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  Vikings | Will host Devonta Freeman    Wed Apr 16, 11:47 PM

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman will with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17, according to a league source.

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  49ers | Terrance West to visit Monday    Wed Apr 16, 11:27 PM

Towson RB Terrance West will visit the San Francisco 49ers' facilities Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: West is a big back who can run in the 4.5s. The 49ers already have a stacked group of backs, so adding West to the mix would be a curious move. Some think the small-school power back will be a top-100 pick.

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  49ers | Shopping LaMichael James    Wed Apr 16, 11:27 PM

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.

Footballguys view: Good luck. The free-agency market for backs is terrible, so trading for a part-time back isn't going to harvest much in return. James could be a decent change-of-pace back, but he's buried on the depth chart in San Francisco. They have a great group of backs from top to bottom. We even like Jewel Hampton in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson financials    Wed Apr 16, 09:45 PM

Updating a previous report, the deal for New York Jets RB Chris Johnson includes $3 million in guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus, and $1 million in salary. The team also holds an option for the 2015 season.

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  Falcons | Terrence West to visit    Wed Apr 16, 04:49 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with Towson RB Terrence West Wednesday, April 23. The team also reportedly conducted a private workout with West.

Footballguys view: West is a power back who can run in the 4.5s. He lacks vision, but West keeps his legs moving after contact and has a nose for the red zone. The Falcons are looking for a young running back behind Steven Jackson to groom into an eventual starter.

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  Jets | Financial terms for Chris Johnson    Wed Apr 16, 04:39 PM

Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.

Footballguys view: So much for not overpaying him.

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  Texans | May look to take RB in middle rounds    Wed Apr 16, 04:36 PM

The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.

Footballguys view: With Ben Tate moving on in free agency to the Browns, the Texans need a backup behind Foster. The draft is full of running backs with different styles. During the middle rounds there will still be quality players left at the position.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory to be tandem    Wed Apr 16, 03:48 PM

The New York Jets will use RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as a tandem this upcoming season and have them split carries. RB Bilal Powell will be the team's No. 3 running back.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. We should see Mike Goodson released by the Jets in the near future.

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  Jets | Sign Chris Johnson     Wed Apr 16, 03:29 PM

The New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson (Titans) to a two-year deal Wednesday, April 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: This is the move that makes the most sense for both parties. Johnson will split time in the backfield with Chris Ivory. The Jets get a speedy playmaker who can excel running with an athletic quarterback in the backfield with him.

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Bilal Powell player page


  Falcons | Terrance West to visit    Wed Apr 16, 03:05 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to visit with Townson RB Terrance West Wednesday, April 23.

Footballguys view: West is a power back who can run in the 4.5s. He lacks vision, but keeps his legs grinding after contact and has a nose for the end zone. Some think West will be a top-100 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

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  Lions | RB playing time expected to stay same    Wed Apr 16, 02:08 PM

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners take note here. Bush played 54 percent of the offensive snaps in 2013 while Bell participated in 49 percent of the snaps. That number could be skewed if Bush battles injuries (again) in 2014.

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  Dolphins | Could have interest in Chris Johnson    Wed Apr 16, 01:40 PM

The Miami Dolphins are believed to have some interest in free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans).

Footballguys view: Even though the team already added Knowshon Moreno in free agency, they are still looking for running back help. Insert the "they won't overpay for Johnson" take here. We think the Dolphins are more likely to add a back in the draft.

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  Falcons | May have interest in Chris Johnson    Wed Apr 16, 01:39 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are believed to have some interest in free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans).

Footballguys view: We've heard this before, and it's an interesting combination to say the least. The Falcons already have Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers as their two primary backs. Adding Johnson would certainly cut into Jackson's touches, and it would almost eliminate Rodgers from the gameplan.

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  Buccaneers | Mike James doing well in rehab    Wed Apr 16, 12:44 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been able to run and cut. James would not said if he will participate in the team's upcoming minicamp.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Buccaneers here. Monitor James during training camp as he'll be competing with Bobby Rainey for the primary backup job behind Doug Martin. That's critical information for those wanting to handcuff a back to Martin in their fantasy drafts.

