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  • Ameer Abdullah (foot) to get in work at OTAs
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects Ameer Abdullah (foot) to be ready for OTAs.

    Advice: "He’ll be able to, at some point, work out there on the field this spring. So we’ll see where he is," Caldwell said. "Obviously, we know what he can do. He’ll bounce back and play well for us. He’ll be fine." Abdullah was medically cleared earlier this month, but it sounds like he could be limited at OTAs. The Lions haven't ruled out upgrading on Abdullah in the draft. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1112th)
  • Hue Jackson: Rex Burkhead will flourish in NE
    Speaking Wednesday, Browns coach Hue Jackson said new Patriots RB Rex Burkhead will "flourish" in New England.

    Advice: "He's very talented," Jackson said. "He's going to get his opportunity now, and he's going to flourish. He's a really good player. A really good player. He's very versatile because he's a good runner, a good pass-catcher. He's a good blocker. He brings a lot of different elements to that football team." Jackson's opinion is notable because he was Burkhead's position coach and OC in Cincinnati before taking the Browns job. Burkhead's hype continues to build. Yesterday, 12:00 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.76 (58th)
  • Arians wants Johnson to get 30 touches a game
    Coach Bruce Arians said he'd like to get David Johnson 30 touches per game this season.

    Advice: We've heard this "30 touches per game" thing from Arians before, and it's never exactly translated to that much work, but Johnson did average over 23 per game in 2016 and appears capable of more. Arians said Johnson is still too young to be "overused" at 25 years old. The Cardinals know they can't ask Carson Palmer to throw 40 times a week at his age in this downfield offense, so putting more on Johnson's plate is their best chance at winning games. Johnson is the early leader in the clubhouse to go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts this summer. Yesterday, 8:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    19.48 (5th)
  • Cardinals moving Andre Ellington to WR in '17
    Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals are moving Andre Ellington to wide receiver.

    Advice: Ellington will no longer meet with the running backs and is moving full-time to receiver. He must have okayed the transition since Ellington re-signed a one-year deal with Arizona earlier this month. Ellington stands 5'9/199 and has always been a plus pass-catcher out of the backfield. He didn't hold up the one season Arizona tried to turn him into a workhorse back. With so many health-related question marks behind an aging Larry Fitzgerald, Ellington could have a chance to carve out a slot role in three- and four-wide sets. Arizona now needs a No. 2 runner. Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (304th)
  • DeMarco Murray still the Titans' 'workhorse'
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey reiterated on Tuesday that DeMarco Murray remains the team's "workhorse."

    Advice: Mularkey said the same thing last month. It stands to reason that sophomore Derrick Henry will get more opportunities following an impressive rookie campaign, but at least to begin the year, the Titans will attempt to maintain the status quo. Headed into his age-29 season, Murray faded down the stretch in 2016. Tuesday, 10:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (29th)
  • Pagano: Adding a young runner is 'paramount'
    Colts coach Chuck Pagano said adding a young runner is "paramount."

    Advice: Frank Gore remained reasonably effective last season, but he will turn 34 in May and is clearly trending downward. Indy did re-sign Robert Turbin earlier this month, but they need to look toward the future at the position. It will not be surprising if the Colts spend an early pick on a running back. Tuesday, 9:12 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.93 (43rd)
  • Harbaugh: Terrance West No. 1 running back
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Terrance West is currently the No. 1 running back on the depth chart.

    Advice: That could certainly change during the offseason, but it is a reminder West is likely to retain a role in Baltimore's backfield, especially with Kenneth Dixon suspended for the first four games. West rushed 193 times for 774 yards (4 YPC) and five touchdowns last season. Tuesday, 8:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.75 (174th)
  • Lions GM thinks Peterson can still play
    Lions GM Bob Quinn said he thinks Adrian Peterson still has gas left in the tank.

