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  Browns | Kareem Hunt '100 percent' healthy    Wed Jun 29, 12:41 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt says he's fully healthy after battling calf issues last season. 'I'm good, I'm 100 percent, I have some time to heal this offseason and get back to it,' Hunt said. 'So body is feeling good, nothing's bothering me.' Hunt also reiterated that he's hoping to get a contract extension from Cleveland. 'I hope I get paid,' Hunt added. 'So you know, whatever they decide, they know I'm going to come out there and give it my all and I'll do whatever I can to help the team win.'

Footballguys view: The veteran back is now looking for a new deal...maybe with the Browns. Hunt said he hopes to sign contract extension with the Browns at some point but is not sure of the team's interest level. He said his agent has had some discussions with the Browns but does not know how far the talks have gone. Nick Chubb is atop the depth chart, but expect the Browns to use Hunt plenty in what could be his final year with the team. Hunt has a current ADP of RB29 (6.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Packers | AJ Dillon's role to expand?    Tue Jun 28, 11:35 PM

Green Bay Packers RB AJ Dillon should see his role expand in 2022, Zach Kruse of Packers Wire writes. 'The Packers gave [Dillon] 221 touches but he could handle much more. Expect his role to expand. There's a good chance Dillon and Jones will handle 500 or more total touches in 2022.'

Footballguys view: It's an interesting report, and one that has been speculated about in the fantasy community. What would the Packers look like with Dillon and Jones splitting time? We may find out this season. Without WR Davante Adams, Jones could see increased work in the passing game while Dillon should hold onto the early-down work. Jones is currently RB11 (2.05) while Dillon is RB26 (5.08) in 12-team PPR formats. Those draft positions could draw closer together in training camp and the preseason.

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  Vikings | Growing role for Kene Nwangwu?    Sat Jun 25, 09:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Kene Nwangwu 'figures to get more involved in the offense' this season, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Nwangwu has great straight line speed, and he is at least part of the long term plan at running back with top notch backup Alexander Mattison set to hit free agency next year. The team also drafted Ty Chandler in the fifth round, a pick that belongs to the new regime, while Nwangwu was a pick of the previous regime, so we'll be watching the reports out of camp and preseason performances of both backs.

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  Packers | Kylin Hill likely to start on PUP    Sat Jun 25, 09:09 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Kylin Hill (knee) will likely begin the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: This opens the door for Patrick Taylor or Tyler Goodson to make the team as the #3 running back, and potentially have a large role in September if anything happens to Aaron Jones or A.J. Dillon. Goodson is the better passing game back and he has a zest for special teams, but Taylor put up a nice 11-53-1 line in Week 18 last year, and played ahead of Antonio Gibson at Memphis. We'll be watching this camp battle closely, and deep dynasty league players should too.

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  Raiders | Kenyan Drake still hasn't been cleared    Sat Jun 25, 07:21 PM

Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) has not been cleared for mandatory minicamp, according to The Athletic's Vic Tafur.

Footballguys view: Broken ankles can be tricky. With this development in mind, Drake probably had a serious ankle surgery to still be waiting for clearance to play six months later. This is no big deal as long as he doesn't start camp on the PUP list, but if he does, the team has Ameer Abdullah as potential passing down back, and Josh Jacobs can also be a three-down back - but he wasn't able to practice in OTAs earlier this month.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara to face civil lawsuit    Sat Jun 25, 03:55 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is set to face a civil lawsuit stemming from an alleged physical altercation he got into with another man that resulted in Kamara being charged with felony battery, according to a source. Kamara is reportedly expecting to be suspended for at least six games.

Footballguys view: This is bad news for Kamara's bank account, but doesn't change his suspension or legal outlook. The looming suspension makes him a poor pick in the first two rounds, if not first three with Mark Ingram still on the roster. The looming felony battery charge could create a much larger problem for Kamara than missing NFL games and affect his availability far beyond the NFL discipline.

