million in 2017. If he agrees to a massively restructured deal then perhaps Peterson will still be with the Vikings next season. Let's just say we're not counting on it.

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  Chiefs | C.J. Spiller signs with KC    Fri Feb 24, 10:08 AM

Free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Jets) signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, Feb. 24.

Footballguys view: Spiller can work as a change-of-pace back for the Chiefs. We should see the Chiefs utilize a RBBC with Spencer Ware as the lead back. Spiller is no lock to make the team, but if he does then he'll work into that RBBC in a reserve role.

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  NFL | Joe Mixon to work out at pro day    Thu Feb 23, 10:05 PM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon will participate in Oklahoma's pro day on March 8.

Footballguys view: Mixon won't be at the Scouting Combine due to a domestic violence incident from 2014. A first-round talent on the field, there are some in the scouting community who think Mixon will be a mid-round pick at best. Some reports indicate Mixon won't even be drafted.

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  NFL | D'Onta Foreman dropping weight    Thu Feb 23, 09:40 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman has dropped some weight in preparation for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and is running the 40-yard dash in the low-to-mid 4.5-second range, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.

Footballguys view: Foreman is a big back, measuring in at 249 pounds. However, he's not a true power back as he prefers to avoid defenders rather than run them over. Foreman is a north-south runner who can change direction fluidly. He's terrible in pass protection, so he'll have to begin his pro career as a two-down player.

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  Packers | Eddie Lacy progressing well in recovery    Thu Feb 23, 06:44 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) ran publicly for the first time -- albeit in a pool during a rehab session at the University of Alabama -- since having ankle surgery a few months ago Thursday, Feb. 23.

Footballguys view: Lacy is a free agent, and the market should be lukewarm for his services. Weight problems and durability issues will keep his price low. He may not have to sign a "prove it" deal, but it's not like Lacy is going to break the bank on the open market.

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  Falcons | Atlanta boasted best running back duo    Thu Feb 23, 05:48 PM

Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman produced the best numbers of any backfield combination in 2016. Their main production came in the endzone, tallying a combined 24 total touchdowns. Freeman finished with over 1,500 total yards, while Coleman finished just shy of 1,000 total yards.

Footballguys view: The Falcons should have more of the same going forward in 2017. Kyle Shanahan left to be the head coach of the 49ers, but new OC Steve Sarkisian is likely to keep most of the system in place.

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  NFL | Rashad Jennings has chip on shoulder    Thu Feb 23, 04:50 PM

Free-agent RB Rashad Jennings (Giants) said he has a chip on his shoulder after being released by the New York Giants. Jennings believes he still has a strong work ethic and plenty of gas left in the tank, not to mention that he's healthy.

Footballguys view: Jennings is a good all-purpose back and he should get some interest on the open market. He's unlikely to land a clear starting job, but he could be put in a position to compete for one in the right situation.

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  Vikings | Minnesota undecided on Adrian Peterson    Thu Feb 23, 03:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future with the Vikings is still in limbo. General manager Rick Spielman said Minnesota hasn't yet made a decision on their running back, but it's unlikely that Peterson remains a Viking if he's not willing to take a big pay cut. He is due $18 million next season.

Footballguys view: We just don't expect Peterson back with the Vikings. The money is too much, and the team could move on with Jerrick McKinnon as their lead back.

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  NFL | James Conner good to go    Thu Feb 23, 02:40 PM

Pittsburgh RB James Conner received a clean scan Thursday, Feb. 23, in regards to the Hodgkin's Lymphoma he dealt with in 2015, according to a source.

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  Jets | Bilal Powell dominated late    Wed Feb 22, 11:42 PM

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell amassed 82 carries for 411 yards and two touchdowns while adding 21 catches for 141 yards over the final four games of the regular season.

Footballguys view: Powell did a really nice job late in the season when Matt Forte was banged up and the year was lost. We think he can do more, but the Jets are likely to continue this as a timeshare which limits his opportunities and fantasy impact.

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  Titans | DeMarco Murray still 'the guy'    Wed Feb 22, 10:18 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is an 'important part of the offense', but DeMarco Murray will remain the starter and lead runner in 2017, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

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  Texans | Tyler Ervin could be third-down RB    Wed Feb 22, 03:02 PM

Houston Texans RB Tyler Ervin could serve as the team's third-down running back in 2017 if the team does not re-sign impending free-agent RB Jonathan Grimes this offseason.

Footballguys view: We would applaud that move. Ervin is super fast, super quick and dangerous anytime he touches the rock. A threat to score in the open field, Ervin could provide the Texans with field-flipping plays.

