Player Notes

  • Jonathan Williams 'steady' at Bills OTAs
    Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo said fifth-round RB Jonathan Williams "looked very steady" during OTAs.

    Advice: Rookies often have a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NFL but Capaccio said Williams never looked "out of place" at OTAs. It might be hard for Williams to carve a role for himself with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams ahead of him on the depth chart. Head coach Rex Ryan also praised the performances of Mike Gillislee and James Wilder during OTAs. Running back is going to be a position to watch at Bills camp this summer. 49 minutes ago
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  • Hyde: Kelly's system showcases my abilities
    Carlos Hyde said new coach Chip Kelly's system "will help showcase all my abilities."

    Advice: "Not just as a ball carrier, but also as a threat in the passing game," Hyde continued. "I think it's going to be an exciting year." Hyde has never been a consistent threat in the passing game in the NFL and never had more than 16 catches in a season while at Ohio State. Still, the buzz all offseason has been he will be more involved as a receiver under Kelly. We will believe that when we see it, but Hyde still has RB1 upside if he can stay healthy -- something he has struggled to do to this point in his career. Today, 7:34 am
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  • Reggie Bush: Two teams have called me
    Free agent Reggie Bush says he's received interest from two teams.

    Advice: "(I'm) just taking my time in this process," Bush said. "I want to do it the right way." The reality is, Bush would already be signed if anyone had significant interest. The good news is, he should be at or near 100 percent health after tearing his meniscus last Week 8. Bush will undoubtedly get a shot to crack someone's 53-man roster as a COP back. Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Kenyan Drake's hamstring injury not a concern
    Dolphins third-round RB Kenyan Drake confirms his hamstring will be healed long before training camp.

    Advice: "I'm feeling great," Drake said Monday. Drake also brushed aside questions about his durability. "You’re going to get hurt as a football player," Drake said. "It's about how fast you recover and get back on the field. It's not about how many times you get injured. It's about are you able to play in critical moments of the season when the team needs you to." Provided he can stay healthy, Drake should have a robust role behind Jay Ajayi. Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Abdullah to tote 'most of the load' for Lions
    Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website expects Ameer Abdullah to get "every opportunity" to carry "most of the load" in the Detroit backfield.

    Advice: Abdullah is still recovering from January shoulder surgery, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Even without seeing him this spring, Lions beat writers have been talking the sophomore up as a potential breakout candidate. Abdullah averaged a respectable 4.2 YPC as a rookie, but after the Week 9 bye and promotion of OC Jim Bob Cooter, Abdullah averaged 4.7 YPC to finish the year strong. Abdullah is currently being drafted as RB29 in MFL best-ball leagues. He's a strong mid-round flier with upside. Yesterday, 6:52 am
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  • DeAndre Washington mixed in with Raiders 1s
    Fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington mixed in with the Raiders' first-team offense at minicamp.

    Advice: "We're putting him in different situations to get a feel for his strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us," said OC Bill Musgrave. "He's going to be good in first, second, or third down." Immediately after the draft, GM Reggie McKenzie called Washington a "complete back" with the ability to contribute in all phases. The Raiders were not satisfied with Latavius Murray last year, particularly in the second half of the season. A 5-foot-8, 204-pound prospect with 4.49 speed and 124 receptions on his college resume, Washington is a candidate for a significant rookie-year role. Wednesday, 8:04 pm
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  • DeMarco Murray prefers Mularkey's system
    DeMarco Murray said he feels more comfortable in Mike Mularkey's offense than he did with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.

    Advice: "It’s strictly downhill and that’s what I’ve been accustomed to my entire life," said Murray. "Nothing against last year or what happened, it just didn’t work out." Murray was running on fumes last season after being overworked in his last year with Dallas. A change of scenery in a simpler offense could be Murray's ticket to a bounce-back season. He'll need to create distance ahead of 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry first. Wednesday, 3:44 pm
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  • Bucs may increase Charles Sims' workload
    Pewter Report's Mark Cook "really believe(s)" Charles Sims will see an increase in carries in 2016.

    Advice: At the Combine, coach Dirk Koetter called Sims "an every-down back, if need be." Although he benefited from facing softer sub-package fronts while Doug Martin tangled more with base defenses, Sims made the most of his 2015 rushing opportunities by averaging 4.94 YPC. Cook expects Sims' increased role to "cut into Martin's total yardage." Cook still anticipates Martin being a "focal point of the offense," of course. Sims is an intriguing middle-round fantasy pick. He offers standalone flex value and could explode if Martin goes down. Wednesday, 10:20 am
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  • Adrian Peterson: Retirement won't be physical
    Adrian Peterson believes it will be the mental side of the game that causes him to retire, not the physical.