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  Bengals | Chris Evans emerging as Cincy's No. 2?    Fri Jun 24, 03:26 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans could supplant RB Samaje Perine as the team's No. 2 running back in 2022, The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. writes. 'If [Evans] can continue to grow as a pass protector and build trust in the coaching staff to do the right things, you could make an argument he could supplant Perine as the third-down back.'

Footballguys view: If the Bengals are going to have a split backup role behind Joe Mixon, then neither is worth rostering in typical leagues. The main takeaway here might be that Evans is a better pickup than Perine if Joe Mixon goes down.

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  Bengals | Joe Mixon no longer a three-down RB?    Fri Jun 24, 03:09 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 'unlikely' to be a three-down back in 2022, according to The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr., who cites Mixon's struggles in pass protection as a reason. 'There will be spots for [Mixon] on third down, but the days focusing on turning him into a three-down back are behind them.'

Footballguys view: Mixon can still return first round value if he stays healthy and harvests the large number of rushing touchdowns this top offense is likely to create, but this limits his upside. There is also the question of whether Chris Evans will take over third-down duties and complicate the backup picture. Mixon is a relatively safe, but possibly less exciting pick near the 1-2 turn.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara expecting suspension    Thu Jun 23, 07:54 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is bracing for a suspension of at least six games for his involvement in a off-field incident in Las Vegas during the offseason, according to a source.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Once Kamara is suspended, the Saints will turn to Mark Ingram as the lead back. The NFL will usually let the legal process work out before handing down a suspension, so when Kamara is disciplined by the league is an unknown - making him a risky fantasy pick at his current ADP of RB8 (1.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Falcons | Tyler Allgeier, Cordarrelle Patterson likely top-two backs    Tue Jun 21, 04:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons RBs Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson are expected to serve as the team's top two running backs to begin the season, according to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

Footballguys view: Allgeier is the rookie from BYU who reminds some in the scouting community of John Conner (Cardinals). Patterson is the seasoned veteran who transitioned from wide receiver to running back and has flourished. We see Patterson as a RB2 with upside in PPR formats. Allgeier is powerful and could be used near pay dirt - giving him at least 'what the heck' flex appeal.

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  Texans | Dameon Pierce has good shot to lead backfield    Tue Jun 21, 02:42 PM

Houston Texans RB Dameon Pierce should have 'plenty of opportunities to take the lead back spot by the end of the season,' according to ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop.

Footballguys view: Many reports indicate the team could lean on Marlon Mack to begin the regular season. However, those same reports indicate that Pierce has been impressive this offseason and the rookie could take over as the season goes on. Keep this in mind when you're drafting and want a late-round flier on Pierce. RB55 (12.10) is his current ADP in 12-team PPR formats.

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  Steelers | Mataeo Durant pushing for RB2 role?    Tue Jun 21, 02:32 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted free-agent Mataeo Durant could 'make a run' at Benny Snell's job as the main backup to Najee Harris, according to ESPN.com Brooke Pryor.

Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this situation in training camp. Undrafted out of Duke this year, Durant has good burst to the edge as a runner. He lacks true breakaway speed, but Durant's footwork helps him gash defenses for big plays with efficient movement. Durant needs a lot of work in pass protection, something all rookie RBs need to concern themselves with. He could be an important player for Fantasy GMs who play in deeper leagues and want a handcuff to Harris.

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  Browns | D'Ernest Johnson could be on the block?    Tue Jun 21, 02:02 PM

Cleveland Browns RB D'Ernest Johnson was left off of the 53-man roster projection submitted by ESPN.com's Jake Trotter on Tuesday, June 21. However, Trotter also notes the former undrafted free agent could be a 'prime training camp trade candidate.'

Footballguys view: Johnson signed his one-year tender earlier this month, and he's there to be the no.3 back behind starter Nick Chubb and primary backup Kareem Hunt. We've seen Johnson be productive with opportunity, so now he waits his turn for more opportunity - whether that's with the Browns or not. If traded, rookie Jerome Ford would get the opportunity to be the Browns third-string running back.

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  Patriots | James White still not cleared for practice    Tue Jun 21, 01:35 PM

New England Patriots RB James White (hip) was left off of the 53-man roster projection submitted by ESPN.com's Mike Reiss on Tuesday, June 21.

