Seahawks | Rashaad Penny slims down Thu Jul 29, 10:48 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny told reporters Thursday, July 29, that he dropped 12 pounds from his college weight of 235 and 'is the lightest I've ever been (since turning pro).' Head coach Pete Carroll seconded Penny's assertion, stating that Penny is the 'best he's looked since we've seen him.'Link to story
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Broncos | Melvin Gordon holding firm atop depth chart Thu Jul 29, 10:00 PM
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon is 'CLEARLY RB1' for the team so far in training camp and running ahead of Javonte Williams, according to KOA Colorado's Benjamin Albright.Link to story
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49ers | Raheem Mostert practicing with knee brace Thu Jul 29, 08:07 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) has been wearing a brace on his right knee during practice to begin training camp, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
|Footballguys view: Mostert reportedly intends to continue wearing the brace for extra protection during practice moving forward but is unlikely to do so during games. We'll see Mostert compete with rookie Trey Sermon to be the lead back for the 49ers at the start of the season. Just like most years in a Shanahan system, we will see a RBBC for this offense.|
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Raiders | Vegas signs BJ Emmons, Darius Jackson Thu Jul 29, 06:53 PM
Free-agent RB BJ Emmons (Seahawks) and RB Darius X. Jackson (Colts) signed with the Las Vegas Raiders Thursday, July 29. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
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Chargers | Justin Jackson off COVID list Thu Jul 29, 06:45 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson was activated from the Reserve/COVID list Thursday, July 29.Link to story
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Giants | Taquan Mizzell waived Thu Jul 29, 06:31 PM
New York Giants RB Taquan Mizzell (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, July 29, after the two sides reach an injury settlement.Link to story
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Giants | Alfred Morris expected to sign Thu Jul 29, 05:29 PM
Free-agent RB Alfred Morris (Giants) is expected to sign with the New York Giants next week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Morris signed on with the Giants last year for nine games. He's likely to sign next week to give the Giants veteran depth behind starter Saquon Barkley. We'll continue to monitor Barkley's status as we lead up to the start of the regular season.|
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Giants | Sandro Platzgummer off NFI list Wed Jul 28, 08:39 PM
New York Giants RB Sandro Platzgummer (hamstring) passed his physical Wednesday, July 28, and has been activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list.Link to story
Rams | Cam Akers placed on NFI list Wed Jul 28, 08:03 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers (Achilles) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 28.
|Footballguys view: Akers is going to miss the entire 2021 season. The Rams now turn to Darrell Henderson as their starter. Guys like Xavier Jones and Jake Funk will compete to establish a pecking order behind Henderson. At this time, the Rams have no interest in adding a back via trade or free agency.|
Chiefs | Darwin Thompson to miss start of camp Wed Jul 28, 07:41 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Darwin Thompson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 28.Link to story
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Ravens | Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards on COVID list Wed Jul 28, 07:35 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and RB Gus Edwards were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 28.Link to story
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Bills | Zack Moss limited Wednesday Wed Jul 28, 06:39 PM
Buffalo Bills RB Zack Moss (ankle) was a limited participant during practice Wednesday, July 28.Link to story
Raiders | Two RBs placed on COVID list Wed Jul 28, 06:18 PM
Las Vegas Raiders RB Jalen Richard and RB Theo Riddick were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, July 28.Link to story
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Raiders | Kenyan Drake starts camp on NFI list Wed Jul 28, 06:15 PM
Las Vegas RB Kenyan Drake (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 28.Link to story
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Seahawks | Seattle puts two on PUP Wed Jul 28, 02:15 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR D'Wayne Eskridge (toe) and RB Travis Homer (calf) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 28.Link to story
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Bengals | Three ready to return Tue Jul 27, 07:32 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Riley Lees (undisclosed), RB Pooka Williams (undisclosed) and DT Renell Wren (undisclosed) passed their physicals Tuesday, July 27, and have been activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
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49ers | SF adds two to PUP list Tue Jul 27, 07:30 PM
San Francisco 49ers CB Tarvarius Moore (undisclosed) and RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (knee) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 27.Link to story
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Chargers | COVID list for Justin Jackson Tue Jul 27, 06:39 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, July 27.Link to story
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Texans | Houston places three on COVID list Tue Jul 27, 06:35 PM
Houston Texans OT Geron Christian, RB Buddy Howell and WR Taywan Taylor were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, July 27.Link to story
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Ravens | Gus Edwards to miss early part of camp Tue Jul 27, 02:45 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards (illness) recently tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first 10 days of training camp, according to multiple sources.