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  Redskins | Charles Sims expected to visit    Wed Apr 16, 11:59 AM

The Washington Redskins are expected to meet with West Virginia RB Charles Sims Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: Sims is arguably the most well-rounded back in this class. He's a good runner with instincts and vision to run between the tackles. He's a good receiver who can create mismatches against linebackers on wheel routes. Sims plays a lot like Matt Forte (Bears) and should be a second- or third-round pick.

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  Broncos | Montee Ball receives endorsement    Wed Apr 16, 10:24 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he believes RB Montee Ball is ready to be a starting running back.

Footballguys view: It's Ball's time. The Broncos let Knowshon Moreno walk in free agency to the Miami Dolphins because they are ready to let Ball tote the rock. He'll build off the momentum that he established last year as the season went on. Over the final six weeks of 2013, only Jamaal Charles (6.6) averaged more yards per carry than Ball (6.5, 52-337). Ball also led the NFL in percentage of rushes for first downs (40.4 percent) and carries of 10 or more yards (21.2 percent) during final six weeks of 2013.

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  Jets | Won't overpay for Chris Johnson    Tue Apr 15, 11:54 PM

The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market suggests Johnson will fetch $3-4 million per year maximum.

Footballguys view: This is what every team is going to respond with. Nobody wants to overpay for an aging veteran running back with motivation issues. We'll see what kind of deal Johnson gets when the ink is actually dry somewhere. In addition to the Jets, the Bills could have interest in Johnson.

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  Jets | Chris Johnson's visit goes well, but no deal    Tue Apr 15, 07:45 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson's (Titans) visit with the New York Jets reportedly went well Tuesday, April 15, but he left without a deal. Other teams are involved with him, too.

Footballguys view: There's a small handful of potential suitors for Johnson at this time. The Jets could be considered the frontrunners, but no deal seems imminent. Johnson may still be getting interest from the Buffalo Bills as well.

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  Bills | Interested in Chris Johnson    Tue Apr 15, 12:14 PM

The Buffalo Bills have shown some interest in signing free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), according to sources.

Footballguys view: The interest in Johnson has always been a curious proposition with the Bills. We've heard they were interested, but we've also heard they didn't really have interest. Adding Johnson would be a curious move because they already have a similar back in C.J. Spiller. Behind Spiller, the Bills have savvy veteran Fred Jackson. Nobody really looks at the Bills and thinks "What they really need is a running back."

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  Jets | Chris Johnson visiting    Tue Apr 15, 09:24 AM

The New York Jets are visiting with free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) Tuesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: This is his likely destination. Johnson would be able to be compete with Chris Ivory for the starting job, and he could give the offense another weapon with speed. We'll see if something comes together.

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  NFL | James Wilder arrested    Mon Apr 14, 02:08 PM

Florida State RB James Wilder Jr. was arrested Sunday, April 13, on an outstanding warrant related to a charge of driving with a suspended license.

Footballguys view: Wilder already has character concerns after getting arrested three times in 2013. All the offenses were minor (like this one), but it shows lack of maturity. He may be a late-round pick, and he'll certainly make it to a camp this summer.

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  Bears | Worked out James White    Mon Apr 14, 02:02 PM

The Chicago Bears recently conducted an private workout with Wisconsin RB James White.

Footballguys view: White is a late-round specialist at the running back position. He's an efficient runner who wastes little motion with the ball in his hands. White is not the biggest guy, so he should be used mostly as a complementary back. The Bears are looking for RB help behind Matt Forte after Michael Bush was let go.

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  Browns | Chris Pressley has one-year deal    Mon Apr 14, 01:51 PM

Updating a previous item, the Cleveland Browns signed FB Chris Pressley to an undisclosed one-year deal Monday, April 14.

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  Eagles | Tried to land C.J. Spiller    Mon Apr 14, 01:08 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles tried to land Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller before they traded for RB Darren Sproles this offseason, according to two league sources familiar with the situation. However, the Bills weren't interested in trading their running back.

