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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson upset with contract    Thu May 28, 06:59 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants the Vikings to honor his seven-year contract worth $96 million that goes through 2017. Peterson took to Twitter to vent that it takes both sides to fulfill a contract. Peterson desires guaranteed money into the 2016 season and beyond. There is currently no guaranteed money left in his current contract.

Footballguys view: Other than his Twitter rant on Thursday, we already knew Peterson was unhappy with his contract. The Vikings hold all the cards, but they could kick Peterson some guaranteed money if they want to end this squabble. We'll see which side blinks. There's no pressure right now, but that could change if/when Peterson skips training camp.

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Adrian Peterson player page


  Cowboys | Joseph Randle talks pressure    Thu May 28, 09:37 AM

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle believes he can handle the spotlight of being the starting running back in Dallas, should he win the job. Randle says he has been a star his entire life and will just continue to be himself. Randle added that he will continue to work as hard as he can to secure the starting job, 'and see which role I end up in.'

Footballguys view: Randle also spent some time saying former teammate DeMarco Murray 'left some meat on the bone,' implying that given the chance he might have done more behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. In the muddy waters of the Dallas backfield, Randle is only behind *M*A*S*H* unit regular Darren McFadden so he could very well get his chance. Randle is currently going in the seventh round of early drafts but could have tremendous value if he wins the job.

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  Bears | Matt Forte will attend training camp    Thu May 28, 09:05 AM

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte will attend training camp despite his desire for a contract extension that Chicago has declined to offer. Forte is attending organized team activities.

Footballguys view: Forte said he wasn't going to hold out, and it seems he is a man of his word. While John Fox has used a running back committee before, Forte is by far the best back on the team and should still see a ton of work. He may not get as many catches as he has the last few years now that Adam Gase is the offensive coordinator. Currently hovering at an ADP of about 1.07, Forte represents some great fantasy potential, despite the changes on the coaching staff.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer gives Adrian Peterson edict    Thu May 28, 08:37 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was given a public ultimatum by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, May 27, saying he has to either play for the Vikings or not play at all. Peterson said Wednesday on Twitter he did not want to be traded and was looking for financial security by not attending organized team activities. Peterson has three years remaining on his current contract and is due $46 million.

Footballguys view: The key for Peterson here is while he has three years left on the contract, none of it is guaranteed. Most fans won't have much sympathy for a guy who, per Spotrac.com, has grossed over $71 million over his career to date. Especially a guy who was in trouble for child abuse just last year. Don't forget to factor in Peterson's representation either. Agent Ben Dogra was not Peterson's agent when he signed his six-year, $86 million contract in 2011. More than likely Dogra wants to get paid, and is in Peterson's ear about 'deserving' more guaranteed money. In reality, the Vikings hold all the cards here and head coach Mike Zimmer's ultimatum shows the team is getting tired of the nonsense. Peterson's best bet is to play and play well in the hopes someone will trade for a 30-year old back who will be 31 in 2016, or the Vikings give him a reward for showing up and adhering to his contract. As it stands, none of this has hurt Peterson's ADP - he's mid first round right now - but it's something to watch.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed money    Wed May 27, 10:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.

Footballguys view: Okay, we get a little more clarity in this situation. The Vikings don't have to do anything as they hold all the cards with Peterson. They could give him some guaranteed money as a good-faith move, but we're not expecting to see Peterson until training camp.

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  Titans | Bishop Sankey asked to add weight    Wed May 27, 09:59 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey has been asked by the team to add some weight this offseason, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team would like him to be around 215 to 220 pounds. Whisenhunt said he would also like Sankey to have a full grasp of the offense.

Footballguys view: Sankey had a poor rookie season, and the Titans have drafted a new backfield this year. With fullback Jalston Fowler and running back David Cobb, the Titans could just roll with a power game that doesn't include Sankey. We'll see if Sankey can perform better in training camp and keep Cobb at bay for the starting job.

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  Bills | LeSean McCoy limited Wednesday    Wed May 27, 09:48 PM

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (neck) was limited during organized team activities Wednesday, May 27, because of a neck injury. Head coach Rex Ryan said McCoy's injury is not serious.

Footballguys view: McCoy is going to get plenty of work during the regular season. He's the centerpiece of the Bills offense, so it's wise for them to take it easy on him if he's a little banged up during OTAs.

