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  Falcons | Tevin Coleman a bad fit?    Sat Jul 4, 09:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could lack the patience needed to thrive in the team's zone-based rushing attack, but he is still the favorite to start in Week 1, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports.

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  Falcons | Tevin Coleman the frontrunner to start?    Fri Jul 3, 10:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman should end up starting Week 1 ahead of RB Devonta Freeman, according to Steven Ruiz of USA TODAY Sports, because Coleman has top-end speed and was picked by the coaching staff.

Footballguys view: Freeman and Coleman are both going to have sizable roles no matter who the ceremonial starter is for Week 1. Freeman will get more work on passing downs and in no huddle situations, while Coleman should see more early down work. Both backs will have the chance to increase their role with success, but don't expect a 300+ touch back to emerge this year in Atlanta. Both are going in the fifth round or later, with Freeman usually going 2-4 rounds after Coleman.

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  Bengals | Jeremy Hill wants to improve strength    Fri Jul 3, 07:54 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill said he wanted to build up the strength in his legs this offseason in hopes of improving his acceleration into the second level of opposing defenses. Hill said he believes he was tackled by the first defender too often last season.

Footballguys view: Hill was able to find his way through the line with strong lateral agility for such a big back and he could pull away if he got a lane. The Bengals have some key pieces of the passing game back this year, which could open up things even more for him. Hill will still split with Giovani Bernard and possibly not get feature back touches any time the Bengals don't control the game, so he's on the fringe of the RB1 tier in drafts.

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  Saints | Khiry Robinson ready for opportunity    Fri Jul 3, 06:09 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson is ready to take what he can get after an arm injury cut his 2014 campaign short. 'I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it,' Robinson said. 'So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna [perform to] the best of my ability every play.' Robinson is remaining confident after the Saints spent big money to re-sign RB Mark Ingram and acquire RB C.J. Spiller.

Footballguys view: Robinson didn't look that far off of Mark Ingram in terms of talent and effectiveness at the beginning of last year, but Ingram pulled away when Robinson was out. If Ingram or oft-injured CJ Spiller miss time this year, Robinson will merit a look in fantasy leagues. Keep him on waiver wire speed dial.

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  Cowboys | Concerns with Darren McFadden?    Thu Jul 2, 10:54 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden has topped 155 carries just twice in his seven years in the league, and he has averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry in each of the last three seasons.

Footballguys view: It's not impossible that McFadden hits in the Cowboys backfield, but it feels that way. Joseph Randle has been rocketing up boards, and the fantasy world is just starting to wake up to the potential of Lance Dunbar as the receiving back in Dallas. McFadden hasn't done enough to inspire confidence, but the Cowboys offensive line quality means we should monitor him even if we can't stomach spending a draft pick on him.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has nose for end zone     Wed Jul 1, 04:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has score double-digit touchdowns in every season of his eight-year NFL career. Last season is the exception as he only played in one game due to allegation of child abuse. When Peterson has played at least 12 games, he has scored at least 10 touchdowns. From 2007 to 2013, Peterson averaged 12.29 touchdowns per season.

Footballguys view: Peterson has taught us to not let typical human performances be the bounds of our expectations when it comes to his production. He hasn't had a good QB since Brett Favre in 2009, when Peterson scored 18 rushing touchdowns and set career highs in receptions and receiving yardage. He's worth considering at #1 overall.

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  Cowboys | Lance Dunbar to have receiving role?    Tue Jun 30, 04:36 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is expected to have the biggest impact of any of the running backs in the passing game, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.

Footballguys view: We'll have to see how this Cowboys backfield shakes out, but we think Dunbar is third in the pecking order. Joseph Randle should win the starting job with Darren McFadden playing as a backup. Even if he's the top receiving back in Dallas, we're projecting Dunbar to get about 25-30 catches in 2015.

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  Cowboys | No lead candidate at RB in Dallas?    Tue Jun 30, 04:07 PM

Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar are still battling each other for the starting running back position, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. 'I can't say who is going to be the lead dog right now, but those guys are going to compete and we're going to do what's necessary to win games,' Brown said.