Footballguys view: There is a good chance that White begins the regular season on the PUP list. The Patriots have a backfield jam-packed with talent. Damien Harris should get most of the carries with Rhamondre Stevenson getting work on the ground and perhaps taking White's role as the pass-catching back. Rookie Pierre Strong has reportedly been standing out at OTAs and minicamp as well.

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  Jaguars | New staff believes in James Robinson    Tue Jun 21, 01:18 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson (Achilles) was called a 'three-down back' by head coach Doug Pederson back in March, according to SI.com's John Shipley.

Footballguys view: Everyone should believe in Robinson. Undrafted out of Illinois State in 2020, Robinson rushed for over 1,000 yards as a rookie. He was on his way to doing that again in 2021 before an Achilles' injury ended his season. Robinson is not expected to be ready for the start of training camp, and we could see him miss (or be very limited) a bit of time at the beginning of the regular season. 2021 first-round pick Travis Etienne will be the lead back until Robinson is feeling more like himself.

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  Jaguars | James Robinson unlikely to be ready for camp?    Mon Jun 20, 11:24 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson (Achilles) is 'not likely' to be ready for training camp, John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reported on Friday, June 17. 'Etienne returning to full speed has a special significance considering starting running back James Robinson continues to rehab from a torn Achilles' tendon and is not likely to be ready for next month's training camp,' Reid wrote.

Footballguys view: No surprise here, and we should see Robinson begin camp on the PUP list. Robinson refused to give a timetable for his return to the field but has returned to running on the practice field this month (although not at full speed). The Jaguars should ease him into action in the month of August.

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  Raiders | Las Vegas to use RBBC?    Sun Jun 19, 07:08 PM

The Las Vegas Raiders might go with a running-back-by-committee approach in 2022, The Athletic's Vic Tafur speculates. 'Sounds to me like you have to use [Zamir White] this season,' Tafur wrote. '[Josh] Jacobs and [Kenyan] Drake will likely both be gone next year after playing out their contracts, and there is probably a decent chance [general manager Dave] Ziegler and [head coach Josh] McDaniels already think White is better than them. A committee approach seems to make sense, keeping everybody fresh and ideally available.'

Footballguys view: This report has been out there before as reporters look at how the Raiders could be using their backfield talent. In fact, the Raiders would've used RBBC last year before Drake was injured. Now, the rookie White will work his way into the mix and perhaps take over the backfield next season when Jacobs and Drake are gone. The Raiders have an explosive offense, but the backfield could prove to be a headache for Fantasy GMs this season.

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  Patriots | J.J. Taylor making plays    Sat Jun 18, 10:59 PM

New England Patriots RB J.J. Taylor has 'stuck out as the team's best passing-down back' during minicamp, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

Footballguys view: That passing down back role could be open to start the season with James White (hip) iffy to be ready for Week 1. Rhamondre Stevenson has been working on his route running and third down back skills, and the team also wants to get fourth round pick Pierre Strong's speed in the mix, so this will be a situation that gets settled in training camp, with Taylor carrying some momentum from the spring.

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  Cardinals | Eno Benjamin looks 'tremendous' in offseason     Sat Jun 18, 04:22 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin had a 'tremendous' showing during the offseason workouts, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. 'Eno Benjamin has been tremendous. (He is) another guy who never had an offseason and he's out there and looks like he could be a starting running back,' said Kingsbury.

Footballguys view: Benjamin is fighting for a roster spot with sixth round pick Keaontay Ingram and 2020 UDFA Jonathan Ward also vying to be the third string back behind James Conner and Darrel Williams. He hasn't gotten much opportunity in his first two seasons after the Cardinals took the Arizona State product in the seventh round of the 2020 draft. Conner has never played every game in a season, so knowing who wins this battle could be important in fantasy leagues.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson open to Cards reunion    Sat Jun 18, 02:55 PM

Free-agent RB David Johnson (Texans) hinted he's open to returning to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, June 17. 'Back where it all began. Who knows,' Johnson tweeted in response to a fan who asked him to come back to Arizona. 'The Red Sea always has a special place in my heart!'