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  Bears | Matt Forte reports for workouts    Wed May 27, 09:35 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was present for the start of organized team activities Wednesday, May 27.

Footballguys view: John Fox is going to use Forte early and often this year. Fantasy owners will be happy to add him in the first round of every fantasy draft.

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  Cowboys | Dallas splitting reps at RB     Wed May 27, 09:26 PM

Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle have been splitting reps with the first-team offense during organized team activities this week.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to be dialed in here. Any running back with a decent skill set could look like a star behind the Cowboys incredible offensive line. McFadden has a lot of talent, but injuries have always held him back as a pro. Randle has a good burst with the ball in his hands, but he's yet to truly flash his potential with the Cowboys. Keep an eye on this battle as it rages through training camp.

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Joseph Randle player page


  Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon signs    Wed May 27, 07:18 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon signed his rookie contract Wednesday, May 27.

Footballguys view: The Jaguars want to run the ball more this season. Yeldon is likely to be the lead back in a RBBC with Denard Robinson. The rookie is a big back, but he's not the power back that some think. He's actually got better athleticism than other backs his size and he does run with build-up (not instant) power. His current ADP is RB33 (7.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Jets | Chris Ivory absent from OTAs    Wed May 27, 04:37 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (personal) was not present at organized team activities Wednesday, May 27.

Footballguys view: The Jets are looking to find their lead back, and Ivory will have to prove himself worthy of the starting job in training camp. He'll compete with Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy for the top spot with the Jets. Ivory has a good all-purpose skill set, and there's a dash of Marshawn Lynch to his game. We'll see if he can come out on top in this competition. Right now, fantasy owners are taking Ivory off the board at RB36 (8.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Ravens | Baltimore's No. 2 RB job up for grabs    Wed May 27, 02:17 PM

Baltimore Ravens RBs Lorenzo Taliaferro and rookie Javorius Allen will battle for the Ravens' backup running back position this offseason, playing behind RB Justin Forsett. The role could end up being shared, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.

Footballguys view: Buck Allen is an interesting rookie to watch in dynasty leagues. At 220 pounds, Allen can make cuts crisply to get to the open field. He's got some elusiveness in the open field, and Allen can make big plays as a receiver out of the backfield. He's not as powerful as Taliaferro, but Allen could be the better backup or spot starter (if needed) for the Ravens.

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Javorius Allen player page


  Redskins | Alfred Morris the guy, likes the offense    Wed May 27, 11:15 AM

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris has been declared the feature back by Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. Washington added third-round draft pick RB Matt Jones, which fueled speculation about Morris' job security. Gruden said Jones adds depth and that it is important to have several capable running backs.

Footballguys view: It seems like a few times a week since the draft, we've seen a positive story about Jones. The rookie is a big back with a bruising style, but Morris is still the main man for Washington. The team is going to use a power-running system, which goes away from what Morris performed best in (zone blocking) during the last few years. However, in college at FAU Morris was a standout in the power-blocking system and should have no problem making the adjustment.

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Alfred Morris player page
Matt Jones player page


  Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch not at OTAs    Tue May 26, 10:09 PM

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was not present for organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Lynch has skipped offseason workouts in previous years.

Footballguys view: This is what Lynch does. He'll skip workouts, but he'll show up when training camp starts. Still one of the best feature backs in the NFL, Lynch is going off the board as RB6 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell close to full strength    Tue May 26, 09:47 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to 100% healed from the injury he suffered during the 2014 season.

Footballguys view: Bell is going to be serving a three-game suspension to start the season. He'll certainly be 100 percent healthy by that time. Fantasy owners are not worried about the knee or the suspension as Bell is still going off the board at RB3 (1.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman works with starters    Tue May 26, 09:29 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: Freeman is a nice fit in the Kyle Shanahan offense. He's built low to the ground, has a powerful lower body and can change direction without losing much speed. Freeman will compete with rookie Tevin Coleman to be the lead back for the Falcons in 2015. No matter who wins the starting job, the Falcons should use some form of RBBC....stay tuned.

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  Jaguars | Jacksonville wants to run more    Tue May 26, 06:20 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RBs T.J. Yeldon, Toby Gerhart and company could see a lot of action this season as head coach Gus Bradley has said the running game will be a point of emphasis in 2015.