Footballguys view: Brown was a pretty good running back for a brief time during his NFL career, and now he's in charge of one of the best rushing attacks in the league. No matter who is the starter, they'll be fantasy relevant behind that monstrous offensive line. We feel Randle ends up as the guy who comes out on top in this battle in training camp.

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  Lions | Joique Bell aiming for 1,200 yards    Tue Jun 30, 11:28 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'

Footballguys view: Bell certainly has the skill set to get that mark in 2015, but there are some obstacles in his way. First, he's not healthy and there's no telling when he'll be ready to practice. He's coming back from both an Achilles' and knee injury, but the team plans for him to be ready at some point in training camp. Second, Bell is going to be splitting time in 2015. The Lions added electric rookie RB Ameer Abdullah in the 2015 NFL draft, and he's going to challenge Bell for the starting job. Abdullah may be best served as a change-of-pace back, but he's too good to keep on the bench. Bell is a RB3 for fantasy owners if he's the starter, and that role might not be as big as some think because of Abdullah's presence.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead looks to be healthy    Mon Jun 29, 10:01 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) missed 13 games last season due to a broken ankle, but he appeared fast and healthy in offseason work.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here, especially PPR league players. Woodhead feels good after returning from the serious ankle injury he suffered early last season. His quickness and ability to make defenders miss in the open field is going to be utilized often when he's on the field as a change-of-pace back behind rookie Melvin Gordon. Woodhead should snare about 50 passes this year, and PPR owners should consider him a RB4 and occasional flex play in 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still confident    Mon Jun 29, 02:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still believes he's the best running back in the NFL. This was in response to Peterson being named the 62nd best player on the NFL Network's top 100 players list.

Footballguys view: Peterson should be able to pick up where he left off after missing most of 2014. Fantasy owners should look at him the same as they've always done--he should be a top-5 pick in most every draft out there.

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  Cowboys | Darren McFadden healthy, happy where he is    Mon Jun 29, 02:12 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he's excited to be with the Cowboys and feels like he's a rookie again. McFadden also said the injured hamstring that caused him to miss time this offseason is feeling great.

Footballguys view: McFadden should be happy where he is because of that monstrous offensive line in front of him. He's competing for the starting job with Joseph Randle in training camp. If McFadden stays healthy (always an issue), then he'll be able to put up a good fight for that job.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller a good fit in New Orleans?    Sun Jun 28, 08:52 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Wesseling believes Spiller is significantly more talented than RB Reggie Bush and RB Darren Sproles, who both thrived in Payton's system.

Footballguys view: Spiller is going to be a great fit for the Saints offense. Sure, Mark Ingram will be the banger between the tackles but Spiller will be used effectively as a change-of-pace runner and receiver out of the backfield. There are Saints beat writers who feel that Spiller will get more total yardage than Ingram. His current ADP is RB16 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray praised by teammate    Sun Jun 28, 08:26 PM

Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece said he doesn't expect a drop off in chemistry as RB Latavius Murray replaces RB Darren McFadden this season because Murray has spent the last couple of years watching film and talking football with Reece.

Footballguys view: We're not expecting a dropoff...McFadden was always too banged up to make much of an impact. Murray can be the lead back for the Raiders, and he has the potential to be a low-end RB2 for fantasy owners. The team has put better weapons around Derek Carr this offseason, and Murray can lead the charge on the ground.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson working out    Sun Jun 28, 01:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been working out with RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Mike Wallace since offseason workouts ended.

Footballguys view: You like to hear this, especially in the cases of McKinnon and Wallace. Peterson's workout ethic is pretty epic, so hopefully that will rub off on both players. McKinnon is a guy to watch, as there is a chance Peterson may be closing out his time in Minnesota, and McKinnon could be his eventual replacement. For this year, McKinnon is no more than a handcuff for Peterson, perhaps an RB4. Wallace was a bit of a stiff in Miami, but could do well in Minnesota if he applies himself. We see him as a WR3 right now, although his ceiling and floor are both a bit beholden to the development of Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson is, naturally a solid RB1.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah just wants to contribute    Sun Jun 28, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is just hoping to contribute to the team during his rookie season in 2015. 'Offensively, I feel like I can go in there and I can help out the team, but if that's not my calling for this year, definitely special teams. If that's not my calling this year, I'm going to be the best scout player in the country,' said Abdullah.