    Advice: Quinn did not say if the Lions were pursuing the future Hall of Famer, but it is an interesting comment considering he has talked about the need to improve the running game this offseason. Peterson has said he is interested in helping a team "win a championship." The Lions might not be at that level, but they should compete for a playoff spot in 2017. Monday, 5:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • DuJuan Harris re-signs with the 49ers
    49ers re-signed RB DuJuan Harris to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Harris went untendered as a restricted free agent, so his one-year pact is likely for less than the roughly $1.8 million the lowest tender would have been worth. Harris has bounced around the league since entering as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but he showed well when pressed into duty last year. He has a decent shot to earn a backup role. Monday, 4:00 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.19 (221st)
  • Thomas Rawls to serve in complementary role
    Thomas Rawls is expected to be a "complement off the bench" following the Seahawks' addition of Eddie Lacy.

    Advice: Lacy is penciled in as the starter, with Rawls and C.J. Prosise mixing in as complementary backs. Prosise's role should be the most secure as Seattle's best passing-game option, and arguably carries the most fantasy appeal in PPR leagues. As Lacy weighed in close to 270 pounds during free agency, we still wouldn't rule out Rawls or Prosise out-touching him this season. Sunday, 1:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.48 (46th)
  • Steelers won't put timetable on Le'Veon Bell
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert declined to provide a timetable on Le'Veon Bell's (groin surgery) recovery.

    Advice: "Our goal is to have him 100 percent for the 2017 season," is all Colbert would offer. Bell underwent surgery to repair a "core muscle injury" on March 13. Bell's recovery will almost certainly sideline him for all of OTAs, but he should be ready by or early in training camp. 25-year-old Bell has dealt with foot, groin, and multiple knee injuries entering his fifth NFL season. Sunday, 12:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
  • Theo Riddick underwent double wrist surgery
    Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both of his wrists after the season.

    Advice: The injuries cost Riddick the final four games of last season. He is expected to be a full participant at OTAs. While roles throughout the rest of Detroit's backfield remain in flux and could be affected by the draft, Riddick should be locked in as the team's passing-down specialist. Under OC Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions have embraced a quick-pass offense that suits Riddick's skill set. He will again be a worthwhile mid-round investment in 2017 PPR drafts. Sunday, 11:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (918th)
  • Giants not an option for Adrian Peterson
    Gary Myers of the New York Daily News doesn't believe the Giants are an option for free agent Adrian Peterson.

    Advice: Peterson was arrested on charges of child abuse after hitting and injuring his child in 2014. After last year's PR nightmare involving Josh Brown, the Giants are staying far away from any player that might generate controversy. The Giants could use another back after releasing Rashad Jennings, but for now, it looks like they're content splitting the work between Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen. Peterson's market continues to be nonexistent. Sunday, 9:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Lance Dunbar expected to be third-down back
    Rams coach Sean McVay expects to use Lance Dunbar as a third-down back.

    Advice: Dunbar should have a role similar to Chris Thompson in Washington. It's a downgrade to Todd Gurley's outlook, with Dunbar likely to play in all pass situations. Dunbar was phased out in Dallas last year, but averaged five catches per game before going down in 2015. Saturday, 11:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.04 (226th)
  • Stewart thinks CAR drafting RB 'a good thing'
    Jonathan Stewart thinks it is a "good thing" if the Panthers draft a running back.

    Advice: "You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter," Stewart said. "Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that." It is a team-first mindset from Stewart, who just signed a one-year extension through 2018. It will be a shock if the Panthers do not draft a running back, but unless that pick comes in the first couple rounds, Stewart should enter training camp as the lead back. Saturday, 10:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.35 (41st)
  • Peterson: 'I'm in no rush' to find a new team
    Adrian Peterson said he is "in no rush" to find a new team.

    Advice: That is convenient because NFL teams are in no rush to sign him. In a statement which must be true considering the number of all-caps words and exclamation points, Peterson shot down reports he is looking for $8 million in the first year of his new deal before adding "finding the best fit" and helping a team "win a championship" are his main objectives. Peterson has received almost zero interest since becoming a free agent. Saturday, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • AP looking for $8 million on next contract
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports free agent Adrian Peterson is looking for $8 million in the first year of his new contract.