Footballguys view: Good news for Yeldon here. The team has moved Gerhart to fullback, so his role as a ball-carrier could be quite limited. Yeldon is the player to highlight as the rookie has the ability to be a dominant runner in the pros. While big, Yeldon is not a pure power runner. He does have build-up power, but his footwork at the second level belies his large size. Yeldon has subtle moves to create space and he can pick up yards after contact. He'll likely be the lead back for the Jaguars with Denard Robinson complementing him as a change-of-pace back.

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T.J. Yeldon player page


  Buccaneers | Charles Sims could start for TB?    Tue May 26, 05:31 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims has a solid chance of beating out RB Doug Martin for Tampa Bay's starting running back gig, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: The more reports we see out of Tampa, the more it seems like Sims could be their top guy. Coming out of college, Sims reminded some in the scouting community of a poor man's version of Matt Forte (Bears) because of his ability as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. If he wins the starting job, Sims could put up good RB2 numbers for fantasy owners. He could easily outperform his current ADP of RB39 (8.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Charles Sims player page


  Buccaneers | Charles Sims excited for new season    Tue May 26, 05:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is anxious to capitalize on his short-lived 2014 campaign when he suffered a torn ankle tendon that caused him to miss the first eight games of the season. 'I was just getting in the groove and then the season was over,' Sims said. 'I'm looking forward to next year and it will be interesting to see what's going to happen.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be excited about Sims and his RB2 upside. He didn't get going until Week 10 as a rookie and finished the season with 66 carries for 185 yards and one touchdown. Sims also chipped in with 19 catches for 190 yards. His all-purpose ability could thrust him into the starting lineup over Doug Martin. Watch this battle unfold in training camp and the preseason.

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  Cowboys | Adrian Peterson not in Dallas' plans    Tue May 26, 08:29 AM

Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.

Footballguys view: We think the Cowboys would pick up free agent Ray Rice before they traded for Peterson. The Vikings have all the cards, and they're not just going to give up Peterson for a song. If Peterson is on the trade block (huge IF), the Vikings will likely want a king's ransom for the superstar running back.

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Adrian Peterson player page


  Falcons | Antone Smith hopes to be in RB mix    Mon May 25, 06:57 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (leg) is still recovering from a broken leg, but he hopes to be back in the mix by the start of training camp in late July. "The recovery is going pretty good," Smith said. "I'm up and running. I'm almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself," said Smith.

Footballguys view: Smith is built low to the ground, but he can make big plays in the open field. He does a good job of picking and cutting his way through trash as a runner, and Smith has incredible foot frequency which allows him to change direction without losing much speed. If healthy, finding touches behind rookie (starter?) Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman could be difficult.

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  Dolphins | Jay Ajayi to compete for starting RB?    Mon May 25, 03:40 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is considered the No. 2 running back at this point and could potentially challenge RB Lamar Miller for the starting running back position.

Footballguys view: Ajayi is incredibly talented, but concerns about the long-term health of his knee caused him to fall to the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He's a strong inside runner with the ability to win after contact. Ajayi can create his own space with shoulder dips, juke moves and head fakes. He's also a fine receiver out of the backfield. Miller is in the final year of his contract, and Ajayi should take over as the RB1 next year -- but he could be the lead back sooner than some think.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still wants trade    Mon May 25, 02:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Footballguys view: Good luck with that. The Vikings clearly have the upper hand in this situation. They're not just going to give Peterson away because he's refusing to show up after feeling disrespected over the way the Vikings handled his child-abuse situation last year. The best time to trade him (the draft) has come and gone. Even if he doesn't want it, staying with the Vikings might be Peterson's best option.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending OTAs    Sun May 24, 09:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Peterson has been staying away from Minnesota this offseason because of a perceived lack of loyalty at the way the Vikings deal with him last year. There are rumors of a holdout coming from Peterson, and there's still rumblings that Peterson wants to be traded. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and Peterson can't really do much except skip mandatory workouts next month and training camp to show his displeasure.

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  Falcons | Two ATL backs could split carries    Sun May 24, 04:19 PM

The Atlanta Falcons could use a two-back system this season where RBs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman wind up receiving equal reps.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. We love Coleman's upside and big-play ability--especially in a Kyle Shanahan offense. Coleman reminds some in the scouting community of DeMarco Murray because of his upright running style, decisiveness and ability to create big plays in space. Freeman is no slouch either. He's built low to the ground and can change directions without losing much speed. It's a good problem to have for the Falcons, but it could create headaches for fantasy owners.

