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  • Hue sees Duke Johnson as every-down back?
    ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon believes coach Hue Jackson sees Duke Johnson "as an every-down back."

    Advice: McManamon believes the previous regime in Cleveland saw Johnson as an every-down back as well, but a hamstring injury in training camp held him back. Despite his size (5'9, 210), Johnson had the look of a three-down back in college and could certainly handle more than the 104 carries he saw last season. If Isaiah Crowell falters, Johnson could find himself in a workhorse role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:16 pm
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  • Ameer Abdullah 'in for a big season?'
    The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett thinks Ameer Abdullah could be "in for a big season."

    Advice: Birkett qualifies the statement by saying Abdullah needs to conquer his fumbling demons first. Detroit undoubtedly needs more from their running game this season, but Abdullah will not have to go it alone. Theo Riddick will be involved as a receiver out of the backfield while Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will compete for "big-back" carries. Still, Abdullah should lead the backfield and could be ready for a breakout. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
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  • Andre Williams lost 10 pounds this offseason
    Giants RB Andre Williams lost 10 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: He now checks in at 220 pounds. The lost weight should allow him to slam into the backs of his blockers with more velocity. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:38 pm
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  • RB Gordon participating in individual drills
    Melvin Gordon (microfracture) is participating in individual drills at OTAs.

    Advice: Per reporter Michael Gehlken, Gordon's rehab has "gone well." He's unlikely to take part in team drills before training camp, but all reports on his rehab have been positive. He has a good shot at avoiding the active/PUP list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
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  • Beat writer: Don't count out Tevin Coleman
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure cautioned to "not count out" Tevin Coleman at running back.

    Advice: The Falcons' higher-ups have been talking up Coleman since the season ended, with coach Dan Quinn calling Coleman-Devonta Freeman a "unique combination" and GM Thomas Dimitroff labeling the duo a "tandem" in the backfield. Per McClure, Freeman "can't afford to let his guard down" with the team still believing in Coleman's big-play ability. Coleman is a solid late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now. He was handpicked by the current regime. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
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  • Sherman not convinced Marshawn Lynch is done
    Richard Sherman isn't convinced Marshawn Lynch is retired for good.

    Advice: Michael Bennett recently said he thinks Lynch could "make an appearance later on." "I don't put anything past him," added Sherman. "He's about as predictable as a pair of dice. ... You would hope that he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year." The Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve/retired list on May 5. We don't expect him to play in 2016, but it's not out of the question he gets an "itch" closer to training camp. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:35 am
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  • T.J. Yeldon locked into third-down role?
    Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union expects T.J. Yeldon to serve as the Jaguars' primary third-down back.

    Advice: O'Halloran envisions Yeldon and Chris Ivory sharing the backfield, with Yeldon hogging passing-game work and Ivory finishing with "more carries on first and second downs." That doesn't mean Yeldon will be eliminated from early-down work, of course. Although Ivory struggled in short-yardage situations with the Jets last season, he is going to bring a power element to Jacksonville's backfield and will be the favorite for scoring-position touches. Yeldon has more value in PPR leagues. It could be a tossup in more touchdown-heavy formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:30 am
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  • Arian Foster did not meet with Patriots
    ESPN's Mike Reiss reports free agent RB Arian Foster did not meet with the Patriots on his recent visit to Boston.

    Advice: Foster posted a picture on Instagram of his family at Fenway Park, sparking speculation he was in Boston to meet with the Patriots. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported Friday the Patriots have shown "preliminary" interest in Foster, but Cole could have just been connecting some dots. Still a couple weeks away from being able to pass a physical, it is unlikely Foster signs anywhere before June. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:05 am
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  • Khiry Robinson could take short-yardage work
    NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater said Jets RB Khiry Robinson "could" take on some short-yardage work.

    Advice: Slater is not making a definitive statement on what Robinson's role will be, but it would make sense for the Jets to use him in short-yardage situations. Matt Forte has never been good near the goal line, and Bilal Powell does not fit the mold of a power back. Robinson does, and it would not be surprising if he saw most of his work around the end zone. He is a real threat to Forte's touchdown total. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:46 am
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  • Devontae Booker expects to push C.J. Anderson
    Broncos fourth-round RB Devontae Booker wants to start as a rookie.

    Advice: "I’m not here to carry pads. I’m here to take someone’s job," Booker said. C.J. Anderson’s contract makes him the likely Week 1 starter, but the Broncos expect Booker to push for snaps. Booker will miss next week’s OTAs recovering from his 2015 torn meniscus. His training camp status shouldn’t be in doubt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:31 pm
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  • Ajayi has 'separated' from Dolphins other RBs
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Jay Ajayi has taken control of the starting running back job.

    Advice: "He’s been here every day. Done everything right," Gase said. "The rest of that group has done a good job to try and keep up, but obviously he’s kind of separated himself." Ajayi has drawn praise from Gase multiple times this offseason. He’s the odds-on favorite to start and get all early-down carries. Third-rounder Kenyan Drake doesn’t profile for more than a complementary role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:20 pm
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  • Pats show 'preliminary' interest in A. Foster
    According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the Patriots have shown "preliminary" interest in free agent RB Arian Foster.