Footballguys view: Johnson is a free agent...so he's open to pretty much any destination. He participated with the Saints in minicamp on a tryout basis, but he did not land a deal. Johnson is not what he used to be as a runner anymore, but he can still be an effective receiver out of the backfield. The Cardinals have James Conner as their lead back with Darrel Williams giving them valuable depth as the no.2 back. If added, Johnson would not push either one for much playing time.

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  Jaguars | James Robinson declines to give timetable    Sat Jun 18, 02:26 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson (Achilles) refused to give a timetable for his return to the field from a torn Achilles' tendon suffered in 2021. 'When I'm ready, I'll be ready. You guys know,' he said on Wednesday, June 15.

Footballguys view: Jaguars new head coach Doug Pederson has previously stated Robinson could be ready for training camp, but let's just wait and see. Travis Etienne, a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, is there to be the lead back and when healthy Robinson will be worked into the offense. Robinson began running on the practice field earlier this month, but he's yet to be cleared to run at full speed. We imagine the Jaguars put him on the PUP list to start camp and then ease him into action come August.

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  Titans | Derrick Henry open to extension    Sat Jun 18, 02:01 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry is open to signing a contract extension with the team. 'It's always good to get a promotion at your job,' Henry said on Tuesday, June 14. 'A promotion is always good. I'm trying to work through that but I'm currently still under contract. If that's what the future holds, then yeah, that'd be great.'

Footballguys view: Henry is the centerpiece of what the Titans do on offense, and he will once again be tasked with leading the way in 2022. He is signed through the 2023 season, and Henry has a cap hit this season of $15 million with $6 million in dead money. His cap hit this year is no.2 in the league behind Ezekiel Elliott who has a cap hit of $18.2 million.

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  Browns | Kareem Hunt hopes for extension    Fri Jun 17, 06:21 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt said he hopes to sign contract extension with the Browns at some point but is not sure of the team's interest level. He said his agent has had some discussions with the Browns but does not know how far the talks have gone.

Footballguys view: Hunt is incredibly talented and could be a lead back for at least a dozen teams in the NFL, but he serves as a backup to Nick Chubb in Cleveland. His cap hit of $6.25 million in 2022 ranks 8th in the NFL for running backs, and it's above what Chubb is on the books for this season ($5.2 million, 13th). We could see the Browns letting him go next offseason in free agency as they have D'Ernest Johnson and fifth-round RB Jerome Ford on the depth chart behind Hunt and Chubb.

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  Saints | No contract for David Johnson    Fri Jun 17, 05:17 PM

Free-agent RB David Johnson (Texans) said he will not be signing with the New Orleans Saints after trying out for them during their minicamp this week.

Footballguys view: It's not a great sign that Johnson could get a tryout and not get a deal, especially with RB Alvin Kamara facing a possible suspension. Johnson is not what he used to be as a runner, but he can still be effectively used as a receiving threat from the backfield.

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  Ravens | Gus Edwards may be ready for opener    Thu Jun 16, 05:57 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards (knee) hopefully will be ready to play once the regular season begins, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Footballguys view: The Ravens backfield is led by two backs coming off of ACL surgery, so there's opportunity there during training camp for sixth round pick Tyler Badie and free agent addition Mike Davis. We will be monitoring who is getting most of the work while Edwards and J.K. Dobbins are getting back up to speed so we know who to target if either has a setback.

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  Patriots | James White could be PUP candidate    Thu Jun 16, 05:31 PM

New England Patriots RB James White (hip) is a candidate to start the regular season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list depending on how his recovery goes over the next few months, in the opinion of PatriotsWire's Henry McKenna.

Footballguys view: White can be an obstacle to the value of other Patriots backs as much as he creates value of his own. It sounds like he might not be a big factor in the backfield to open the season, which might explain why Rhamondre Stevenson said his focus this offseason was route running and becoming a third down back. If Stevenson opens the season in that role, it's possible both he and Damien Harris could be solid RB2/Flex plays in September.

