Player Notes

  • Roy Helu opens camp with the twos
    Roy Helu opened Raiders camp working with the second-team offense.

    Advice: Undrafted rookie Michael Dyer is working with the threes while Trent Richardson tries to get into shape. Helu is technically Latavius Murray's backup, but should also be Oakland's first-team back on passing downs. We're not entirely ruling out the possibility of Helu pushing Murray to start eventually. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    151st
  • Latavius Murray working as Raiders top RB
    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "everything so far at camp points to" Latavius Murray being the Raiders' "No. 1 running back."

    Advice: It's no secret that Murray is getting the first crack at primary power-running duties in new OC Bill Musgrave's power-running offense. Questions surround the Raiders' effectiveness in 2015 -- their Vegas Win Total is a league-worst 5.5 games -- as well as Murray's ability to stay effective on a big workload. He's still a very small-sample-size player at this stage of his career. "Backup" Roy Helu is 6-foot, 220 with a career 4.44 YPC average, and could make things interesting. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    40th
  • Report: T-Rich 50-50 to make Raiders roster
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

    Advice: T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    243rd
  • Chiefs sign Darrin Reaves
    Chiefs signed RB Darrin Reaves, formerly of the Panthers.

    Advice: They also waived RB LaVance Taylor, who generated some headlines for "earning" a 90-man roster spot by tweeting his highlight tape to the Chiefs' Twitter account. The Chiefs are a team that utilizes SPARQ scores to make decisions at the bottom of their roster. Reaves has a better SPARQ score than Taylor. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2441st
  • Arians: Ellington to get 20 touches per game
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Sunday he envisions Andre Ellington handling 20 touches per game this season.

    Advice: Arians emphasized that Ellington's touches will involve receptions, and not just carries. Ellington handled over 22 touches per game last season, but averaged an anemic 3.3 yards per carry and broke down physically, ending the year on injured reserve. The Cardinals are miscasting Ellington as a true feature back. Rookie David Johnson will make his case for a backfield role in preseason games. Johnson is essentially a bigger, more athletic version of Ellington with arguably even more-dynamic pass-catching ability. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    44th
  • Joseph Randle to handle 15 carries per game?
    ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer suggests Joseph Randle could handle 15 carries per game this season, with Darren McFadden taking ten and Lance Dunbar getting five.

    Advice: Archer expects Randle to fare "fine" as the Cowboys' replacement for DeMarco Murray, and concedes the weekly touch distribution "is subject to change based on the hot-hand theory." If Randle handled 15 carries per game and stayed healthy, he would finish at 240 for the season. McFadden is a better pass blocker than Randle, while Dunbar is arguably Dallas' best receiving back. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    62nd
  • Duke Johnson will be out 'a little while'
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said Sunday that Duke Johnson's hamstring injury will keep him out "a little while."

    Advice: With Terrance West (calf) and Glenn Winston (fitness) also out a few days, the only healthy backs at Browns camp are Isaiah Crowell and Shaun Draughn. The Browns may sign a free agent runner this week. As hamstring injuries are highly susceptible to aggravation, we'd expect the Browns to slow play Johnson's recovery. Missed practices are a concern for Johnson's 2015 playing time. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    116th
  • Vick Ballard avoids active/PUP
    Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') avoided active/PUP to open camp.

    Advice: So he's no longer a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP. Ballard will be on the roster bubble, competing for a spot with Zurlon Tipton and sixth-round pick Josh Robinson behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2327th
  • David Cobb practicing with broken finger
    Titans rookie RB David Cobb suffered a broken finger in Saturday's training camp practice.

    Advice: He returned to practice on Sunday. A fifth-round draft pick, Cobb has been working behind Bishop Sankey and Antonio Andrews at Titans camp. One beat writer noted Saturday that Cobb has seen very few practice reps thus far. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    100th
  • Trestman keeping Kubiak's offense in place
    Ravens OC Marc Trestman promised Baltimore's offense will remain rooted in the running game.

    Advice: Replacing balanced-to-run-heavy OC Gary Kubiak, Trestman has a pass-happy background but is insistent on keeping Kubiak's scheme based on the personnel in place. "Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball," Trestman said. "But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team, and we have the players to do that. So, that's where we start." The Ravens have a top-five offensive line and will keep Kubiak's zone-running scheme, in which Justin Forsett flourished last season, ranking fifth in the NFL in rushing yards. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    25th
  • Juwan Thompson in mix to be Broncos No. 2 RB
    Second-year RB Juwan Thompson is reportedly challenging for the Broncos' No. 2 running back job.