    Advice: Foster's market has been slow to develop while recovering from a torn Achilles' and going on age 30. New England's running game was nonexistent last year after LeGarrette Blount (hip) and Dion Lewis (ACL) went down. Foster could prove to be a worthy flier if he can stay healthy. Still a week or two away from being able to pass a physical, Foster figures to sign somewhere before training camp. From a fantasy standpoint, New England's high-octane offense could present one of his better-case scenarios. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:48 pm
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  • Booker (knee) will sit out OTAs next week
    Broncos fourth-round RB Devontae Booker (knee) won't participate in next week's OTAs.

    Advice: He's still recovering from a torn meniscus he suffered late in his senior season at Utah. Booker hasn't been cleared for drills yet but he's gotten some mental reps under his belt by participating in team walkthroughs. As long as he doesn't miss too much time, Booker should have a chance to contribute in Denver right away. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:32 pm
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  • John Fox suggests he'll use 'hot hand' at RB
    Coach John Fox suggested "whoever has a hot hand" will be the Bears' running back.

    Advice: Fox has favored committee backfields dating back to his time with the Panthers and Broncos. Even in his first season with the Bears, he rotated Matt Forte and rookie Jeremy Langford the final month. Langford has been talked up as the "heir apparent" to Forte, but it'd be foolish to believe he'll take on Forte's full workload. Rookie Jordan Howard is a candidate to steal early-down snaps, and RBs coach Stan Drayton is dubbing Ka'Deem Cary a "wild card." It's a position battle to monitor closely this summer. Langford is currently being drafted as RB20 in MFL best-ball leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:18 am
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  • Arian Foster (Achilles') progressing well
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports free agent Arian Foster (Achilles') is "progressing well," but is probably "a week or two away" from being able to pass a physical.

    Advice: Foster's market should heat up whenever he's medically cleared. The soon-to-be 30-year-old made a visit to the Dolphins in March, and they could be a top suitor after not making any moves at running back in the draft or free agency. Foster has also been linked to the Seahawks on two separate occasions. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:12 am
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  • Bennett: Beast Mode retired for 'right now'
    Ex-teammate Michael Bennett thinks Marshawn Lynch is retired "for right now."

    Advice: "He might make an appearance later on, but I think he’s done for right now," Bennett said of Lynch. "I think he’s really focused on his community work. ... I want him to play again, but we’ll see." Lynch's retirement has been fittingly mysterious and kooky, but it indeed appears he won't be suiting up in 2016. Lynch turned 30 last month. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:36 pm
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  • Charles (ACL) will be 'limited' in OTAs
    Coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles (ACL) will be a limited participant in OTAs.

    Advice: The definition of limited is very broad, and ultimately we would not expect Charles to do much of anything. Still, any participation makes it more likely he is available for the start of training camp. Going on 30 and with serious competition in the backfield, Charles' name value will likely cause him to be over-drafted. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:37 am
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  • Taliaferro's roster spot 'under pressure?'
    CSN Mid-Atlantic's Clifton Brown suggested Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro's roster spot is "under pressure."

    Advice: A fourth-round pick in 2014, Taliaferro brings more size to the table than the Ravens' top three backs, and that plus his draft pedigree should earn him a spot on the roster. The problem is he has not been able to stay healthy through his first two years in the league, playing just 16 games total because of foot injuries. With the Ravens as deep as any team at running back, Taliaferro could be on the outside looking in if he is unable to stay healthy through training camp. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:06 am
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  • Browns running backs excited to play for Hue
    Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson said they are "excited" to play for new coach Hue Jackson.

    Advice: Jackson said his running back duo is as talented as any he has seen "in a while," and Crowell took that praise to heart. "I wish we could have had more of that during the whole season but we're off to a good start now," he said. "I feel like Hue will do a better job." Crowell admits he "missed a lot of opportunities last year," but a better coaching situation should help unlock his potential. Currently going outside the top 40 running backs, Crowell is a sneaky upside pick. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:57 am
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  • Bills put Dri Archer on did not report list
    Bills placed RB Dri Archer on the reserve/did not report list.

    Advice: It opens up a spot on the 90-man roster. The Bills claimed Archer off waivers from the Jets earlier this month. He's apparently contemplating his future in the sport after doing absolutely nothing through his first two years. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Ezekiel Elliott signs his rookie contract
    Cowboys signed No. 4 overall pick RB Ezekiel Elliott to a four-year, $24.9 million contract.

    Advice: It comes standard with a fifth-year team option for 2020. Elliott is obviously landing in a glorious situation as a three-down back behind the league's top offensive line. His ADP currently sits at 2.04 in standard formats, and he's being drafted as the eighth running back off the board right behind Devonta Freeman and Lamar Miller. Elliott could be a first-rounder by Week 1. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:30 am
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  • Doug Pederson talks up Wendell Smallwood
    Coach Doug Pederson heaped praise on fifth-round RB Wendell Smallwood for his pass-catching ability following day one of OTAs.