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  Texans | Scottie Phillips let go    Thu Jun 16, 04:34 PM

Houston Texans RB Scottie Phillips (ankle) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, June 16.

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  Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott in tip-top condition    Thu Jun 16, 02:23 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has had a 'tremendous offseason' and is in 'top shape,' according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Footballguys view: Ah yes, mid-June means we get plenty of 'best shape of his life' stories out there across the NFL. Elliott is in great shape by all accounts, but he is not the same player he used to be. He's arguably not even the best back on the Cowboys roster at this moment with Tony Pollard looking like a star in waiting. However, Jerry Jones is going to insist the team uses Elliott up as the lead back and that means Fantasy GMs should see him still as a high-end RB2 with upside.

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  Falcons | Atlanta parts with two    Thu Jun 16, 01:25 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Jeremy McNichols and WR Austin Trammell were released Thursday, June 16. The Falcons also signed DL Jalen Dalton and OL Jonotthan Harrison to replace them on the roster.

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  Ravens | J.K Dobbins recovery 'on schedule'    Thu Jun 16, 12:37 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) is 'on schedule' for his recovery from ACL reconstruction surgery, head coach John Harbaugh told the media Thursday, June 16.

Footballguys view: That's great news and it goes along with what we've heard this entire offseason. Dobbins is on schedule, and that schedule should include easing him into action at the start of the regular season. Don't expect to see much of Dobbins or Gus Edwards, who is recovering from a 2021 season-ending knee injury as well, during training camp and the preseason.

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  Patriots | Pierre Strong agrees to rookie deal    Thu Jun 16, 11:18 AM

New England Patriots fourth-round RB Pierre Strong agreed to a four-year deal worth $4.37 million with a $714,428 signing bonus, per ESPN's Field Yates on Thursday, June 16.

Footballguys view: Strong was a four-year starter at South Dakota State, and the Patriots decided to get him on Day 3 of the draft. He's in a cramped backfield with guys ahead of him on the depth chart like Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. James White came back for another season, and his role is clearly defined as a third-down specialist. That means Strong will have to wait for his opportunity. He has big-play ability and can even toss some passes on trick plays as well. We love him in dynasty formats.

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  Titans | Dontrell Hilliard impressing    Thu Jun 16, 10:53 AM

Tennessee Titans RB Dontrell Hilliard caught touchdowns on back-to-back throws from QB Ryan Tannehill at the end of the final 7-on-7 period. He has shown good quickness and speed on his carries.

Footballguys view: Rookie Hasaan Haskins is seen as the primary backup to Derrick Henry, but Hilliard is there to compete for the spot as well. If Henry needed to miss time, the Titans would likely use Haskins on early downs and use Hilliard in space and as a receiving back on passing downs.

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  Dolphins | Raheem Mostert close to full strength    Wed Jun 15, 04:36 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert (knee) said his injured knee is close to 100 percent. He has indicated that he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins are going to run the heck out of the ball under new head coach Mike McDaniel. Mostert will be in the mix for carries with guys like Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel. If healthy, a problem for Mostert over the last couple of seasons, he can get early-down work with Edmonds getting more third-down action. As it stands right now, Mostert is a RB4/RB5 for Fantasy GMs with upside if/when Edmonds gets banged up (and he stays healthy).

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  Cardinals | Arizona invites four to minicamp    Wed Jun 15, 02:54 PM

Free-agent RB Justin Jackson (Chargers), CB Josh Jackson (Packers), LB Ben Niemann (Chiefs) and undrafted free agent S Evan Fields (Arizona State) were present at Arizona Cardinals mandatory minicamp on a tryout basis on Wednesday, June 15.

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  Rams | LAR signs two players    Wed Jun 15, 02:04 PM

Free-agent TE Jared Pinkney (Lions) and RB A.J. Rose (Vikings) were signed to undisclosed contracts by the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, June 15.

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  Eagles | PHI to bring in another RB?    Tue Jun 14, 09:43 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles may add to their running backs room before the start of the season, Adam Caplan of Inside The Birds speculates. 'They need a guy with size. My sense is that they probably would bring someone in at some point in August if not by the start of camp. The problem with Jordan Howard is he has had neck issues, so you wonder about him. He's always on call. If they need to sign him, they'll sign him.'