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  Buccaneers | Charles Sims will be featured    Sat May 23, 06:17 PM

Tampa Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is viewed very highly by coaches, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com Friday, May 22.

Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. It wasn't that long ago that Doug Martin was coming off an incredible rookie season, and he was seen as an emerging star for the Buccaneers. Now, Martin is an afterthought and Sims seems to be the hotter running back. We like Sims all-around ability as a determined runner between the tackles and receiver out of the backfield. Sims has a current ADP of RB40 (9.01), and he could certainly outperform that position in 2015.

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  Cowboys | Work out several players    Fri May 22, 06:14 PM

Free-agent WR A.J. Jenkins (Chiefs), WR Kris Durham (Titans), WR Tommy Streeter (Jaguars), WR B.J. Cunningham (Bears) and RB Ronnie Wingo (Falcons) worked out for the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, May 21.

Footballguys view: We've always kept tabs on Cunningham in super deep dynasty leagues as he's bounced around the league. He's the best player on this list in our opinion, and the Cowboys did not sign him (or anyone from this group).

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Tommy Streeter player page
A.J. Jenkins player page
B.J. Cunningham player page


  Cowboys | Dallas unlikely to add Ray Rice    Fri May 22, 11:31 AM

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) could be a consideration for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, speculates The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota. He cites Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones' willingness to give players a second chance and Dallas' continued search for running back depth. However, Machota notes the chance of Dallas pursuing Rice is unlikely due to Rice's time away from the game, drastic on-field decline in 2013, and Jones having to eventually draw a line in the sand with forgiving off-field incidents.

Footballguys view: We believe Dallas could be a landing spot for Rice, but there's certainly a lot to work through. Rice did have a down 2013, but fantasy owners need to realize that he looked like the player he used to be during the 2014 preseason. Rice averaged 7.6 yards per carry over two preseason games. The time away could help his body heal, and Rice could be the best option on the open market.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer talks Adrian Peterson    Fri May 22, 09:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.

Footballguys view: That target date could be the start of training camp. Yes, Peterson would miss some mandatory workouts if he doesn't show up until then but the two sides are trying to patch things up. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and it's looking more and more like Peterson is going to stay put in Minnesota.

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  49ers | Kendall Hunter moving well    Thu May 21, 11:43 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) made several quick bursts during practice Thursday, May 21.

Footballguys view: Hunter is on the roster bubble this year, and he needs to prove he can stay healthy if he wants to stay with the 49ers. He's a talented back, and we feel Hunter could be a nice change-of-pace back. However, the 49ers went out and added Reggie Bush this offseason to play that role behind starter Carlos Hyde. Hunter's best bet is to make the roster as a reserve player and wait for his opportunity.

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  49ers | Reggie Bush wants to return punts    Thu May 21, 07:29 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush has expressed his desire to the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff to return punts this season. 'I told the coaches I wanted to return punts again. And they were excited about it,' Bush said. 'We're still working at it, still chipping away. And we're looking forward to being and all-around great special teams.'

Footballguys view: Bush will be playing a part-time role behind starter Carlos Hyde, so there's no great concern about wearing him down. He's quick and dangerous in the open field, and Bush can provide the 49ers special teams with some punch as a return man. In return-yardage leagues this could bump his current ADP of RB43 (9.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  49ers | Carlos Hyde nursing injury    Thu May 21, 07:00 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (leg) is nursing a leg injury and did not practice Thursday, May 21. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.

Footballguys view: There's no word about what specifically this mysterious leg injury is. We'll know more if Hyde continues to miss time as offseason workouts continue. With Frank Gore moving on to the Colts, Hyde is set to be the bellcow back for the 49ers in 2015.

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  Jets | Stevan Ridley to be ready for training camp    Thu May 21, 05:30 PM

New York Jets RB Stevan Ridley (knee) should be healthy enough for training camp as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Head coach Todd Bowles said Ridley is not ready for team drills, but participated in positional drills.

Footballguys view: Ridley is going to have to wait to prove himself until training camp. The veteran back will have to prove his value over guys like Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy. The Jets should run the ball quite a bit in order to help keep defenses honest for third-year quarterback Geno Smith.