    Advice: Thompson averaged 5.0 yards on 54 carries as an undrafted rookie out of Duke last season, scoring three touchdowns. He's reportedly putting heat on Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman behind C.J. Anderson. "Forty (Thompson's number) looked unbelievable today," coach Gary Kubiak said after Saturday's practice. "He's built for what we do." It's time to add Thompson in all Dynasty leagues and put him on the re-draft sleeper radar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1994th
  • Beat writers favor Freeman over Coleman
    D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes Devonta Freeman has the "upper hand" in the Falcons' running back competition, "right now."

    Advice: Falcons beat writers unanimously consider Freeman the early favorite over Tevin Coleman, but this one is going to go down to the wire. The fact that Coleman handled first-team reps at Saturday's practice suggests the Falcons will seriously consider starting him. Still, this backfield seems headed for a committee, perhaps with Antone Smith also involved, and behind a weak offensive line. It could be a frustrating fantasy situation unless Coleman or Freeman clearly pulls away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    107th
  • Lions 'don't know' when Joique will return
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell used the phrase, "Sometimes, you don't know" when asked about Joique Bell's (Achilles'/knee) timetable for return.

    Advice: "Like I said, I'm not sure how long it's going to take," Caldwell said. "I do know one thing, that he's coming along quickly, and we'll see what the doctor says. I can't put an exact timetable on it right now. That's the tough thing about even talking about medical. Sometimes you don't know." Bell remains out indefinitely after undergoing offseason Achilles' and knee surgeries. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    74th
  • Jaguars not concerned with Yeldon's blocking
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley doesn’t expect pass protection to be an issue for rookie T.J. Yeldon.

    Advice: Yeldon is locked into early-down work, and has potential to start the year as a thee-down back. "He’s got really good instincts," Bradley said. "He’s got some work to do on protections, but it’s not [a problem of] picking it up in the classroom. He’s very sharp. Just needs reps on it." Yeldon is more advanced in pass protection than most rookies coming from Alabama's pro-style offense. He's been pass blocking since he was a true freshman. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    53rd
  • Storm Johnson expected to return next week
    Storm Johnson (illness) expects to return to practice next week.

    Advice: Johnson opened training camp on the active/NFI list, but is considered day to day. He's at risk of getting cut after disappointing at OTAs. Johnson is competing with UDFA Corey Grant and Bernard Pierce for the final running back spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1876th
  • Tevin Coleman works with the first team
    Falcons rookie RB Tevin Coleman saw first-team reps in practice Saturday.

    Advice: Devonta Freeman worked with the ones on Friday, but Coleman got his chance today. This will be a battle throughout camp and perhaps into the early part of the season. Regardless of who "wins," both players figure to have a role this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    72nd
  • Terrance West tweaks calf in practice
    Browns RB Terrance West suffered a calf injury in Saturday's training camp practice.

    Advice: It was a tough practice for Cleveland as they lost DL Billy Winn to what looked like a bad knee injury and fellow RB Duke Johnson to a tweaked hamstring. West said he was not worried about the injury, but he may miss a few days. West is competing with Isaiah Crowell for early-down work in the Browns' backfield. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    236th
  • LeGarrette Blount in uniform Saturday
    Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount is practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: Blount was placed on the active/NFI list to start training camp after failing his conditioning test. His appearance in practice on Saturday suggests he passed the second time around. Blount should dominate the Patriots' early-down work once he returns from suspension in Week 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    54th
  • James White favorite for Pats 3rd-down RB job
    Sophomore RB James White is working with the first team as the third-down back in Patriots camp.

    Advice: CSN New England's Tom Curran said it "seems" the Patriots are going to give White the first crack to earn the third-down job vacated by Shane Vereen. Even if White wins the competition, he will likely cede touches to Travaris Cadet, Dion Lewis or Brandon Bolden at times. It is unlikely any of the Patriots' passing-down options earn the almost 10 touches a game Vereen saw the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2302nd
  • Lance Dunbar will be involved in the offense
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer said RB Lance Dunbar "will finally become a viable part of the offense."

    Advice: An explosive back with Shane Vereenian skills, Dunbar has the passing-game chops to form a dynamic partnership with presumed starter Joseph Randle. With Darren McFadden already sidelined by injuries, Dunbar could end up with the second most snaps in the Cowboys' backfield. He is an interesting flier in deeper PPR leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2454th
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