Footballguys view: The Eagles have Miles Sanders as their top back with guys like Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott backing him up. Perhaps they'll go for a big back after cutdowns begin in August during training camp and the preseason. Adding a big back may not cut into the fantasy potential of Sanders or any other back who gets on the field for the Eagles.

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  Saints | David Johnson, Joe Schobert trying out    Tue Jun 14, 08:30 PM

Free-agent RB David Johnson (Texans) and LB Joe Schobert (Steelers) are participating in the New Orleans Saints minicamp this week on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Johnson is no longer the same player he used to be, especially as a runner, but he can provide value as a receiver out of the backfield. The Saints are trying to establish a depth chart behind their top two backs; Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

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  Ravens | J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards sit Tuesday    Tue Jun 14, 06:22 PM

Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) and RB Gus Edwards (knee) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 14.

Footballguys view: This is not news as we won't see either one of these guys until well into training camp. Both Dobbins and Edwards are coming back from knee injuries that cost them the entire 2021 season. Mike Davis is the lead back for the Ravens until Dobbins and Edwards are ready. When they're ready to play, the Ravens are expected to ease them back into action.

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  Falcons | Atlanta holds Cordarrelle Patterson out of minicamp    Tue Jun 14, 12:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson won't participate during minicamp due to a coach's decision, head coach Arthur Smith said Tuesday, June 14. Smith said they want to be smart with Patterson to keep him fresh for the regular season.

Footballguys view: Patterson is their do-everything running back who can play wide receiver and is basically a Swiss Army knife for the offense. It's wise to keep him fresh for the regular season, and his usage in the preseason might be minimal. Fantasy GMs are best to add Patterson as a RB2 with upside to be a low-end RB1. The Falcons don't have much offensive firepower outside of him and TE Kyle Pitts, so the veteran Patterson should be used extensively.

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  Lions | D'Andre Swift shining as a receiver    Tue Jun 14, 10:10 AM

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift has stood out as a receiver in minicamps. The team worked out without pads and limited contact, and Swift looks stronger without losing his shiftiness. He's expected to be a big part of the passing game again this season.

Footballguys view: Swift can do it all, and the Lions are going to feature him both as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. With QB Jared Goff looking to him on underneath routes, Swift should be a great pick for Fantasy GMs in PPR formats. He's an RB1 for Fantasy GMs and could end up as a top-10 player at his position.

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  Broncos | Denver trying out five players    Mon Jun 13, 08:43 PM

Free-agent PK Elliott Fry (Bengals), TE Garrett Walston (49ers) and RB Max Borghi (Colts) are participating in the Denver Broncos minicamp this week on a tryout basis. Undrafted LS Daniel Cantrell (Boise State) and CB Mykael Wright (Oregon) are also trying out during the minicamp.

Footballguys view: Borghi plays like a poor man's Christian McCaffrey, and we thought he could be a late-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Instead, the Colts picked him up as a UDFA but he was cut when they signed RB Phillip Lindsay. Perhaps Borghi, a Colorado native who starred in college at Washington State, could impress enough to earn a spot in training camp later in the summer. In crazy deep dynasty formats we'll monitor him.

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  Titans | Derrick Henry ready for minicamp    Mon Jun 13, 05:56 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry will be participating in the mandatory minicamp this week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Henry doesn't need to do much when he's out on the practice field. He's a proven pro and one of the best runners, certainly the most fearsome runner, in the league. Get Henry to the regular season and then let him lead the way - again - on offense. Fantasy GMs know he's got top-5 ability if he stays healthy in 2022.

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  Bears | David Montgomery to fit new offense    Mon Jun 13, 05:40 PM

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery will fit in very well in the team's new offensive scheme, according to head coach Matt Eberflus.