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  Steelers | No surgery for Le'Veon Bell    Wed Feb 22, 02:43 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) is not scheduled to undergo groin surgery at this time even though he met with doctors after the season, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Great news for Bell here. The team can take it easy on him as he continues to recover this offseason. Bell probably would have had surgery by now if it was necessary.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson in top-five in targets for RBs    Tue Feb 21, 11:19 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson was targeted 74 times this past season, placing him fifth amongst running backs in that category. He turned those targets into 53 receptions for 514 yards, though he did not record a receiving touchdown.

Footballguys view: Johnson is a fine change-of-pace back for the Browns. He should work in the same capacity for the team this year, and that makes Johnson a RB3 or flex play for fantasy owners.

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  Panthers | Mike Tolbert done in Carolina    Tue Feb 21, 01:44 PM

Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert was released by the team Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Footballguys view: A perennial Pro Bowl fullback during his time with the Panthers, Tolbert should be able to latch on with another team for 2017. He mainly will contribute as a blocker, but he can help as a runner or receiver out of the backfield too.

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  Vikings | Pat Shurmur focused on running game    Mon Feb 20, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson and/or Jerick McKinnon could see increased usage in 2017 with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur wants to improve the offense as a whole, but he said the key and focal point of the offense will be to do a better job in the running game.

Footballguys view: The team needs to open things up more for the passing game. Sam Bradford proved he can be incredibly accurate on short passes, but the team needs a vertical element to challenge defenses. That vertical passing game can be set up by a strong rushing attack. We don't think Peterson returns in 2017, so McKinnon may get a huge bump in fantasy potential. Stay tuned.

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  49ers | No rushing TDs for Carlos Hyde after October    Mon Feb 20, 01:01 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde scored six times as a rusher in September and October, but he failed to find the end zone on the ground after that, settling instead for three receiving touchdowns over that time. In addition, five of Hyde's rushing scores came against NFC West division rivals.

Footballguys view: Hyde is in a contract year, and if healthy he could put up spectacular numbers in a Kyle Shanahan offense. In 13 games, Hyde was able to finish as a top-15 fantasy RB (standard scoring) in 2016. If healthy, Hyde has RB1 upside with a RB2 price tag in drafts. Keep an eye on him as we go through training camp this year.

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  NFL | Christian McCaffrey can handle carries    Sun Feb 19, 10:54 PM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is a tireless workout warrior built to handle heavy workloads, according to his collegiate teammate Graham Shuler. 'We do this thing here called the Gator Run,' Shuler said. 'It's one of our most intense off-season training things. It's when you load up one of those utility vehicles, like a Gator, with 600 pounds in the back and three coaches are riding in it. We push it all around campus, and it's a sprint. It's really rare for anyone to push it over 20 times. When we did it this summer, Christian pushed it 43 times. He took 43 turns.'

Footballguys view: McCaffrey is a versatile running back who can immediately help as a runner, receiver or return man. He's likely to see his draft stock rise as the pre-draft process continues. We fully expect him to impress at the Scouting Combine, and he'll certainly get bonus points as a great interview/standout person. Don't be shocked to see more mock drafts putting him in the first round.

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  Raiders | Competition for Latavius Murray?    Sun Feb 19, 09:07 PM

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray will have interest from multiple teams, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, and Caplan believes the market for Murray could make it difficult for Oakland to re-sign him.

Footballguys view: Speculation around the league says the Raiders are ready to move on anyway. Murray is a big-bodied three-down running back with the speed to rip off field-flipping plays. He'll have more than a few suitors, and his price tag may be larger than some have anticipated.

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  Saints | John Kuhn impressed Sean Payton    Sun Feb 19, 08:04 PM

New Orleans Saints FB John Kuhn impressed head coach Sean Payton with his toughness, leadership and ability to pass protect.

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  Dolphins | Kenyan Drake could be third-down back    Sun Feb 19, 04:21 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake could be used a third-down back next season with RB Jay Ajayi as the starting running back.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins should use Drake as a change-of-pace back in 2017. He's got the speed to get to and through the hole quickly. Drake is not creative or elusive as a runner, but he could perform like a Tevin Coleman-lite for the Dolphins offense.

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  Chiefs | Spencer Ware consistent in 2016    Sun Feb 19, 03:45 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware rushed for 478 yards and one touchdown at home this season and rushed for 443 yards and two touchdowns on the road.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver may return kicks    Sun Feb 19, 03:01 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver should receive a chance to compete for the kick returner job next season if he remains on the roster.

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  Bengals | Giovani Bernard rehab update    Sun Feb 19, 11:16 AM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is making solid progress in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and could avoid landing on the PUP list, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. However, Hobson believes there is still a possibility that he could miss the first game or two of the 2017 regular season.

