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  Giants | Rod Smith suffers injury    Thu Aug 22, 08:21 PM

New York Giants RB Rod Smith (groin) suffered a groin injury during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22, and has been ruled out.

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  Packers | Green Bay to hold out several starters    Thu Aug 22, 08:03 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Aaron Jones and WR Davante Adams are among the 33 players that will not play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.

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  Dolphins | Kenyan Drake resumes jogging    Thu Aug 22, 05:57 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) has reportedly ditched his walking boot and was spotted jogging Thursday, Aug. 22.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins will employ some sort of running back by committee this year with Drake and Kalen Ballage, and Drake is the most proven, but perhaps less regarded back. The offensive line and overall team quality might make it hard for either back to sustain production this year.

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  Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott wants to be highest-paid RB?    Thu Aug 22, 02:09 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott reportedly received a contract extension offer from the team that would make him one of the two highest-paid running backs in the league, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This is probably put out there by the team to make their offer look good, but Elliott thinks he deserves more if he didn't accept the deal. The nitty gritty is coming in the next two weeks, we'll see who blinks first. Tony Pollard's value will keep rising in the meantime.

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  Colts | Johnny Robinson back with Indy    Thu Aug 22, 12:22 PM

Free-agent DT Johnny Robinson re-signed Thursday, Aug. 22, with the Indianapolis Colts. In a corresponding move, the Colts released RB James Williams.

Footballguys view: Williams was a favorite of the draft community with pass-catching skills and good yards after contact ability, but he can't seem to hang onto a roster.

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  Browns | Nick Chubb to see more receptions?    Wed Aug 21, 11:52 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb is expected to see more work catching the football in 2019. 'I think he's going to be special like he was last year,' running backs coach Stump Mitchell said Wednesday, Aug. 21. 'He'll be used a little more in the passing game than he was last year. Nick just continues to improve on the skillset that he has, and I think he has a fantastic skillset.'

Footballguys view: Chubb can easily be a top four running back before Kareem Hunt returns from an eight game suspension in Week 10 against Buffalo. He's worth a pick in the second half of the first round.

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  Vikings | Alexander Mattison drawing praise    Wed Aug 21, 10:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison has been the talk of training camp and the preseason, according to national writer Jay Glazer. 'I mean, to a man, couldn't stop preaching his gospel,' Glazer said of the Vikings.

Footballguys view: Mike Boone has also had a good summer, but Mattison is likely the first one up for touches after Dalvin Cook and the better late round target whether or not you draft Cook. Boone could still be just as valuable if Cook goes down, but Mattison has the edge right now.

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  49ers | San Francisco makes roster moves    Wed Aug 21, 07:42 PM

Free-agent OT Andrew Lauderdale (Jaguars) and S Tyree Robinson (49ers) signed one-year contracts with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, Aug. 21. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team also waived OT Christian DiLauro and RB Brandon Wilds as well as waived/injured WR Shawn Poindexter (knee).

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon not expected back for Week 1    Wed Aug 21, 03:21 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to continue his holdout through the start of the regular season since there has not been any progress made in contract talks, according to sources.

Footballguys view: It's time to plan on a long absence for Gordon if you haven't already - maybe as much as eight games or more. Austin Ekeler is going to be a solid RB2 for as long as Gordon is out and Justin Jackson a flex with RB2 upside. Gordon is looking riskier in the third round now and may fall further on draft boards.

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  Bills | LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore to see more time    Wed Aug 21, 02:28 PM

Buffalo Bills RBs LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore will both see more playing time during the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 23.

Footballguys view: Devin Singletary has dominated first-team snaps so far, but that was mainly to give the veterans rest time. This still looks like a three-man committee, although that could change if a team has an injury at running back and comes calling for McCoy.

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  Seahawks | Rashaad Penny falling behind    Wed Aug 21, 01:19 PM

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has 13 yards on 12 carries in two preseason games, and he has fallen further behind RB Chris Carson, in the opinion of NBC Sports Northwest's Joe Fann. Head coach Pete Carroll backed Penny by saying: 'We've got to block for him better. He didn't have a chance.'

Footballguys view: Penny is just an injury handcuff at this point. He might not even be worth taking over the hot rookie running backs on draft boards who have more paths to value.

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  Lions | Jordan Lasley signs with Detroit    Wed Aug 21, 02:43 AM

The Detroit Lions signed free-agent WR Jordan Lasley (Raiders) Tuesday, Aug. 20. In a corresponding move, RB Justin Stockton was released.