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  Jets | Running back situation up in the air    Thu May 21, 02:51 PM

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said his team's running back situation may take until the preseason to sort out. RB's Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Zac Stacy, Stevan Ridley and Daryl Richardson all have experience at the position, but no one has broken out yet.

Footballguys view: Bowles has no attachment to any of the previous regime's running backs - we're looking at you Powell and Ivory - but Ridley is coming off a significant leg injury and Stacy faded during last year. There's room for everyone to get carries which hurts everyone's value right now. Until we see how things shake out more in camp, this is a situation to avoid.

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Bilal Powell player page
Stevan Ridley player page
Daryl Richardson player page
Zac Stacy player page


  Lions | Ameer Abdullah contract breakdown    Thu May 21, 02:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah signed a four-year, $4.16 million rookie contract that includes $2.29 million in guaranteed money. He received a $1.28 million signing bonus. Abdullah's 2015 and 2016 salaries are fully guaranteed at $435,000 and $573,915, respectively. He will receive a $50,000 reporting bonus in 2015 and workout bonuses of $50,000 in 2017 and 2018.

Footballguys view: Abdullah may start the season behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but he's a real threat to steal carries by the end of it. He doesn't have the size and mass to be a three-down running back, but he's quick and accelerates fast. We can expect the other two backs (likely Bell) to get more of the short-yardage work, but Abdullah could see significant work otherwise. He is trending as a mid-round pick right now, and could rise up boards with a solid training camp.

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  Cowboys | Felix Jones to work out    Thu May 21, 11:45 AM

Free-agent RB Felix Jones (Steelers) is working out for the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, May 21.

Footballguys view: With oft-injured Darren McFadden the lead back, the Cowboys are looking to make sure they have enough backups. Jones is coming off of some staggeringly mediocre seasons with Dallas and Pittsburgh, so it's tough to see him having much impact with the Cowboys. If added, Jones would be reunited with McFadden, his former college teammate at Arkansas. Just add Peyton Hillis and you'll have the trio of Razorback teammates.

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  NFL | Ray Rice's record cleared    Thu May 21, 10:55 AM

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) had his legal record cleared of the domestic violence charge after finishing a pretrial diversion program as part of the conditions of his sentencing for the 2014 legal matter.

Footballguys view: This might clear his legal record, but his public reputation remains heavily tarnished. Will teams add Rice and take the public relations hit? Rice was struggling a bit before all this happened, how much does he have left in the tank? At this time, Rice has an ADP of RB65 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cowboys | Ben Tate working out for Dallas    Thu May 21, 09:42 AM

Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Steelers) is working out for the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, May 21.

Footballguys view: Tate would be an interesting addition to the Cowboys' backfield. Currently, Darren McFadden can be penciled in as the starter but he's been so injury prone during his pro career that Dallas better have quality options behind him. Tate bounced between three different teams last year (CLE,MIN,PIT) and has gotten little interest on the open market.

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  Colts | Frank Gore transitioning smoothly    Thu May 21, 08:37 AM

Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore was made a 'pretty seamless' transition to the Colts' offense and is displaying strong knowledge of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Footballguys view: Gore is a huge upgrade over what passed for a run game over the last few years in Indianapolis, whose last 1,000 yard rusher came in 2007. Gore is coming off of four straight 1,100 plus yard seasons, and has topped the 1,000 yard mark in eight years of his decade long career. Right now Gore's ADP is in the late third, but we feel he could give you RB2 value very easily.

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  Falcons | Antone Smith progresses to running    Thu May 21, 08:33 AM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (leg) has began running during his rehabilitation from a fractured right leg he suffered Nov. 16, 2014. Smith said he is almost running full force. It is unlikely he will be cleared for the beginning of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, though.

Footballguys view: Smith is more notable for his five touchdowns in ten games last season before the injury. He showed some big-play, home-run ability, but will fight with Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman for playing time. Still, his speed and ability to get outside fits well with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme. He's worth watching as a late-round flier or free agency acquisition.

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  Cowboys | Joseph Randle logical leader of RBBC    Wed May 20, 09:02 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle is the most likely option to lead the team's running back by committee approach in 2015. Randle has the most experience in the system, and he also has experience as a starter. Randle filled in for RB DeMarco Murray in 2013, when Murray was injured.