|Footballguys view: Edwards is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need every rep to be ready for the start of the regular season. However, he does need to get healthy and get out there for at least one preseason game. Edwards has tons of power and will work as a big-bodied complementary back to J.K. Dobbins. He's got enough fantasy potential to be a flex option for Fantasy GMs in 2021.|
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Falcons | Atlanta inks Jason Spriggs Mon Jul 26, 03:23 PM
Free-agent OL Jason Spriggs (Bears) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, July 26. The Falcons also released RB Tony Brooks-James.Link to story
Rams | Darrell Henderson receives modest praise Mon Jul 26, 03:12 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson is an 'every-down back,' according to comments made by head coach Sean McVay on Monday, July 26. Per McVay, it has never been an 'ability' question but 'how do we keep him available?' To that end, Henderson is not expected to play at all during the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Henderson has always had talent, he was just going to serve as the no.2 running back for the Rams before Cam Akers was lost for the season. Now, Henderson is the lead back and certainly has a fantasy relevant role - likely in the RB2 range. Henderson has struggled with injuries over two seasons, so the Rams need to manage things to keep him fresh. Xavier Jones and Jake Funk are late-round fliers for Fantasy GMs in deeper leagues.|
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Colts | Marlon Mack good to go Mon Jul 26, 11:50 AM
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (Achilles') is 100 percent entering training camp.
|Footballguys view: Mack tore his Achilles' last year in Week 1 and has been on the road to recovery ever since. He's a talented running back with a slashing style who will work as a reserve player behind starter Jonathan Taylor. If Taylor were to miss time, Mack would get a sizable role with Nyheim Hines staying as the primary receiving back. This makes Mack an interesting late-round handcuff for Fantasy GMs who have the bench space.|
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Bears | Tarik Cohen placed on PUP list Sun Jul 25, 04:37 PM
Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 25.Link to story
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Bengals | Pooka Williams not ready for practice Sun Jul 25, 12:11 PM
Cincinnati Bengals RB Pooka Williams (illness) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Illness list Sunday, July 25.Link to story
Packers | Patrick Taylor not ready for practice Sat Jul 24, 06:30 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Patrick Taylor (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, July 24.
|Footballguys view: Taylor is in a competition with seventh-round pick Kylin Hill and 2019 sixth-round pick Dexter Williams for the third spot on the Packers depth chart at running back. He was able to keep Antonio Gibson off of the field at Memphis.|
Titans | Three players start camp on PUP list Sat Jul 24, 04:18 PM
Tennessee Titans LB Bud Dupree (knee), OT Ty Sambrailo (undisclosed) and RB Jeremy McNichols (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, July 24.
|Footballguys view: Dupree's appearance on this list isn't surprising, as he suffered a mid-season ACL tear last year. We'll be watching to see how quickly he gets back on the field and into shape in anticipation of the season opener against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.|
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Seahawks | Seattle adds Cameron Scarlett Fri Jul 23, 09:02 PM
Free-agent RB Cameron Scarlett (Titans) signed with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, July 23.
|Footballguys view: Scarlett wasn't able to stick with the Titans as a UDFA last year. The Seahawks signed him to fill the roster spot opened by the release of Tamorrion Terry after his legal trouble was discovered in June. The Seahawks don't have an entrenched backup running back behind Chris Carson. Rashaad Penny had another knee surgery this offseason and Alex Collins stood out in his absence this spring.|
Seahawks | Three RBs worked out Fri Jul 23, 08:01 PM
Free-agent RB Pete Guerriero (Jets), RB Darnell Holland (Saints) and RB Cameron Scarlett (Titans) recently worked out for the Seattle Seahawks.Link to story
Broncos | Javonte Williams agrees to rookie deal Fri Jul 23, 12:54 PM
Denver Broncos RB Javonte Williams and the team on Friday, July 23, agreed to terms on his four-year rookie contract. The full terms were unavailable, but the deal does include a $3.81 signing bonus.
|Footballguys view: Williams has a chance to unseat Melvin Gordon from day one and dominate touches for a team that is going to focus on ball control and defense to win games. He is rising as high as the fourth round and probably worth it based on his higher end range of outcomes after the Broncos moved up in the second round to pick #35 to get him.|
Lions | Heavy workload for D'Andre Swift? Thu Jul 22, 10:28 PM
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift could be headed for a big workload in 2021, according to running backs coach Duce Staley. Staley said the team wants its 'three-down back' to have about 25 touches per game.