Footballguys view: It's a crowded backfield in Detroit. Right now the pecking order is Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Abdullah, but we wouldn't be shocked if Abdullah had a significant role by the end of the season. Right now, Abdullah is ranked by us at about an RB4 level, while Bell is a low-end RB2 or a solid RB3. Interestingly, both players have an ADP in the sixth round right now, which means people are pulling the trigger on Adbullah very early.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson eyes record    Sat Jun 27, 09:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he is still the best running back in the NFL, and he is aiming for a record-breaking 2,200-yard season in 2015, according to his wife.

Footballguys view: Peterson is pretty much superhuman, and we don't count him out of anything. He wants to beat Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record? Sure, he could do it. He wants to beat Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards? Yes, of course he could. It would take an incredible effort, but Peterson is the guy that could make it happen.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray expects big season    Sat Jun 27, 04:24 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has the opportunity to be the team's No. 1 running back in 2015, and it's one he embraces. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray explained. 'I need to play like it's a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'

Footballguys view: Murray is a swift runner who is difficult to bring down when he builds a head of steam. He should be looked at as a RB2 (top-25) running back for fantasy owners, but Murray has the upside to be more.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah ready for big role    Fri Jun 26, 09:39 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he could be a three-down back if needed. 'That's what I've done my whole life,' Abdullah said. 'I haven't done anything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't be confident in my game. I know my teammates trust me in such a short time to do so. I trust myself.'

Footballguys view: Abdullah has the ability to be an impact player--at least as a part-time back at the pro level. He's not a pile-pusher, but Abdullah can make defenders miss in open space and he has the speed to eat up chunks of yards in a hurry. There is a debate about whether or not he can be more than a change-of-pace back in the NFL. The Lions may give him a shot to prove that he can be more of a full-time player than some think. Right now, Abdullah as an ADP of RB31 (6.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Rams | Todd Gurley to meet with doctor    Fri Jun 26, 03:14 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) said he is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in a few weeks to have his surgically repaired knee examined.

Footballguys view: There are some who believe Gurley could be ready for the start of training camp....or at least ready to do some light work at that time. Some feel Gurley may not be ready at the start of the regular season. Either way, we know the Rams are going to be cautious with Gurley. He's got superstar potential and should be an impact player when healthy.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde sheds weight    Thu Jun 25, 02:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has shed about 10 pounds from last year's playing weight, which should add to his deceptively light feet and cutting ability. The team is installing zone-blocking concepts, which worked well for Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris when offensive line coach Chris Foerster was in Washington.

Footballguys view: Getting rid of bad weight is good for Hyde. He's a powerful runner who can be tough to bring down with a head of steam. We'll see if he works well in the zone-blocking scheme which requires RBs to be decisive with the rock. He's got a current ADP of RB22 (4.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Jaguars | Denard Robinson will have new role    Wed Jun 24, 10:41 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson had a chance as an every-down back last season, but with RB T.J. Yeldon in the fold Robinson is only expected to sub in for certain situations. He might also win the kickoff return role, too.

Footballguys view: Robinson showed some burst and provided a nice spark but Yeldon has a little more upside. Right now Robinson is going as a late-round flier and that's about where he should go.

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  Jaguars | Toby Gerhart to be third-down back    Wed Jun 24, 10:41 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart suffered a Week 1 injury in 2014 to ruin his first chance to be an every-down back. He is likely to see most of his reps as a third-down back in 2015.

Footballguys view: Some people thought that once Gerhart got out from under Adrian Peterson's shadow that everything would fall into place. Instead, he fell off the map. Of course, some of that was because of injury issues. Gerhart looks healthy now, has been performing well in minicamps and could be a great fit for the offense. But with rookie T.J. Yeldon looking good as well and Denard Robinson playing well for a stretch last season, moving Gerhart to third-down back makes some sense. There's also been reports of Gerhart playing fullback in 2015.

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  Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon expected to start    Wed Jun 24, 10:40 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't handing RB T.J. Yeldon the starting job, but he is projected to start since the team spent a second-round pick on him.

