Player Notes

  • Carroll: Lynch hasn't asked to play this year
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says "retired" RB Marshawn Lynch hasn't contacted him about playing in 2016.

    Advice: Lynch's "retirement" seems to be written more in air quotes every day, but for now, he's sitting out the 2016 season. Perhaps Lynch will try to parachute in on the year during training camp, avoiding the rigors some veterans come to detest. Today, 2:18 pm
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  • Seattle still eyeing Week 1 for Rawls, Graham
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the "hope" remains that Thomas Rawls (ankle) is ready for Week 1.

    Advice: The same is true for Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon). The Seahawks haven't really offered anything new on Rawls in recent months, but it remains notable that they can't guarantee his Week 1 status. Rawls offers mammoth upside as a potential workhorse back in a run-heavy offense, but his health is a major question mark. Third-rounder C.J. Prosise and Christine Michael are the next men up. Today, 2:02 pm
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  • Cowboys not interested in trading DMC or Alf
    Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

    Advice: "We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder. Today, 1:48 pm
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  • Trent Richardson has hamstring injury
    Trent Richardson has been sitting out OTAs with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: It's probably not a serious issue, but any missed time undermines Richardson's long-shot 53-man roster bid. Richardson could be an early camp cut if he's not 100 percent. Today, 11:52 am
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  • C.J. Spiller fully participating in OTAs
    C.J. Spiller has been a full participant in the Saints' offseason program.

    Advice: Spiller was supposedly slowed by a knee issue for all of 2015. "Supposedly" because coach Sean Payton — who, admittedly, has never been a paragon of honesty — proclaimed him 100 percent healthy in Week 4. You have to choose which narrative to believe in this instance. Spiller's disastrous 2015 numbers aren't up for debate. He touched the ball only 70 times all season, averaging a pathetic 3.1 yards per carry and anemic 7.0 yards per catch. Going on 29, Spiller still offers theoretical upside, but he's nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues for fantasy purposes. Today, 10:50 am
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  • Abdullah rehabbing January shoulder surgery
    Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

    Advice: Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined. Today, 9:18 am
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  • Knile Davis says he did not ask for a trade
    Chiefs RB Knile Davis said he did not request to be traded this offseason.

    Advice: It was reported Davis requested a trade after Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West landed long-term extensions, but he denies those reports. Either way, it is clear the Chiefs are interested in moving their No. 4 back, and Davis seems open to the idea of a fresh start. "At this point, I can pretty much do it all. I just haven’t had the opportunity to show it," Davis said. "But one day I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and I’m looking forward to that day." Davis has fumbled eight times on 260 career carries including the playoffs and owns a career 3.41 yards-per-carry average. Opportunity is not the issue. Today, 8:32 am
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  • Arian Foster: 'I probably need another month'
    Free agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he is about a month away from full health.

    Advice: Foster tore his Achilles' at the end of October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Foster said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that Pro Bowl level." Close to full health, Foster should be comfortable signing with a new team in the next month. The Dolphins have been the strongest link so far, but the Redskins would make sense as well. Today, 6:48 am
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  • Browns plan to be a 'run-oriented' team
    RBs coach Kirby Wilson said the Browns will be a "run-oriented football team."

    Advice: "Everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs," Wilson continued. "As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Hue Jackson-led offenses have not finished worse than 7th in rushing attempts since he took over as offensive coordinator for Oakland in 2010. With the quarterback situation in flux, there is no reason to change that formula this year. Even in a timeshare, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson should see plenty of work. Today, 6:25 am
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  • Zeke Elliott behind McFadden at Cowboys OTAs
    Ezekiel Elliott worked with the second-team offense behind Darren McFadden as the Cowboys began OTAs this week.