    Advice: Peterson is 6,681 yards shy of Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. One of the best athletes of his generation, Peterson is confident his body will hold up. He's less confident he'll be able to stick with the grind. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I'll be good. It's just mentally — like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring." Despite Peterson's words, it would be surprising if he didn't play at least 2-3 more years. Tuesday, 4:59 pm
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  • Kenjon Barner left off roster projection
    ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan left RB Kenjon Barner off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: Sheridan instead kept UDFA Byron Marshall, who he said "projects as a younger version" of Barner. It is also not a given the Eagles keep four backs, and it is highly unlikely Barner or Marshall unseat Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, or rookie Wendell Smallwood. Barner needs a strong camp to earn a roster spot. Tuesday, 5:54 am
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  • Report: Foster thinks he'll be ready for camp
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports free agent Arian Foster (Achilles') expects to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Per Fowler, Foster is "hungry" to regain his 2012 form. Aren't we all. Fowler also reports three teams have "recently inquired" about Foster's status. It's tough to believe Foster will be truly 100 percent by this time next month. He is still only six months removed from going down, and has never been a particularly fast healer. Foster will find a new home before Week 1, but not necessarily before camp. Monday, 11:58 am
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  • Mike Davis left off 53-man roster projection
    ESPN 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman left sophomore RB Mike Davis off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: A fourth-round pick last year, Davis spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve with a broken hand. He was not good even when on the field, managing just 58 yards on 35 carries (1.66 YPC). With new coach Chip Kelly in town, Davis is not guaranteed anything. He will battle DuJuan Harris for a roster spot. Monday, 9:33 am
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  • Terrance West 'leaner and more explosive'
    The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec said Terrance West is "leaner and more explosive" than in the past.

    Advice: While the "best shape of his life" narrative is always eye-roll inducing, there are plenty of backs who have taken the next step simply by getting in shape. Reportedly down 15 pounds, West could be the next in that long line, but he faces a tough climb to relevance in a loaded backfield. On the bright side, West has worked ahead of Lorenzo Taliaferro all spring. Monday, 8:34 am
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  • Zach Zenner has 'a good shot' at roster spot
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes sophomore RB Zach Zenner has "a good shot" to make the final roster.

    Advice: Zenner made the roster last season, but multiple broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung landed him on injured reserve after Week 6. He was cleared to resume football activities in January. Zenner will need to beat out George Winn and seventh-rounder Dwayne Washington to secure a roster spot, but that is not a herculean task if he is healthy. Depending on how Stevan Ridley looks, Zenner could even find himself as the "big-back" complement to Ameer Abdullah. Monday, 7:46 am
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  • Taliaferro may not make Ravens 53
    ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley left Lorenzo Taliaferro off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: Hensley notes that Taliaferro worked behind Terrance West all spring. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, and rookie Kenneth Dixon are considered roster locks, with Taliaferro battling West and Trent Richardson for the final tailback spot. T-Rich recently underwent knee surgery and is probably out of the mix. Monday, 7:39 am
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  • LeGarrette Blount missed spring workouts
    LeGarrette Blount (hip) missed all of the Patriots' spring practices.

    Advice: ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss calls it a "notable storyline entering training camp." Reiss has previously predicted New England will add another running back, at one point speculating it could be Bishop Sankey if he's cut by the Titans. Blount suffered the year-ending hip injury last December. He was believed to have avoided surgery, but the lengthy recovery may suggest otherwise. Monday, 7:28 am
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  • Bishop Sankey on 53-man roster projection
    ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky kept RB Bishop Sankey on his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: Kuharsky kept Sankey around instead of Antonio Andrews and 2015 fifth-rounder David Cobb. That trio is likely competing for one roster spot, and at this point it is anyone's guess who emerges in training camp. Sankey has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry over 199 career attempts, but that is still better than anything Andrews or Cobb has been able to muster. Monday, 7:21 am
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  • Jordan Todman left off roster projection
    ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells left RB Jordan Todman off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: Todman is theoretically competing with Robert Turbin for the backup role behind Frank Gore, but both could be supplanted by undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson. Todman looked good in limited work with Pittsburgh last season, and it would not be a shock if he beat out Turbin in camp. Monday, 7:14 am
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  • Tre Mason may not be available for camp
    Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team needs to prepare for the possibility that Tre Mason is "not going to be here."

    Advice: Mason was arrested for among other things resisting arrest and possession of cannabis in March. He missed his original court date for the infractions, but he pled not guilty in April. He was held out of OTAs for "personal reasons." With Mason's status up in the air, the Rams are very thin behind starter Todd Gurley and passing-down back Benny Cunningham. Monday, 5:58 am
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  • Hillman has 'inside track' for backup job?'s Andrew Mason believes Ronnie Hillman has the "inside track" for the backup running back job.

    Advice: Hillman might own the job entering training camp, but he will have to hold off fourth-round pick Devontae Booker, who reportedly looked good in the offseason program. With Kapri Bibbs also in the mix, it would be surprising if Hillman held onto the backup spot after averaging 3.5 yards a carry over his final 12 games last season including the playoffs. C.J. Anderson is locked in as the No. 1. Monday, 5:32 am
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