Footballguys view: The Bills kept their best playmaker, and the Eagles were able to find someone who can fit what they want in Sproles. It will be interesting to see how Chip Kelly uses a weapon like Sproles as a receiver in his innovative offense.

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  Browns | Chris Pressley signs    Mon Apr 14, 09:58 AM

The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent FB Chris Pressley (Bengals) to an undisclosed deal.

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  Dolphins | Damian Williams could be returner    Sat Apr 12, 09:58 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Damian Williams said the team talked to him about the possibility of being a return man for them. Williams likely would be behind RB Marcus Thigpen in the competition if he becomes a candidate.

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  Dolphins | Unlikely to add Chris Johnson    Sat Apr 12, 08:52 PM

The Miami Dolphins likely will not sign free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) because they added RB Knowshon Moreno earlier in the offseason.

Footballguys view: Johnson is going to have to wait for an opportunity. The Dolphins may draft a back to add to the mix, but the price tag for Johnson is likely too rich.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson could see more pass plays    Sat Apr 12, 06:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be used more in passing plays this season with the departure of RB Toby Gerhart.

Footballguys view: More Peterson is nothing but a good thing. We'll see Peterson as the top draft pick in most fantasy drafts in 2014.

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  Ravens | Terrance West to work out    Fri Apr 11, 06:03 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have a workout scheduled with Towson RB Terrance West for Monday, April 14.

Footballguys view: Adding West would make a lot of sense for the Ravens. West is a big back who can run in the 4.5s. Some think he'll be a top 100 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

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  Bills | Visit with Carlos Hyde     Fri Apr 11, 02:04 PM

The Buffalo Bills are visiting with Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde Friday, April 11.

Footballguys view: Even though they have C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, the Bills are still looking for additional help at the running back position. Hyde is a big back who is a fine receiver out of the backfield. He's a safe runner, but is a bit robotic with his movement and does not have elite upside.

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  Buccaneers | James Wilder Jr. works out    Fri Apr 11, 01:12 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out Florida State RB James Wilder Jr. Friday, April 11.

Footballguys view: His father, James Wilder, played for the Bucs during his pro career. Wilder Jr. is a power back who offers little wiggle or nuance to his game. He smashes it between the tackles well, but Wilder Jr. is not going to outrun anybody or break ankles in the open field.

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  Vikings | Terrence West to visit    Fri Apr 11, 12:02 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to meet with Towson RB Terrence West before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: West is a bigger back who can run in the 4.5s. The small school prospect could be a second- or third-round pick in the draft. The Vikings are looking for running back help after losing Toby Gerhart (Jaguars) in free agency.

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  Texans | Arian Foster expects to be ready for workouts    Thu Apr 10, 10:06 PM

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (back) said he will be able to participate once offseason workouts begin.

Footballguys view: Having Foster back to 100 percent will really help the Texans. They may have a rookie quarterback starting at the beginning of the season, so they could lean on the ground game even more in 2014.

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  49ers | Storm Johnson to visit    Thu Apr 10, 12:25 PM

The San Francisco 49ers will visit with Central Florida RB Storm Johnson Monday, April 14.

Footballguys view: The Niners have five backs on their roster, even after letting Anthony Dixon leave, but they're always on the lookout for talent. Johnson is an underrated back in this class, projected to go in the fifth round by many analysts. He isn't a full-load kind of back, but in today's NFL that's not a big deal. His acceleration and power make him a solid part of an RBBC.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush to see smaller load    Thu Apr 10, 10:33 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.

Footballguys view: Bell has been very effective and keeping Bush's body intact will be a big help down the stretch. Bell is a solid runner with some pop to his carries and is a nice counter to Bush, but also able to stand on his own.

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  NFL | Chris Johnson not working out for teams    Wed Apr 9, 10:20 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) will not be engaging in private tryouts for anyone, according to a league source. The thinking is that he has generated six years of game film, and he's a proven commodity.

Footballguys view: Everyone knows what Johnson's game is all about. Speed, speed, and more speed. He's a speed back who is not ready to play a backup role in the NFL. Now that he's on the open market, we should see a few teams interested.

