Player Notes

  • Likely RB3 for Washington
    With the Commanders not selecting a running back in last month's draft, Rodriguez profiles as the team's No. 3 option at running back behind Austin Ekeler and Brian Robinson,Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Per Standig, Rodriguez, who's presumably past his late-season ankle issue, appears to be the clear early-down backup to Robinson. However, with Ekeler also in the mix and destined to see plenty of touches, notably in passing situations, Rodriguez doesn't initially have a path to steady volume as the 2024 season approaches. As a rookie, the 2023 sixth-rounder recorded 51 carries for 247 yards and two TDs to go along with two catches for 12 yards in 13 regular-season contests. Also currently in the Commanders' depth RB mix are Jeremy McNichols, Austin Jones and Michael Wiley (thumb). Rotowire.com Friday, 2:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    335th
  • Inks deal with Pittsburgh
    Perine and the Steelers agreed on a one-year contract Thursday.

    Advice: Perine was waived by Kansas City this past Friday and it took less than a week for him to find a new home in Pittsburgh. The running back compiled 77 rushing yards on 22 carries while also recording three catches for 33 yards over five games with Kansas City in 2023. He'll be in line to operate as a depth option for the Steelers behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren if he secures an active roster spot in 2024. Rotowire.com Thursday, 4:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    609th
  • Hopes for training camp chance
    Cook said Thursday he hopes to compete in training camp this offseason with a new team, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

    Advice: Cook said he wants to participate fully in training camp this offseason to "get my legs back under me and feel like myself again." The veteran back is coming off the worst season of his career by a good margin, but says if given a chance to compete, he believes he'll be able to impress new coaches and teammates. Cook averaged just 3.2 yards per carry across 15 games with the Jets last year, and he made a minimal impact after linking up with Baltimore in the postseason. Rotowire.com Thursday, 12:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    322nd
  • Workload to decline?
    Doug Pederson said during OTAs that the Jaguars want to lean on Etienne less during the 2024 campaign in order to keep him healthy, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

    Advice: Pederson said it's "hard to put necessarily a rep count" on Etienne's weekly touches, but that looking ahead to 2024 season the coaching staff is "making sure [Tank Bigsby] gets opportunities to get out there and take some of the pounding off of [Etienne]." As DiRocco notes, Etienne finished 2023 accounting for 76 percent of the running back touches for Jacksonville, a high workload that coincided with a disappointing rookie showing for Bigsby. If either D'Ernest Johnson or Bigsby can emerge as a more consistent backup, fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if Etienne's total touches do indeed decrease this season. While that would certainly represent a blow to Etienne's fantasy ceiling, the 2021 first-round pick does his damage more with efficiency and speed than grinding out carries between the tackles. Jacksonville picked up Etienne's fifth-year option earlier this offseason, which keeps him under contract through 2025. Rotowire.com Thursday, 10:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    47th
  • Texans hope Mixon and Pierce can be ‘1-2 punch’
    Texans HC DeMeco Ryans said he thinks of Joe Mixon and Dameon Pierce “as a one-two punch.”

    Advice: Pierce continues to gain offseason steam in the coach-speak department despite the Texans trading for Joe Mixon and signing him to a three-year, $27 million contract extension. Ryans praised Pierce for his work this offseason, saying he “changed his body” and “has everything it takes to be a really good running back” for the Texans. Pierce struggled mightily in his second season as a pro, rushing for 145-416-2 while averaging a dismal 2.9 YPC. He eventually lost the starting role to Devin Singletary, seeing just 40 touches over the final seven regular season games. Mixon will be 28 at the start of the season. While he’s expected to handle the majority of backfield touches, he’s on the wrong side of the running back age cliff and could be spelled frequently for Pierce in hopes of keeping both backs fresh. Pierce doesn’t have much fantasy upside as long as Mixon is healthy and playing well, but he’s worth rostering as a backfield backup if Mixon were to miss time. Rotoworld Thursday, 10:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    271st

NFL Roster Changes

Injury Reports

PlayerInjuryStatusView Team Depth Chart
Jimmy Garoppolo LAR - QBSuspensionSUSPLAR
Aaron Rodgers NYJ - QBAchillesQNYJ
Tyler Higbee LAR - TEKnee - ACL + MCLQLAR
AJ Barner Sea - TEHamstringQSea
Darius Slayton NYG - WRThumbQNYG
Erick All Jr. Cin - TEKnee - ACLQCin
Jonathon Brooks Car - RBKnee - ACLQCar
Ashton Dulin Ind - WRKnee - ACLQInd
Austin Walter LV - RBUndisclosedQLV
C.J. Uzomah Phi - TEKnee - MCLQPhi