Footballguys view: The only real competition at this point is Denard Robinson, who provided a nice spark to the run game before an injury ended his season. Yeldon has great instincts and can create lanes where there are none but has ball security issues and has some issues breaking tackles. Those factors and a 'still not ready for prime time' offense makes us think he's a low-end RB2 at best or a high end RB3.

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  Jaguars | Bernard Pierce on outside looking in?    Wed Jun 24, 10:38 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Bernard Pierce is not projected to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Ryan O'Halloran. Pierce is believed to be in the running for the No. 4 job with RBs Storm Johnson and Corey Grant behind RBs T.J. Yeldon, Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson.

Footballguys view: Pierce was released by the Ravens back in March after he was arrested for drunk driving. His court date has been moved back to late July. Off-field issues aside, Pierce just isn't that good. His plodding style as a runner isn't inspiring, and he offers nothing in the passing game. He could be out of a job when roster cuts start to happen in camp.

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  Jaguars | Corey Grant has roster edge?    Wed Jun 24, 10:38 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Corey Grant is projected by beat writer Ryan O'Halloran to serve as the No. 4 tailback on the 53-man roster, edging out RBs Storm Johnson and Bernard Pierce. Grant is believed to have the edge because of his ability as a gunner on punt coverage and kickoffs.

Footballguys view: Pierce has been disappointing since getting a shot in Baltimore, and while Johnson has an awesome first name, he's pretty limited in terms of what he brings to the table. Grant has off-the-charts speed but doesn't cut sharply and struggles to shake defenders in open space. He's got a lot of upside though and is likely to produce on special teams. He's not worthy of a draft slot but is definitely a guy to keep an eye on--especially in dynasty leagues.

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  Rams | Todd Gurley likely for training camp?    Wed Jun 24, 08:00 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is eyeing next month's training camp as a return to the field. 'That is definitely a goal that I'm shooting for,' Gurley told NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon from the NFL Rookie Symposium Wednesday, June 24, 'Just to be able to get out there and do at least some individual stuff. It's looking pretty realistic. This month I'll be in St. Louis rehabbing, so hopefully I can aim for (training camp).'

Footballguys view: This would be huge news for the Rams, who took some criticism for using their first pick on a guy who could be on the PUP list when September rolls around. Gurley was the top back in the draft without a doubt, but the injury concern was a big one for some teams. That could be a moot point come late July. Gurley has the potential to be a special running back even behind a mediocre offensive line. We see him as a low end RB2 or a high end RB3 with potential to be much more.

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  Giants | Shane Vereen sees time in red zone    Wed Jun 24, 12:13 PM

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen received snaps in the red zone during offseason workouts and was used all over the field as a receiver out of the backfield.

Footballguys view: Vereen is going to be a playmaker for the Giants offense. He'll work as a change-of-pace back behind starter Rashad Jennings, but he could do more if called upon. His current ADP is RB31 (6.09) in 12-team PPR leagues, and Vereen could outperform that spot--even in a limited role.

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  Jets | Chris Ivory leads backfield    Wed Jun 24, 10:35 AM

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is the primary backup, and RB Zac Stacy is listed as the third running back. RB Stevan Ridley (knee) could figure in eventually, but he's expected to be limited at the start of camp.

Footballguys view: We were all expecting Ivory to be the top guy...especially with Ridley banged up. What's interesting to note is that Stacy is third on the depth chart. We'll see if he can climb ahead of Powell when training camp starts.

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  Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon looking to earn spot    Tue Jun 23, 06:21 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon said he sees himself at the bottom of the running back depth chart and wants to work his up to the starting position. 'I got myself as last, and I'm still trying to work my way up to the top,' Yeldon said. 'I'm just out there to compete and work my way up to the top, see what I can do.' Yeldon said he believes he can be a three-down back for the team but wants to take things one step at a time.

Footballguys view: Yeldon could begin the season as the starting running back for the Jaguars with Denard Robinson working as a change-of-pace back behind him. We like Yeldon's ability as he's a big back who is nifty as a runner between the tackles. He's not quite as powerful as some assume he should be, but Yeldon is swift and tough to bring down with a head of steam. He's their best back and most capable of being a lead back. We'll see if he can earn that spot in training camp.

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  Bills | Fred Jackson expects to compete for job    Tue Jun 23, 05:27 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson said he expects to compete for a roster spot during training camp. 'We'll see what happens with me getting cut or not,' Jackson said. 'I'll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn't happen. We've got to compete every year. This year is no different than any other year. I've got to go out and compete for my job.'