Footballguys view: Lasley hasn't been good enough to stick with the Raiders or Ravens, but he is promising enough to get signed right away by the wide receiver poor Lions. Normally we'd say after getting cut twice this summer, he is a long shot to make the team, but the Lions woes at his position give him a larger opening to make the team.

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  Cowboys | Other extensions not imminent in Big D?    Tue Aug 20, 06:19 PM

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday, Aug. 20, is doesn't feel like there's any real movement on contract extensions for QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott or WR Amari Cooper, according to David Helman of DallasCowboys.com. Jones added things could move fast.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys have some big-money deals to hand out, and they are dragging their feet at this time...at least with these three players. On Tuesday, the Cowboys signed LB Jaylon Smith to a new five-year, $64 million extension. We'll see if there's movement on any of the 'big 3' in the near future.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon still limited to individual work    Tue Aug 20, 04:43 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is not expected to take part in team drills this week as he continues to wait for his injured knee to respond to platelet-rich plasma injection he had 17 days ago.

Footballguys view: McKinnon might be able to participate in drills next week, and we think he's unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. The 49ers will use Tevin Coleman as their primary back with Matt Breida backing him up. McKinnon might begin the season on Injured Reserve.

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  Eagles | Jordan Howard not conceding much    Tue Aug 20, 04:32 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard has 'ran the ball quite well throughout camp,' according to NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt, who concedes that rookie Miles Sanders will 'almost certainly' overtake Howard at some point. However, Rosenblatt expects Howard will stay play a role and be one of the team's top options when it comes to short-yardage situations and in the red zone.

Footballguys view: Howard can be the banger for the team with Sanders working more as a 'lightning' type of back. If you play in a PPR league, then Sanders has more value because of his receiving ability. Howard has a current ADP of RB37 (8.05) and Sanders is at RB28 (6.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Ronald Jones back at practice    Tue Aug 20, 04:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (knee) was seen participating in full pads despite having his left knee heavily wrapped during the open portion of practice Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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  Seahawks | Rashaad Penny eyeing bigger Year 2 role    Tue Aug 20, 03:54 PM

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has routinely flashed the ability to 'make one-handed grabs with the same ease as some of the NFL's stickiest-fingered receivers' and is expected to be a bigger factor than he was during his rookie season, according to ESPN's Brady Henderson.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Penny didn't stand out as much as expected during his rookie season. Penny echoed sentiments from Seahawks RB coach Chad Morton that he and Chris Carson can become the same kind of one-two punch the New Orleans Saints enjoyed with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram over the last two seasons.

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  Texans | Duke Johnson hits practice field    Tue Aug 20, 12:37 PM

Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) practiced with his new team for the first time Tuesday, Aug. 20, after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: We're excited to see how Johnson is used as the change-of-pace back behind Lamar Miller. Johnson is a fine pass-catcher and he can make plays in space. That gives him flex appeal in PPR leagues. Stay tuned.

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  Bears | David Montgomery has team swooning    Tue Aug 20, 12:28 PM

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery has made an instant impression, and the team is 'in love' with him, according to Yahoo Sports' Terez A. Paylor, who just finished visiting the team's training camp. Paylor tweeted that Montgomery is 'a no-nonsense guy who takes football very seriously. The Bears love that, plus his receiving skills & make-you-miss. He will help this team immediately.'

Footballguys view: We love the intent that Montgomery runs with. He's your classic banger who can grind down a defense to get stronger as the game goes on. Montgomery isn't going to win with elusiveness but he wastes little motion as a runner and be be asked to carry a big workload. He should be the lead back for the Bears with Tarik Cohen serving as a pass-catching back.

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  Colts | James Williams signs with Indy    Tue Aug 20, 12:20 PM

Free-agent RB James Williams (Chiefs) signed Tuesday with the Indianapolis Colts. In a corresponding move, DE/LB Dadi Nicolas was waived.

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  Broncos | Royce Freeman bottled up    Tue Aug 20, 12:49 AM

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman failed to gain a yard on five carries in a 24-15 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Aug. 19.

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  49ers | Tevin Coleman shows burst    Tue Aug 20, 12:26 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman rushed three times for 21 yards in a 24-15 preseason win over the Denver Broncos Monday, Aug. 19.