    Advice: "Here is a guy I think can be explosive, has shown some explosiveness," Pederson said. "I really like the fact how he catches the football out of the backfield. I think that is something that is just a gift that he has. He's a natural, a natural pass catcher." With Darren Sproles skipping voluntary work, Smallwood has bumped up the depth chart and was working with the twos and threes. According to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, Smallwood was "very impressive," while the Newark Star-Ledger's Eliot Shorr-Parks thinks Smallwood could become the "feature back" at some point this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:41 am
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  • Bruce Miller practicing exclusively at TE
    49ers FB Bruce Miller has been practicing exclusively at tight end this offseason.

    Advice: The Niners have gone as far as to bar Miller from running back meetings. We knew Miller had been "mixing in" at tight end, but it sounds like coach Chip Kelly wants to give a full-time switch a chance. Built like an H-back, Miller has always had soft hands, and the 49ers have one of the league's weakest tight end corps. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
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  • Pederson: Eagles did not try to trade Sproles
    Coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles did not attempt to trade Darren Sproles.

    Advice: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Eagles fielded trade calls for Sproles during the draft, which is different than proactively shopping him. Sproles has skipped all voluntary workouts, but Pederson said Sproles does not want to be traded and will be part of the team. Pederson's comments are very clear, but there has been smoke surrounding Sproles' roster spot all offseason. It would not be surprising if he ends up being moved. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 am
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  • Tyler Varga still recovering from concussion
    Colts RB Tyler Varga (concussion) is not participating in OTAs.

    Advice: Varga landed on injured reserve last season with a concussion he said it took four months to recover from. He may have been underselling the length of the recovery considering he is still not ready to participate in offseason work. Varga is committed to continuing his career, but he is dealing with a scary situation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:21 am
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  • Report: Darren Sproles drawing trade interest
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles fielded trade calls for Darren Sproles during the draft.

    Advice: Sproles has not been participating in voluntary workouts this offseason, and NJ Advance Media's Eliot Shorr-Parks left Sproles off his 53-man roster. It would not be surprising if Sproles is dealt before training camp. Fifth-round RB Wendell Smallwood is a good fit in the "Sproles" role. He could have a surprising workload as a rookie. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 am
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  • GM: No concerns about Jones' ball security
    Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said he has no concerns about Matt Jones' ball security or ability to stay healthy.

    Advice: Jones fumbled five times in just 163 touches as a rookie before going down with a hip injury, but the Redskins do not have much choice but to rely on him as their workhorse. Chris Thompson is just a passing-down guy, and the rest of the depth chart has a grand total of zero career carries. Unless a veteran like Arian Foster is added over the summer, Jones is in line for a big workload. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:37 am
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  • 49ers RB/ST Jarryd Hayne retires after 1 year
    49ers RB/ST Jarryd Hayne announced his retirement from football.

    Advice: His plan is to train for the Olympics in rugby. "We fully support Jarryd’s decision to pursue another dream - representing the Fiji Rugby Sevens team in this summer’s Olympic games," GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. "We look forward to watching him in Rio and wish him continued success." Previously a pro rugby player, 28-year-old Hayne spent one season with the 49ers, appearing in eight games and rushing 17 times for 52 yards. He also returned eight punts for 76 yards. Rotoworld.com May 15, 10:08 am
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  • Marshall behind Mack Brown at rookie camp
    Redskins seventh-round pick Keith Marshall played behind Mack Brown at rookie minicamp this weekend.

    Advice: Brown was on the Redskins' practice squad last year. Marshall was favoring his leg a bit after tweaking his hamstring on Friday. That might explain his relatively light workload. Marshall said his knee is completely healthy after battling injuries for much of his time at the University of Georgia. The Redskins are hoping Matt Jones becomes their every-down back for 2016. Marshall is fighting Brown and Chris Thompson for backup duties. Rotoworld.com May 15, 6:25 am
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  • David Cobb 'has a good chance to stick'
    TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt believes sophomore RB David Cobb "has a good chance to stick" on the roster.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick last year, Cobb entered the offseason in a good position to earn playing time, but he now finds himself buried behind DeMarco Murray and second-rounder Derrick Henry. Wyatt expects the Titans to keep four running backs, however, and Cobb should have the advantage over JAG Antonio Andrews and bust Bishop Sankey. It is unlikely Cobb sees much playing time, but he should be able to keep his spot on the roster. Rotoworld.com May 14, 8:27 am
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  • Langford needs to do better in passing game
    Bears OC Dowell Loggains said Jeremy Langford needs to do a "better job" in the passing game.

    Advice: Langford made some big plays as a receiver last season, but he dropped eight of 42 targets and struggled as a pass blocker. He needs to become more consistent in both areas if he has any chance of replicating Matt Forte's success. The good news is fifth-round pick Jordan Howard has little experience in the passing game, so the receiving work is Langford's to lose. Rotoworld.com May 14, 6:22 am
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