Footballguys view: We love Jackson's mindset here. He's taking nothing for granted--just like he has every season as a pro. Jackson will serve as veteran insurance behind McCoy and makes for a nice RB5 to carry for now, but he's got starter's upside if McCoy gets banged up.

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  NFL | Ahmad Bradshaw back to full health    Tue Jun 23, 01:36 PM

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (leg) has been cleared to resume playing after suffering a fractured fibula last year.

Footballguys view: With a one-game suspension already ruled upon, Bradshaw should start getting interest from a few teams as a pass-catching back. Bradshaw had eight touchdowns and 725 total yards in 10 games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2014.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman enters camp the starter    Tue Jun 23, 10:18 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be surprised here. Freeman runs with a low center of gravity, and he can change direction without losing much speed. He's not a pile-pusher, but Freeman can break some arm tackles. Coleman is a speed back with the ability to score anytime he touches the ball. The Falcons are likely to use both in a RBBC this season.

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  Cowboys | Joseph Randle the clear leader    Tue Jun 23, 09:54 AM

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Randle has decent speed and the ability to make defenders miss in space. He should have plenty of space to run with the monstrous Cowboys offensive line in front of him. Randle's current ADP is RB22 (4.10) in 12-team PPR leagues. If he's the featured back for the entire season, Randle could easily outperform that ADP.

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  Titans | Confidence high for Antonio Andrews    Mon Jun 22, 11:32 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Antonio Andrews feels confident he can crack the roster, and is shooting for a starting tailback job in training camp and the preseason. 'I am just going for a starting spot, whether it is Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster, David Cobb, Jalston Fowler or Connor Neighbors, I am just trying to be the No. 1 guy,' Andrews said.

Footballguys view: At 5'10" 225 pounds, Andrews is a swift runner who can blast through arm tackles. He's also an option as a return man. We like rookie David Cobb to eventually come through as the starter, but he'll have to beat out Bishop Sankey. The way Sankey looked last year, that might not be too difficult.

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  NFL | Ahmad Bradshaw suspended one game    Mon Jun 22, 11:31 PM

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Footballguys view: He's already been suspended one game, but Bradshaw is medically cleared after recovering from the fractured fibula he suffered last November. There could be a few teams in adding the veteran pass-catching back. Stay tuned.

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  Cowboys | Ryan Williams not a fit in Big D?    Mon Jun 22, 11:30 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams is unlikely to make the 53-man roster projected by beat writer Todd Archer. The team's running backs would be RBs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and FB Tyler Clutts.

Footballguys view: It's not that Williams isn't a fit--it's that he can't stay healthy. Williams looked like he could be a superstar coming out of Virginia Tech a few years ago, but injuries have derailed his pro career. Williams has been limited by a swollen knee this offseason.

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  Jets | Stevan Ridley could start on PUP    Sat Jun 20, 01:41 PM

New York Jets RB Stevan Ridley (knee) may begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he continues to recover from knee surgery, according to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com.

Footballguys view: If Ridley is not ready for training camp, the odds of him being placed on the PUP to start the season increase. If Week 1 rolls around and Ridley is on the PUP list, then he'll have to miss the first six weeks of the season. Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy are going to compete for the starting job in training camp.

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  Eagles | Darren Sproles working as WR    Fri Jun 19, 09:26 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles has worked with the wide receivers as much as the running backs during the offseason as part of a plan by head coach Chip Kelly to have him more involved in the offense.

Footballguys view: Whatever it takes. Sproles can work well as a runner and receiver out of the backfield...but he has to be used in space. As a receiver, Sproles can get open because his foot frequency and quickness after the break.

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  Rams | Todd Gurley's availability still unknown    Fri Jun 19, 07:34 PM

St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley's (knee) timetable is still up in the air as he continues to rehabilitate from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

Footballguys view: Fisher said Gurley has been doing well but could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if necessary. On the PUP list to start the season, Gurley would be forced out of action for the first six weeks of the regular season. After that, the Rams would then have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate him or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve. Fisher added that if Gurley does not go on the PUP list, he could play sooner than people think.