Footballguys view: We'll know more about Bernard's availability as the season gets closer. He should be very limited during training camp, but Bernard's workload should ramp up near the end of August. How he responds to that will determine how soon he can be ready to return.

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  Giants | NYG hasn't shown interest in Adrian Peterson    Sun Feb 19, 10:20 AM

The New York Giants have not expressed interest in acquiring Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, even though the 32-year-old veteran has hinted that he wouldn't mind playing for the team if he doesn't return to the Vikings.

Footballguys view: Peterson took to Twitter to comment on the moves the Giants were making this offseason. He's likely done in Minnesota, and it will be interesting to see where he lands. Peterson can still carry a full workload as a runner, but he might have to settle for working in some form of RBBC wherever he lands.

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  Vikings | Zach Line nearing return    Sat Feb 18, 09:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent FB Zach Line (hip) said he is ready to start training next week and plans to 'hit the ground running' following hip surgery.

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  Lions | Rehab on track for Ameer Abdullah    Sat Feb 18, 08:46 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return for spring practice, and he posted a video of himself running on an incline treadmill.

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  Ravens | Terrance West looking for 1,000 yards    Sat Feb 18, 05:54 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West said one of his goals for next season is to rush for at least 1,000 yards.

Footballguys view: West was close this past season. In 16 games with the Ravens, West rushed for 774 yards and five touchdowns. In 2017, West may lose more carries to Kenneth Dixon. It's going to be a battle to watch out for in training camp.

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  Ravens | Baltimore to talk with Kyle Juszczyk's agent    Sat Feb 18, 04:56 PM

The Baltimore Ravens likely will talk to the agent for impending free-agent FB Kyle Juszczyk at the NFL scouting combine.

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  Bills | Reggie Bush unlikely to return    Sat Feb 18, 04:35 PM

Buffalo Bills impending free-agent RB Reggie Bush likely will not re-sign with the Bills this offseason.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine the market being white hot for Bush. In fact, he might not have too much time left in the NFL.

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  NFL | Kareem Hunt gaining supporters    Sat Feb 18, 12:31 AM

Toledo RB Kareem Hunt forced more missed tackles than any player in the country this season, and he fumbled just once on 856 touches in his four-year collegiate career.

Footballguys view: Hunt is a versatile player who stays low before contact and uses his strong lower body to grind out more yards. He can catch passes out of the backfield effectively, and Hunt does a good job of staying patient as blocks develop in front of him. He is elusive in a small area, but don't expect him to rip off field-flipping runs at the pro level.

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  NFL | Trent Richardson in hot water    Fri Feb 17, 11:35 PM

Free-agent RB Trent Richardson (Ravens) is facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, stemming from an incident Thursday, Feb. 16.

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  Bills | Mike Gillislee may get long-term deal    Fri Feb 17, 03:51 PM

Buffalo Bills restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee could receive a long-term contract this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Bills have unlocked Gillislee's potential, and they may want to see even more out of him. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will implement a zone-running scheme that fits Gillislee's best attributes -- his patience and burst.

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  Vikings | Zach Line had surgery    Fri Feb 17, 10:22 AM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent FB Zach Line (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and should be off crutches soon.

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  Bills | LeSean McCoy a possible cut?    Fri Feb 17, 09:32 AM

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy could be a surprise cut this offseason, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal. McCoy isn't a perfect fit in offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's one-cut running system. If McCoy is designated as a post-June 1 cut, the team recoups $6.25 million in cap room.

Footballguys view: That would certainly be a surprise by the Bills this offseason. McCoy is a leader on the offense, and the team may be without Tyrod Taylor for 2017. Getting rid of both McCoy and Taylor would likely have disastrous effects on the team. However, they are in rebuilding mode so anything is possible. We think McCoy is safe, but this is a situation that is worth monitoring as the offseason rolls on.

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  Packers | Fines not motivating Eddie Lacy    Fri Feb 17, 12:04 AM

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent RB Eddie Lacy has been fined over the last couple of seasons for not making weight by head coach Mike McCarthy.

Footballguys view: Lacy is likely to have to sign a one-year "prove it" deal no matter where he lands...and even if he stays with the Packers. He's got a couple of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, but problems staying healthy and weight issues will keep his contract offers somewhat reserved.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde has room to grow    Thu Feb 16, 11:38 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is a 'work in progress,' according to former running backs coach Tom Rathman. 'He's moving in the right direction,' Rathman said. 'He still has some growing to do as a football player to get to the level of player that everybody wants to be.'