|Footballguys view: Jamaal Williams will probably keep Swift getting 425 touches, which is what he would get at 25 touches in 17 games, but this is an item that points to Swift having a decisive lead in at least Staley's mind, where other items this offseason have indicated more of a committee approach, at least in offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn's mind. We'll be watching this closely in camp, as current ADP still reflects an assumption that Swift will greatly out-touch and outperform Williams.|
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Giants | Taquan Mizzell placed on IR Thu Jul 22, 05:57 PM
New York Giants RB Taquan Mizzell (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, July 22.Link to story
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Giants | Six players not ready to practice Thu Jul 22, 05:46 PM
New York Giants C Jonotthan Harrison (hamstring), OT Matt Peart (back), LB Oshane Ximines (hamstring) and CB Aaron Robinson (core) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 22. The team also placed LB Ryan Anderson (back) and RB Sandro Platzgummer (hamstring) on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.Link to story
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Giants | Saquon Barkley placed on PUP list Thu Jul 22, 04:53 PM
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 22.
|Footballguys view: This was expected and just reminds us that Barkley is coming back from more than a simple ACL tear, as he suffered meniscus and MCL damage too. He might not be full speed for Week 1, but he still shouldn't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts.|
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Giants | Mike Weber, Jordyn Peters signed Wed Jul 21, 07:41 PM
Free-agent RB Mike Weber (Packers) and S Jordyn Peters (Jets) signed with the New York Giants Wednesday, July 21. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Weber could push for a roster spot as the third running back behind Saquon Barkley and Devontae Booker with Corey Clement and sixth round pick Gary Brightwell also in the mix. Weber was a seventh round pick of the Cowboys in 2019 and has a downhill running style with nimble footwork.|
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Patriots | New England places three on NFI list Wed Jul 21, 06:25 PM
New England Patriots S Joshuah Bledsoe (undisclosed), LB Cameron McGrone (undisclosed) and RB Rhamondre Stevenson (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 21.
|Footballguys view: All three are draft picks. Stevenson's ailment is unknown, but if he's healthy in time for the preseason, he should be heavily used in exhibition games as the Patriots will want to keep Sony Michel and Damien Harris in bubble wrap until the regular season.|
49ers | Trey Sermon under contract Wed Jul 21, 05:56 PM
San Francisco 49ers third-round draft choice RB Trey Sermon signed a four-year contract with the 49ers Wednesday, July 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Sermon was taking first team snaps while Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert both sat this spring, and it's fair to assume that he'll be first man up if Mostert goes down and potentially the goal line back and #2 while Mostert is healthy. He has as much upside as any running back going outside of the top 50 picks.|
Giants | NYG worked out three Wed Jul 21, 05:38 PM
Free-agent RB Mike Weber (Packers), RB Tyler Ervin (Packers) and S Jordyn Peters (Jets) recently worked out for the New York Giants.
|Footballguys view: The Giants might be updating their emergency running back list. We'll see if Saquon Barkley can avoid the PUP list to start camp. While it wouldn't preclude him from being ready for Week 1, it might necessitate the Giants signing another back as a camp body.|
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Rams | LA Rams in no hurry to sign veteran RB Tue Jul 20, 04:40 PM
Los Angeles Rams RBs Darrell Henderson, Raymond Calais, Xavier Jones and Jake Funk each figure to get a long look in camp, based on comments from head coach Sean McVay following the season-ending injury to Cam Akers (Achilles) recently.'I don't know that veteran route is something we'll rule out, but it's not something we're looking at right now,' McVay said.
|Footballguys view: Henderson will likely lead the backfield in touches, but the team isn't going to give him the huge workloads they were giving Cam Akers late last year. They should give Jones and others a full opportunity to prove they deserve more work in training camp before looking at adding a veteran. They could also give the young backfield a few weeks to see what they can do against Chicago, Indianapolis, and Tampa Bay before making any decisions about adding to the depth chart.|
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Rams | Cam Akers out for season Tue Jul 20, 11:23 AM
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' while training Monday, July 19, and he'll miss the entire 2021 season.
|Footballguys view: Darrell Henderson becomes the starter, and 2020 UDFA Xavier Jones the backup. Raymond Calais, a 2020 seventh-round pick of the Bucs, and Jake Funk, the Rams 2021 seventh-round pick, both have a better chance of making the roster now, but the team will certainly look into signing a veteran eventually with so little experience on the roster. The team could also become more pass heavy without Akers. Akers will test the proposition of whether a running back can come all the way back from an achilles tear. It hasn't happened yet, with Marlon Mack being the latest to try this season.|
NFL | D.J. Foster headed north of the border Mon Jul 19, 09:13 PM
Free-agent RB D.J. Foster (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed contract with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on Monday, July 19.