    Advice: One of the primary concerns for Zeke pessimists is that he might open his rookie year in a committee, sharing time with McFadden and/or Alfred Morris. "He's going to compete," RBs coach Gary Brown said of Elliott. "Zeke has to earn it." Elliott said Wednesday that he felt "shell shocked" by the speed on the field at Cowboys OTAs. "It's a lot faster pace." Elliott emerging as Dallas' lead back remains inevitable, but McFadden arguably earned a role by averaging 4.56 YPC in one of the league's worst offenses last season. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
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  • Ka'Deem Carey remains in Bears RB battle
    The Chicago Sun Times cautions to "not count out" Ka'Deem Carey in the Bears' running back battle.

    Advice: A technically sound player with mediocre physical traits, Carey has averaged 4.01 yards through his first 79 NFL carries. Touches are up for grabs in Chicago's backfield, where Jeremy Langford is the tentative front-runner and power back Jordan Howard was added in the fifth round. Coach John Fox has said publicly the Bears will "ride the hot hand" at running back this year. Yesterday, 6:09 pm
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  • Devontae Booker (knee) close to fully healthy
    Broncos fourth-round RB Devontae Booker (knee) is close to fully healthy.

    Advice: Booker was expected to miss OTAs, but has been doing most of the drills with the other running backs. His status was never a major concern. The Broncos expect Booker to push C.J. Anderson for an early-season role. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
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  • Report: Eddie Lacy still weighs 'in the 240s'
    A source tells ESPN's Rob Demovsky Eddie Lacy still weighs "in the 240s."

    Advice: It means Lacy was tipping the scales near 260 last season, as he's believed to have lost 15-18 pounds. Lacy weighed in at 231 at the Combine. Speaking Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy suggested the team still wants Lacy to lose more weight. "Eddie will be fine," McCarthy said. "I believe he'll hit the target that we're all looking for when the lights come on." McCarthy also reiterated that Lacy "cannot play at the weight he was at (last) year." Lacy should have more P90X on tap for the summer. Tuesday, 2:04 pm
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  • Le'Veon Bell says he will be 100% for camp
    Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) said he will be 100 percent when training camp begins.

    Advice: He is participating in individual drills during OTAs. Players are usually overly optimistic about injuries, but Bell's confidence is better than the alternative. Even if he is eased into training camp, the assumption is Bell will be a full go by Week 1. With this injury sure to knock him down a few ADP pegs, Bell could end up being the best value of the first round. Tuesday, 9:30 am
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  • Dion Lewis expected to be ready for Week 1
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss reports Dion Lewis (ACL) is fully expected to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Lewis tore his ACL on November 8. Reiss reports people close to Lewis believe he could be ready to play in a month. The Patriots will likely limit him throughout the offseason program and into training camp, but Lewis' availability for the regular season does not appear to be in doubt. Lewis tallied 622 total yards and four touchdowns in just seven games last season. His role should remain secure as New England's dynamic space/passing-down back. Tuesday, 8:11 am
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  • Three Ravens backs competing for one spot
    The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West and Trent Richardson are competing for one roster spot.

    Advice: Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon are viewed as roster locks, leaving the other three to compete for one spot. A 2014 fourth-round pick, Taliaferro should be the favorite provided he can stay healthy, but that has proven difficult thus far in his career. CSN Mid-Atlantic speculated Taliaferro's roster spot is "under pressure." Tuesday, 7:11 am
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  • Jacquizz may be involved in backfield battle
    ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson expects Jacquizz Rodgers to be involved in the backfield competition.

    Advice: Sophomore Jeremy Langford is tentatively expected to be the starter following the departure of Matt Forte, but he will face competition from rookie Jordan Howard, Ka'Deem Carey and apparently Rodgers, who Dickerson says 'impressed' last season before landing on injured reserve with a broken arm. Rodgers might be able to carve out a small passing-game role, but the bulk of the work will come down to Langford, Howard and Carey. Tuesday, 6:40 am
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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. Monday, 8:16 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. Monday, 3:38 pm
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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. Monday, 6:57 am
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