Footballguys view: Some beat writers think Randle will be the lead guy, while others think free agent addition Darren McFadden will be the top running back. Nearly any back getting significant carries behind that Cowboys offensive line would be fantasy relevant. Watch this battle (and RBBC) unfold during training camp. We won't truly known who is the best option until then.

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  Bears | Matt Forte in last year of contract    Wed May 20, 12:15 PM

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is entering the final year of his current contract, according to Spotrac.com. Forte turns 30 years old Dec. 10 and could struggle to find a full-time role in 2016 if he is unwilling to take a drastic pay cut from his current $9.2 million salary. Forte's receiving skills will endear him to a team, but he may be required to share carries.

Footballguys view: Forte is going to once again have a large role for the Bears as their lead back. The Bears have improved their offensive line this offseason, and new head coach John Fox loves to run the ball. Forte is RB5 (1.07) in 12-team PPR leagues that are drafting now, and his ADP should stay the same as we get closer to the regular season.

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  Redskins | Alfred Morris auditioning for new team?    Wed May 20, 12:03 PM

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris enters the final year of his current deal, according to Spotrac.com. The Redskins selected RB Matt Jones in the third round of the NFL draft, which could signal an impending departure of Morris in 2016.

Footballguys view: Everyone seems to be high on Jones at this time, but we'll have to see the rookie wait for his turn this year as Morris is still the top back for Washington. Morris has been a rock-solid starter for Washington over the past few years. A sixth-round pick out of FAU in 2012, Morris has 3,955 rushing yards so far in his pro career. His numbers were slightly down in 2014, but Morris is still a decent RB2 for fantasy owners. Morris has a current ADP of RB14 (3.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Dolphins | Lamar Miller entering contract year    Wed May 20, 11:57 AM

Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller enters the final year of his rookie contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016, according to Spotrac.com. Miller appears poised to headline the free-agent running back class with another strong season and could be playing for a big contract.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins have prepared for life without Miller with the addition of Jay Ajayi (Boise State) in the 2015 NFL draft. Miller cracked 1,000 yards rushing last year and he bulked up to around 225 pounds this offseason to hold up to the punishment he'll take as the lead back. Another good year could mean Miller gets a big payday in 2016.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon contract details    Tue May 19, 07:58 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's four-year rookie deal has $10.669 million guaranteed and includes a $6.019 million signing bonus.

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  Chiefs | Keshawn Hill signed    Tue May 19, 05:23 PM

Undrafted free-agent RB Keshawn Hill (Sam Houston State) signed an undisclosed deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday, May 19.

Footballguys view: Hill measures in at 5'9" 211 pounds and he rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns last year for Sam Houston State. He's a long-shot to make the final roster, but he could prove himself as a return man for the Chiefs.


  Chiefs | Two players waived    Tue May 19, 05:12 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Manasseh Garner and TE Earnest Pettway were waived Tuesday, May 19.


  Jets | NYJ to run more in 2015?    Tue May 19, 02:14 PM

New York Jets RBs Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy and others could be busy this season, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said the reason he hired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is because he has a track record of being able to run the ball, at least in his college coaching days. Bowles supposedly prefers a balanced, ball-control offense, which puts more of the onus on the running backs.

Footballguys view: There's a huge question mark at quarterback (Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick) so it's wise for the Jets to lean on their rushing attack. Through free agency and trades they have compiled quite a group of backs led by Ivory. We believe in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, and he could make Ivory a value add for fantasy owners. Ivory's current ADP is RB35 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Redskins | Matt Jones ready to compete    Tue May 19, 02:06 PM

Washington Redskins rookie RB Matt Jones said he's ready to compete with anybody who's in front of him, that being RB Alfred Morris. Jones added that he has a chip on his shoulder because of how he was underutilized in college.

Footballguys view: Jones is certainly getting a ton of press this offseason. He's a big back, and Jones can grind down an opponent with his relentless style. Jones is not creative or elusive at the second level of the defense, and that's why he's more of a grinder instead of a true feature back.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray excited for new season    Tue May 19, 01:56 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is looking forward to being the Raiders' starting running back in 2015. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray said. 'Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'

Footballguys view: We love Murray's natural rushing ability. He's a big back who loves to run over, around or by defenders. Murray is swift at the point of the play, and he can wear down a defense as the game goes on. His current ADP is RB20 (4.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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