    Advice: He can keep dreaming. That would make Peterson the third highest-paid running back in the league behind Le'Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. Previous reports have suggested teams are reluctant to pay Peterson even $5 million annually, making his $8 million asking price downright laughable. Aging, fragile and fumble-prone, Peterson's stock has never been lower. Friday, 11:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Will Johnson had visits with Jets and Falcons
    Free agent FB Will Johnson recently visited the Jets and Falcons.

    Advice: Johnson missed all of last season with nerve trouble in his shoulder. He's a competent blocker when healthy and also has some experience as a ball carrier. Friday, 11:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (739th)
  • Report: Packers mulled Adrian Peterson visit
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Packers "mulled" a visit with free agent Adrian Peterson but ultimately decided against it.

    Advice: According to Fowler, Peterson's asking price is believed to be too high. One of the best running backs in the history of the league, Peterson doesn't seem to realize he's a 32-year-old running back in an NFL that is devaluing the position. He's not going to get top-end money. Peterson will likely have to settle for something around $5-6 million or he's going to be without a team. Friday, 8:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Panthers extend Jonathan Stewart through 2018
    Panthers signed RB Jonathan Stewart to a one-year extension through 2018.

    Advice: Stewart turned 30 earlier this week. There was some belief that the Panthers could release Stewart this offseason, saving $6.25 million as a post-June 1 cut, but GM Dave Gettleman apparently thinks there's more in the tank. Stewart averaged a career-low 3.8 YPC (minimum 100 carries) last season, though he did score a seven-year-high nine touchdowns, seeing more goal-line work with the Panthers trying to limit Cam Newton's rushing opportunities. Gettleman has already said he'll draft a running back this year. Leonard Fournette at No. 8 could still be in play. Friday, 6:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.35 (41st)
  • Chargers keep RB Branden Oliver
    Chargers re-signed RB Branden Oliver to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Oliver wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, the Chargers correctly assumed they could re-sign Oliver for less than the "low" tender of $1.797 million. When healthy, Oliver is a versatile backup who does a little bit of everything, but nothing at an above-average level. Thursday, 11:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1082nd)
  • Bengals re-sign RB Cedric Peerman
    Bengals re-signed RB Cedric Peerman to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Peerman spent most of 2016 on injured reserve with a broken arm he suffered in the preseason. A standout on special teams, Peerman could get bigger look on offense following the departure of Rex Burkhead. Thursday, 9:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (794th)
  • Shane Vereen agrees to $1M pay cut
    Shane Vereen agreed to reduce his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.15 million.

    Advice: The details of the agreement are not available, but Vereen will likely be able to earn some of that money back via incentives. The Giants made it clear Vereen would return when they paid his $500,000 roster bonus earlier this month, but this move gives them some financial relief in the event he is not able to come back from tearing his triceps twice last season. Thursday, 6:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (497th)
  • New Vikings RB Murray has ankle surgery
    Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murray dealt with ankle issues in the second half of last season, but didn't miss any time. The Vikings were aware he needed surgery before signing him to a three-year deal. It sounds like this is a minor clean-up to remove bone chips. Murray will likely miss all of OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Wednesday, 3:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.45 (47th)
  • Packers bring back Christine Michael
    Packers re-signed RB Christine Michael.

    Advice: The Packers were the only team to show interest in Michael. He'll return for another year after getting claimed off waivers last November. Michael should have a better grasp of Green Bay's scheme with a full offseason to prepare. With Eddie Lacy gone, he'll be in the mix for a committee role with Ty Montgomery. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
  • Christine Michael visits with Packers
    Free agent Christine Michael visited the Packers.