Footballguys view: Hyde is going to have a great opportunity to shine in 2017 under new head coach Kyle Shanahan. Entering the final year of his contract, Hyde could make a lot of money if he stays healthy and shines in Shanahan's RB-friendly system. Hyde is a player we're excited about for the upcoming season.

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  Giants | Adrian Peterson keeping tabs on NYG    Thu Feb 16, 09:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tweeted Wednesday, Feb. 15, that the New York Giants have been 'making some interesting moves' this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Giants would be insane to bring him on, though they are one of the teams Peterson wants to play for if cut loose by the Vikings. Given how bad he looked behind one poor offensive line in Minnesota, we're not excited to see him behind another one in New York. They seem set on Paul Perkins as well, so unless Peterson wants to be the second back, he wouldn't have much work at Metlife Stadium anyway.

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  Steelers | Pitt will tag Le'Veon Bell if needed    Thu Feb 16, 05:58 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell will hit the free-agent market March 9, and general manager Kevin Colbert said signing Bell and tagging Bell are both options. 'The tag is always an option, and it's something we'll use if necessary,' Colbert said. Colbert did add that even if Bell is tagged the Steelers still want to sign him to a long-term deal eventually.

Footballguys view: If they tag him, it's only to give them some time to lock him down long term. Bell isn't going anywhere.

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  NFL | Zac Stacy retires    Thu Feb 16, 05:46 PM

Free-agent RB Zac Stacy (Jets) announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday, Feb. 16.

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  Dolphins | Miami makes more moves    Thu Feb 16, 05:36 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Joseph Hastings and RB Arian Foster were released from the Reserve/Retired list Thursday, Feb. 16.

Footballguys view: For Foster, this is likely the end of a career. Often exciting on the field, always exciting in an interview, Foster broke down before we were ready to see him go.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon can do better    Thu Feb 16, 04:34 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon can take his game to another level, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn said he's going to work with Gordon in an effort to make him better as a runner. 'When I look at the tape, I say, 'Oh my goodness, we can help him get better here and here.' And he's already good, but there's more yards [to be gained],' Lynn said. Lynn was a running back himself in the NFL and believes his experience and insight can help Gordon achieve his full potential.

Footballguys view: We'd like to see that, but as the saying goes "you can't produce from the trainer's table." Gordon has missed games both of his first two seasons and that isn't helping his development. Hopefully the Chargers can help him remain healthy so he can reach his potential.

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  Steelers | Pitt wants two playmakers for life    Thu Feb 16, 03:19 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers want impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown to remain Steelers for the rest of their respective careers, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

Footballguys view: They'd be crazy not to. They have the money right now, and while there will be competition for Bell, they have the inside track. Whether in Pittsburgh or elsewhere, Bell is arguably the top fantasy back for 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin still in Bucs' plans?    Thu Feb 16, 01:23 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was expected to be released or traded before the 2017 NFL season, but the front office may be willing to keep Martin around and 'play the situation out,' according to Roy Cummings, of FloridaFootballInsiders.com. Martin is suspended the first three games of 2017 and will not cost the team any money if he is indeed released.

Footballguys view: The Bucs will play this close to the vest in case they can trade him. Even if they want to cut him, they won't say it. That said, cutting him or trading him are real possibilities and so expect them to show interest in some free agents this offseason, and draft prospects this April. We think Martin could have a lot of value elsewhere, but being out for three weeks will reduce any fantasy value considerably.

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  Seahawks | C.J. Prosise will be ready for OTAs    Thu Feb 16, 11:31 AM

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is expected to be ready for organized team activities and minicamp. He's slated to be the third-down back and a change-of-pace option on early downs.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks had to adjust on the fly a lot this season, as their backfield was beset by injuries and under-performing running backs. It will take two backs to replace the production of Marshawn Lynch, as we saw last year, which will make neither back the fantasy producer Lynch was. His ability to catch a ball will make Prosise a bit more valuable in PPR leagues though.

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  Steelers | Trey Williams joins Steelers    Wed Feb 15, 04:08 PM

Free-agent RB Trey Williams (Colts) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Feb. 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Rams | Todd Gurley got impatient    Wed Feb 15, 09:25 AM

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley became impatient and went away from the play call when holes didn't open up early, according to running backs coach Skip Peete. 'He started changing what he was trying to do,' Peete said. 'The most important thing, like we talked about, is you have to have total confidence in the scheme of the play.' Peete also said Gurley needs to improve his pass blocking.

Footballguys view: The Rams need to do what they can to get Gurley back on track. He could be the best running back in the league, if the team is able to get the best out of his game. Gurley can be incredibly fantasy relevant, but his disappointing 2016 will cause his draft stock to fall.

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