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  49ers | No offer yet for Phillip Tanner    Fri Mar 6, 10:22 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Phillip Tanner, an impending restricted free-agent, has yet to be presented with a qualifying offer as of Friday, March 6. The team has the option of signing Tanner to a lower salary.

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  49ers | Sign Phillip Tanner    Wed Dec 17, 02:26 PM

The San Francisco 49ers signed RB Phillip Tanner (Bills) Wednesday, Dec. 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are looking for running back help because both Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) are banged up. We could see Alphonso Smith get the start for the 49ers this week.

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  NFL | Two players clear waivers    Fri Nov 21, 06:21 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Phillip Tanner and New England Patriots DT Casey Walker cleared waivers Friday, Nov. 21, and have become free agents.

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  Bills | Cut one, claim one    Thu Nov 20, 05:14 PM

The Buffalo Bills cut RB Phillip Tanner and claimed TE MarQueis Gray (Vikings) Thursday, Nov. 20.

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  Bills | Week 11 Inactives    Thu Nov 13, 07:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills have declared OT Cyrus Kouandjio, RB Fred Jackson, DL Jarius Wynn, WR Marquise Goodwin, RB Phillip Tanner, LB Randell Johnson, CB Ron Brooks inactive for Week 11.

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  Bills | Week 10 Inactives    Sun Nov 9, 11:40 AM

The Buffalo Bills have declared OG Cyril Richardson, S Jerome Couplin III, WR Marcus Easley, WR Mike Williams, RB Phillip Tanner, LB Randell Johnson, CB Ron Brooks inactive for Week 10.

Footballguys view: Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson are both active, but shaky plays today with the nature of their injuries.

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  Bills | Phillip Tanner signing    Tue Oct 21, 01:02 PM

The Buffalo Bills are signing free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Footballguys view: The Bills had sniffed around the league to find additional RB help. They make the move to add Tanner here, but there's little fantasy value from this transaction. While Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are out, we'll see the team move forward with a RBBC featuring Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

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  Cowboys | 19 cut    Sat Aug 30, 05:43 PM

The Dallas Cowboys released RB D.J. Adams, OT Josh Aladenoye, DE Kenneth Boatright, DT Dartwan Bush, WR LaRon Byrd, OG Stephen Goodin, CB Terrance Mitchell, WR Jamar Newsome, C Ronald Patrick, DE Caesar Rayford, LB Dontavis Sapp, LB Keith Smith, SS Ryan Smith, LB William Smith, RB Phillip Tanner, TE Asa Watson, RB Ryan Williams, LB Orie Lemon and DT Zach Minter.

Footballguys view: Byrd was an intriguing talent to keep tabs on in super deep dynasty leagues. He has a size/speed combination that can create mismatch problems. We'll see if he can stick around on the practice squad.

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  Cowboys | Phillip Tanner signed    Thu Aug 28, 02:05 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Colts). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived CB B.W. Webb.

Footballguys view: This is just a matter of needing another runner with several dealing with injuries. Don't go running to the waiver wire tonight as he won't be here long.

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  Cowboys | Will add Phillip Tanner    Wed Aug 27, 01:43 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will sign free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Colts), according to sources.

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  Colts | Waive Phillip Tanner    Wed Aug 20, 03:41 PM

The Indianapolis Colts waived RB Phillip Tanner Wednesday, Aug. 20.

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  Colts | Sign Phillip Tanner    Tue Jul 29, 03:29 PM

The Indianapolis Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, July 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: With Vick Ballard (Achilles') lost for the year, the Colts needed additional help at the running back position. Tanner is an intent runner between the tackles, but is no more than third on the depth chart right now behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.

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  Seahawks | Three RBs work out    Sat Jul 26, 07:32 PM

Free-agent RB William Powell (Eagles), RB Orwin Smith (Packers) and Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) worked out for the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, July 26.

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  Bears | Work out Phillip Tanner    Mon Apr 7, 11:21 PM

The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Monday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Tanner would fit on the Bears. He's an energetic runner who wastes little motion with the ball in his hands. They're looking to add more running back depth after parting ways with Michael Bush earlier this offseason.

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  Cowboys | May try to re-sign Phillip Tanner    Mon Feb 24, 02:21 PM

The Dallas Cowboys may try to re-sign restricted free-agent RB Phillip Tanner to a one-year deal worth the four-year veteran minimum this offseason. The team does not plan to tender an offer to Tanner this offseason.

Footballguys view: Tanner is a decent backup running back. The Cowboys could keep him around for veteran depth behind Demarco Murray.

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  Cowboys | Will not make offer to Phillip Tanner    Sun Feb 23, 08:32 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will not tender an offer to restricted free-agent RB Phillip Tanner this offseason because of their tight salary cap situation.