    Advice: It's his first known interest since the start of free agency. Michael played nine games (including playoffs) with the Packers last year after getting claimed off waivers. With Eddie Lacy gone, he could be brought back to compete for a committee role. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.21 (249th)
  • Tim Hightower visiting Redskins Wednesday
    Free agent RB Tim Hightower is visiting the Redskins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hightower turns 31 in May, but he sat out the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons after tearing his ACL with the Redskins and experiencing complications. If he signs in Washington, it would be a reunion of sorts. Rob Kelley came on strong as an UDFA last season but fizzled a bit down the stretch. Matt Jones has struggled with ball security the last two years. This backfield could use a fresh face. Hightower is nothing more than a timeshare back as part of a duo. Wednesday, 10:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.49 (241st)
  • Steelers moving on from DeAngelo Williams
    The Steelers are not expected to re-sign free agent RB DeAngelo Williams.

    Advice: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette believes that "ship has sailed." Williams did a great job filling in for Le'Veon Bell the past couple seasons, but Bouchette expects Pittsburgh to address running back in the draft and get younger there. Turning 34 next month, Williams hasn't drawn an ounce of known interest but could be waiting for training camp to sign. Wednesday, 6:50 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.07 (36th)
  • Bears ink RB Benny Cunningham to 1-year deal
    Bears signed RB Benny Cunningham, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.

    Advice: It's a solid, under-the-radar signing for the Bears. Cunningham is a dependable pass-catching and pass-protecting runner out of the backfield who didn't get many opportunities behind Todd Gurley in L.A. Cunningham can also return kickoffs; he has a 27.1 average on 95 career returns. His addition could spell trouble for Jeremy Langford and/or Ka'Deem Carey behind Jordan Howard. Tuesday, 6:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.16 (411th)
  • Marshawn Lynch's agent: He misses football
    Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Marshawn Lynch's agent said the retired running back "does miss football."

    Advice: Despite that admission, Lynch's agent claimed ignorance on his apparent comeback plans. "Well in all sincerity, Marshawn’s been in Canada," the rep said. "I’m due to see him this week. ... He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But until I meet with him this week, you know, I don’t know what his mindset is. He’s the kind of guy that can shift by the hour." All reports have had Lynch angling for a shot with his hometown Raiders. The situation should come to a head sometime in the next few weeks, if not days. Tuesday, 10:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (456th)
  • Giants add former 49ers RB Shaun Draughn
    Giants signed RB Shaun Draughn, formerly of the 49ers.

    Advice: It is a bit of an odd signing. Draughn has done his best work as a receiver throughout his career, and the Giants would seem to be set in that department with Shane Vereen returning. Draughn is quality depth, however, and his signing will not stop the Giants from addressing the position in the draft. Tuesday, 8:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.50 (106th)
  • Benny Cunningham visiting the Bears Tuesday
    Free agent RB Benny Cunningham will visit the Bears on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cunningham met with the Jets earlier this month, but he did not land a deal. The Bears appear set in the backfield with Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, and Ka'Deem Carey, but Cunningham can contribute as a kick returner. Tuesday, 7:12 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.16 (411th)
  • Report: 'Raiders or bust' for Marshawn Lynch
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's "Raiders or bust" for Marshawn Lynch.

    Advice: Lynch isn't willing to play for the Seahawks or anyone other than his hometown Raiders. Additionally, Lynch un-retiring is "realer than it's ever been," which lines up with what MMQB's Peter King reported on Monday. Expect this to get worked out before the draft so the Raiders know what they have. Right now, odds seem much better than 50-50 that Lynch will be a Raider. Monday, 8:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (456th)
  • Beast Mode 'really wants' to play for Raiders
    A source told MMQB's Peter King that Marshawn Lynch "really wants" to play for the Raiders.

    Advice: "He also wants to do good things for his foundation in the area," the source said. "This is a great chance to accomplish both things." Lynch is from the Bay Area and has reportedly asked the Seahawks for his release so he can sign with his hometown Raiders. Per King, Lynch-to-Oakland is "real." Monday, 6:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (456th)
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