Footballguys view: The Bears would be wise to use Montgomery early and often. He has three-down ability and can shine as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Montgomery is a RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs. We should see second-year pro Khalil Herbert (a future starter) mixed in this year, but if healthy Montgomery should see most of the workload as a runner with the potential to get to double-digit touchdowns and 40-plus receptions.

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  Saints | New Orleans getting to know David Johnson    Mon Jun 13, 01:30 PM

Free-agent RB David Johnson (Texans) is visiting with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, June 13.

Footballguys view: The Saints could be in the market for more help at the running back position. Johnson is no longer the player he used to be, but he could help a team as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield. New Orleans has Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram as the top two backs. Behind them, we like guys like Dwayne Washington or undrafted rookie Abram Smith - but only in deep dynasty formats.

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  Cowboys | Slot work likely for Tony Pollard?    Mon Jun 13, 01:13 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard has not only lined up regularly with Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield during offseason practices, but he has also taken part in receiver drills - including a fair amount of work in the slot - according to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Footballguys view: This report has been out there earlier this offseason. The Cowboys should do what they can to get Pollard the ball as much as they can in any way they can. He's arguably the best running back on the roster, but Pollard will still be a reserve behind starting RB Ezekiel Elliott. As it stands right now, Pollard has plenty of flex appeal for Fantasy GMs with the upside to be a RB1 if he's the lead back if/when Elliott is banged up.

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  Texans | Ronnie McGill promoted    Mon Jun 13, 12:57 PM

Houston Texans pro scout Ronnie McGill was promoted to director of pro personnel, according to sources.

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  Chiefs | Jerick McKinnon returns to KC    Mon Jun 13, 12:30 PM

Free-agent RB Jerick McKinnon re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year deal on Monday, June 13, per source. The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: It's an interesting move for the Chiefs considering they have RB Ronald Jones to do early work and former first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire to catch passes out of the backfield. McKinnon was good for the Chiefs last year in the postseason as a runner and receiver with big play ability. We'll see how and where he fits into this backfield during training camp. Fantasy GMs in deeper leagues could take him as a 'Hail Mary' in the later rounds of the draft.

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  Jaguars | Jacksonville OC raves about Travis Etienne    Sun Jun 12, 12:46 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Travis Etienne received high praise from offensive coordinator Press Taylor, who raved about Etienne's ability to grasp everything they're throwing at him. 'We're throwing him in all different positions just to see what he's comfortable with, what he needs to work on as we move forward, give him plans moving further into summer coming back for training camp. But he's been really receptive to everything. He's shown an ability to grasp a lot of different things and show that he's capable of doing things,' Taylor said.

Footballguys view: Etienne could be the clear starting back if James Robinson isn't ready for Week 1 after suffering a late season achilles tear. Etienne will definitely be used a lot in the passing game, but Robinson will be difficult to hold off once healthy. Etienne will cost a third round pick in many high stakes leagues, so be prepared to pay up if you want him.

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  Cowboys | Tony Pollard willing to work in slot    Fri Jun 10, 05:19 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard said he hopes to receive more touches this upcoming season and is willing to line up at slot receiver for more chances, according to The Dallas Morning News' Calvin Watkins.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys should use Pollard more this year, and we can even make the argument that he's the best running back on the roster. However, Ezekiel Elliott is still on the roster as the lead back and they'll use him as the featured player in the backfield. Pollard has flex appeal for Fantasy GMs and if he had a larger role if/when Elliott gets banged up then he could perform like a top-10 RB1.

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  Chargers | Isaiah Spiller inks rookie deal    Fri Jun 10, 05:10 PM

Fourth-round draft choice RB Isaiah Spiller (Texas A&M) signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday, June 10. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: Fantasy GMs need to keep an eye on Spiller in training camp. If you have enough space on your bench for handcuffs, then Spiller could be the guy you snare as an insurance policy for Chargers starter Austin Ekeler. He's a tall, hard-charging running back who wastes little motion as a runner. While he doesn't have an extra gear in the open field, Spiller can create space as a runner with quick cuts and efficient moves. He's a good receiving option out of the backfield as well, giving him three-down capability in the NFL. Watch in training camp to see if he wins the no.2 job behind Ekeler.

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