|Footballguys view: Foster actually played a handful of snaps for the Cardinals last year. 2020 seventh-round pick Eno Benjamin will get a bigger opportunity with Foster gone.|
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Giants | Saquon Barkley questionable for Week 1? Mon Jul 19, 02:21 PM
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) said he is not sure if he will be ready for the start of the regular season. 'I don't know. We'll see,' Barkley said. 'Taking it day by day. Just listening to my body. Whenever I'm able to get out there, just make sure I'm 110 percent.'Link to story
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Patriots | Rhamondre Stevenson must prove himself Sun Jul 18, 07:34 PM
New England Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson is going to have to have to earn his playing time as a rookie, according to assistant coach Ivan Fears. 'We're not just going to give him a free ride,' Fears said. 'If he doesn't earn it, he gets to watch.'
|Footballguys view: Stevenson is a downhill banger in the mold of LeGarrette Blount, but the team won't need him if they keep Sony Michel to back up Damien Harris. The team also often sits their rookie backs (including Harris), so what Fears says is likely true. Don't expect Stevenson to have value in redraft leagues this year.|
Patriots | Brandon Bolden in a good spot Sun Jul 18, 07:29 PM
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden 'seems like a strong bet' to make the roster in 2021 because of his contributions on special teams, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Bolden is back after opting out, and his presence could cost one of J.J. Taylor or Sony Michel a roster spot unless the team wants to keep six running backs.|
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Patriots | J.J. Taylor drawing praise Sun Jul 18, 07:22 PM
New England Patriots RB J.J. Taylor has shown himself to be an 'excellent make-you-miss type of back,' according to assistant coach Ivan Fears.
|Footballguys view: Taylor will need to have a good camp to make the team. He could make it over Sony Michel if they expect fourth-round Rhamondre Stevenson to be a more effective runner than Michel, which would give the team more diversity in skillsets. Taylor could contribute in the passing game, but won't have fantasy value without multiple injuries ahead of him in the backfield. He could get snapped up and have a larger role elsewhere if the Patriots don't keep on him on their final 53.|
Football Team | Peyton Barber drops weight Fri Jul 16, 10:20 PM
Washington Football Team RB Peyton Barber slimmed down this offseason, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'He's playing fast and he's doing a heck of a job for us,' Rivera said.
|Footballguys view: Barber is playing for a roster spot so it makes sense that he's motivated. He'll have to beat out mighty mite UDFA Jaret Patterson and Lamar Miller's comeback attempt to make it and maybe vulture a few short touchdowns from Antonio Gibson.|
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NFL | Adrian Peterson wants to play Fri Jul 16, 05:18 PM
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Lions) said he has been working out and is waiting for a team to sign him. He said his body feels good and is ready to play in 2021.
|Footballguys view: Peterson might not be on a roster to start the season, but his tried and true ability to handle a heavy workload and put stress on a defense will likely get him calls during the season when teams are looking at playing inexperienced players in the backfield because of injuries.|
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NFL | Adrian Peterson feeling fit, ready Fri Jul 16, 01:04 PM
Free agent RB Adrian Peterson says he's fit and is ready to go as he awaits a call from an NFL team. 'The training is going well and I'm going to control the things that I can control right now, and, when that time comes, somebody will give me a call,' Peterson said in an interview Thursday, July 15. 'That's all I'm asking for. My body feels good. I came out healthy from last season. My body feels strong. I still feel young. I still feel good. I'm ready to play ball.'
|Footballguys view: Peterson is just patiently waiting for a team to show interest. The veteran can still play and produce if called upon, and there should be somebody out there who wants to pick him up. Perhaps when injuries hit in training camp and the preseason we'll see a team pick up Peterson. He's looking for a contender to join as a role player.|
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Browns | Nick Chubb produced big runs Thu Jul 15, 11:25 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb produced a run of 20 or more yards on every 15.8 carries in 2020, which ranked as the best rate among qualified running backs.
|Footballguys view: Chubb has the capability to rip off explosive runs with regularity. That ability will continue this season as Chubb is one of the most natural and instinctive backs in the league.|
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Titans | Derrick Henry quick to the line Thu Jul 15, 11:02 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry averaged 10.87 mph when crossing the line of scrimmage in 2020, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, the best of any running back with at least 150 carries.
|Footballguys view: The Titans did a good job of creating rushing lanes for Henry, and the big man builds steam in a hurry. With the addition of WR Julio Jones, opposing defenses are going to have a lot to contend with. That means Henry should be able to keep his MPH high when hitting the hole.|
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