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  49ers | Raheem Mostert piles up 100 yards    Tue Aug 20, 12:22 AM

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert rushed six times for 58 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 42 yards in a 24-15 preseason win over the Denver Broncos Monday, Aug. 19.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon working out    Mon Aug 19, 08:36 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he has been working out in California and wants to remain in football shape while waiting for a resolution to his contract situation.

Footballguys view: The two sides have not made any progress and there's really no end in sight to this holdout. Gordon is prepared to miss regular season games if he has to. That means we could see Austin Ekeler get to start for the Chargers while Gordon is gone. We'll see if this situation clears up as the regular season is fast approaching.

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  Jaguars | Ryquell Armstead a full participant    Mon Aug 19, 07:23 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead (concussion) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 19.

Footballguys view: Good news for the rookie running back here. He's behind oft-injured starter Leonard Fournette so add Armstead super late in your draft or keep him on your waiver wire speed dial in most re-draft leagues.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey set to play    Mon Aug 19, 04:27 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey are scheduled to play with the rest of the team's starters in Thursday, Aug. 22's preseason game against the New England Patriots. 'They've been the gold standard for a long time,'' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'You want to go out and see just how good you are. It is a good measuring stick as to who we can be as a football team.''

Footballguys view: Reporters around the team have marveled at Newton's deep passing in camp. He struggled with shoulder problems last year and had to change his game. With Newton near full strength, we could see a return of the deep pass in 2019.

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  Colts | D'Onta Foreman sticking with team    Mon Aug 19, 03:40 PM

Indianapolis Colts RB D'Onta Foreman (biceps) will remain with the team while rehabbing torn biceps. He's expected to miss four months but the team intends to keep him for next year.

Footballguys view: Foreman is ineligible to be designated to return since he was put on I.R. before final cuts. He's a talented big back but injuries have robbed him of the potential he once had. Foreman is no lock for the 53-man roster in 2020.

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  Titans | Derrick Henry makes long-awaited return    Mon Aug 19, 03:31 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (foot) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19. It's his first practice since Day 1 of training camp.

Footballguys view: A good sign for the centerpiece of the Titans offense. Henry has a current ADP of RB22 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues. If he stays healthy, the veteran back could easily outperform that draft position.

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  Redskins | Derrius Guice scheduled to play Thursday    Mon Aug 19, 03:18 PM

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) is scheduled to play Thursday, Aug. 22, in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: We all know Guice has talent, he just needs to stay healthy so he can put it on full display. This game is likely to be his only action of the preseason.

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  Colts | IND makes bevy of moves    Mon Aug 19, 02:59 PM

Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain (ankle) and RB D'Onta Foreman (undisclosed) were placed on injured reserve Monday, Aug. 19. S Derrick Kindred was waived. The team signed S Kai Nacua, RB Charcandrick West and RB Marquis Young.

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  Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott continues Mexico workouts    Mon Aug 19, 01:50 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is continuing to work out at a 'great facility' in Cabo San Lucas, according to agent Rocky Arceneaux. There has been no real activity on contract negotiations.

Footballguys view: Hopefully Elliott is staying away from the LenDale White diet of tequila shots down there in Cabo. In all seriousness, reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter indicate that Elliott is in the best shape of his life. The two sides are not close in contract negotiations, but things can and do change quickly in the NFL. Stay tuned.

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  Buccaneers | Ronald Jones idle    Mon Aug 19, 01:16 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (knee) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 19, with a sore knee.

Footballguys view: Jones has been the subject of many training camp fluff pieces, but when he's played in the preseason we still see the same inconsistencies to his game. We should see Peyton Barber and Jones work in a RBBC for the Bucs in 2019.

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  Dolphins | Kenyan Drake out of practice    Mon Aug 19, 12:53 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (foot) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 19.

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  Seahawks | Rashaad Penny bottled up    Sun Aug 18, 11:59 PM

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny lost six two yards on six carries and caught two passes for 10 yards in a 25-19 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 18.

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  Seahawks | Chris Carson solid in loss    Sun Aug 18, 11:44 PM

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson rushed five times for 25 yards and caught one pass for three yards in a 25-19 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 18.

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  Vikings | C.J. Ham could have role    Sun Aug 18, 09:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings FB C.J. Ham has been working as the third-down back with the first-team offense during training camp, and he could see time in that role during the season, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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  Saints | Devine Ozigbo catches TD    Sun Aug 18, 08:31 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Devine Ozigbo rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in a 19-17 preseason win over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Aug. 18.