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  Cowboys | DeMarco Murray's role to expand    Tue Dec 3, 09:21 PM

The Dallas Cowboys plan to ride RB DeMarco Murray as much as they can after losing RB Lance Dunbar (knee). 'DeMarco Murray is our lead back, has been our lead back all year long, has done an excellent job for us, did a really good job in the game the other day again,' head coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday, Dec. 3. 'He'll be the lead dog. The other guys, (RBs Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner) will have to step up if they have an opportunity if DeMarco can't go.'

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. More Murray is a great thing if his body can handle the increased workload. He's a must-start most every week as a RB2 with upside.

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  Cowboys | Two RBs expected to get bigger roles    Sat Nov 30, 11:10 AM

Dallas Cowboys RBs Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle are expected to receive bigger roles in the offense because of the injury to RB Lance Dunbar (knee).

Footballguys view: Tanner works better than Randle in cramped space. Randle, a rookie from Oklahoma State, is fast in a straight line but lacks creativity in the open field.

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  Cowboys | Phillip Tanner left game    Mon Nov 11, 01:06 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner left the team's Week 10 game with cramps.

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  Cowboys | DeMarco Murray to miss at least one week    Mon Oct 14, 02:12 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (knee) will miss the team's Week 7 game but may be able to play Week 8.

Footballguys view: This leaves Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar as the two most likely to receive carries in the backfield. Randle should be the starter while Murray is out. Randle is a speed back who can get to top speed in a hurry. He's not creative or elusive in the open field, but Randle only needs a small crease to make a big play.

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  Cowboys | DeMarco Murray has MCL sprain    Mon Oct 14, 12:35 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (knee) is dealing with a left medial collateral ligament sprain in his knee, and he'll undergo an MRI exam Monday, Oct. 14. Murray was injured in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins and entered the day ranked fifth in the league with 399 rushing yards. It's unknown if Murray will be able to play in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Footballguys view: Rookie running back Joseph Randle took over as the Cowboys' lead back. He would be splitting time with Lance Dunbar if Murray misses a significant amount of time.

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  Cowboys | Phillip Tanner injures arm    Sun Aug 4, 11:56 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner (arm) suffered a left arm injury in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame preseason game Sunday, Aug. 4, against the Miami Dolphins, but he was able to return to the game later.

Footballguys view: Tanner made a statement about his worthiness for a roster spot in a crowded backup running back situation. He seemed bigger and stronger than he was last year and usually required a gang tackle to be stopped. The backup to Demarco Murray is likely to see the field at some point as a starter if Murray's past is any indication.

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  Cowboys | HC happy with Joseph Randle    Tue Jul 30, 09:16 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (thumb) showed well in the team's scrimmage, and is off to a good start in training camp, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Still, Randle is behind RB Lance Dunbar for the race for the backup job to RB DeMarco Murray, and RB Phillip Tanner has reportedly been more consistent as well.

Footballguys view: Randle was drafted to be the primary backup behind Demarco Murray. He's simply not playing up to his potential yet and has been passed by both Dunbar and Tanner. We weren't crazy about this draft pick in April. Randle has good straight line speed but questions abound about his lack of creativity and questionable instincts.

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  Cowboys | Phillip Tanner drops weight    Wed Jul 24, 01:35 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner said he lost around 10 pounds this offseason in hopes of being quicker this season. He said the extra weight hindered him from getting to the hole at times last season.

Footballguys view: Tanner wants to be more explosive and win a spot on the final roster. He's competing with Lance Dunbar to be the team's RB3 behind Demarco Murray and rookie Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State).

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  Cowboys | Kendial Lawrence could push for roster spot    Mon Jul 15, 02:51 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Kendial Lawrence could push RB Phillip Tanner for a roster spot if he performs well during training camp and the preseason.

Footballguys view: Lawrence was added to the roster as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri in 2013. During four years with Mizzou Lawrence carried the ball 444 times for 2,232 yards with 21 TDs and 40 receptions. He's not a big back (listed at 195 pounds) but is incredibly fast (4.33 40-yard dash). He'll have to prove himself as a receiver and on special teams if he wants to make the final roster. Fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues need to take note.

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  Cowboys | RB Tanner making a good impression    Sun Jun 23, 06:46 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner has been making a good impression at OTAs. New RB coach Gary Brown said, "From what I've seen so far, he looks like he's in great shape. He's studying. He knows what he's doing and not making any mental errors."

Footballguys view: Tanner needs to improve if he wants to win the RB3 job behind Demarco Murray and rookie Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State). Lance Dunbar is the main competition for Tanner in training camp.

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  Cowboys | Believe Joseph Randle can be full-time RB if needed    Mon Jun 17, 02:16 PM

The Dallas Cowboys believe RB Joseph Randle can be a full-time running back if something happened to RB DeMarco Murray. Randle will have to compete with RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner for the No. 2 running back job during training camp.

Footballguys view: We don't see Randle having any trouble winning the team's RB2 spot behind Murray. Randle has good straight line speed but isn't creative or elusive in the open field. He's not the biggest back so if he were to get an increased workload we might see him split time in some sort of RBBC. Randle is an important player for Murray owners to handcuff if you've got the roster space.

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