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  49ers | Jarryd Hayne had surgery    Fri Jun 19, 07:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne (foot) recently underwent minor surgery on his left foot to remove a cyst. Hayne said his foot would remain bandaged for 12 days.

Footballguys view: Hayne is the Australian rugby star who is trying to make it in the NFL. He's been criticized on offense as he doesn't run with proper pad level. If Hayne wants to make the team, he'll have to do it with his special teams ability.

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  Saints | HC excited to use C.J. Spiller    Fri Jun 19, 04:37 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller will have plays designed specifically for him in head coach Sean Payton's offense.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be excited about Spiller's potential as well. Payton said he's anxious to see how Spiller fits into the offense with his speed and good hands. Spiller is RB17 (4.03) in 12-team PPR drafts right now.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman has groin injury    Fri Jun 19, 03:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) has a mild groin strain that kept him off the field for the final day of minicamp.

Footballguys view: Not that big of a deal because it's a minor injury and we're heading into a month or so of rest before training camp begins. Freeman will compete with rookie Tevin Coleman to be the Falcons starter this season.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell could be lead back    Fri Jun 19, 01:18 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Footballguys view: Fumbling is the big issue Crowell needs to overcome. He's a naturally instinctive runner with the power to wear down an opponent as the game goes on. However, Crowell is not much of a receiving threat and that's why rookie Duke Johnson is going to be in the mix here as a change-of-pace back.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman to be versatile    Fri Jun 19, 01:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific hands, but I probably didn't appreciate the good route-running ability coming out of Florida State and the development he made with (former running backs coach) Gerald (Brown) and the guys here last year. He can really run routes.'

Footballguys view: We love Freeman's upside. He has a low center of gravity and this helps him change direction quickly without losing much speed or burst/power. In training camp, Freeman will have to hold off rookie Tevin Coleman for the starting job. However, this is likely to be some form of RBBC where both backs get used. We're expecting Freeman to get first crack at being the lead back here.

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  NFL | Chris Ogbonnaya retires    Fri Jun 19, 11:21 AM

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

Footballguys view: We'll miss "Silent G" on the Black Eyed Joe All-Nickname Team. He carved out a longer career in the pros than some thought he could.

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  Packers | John Crockett will be ready for training camp    Thu Jun 18, 06:51 PM

Green Bay Packers rookie RB John Crockett (ankle) is nursing a sprained left ankle, but should be available for the start of training camp July 30.

Footballguys view: Crockett is buried on the Packers depth chart. The undrafted rookie from North Dakota State is a hard worker, but he's not overly quick, fast or powerful. He'll have to work hard to make the team as a practice squad player in 2015. Only fantasy owners in dynasty leagues should be watching his situation.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles taking week off    Thu Jun 18, 04:54 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will be taking a week off from football now that minicamp is over. Following the hiatus, Charles will begin an intense workout regimen. Charles said he would try to come back early and work with the Chief's strength and conditioning coach to get more in shape and back in the groove.

Footballguys view: All players get away before the start of training camp. The best ones come back early to begin training before the dog days of August. Even with better weapons in the passing game, the Chiefs offense is all about Charles. Fantasy owners should look at him as a top-5 pick once again this year.

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  Bears | Daniel Thomas signed    Thu Jun 18, 04:03 PM

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Bears did more than just update their emergency list by working out Thomas. He comes into a situation where he could win a roster spot behind Matt Forte. There's a lot of unproven talent behind Forte, and he has more experience than guys like Kadeem Carey and rookie Jeremy Langford. He wouldn't have any fantasy value unless he wins the primary backup job and Forte goes down with an injury.

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  Falcons | Tevin Coleman sitting out    Thu Jun 18, 11:58 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) is out of practice Thursday, June 18, with a mild groin strain.

Footballguys view: Coleman might have been able to go, but as we're at the end of mini-camps, with almost a month before the Falcons go to training camp, so why force it? We feel the Falcons will commit to the run, but there is too much power in the pass game to go run-heavy. That supports the ADP we're seeing of 30th back off the board, around the late sixth rounds. The rookie Coleman will battle with second-year pro Devonta Freeman to be the Falcons lead back in what is likely to be some form of RBBC.

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