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  Dolphins | Devonta Freeman to visit    Wed Apr 9, 05:37 PM

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to visit with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman Friday, April 11.

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  Patriots | Devonta Freeman visited    Wed Apr 9, 05:34 PM

The New England Patriots have visited with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman.

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  Falcons | Devonta Freeman visited    Wed Apr 9, 05:34 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have visited with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman.

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  Jaguars | Jeremy Hill to visit     Wed Apr 9, 03:46 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars are scheduled to meet with Louisiana State RB Jeremy Hill Thursday, April 10.

Footballguys view: Hill would be a good fit for the Jaguars in the second round. They added Toby Gerhart in free agency to compete for the starting job, and Hill could be included in that mix. Hill is a power runner with enough speed to get to the edge at the second level. Very few backs in this class have "star" upside, but Hill is one of those players.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury update    Wed Apr 9, 03:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is close to full strength and plans on participating in offseason workouts when he does get back to full strength. There is no timetable for his return.

Footballguys view: Peterson doesn't follow timetables....timetables follow him. He's going to be 100 percent ready to go by the start of the regular season. Peterson will once again be a top fantasy pick.

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  Broncos | Not players for Chris Johnson    Wed Apr 9, 10:53 AM

The Denver Post's Mike Klis speculates the Denver Broncos aren't a fit for free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans). Klis doesn't think Johnson will accept a No. 2 role, and Denver probably won't give him the money he'll demand.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. It's Ball's time in Denver. They are going with Montee Ball as their featured back in 2014.

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  Falcons | Not serious players for Chris Johnson    Tue Apr 8, 11:21 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are not expected to be serious players for free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), as their secondary is a more pressing concern than running back.

Footballguys view: The Falcons may have once had more interest in Johnson, but that seems to have cooled off now. He would have been an odd fit for the Falcons with Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers already in the fold.

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  Falcons | Work out Greg Jones    Tue Apr 8, 05:00 PM

The Atlanta Falcons worked out free-agent FB Greg Jones (Texans) Tuesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Jason Snelling retired, so Jones could be in the mix. He'd be an upgrade as a lead blocker, once very coveted by Maurice Jones-Drew as his escort through the hole.

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  NFL | No visit for Chris Johnson today    Tue Apr 8, 04:37 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) does not have any visits scheduled for Tuesday, April 8.

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  Texans | Andre Brown terms    Tue Apr 8, 10:28 AM

Updating previous reports, Houston Texans RB Andre Brown's one-year deal is worth $645,000.

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  Vikings | To host Terrance West    Mon Apr 7, 11:44 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have scheduled a visit with Towson RB Terrance West.

Footballguys view: They brought back Matt Asiata to be the primary backup behind Adrian Peterson, but adding West would make a lot of sense. Toby Gerhart moved on in free agency to Jacksonville, so the Vikings have a need at the running back position.

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  Seahawks | Terrance West to visit    Mon Apr 7, 11:44 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have scheduled a visit with Towson RB Terrance West.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks already have one of the strongest groups of running backs in the league. Adding West would only make them stronger. Like Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, West has the size to pound it between the tackles. He's likely a second- or third-round pick.

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  Ravens | Have met with Terrance West    Mon Apr 7, 11:43 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have already had a pre-draft meeting with Towson RB Terrance West. He is from North Baltimore, and played his ball in the city.

Footballguys view: West could be a fine addition for the Ravens. He can run in the 4.5s and he has the size to grind down opponents. The Ravens could use him to compete with Bernard Pierce for the primary backup position behind Ray Rice in 2014.

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  NFL | Plenty present for Terrance West's pro day    Mon Apr 7, 11:29 PM

Towson RB Terrance West performed at his school's pro day Monday, April 7, with scouts and coaches from at least 22 organizations present. West decided to stand on his NFL Scouting Combine performances, including his time of 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash. However, he did perform running back drills outside despite slick conditions on a rainy and chilly day in Maryland.

Footballguys view: Those in the media are a little behind scouts here. West is a highly regarded prospect from the FCS level after rushing for over 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns last year. He averaged an amazing 6.1 yards per carry on 413 totes in 2013.

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