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  Colts | Jonathan Williams suffered broken rib    Sun Aug 18, 03:49 PM

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Williams (chest) was diagnosed with a broken rib Sunday, Aug 18.

Footballguys view: Williams has talent as a runner but has not been able to stick on any team's roster for that long. He's been banged up a bit during his pro career. The rib injury isn't believed to be a long-term issue.

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  Jaguars | Ryquell Armstead could play Thursday    Sun Aug 18, 03:21 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead (concussion) is on the last day of the NFL's concussion protocol, according to head coach Doug Marrone Sunday, Aug. 18. Armstead could play in the team's third preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22.

Footballguys view: We're excited to see Armstead out there on the field. He's got explosive playmaking ability and could be the primary backup to the oft-injured Leonard Fournette.

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  Bengals | Trayveon Williams likely done for preseason    Sun Aug 18, 03:15 PM

Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Trayveon Williams (foot) will likely miss the remainder of the preseason, according to head coach Zac Taylor Sunday, Aug. 18.

Footballguys view: The team is optimistic that Williams will be ready for the start of the regular season. Williams is a great dynasty back to add in those formats. He's natural as a runner and was quite productive in college at Texas A&M. Williams should be the No. 3 running back for the Bengals in 2019 behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard.

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  Buccaneers | Dare Ogunbowale locking down RB3 job    Sun Aug 18, 03:09 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Dare Ogunbowale 'seems solidly entrenched' as the team's third running back, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic Sunday, Aug. 18.

Footballguys view: Now we just need to see if Peyton Barber or Ronald Jones emerges as the lead back. Ogunbowale was working with the first-team offense during Sunday's practice, but head coach Bruce Arians said that was largely because Jones was dealing with knee soreness.

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  Jets | Le'Veon Bell could sit out preseason    Sun Aug 18, 01:14 PM

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't played in the team's first two preseason games, and head coach Adam Gase is noncommital about Bell playing in the third. 'We'll kind of see how next week goes,' Gase said Friday, Aug. 16. 'He's played a lot of football. And I like where he's at right now. I love how he's working. If I feel like there's a need to play him next week, we will. If he has a good week of practice and it's not worth it for us to get him out there, then we won't.'

Footballguys view: We'll see if Bell can get out there for a Jets debut in the preseason. If Bell doesn't play in Week 3 of the preseason (the dress rehearsal for the regular season), then there's little chance of him playing in Week 4 when starters typically rest.

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  Patriots | Damien Harris shines Saturday    Sat Aug 17, 10:25 PM

New England Patriots RB Damien Harris rushed 14 times for 80 yards in a 22-17 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 17.

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  Raiders | Josh Jacobs wows his QB    Sat Aug 17, 10:01 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was praised for his versatility by QB Derek Carr. 'We knew how good of a runner he was, that he was tough and that he could block,' Carr said. 'You just never know with rookies who are that big. Can they catch? Josh can do all that stuff. He has really been impressive.'

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  Browns | D'Ernest Johnson busy Saturday    Sat Aug 17, 09:27 PM

Cleveland Browns RB D'Ernest Johnson rushed 10 times for 53 yards and caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in a 21-18 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Aug. 18.

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  Colts | Chest injury for Jonathan Williams    Sat Aug 17, 06:03 PM

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Williams (chest) suffered a chest injury during the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, and will not return.

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  Browns | Nick Chubb to sit out    Sat Aug 17, 03:06 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17.

Footballguys view: The Browns are resting some top players in their second preseason game. Chubb should see time in the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka week three of the preseason.

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  Jaguars | Three players back on field    Sat Aug 17, 02:47 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead (concussion), OG Andrew Norwell (quadriceps) and OT Jawaan Taylor (knee) are participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 17.

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  Jaguars | Alfred Blue to miss preseason game    Sat Aug 17, 02:16 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue (ankle) will not play in the third preseason game because of his ankle injury.

Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this situation. Blue is behind the oft-injured Leonard Fournette and Jacksonville has to be ready if (when?) Fournette is banged up again. That could be Blue, but this ankle injury has opened the door for rookie Ryquell Armstead to emerge as a handcuff option in deeper leagues.

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  Jaguars | Jacksonville adds Elijah Hood    Sat Aug 17, 01:08 PM

Free-agent RB Elijah Hood (Panthers) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived QB Tanner Lee.

Footballguys view: Hood is a big back who can grind inside. They've got some banged up running backs, specifically Alfred Blue, at this time and needed some depth at the position.

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