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  Bears | Tarik Cohen nowhere close to return    Tue Aug 3, 02:21 PM

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen (knee) is 'weeks away' from being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to comments made by head coach Matt Nagy on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Footballguys view: If he's 'weeks away' then that means Cohen is unlikely to return for training camp and the preseason. In fact, there's a chance that Cohen could begin the regular season on the PUP list. This means the Bears could lean on Damien Williams to do a little more when starter David Montgomery needs a rest.

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  Falcons | Atlanta checks in on D'Onta Foreman    Tue Aug 3, 01:12 PM

Free-agent RB D'Onta Foreman (Titans) is trying out with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Footballguys view: Foreman is a big veteran back who runs with authority when healthy. The Falcons haven't made a move yet, so they might just be updating their emergency list here.

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  Panthers | Darius Clark carted off    Tue Aug 3, 11:19 AM

Carolina Panthers RB Darius X. Clark (undisclosed) was carted off the field at practice Tuesday, Aug. 3.

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  Giants | Alfred Morris returns to NY Giants    Mon Aug 2, 11:56 PM

Free-agent RB Alfred Morris (Giants) signed an undisclosed contract with the New York Giants on Monday, Aug. 2.

Footballguys view: Morris is back with the Giants to give them veteran depth in the backfield. The Giants say there's a chance Saquon Barkley will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. If he's not, then they could turn to Devontae Booker and Morris to run the rock.

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  Raiders | Jalen Richard activated    Mon Aug 2, 05:37 PM

Las Vegas Raiders RB Jalen Richard was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 2. The team also waived RB Darius X. Jackson.

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  Dolphins | Salvon Ahmed injured Monday    Mon Aug 2, 04:40 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 2, because of an undisclosed injury.

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  Titans | Two players ready to practice    Mon Aug 2, 01:32 PM

Tennessee Titans RB Jeremy McNichols (undisclosed) and OT Ty Sambrailo (undisclosed) were activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 2.

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  Raiders | Jalen Richard due back soon    Mon Aug 2, 12:46 AM

Las Vegas Raiders RB Jalen Richard (illness) is expected to come off the COVID-19 list and return to practice Monday, Aug. 2.

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  Saints | New Orleans works out three players    Sun Aug 1, 02:37 PM

Free-agent RB Javon Leake (Washington), OG J.R. Sweezy (Cardinals) and RB T.J. Yeldon (Bills) worked out for the New Orleans Saints Saturday, July 31.

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  Packers | Several receiving interest from Packers    Sun Aug 1, 02:28 PM

Free-agent DT Josh Avery (Seahawks), RB Jon Hilliman (Giants) and DT Trevon McSwain (Bears) worked out for the Green Bay Packers Saturday, July 31. The team also met with RB Pete Guerriero (Jets).

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  Jets | Michael Carter working as No. 1 RB    Sun Aug 1, 01:36 PM

New York Jets RB Michael Carter has been working with the first-team offense during the early portion of training camp.

Footballguys view: Carter has the look of the player who will lead all Jets backs in fantasy value, but it's not clear how much that will help fantasy teams. He should be a PPR friendly back with his pass catching skills and could be one of the biggest values in fantasy drafts if he is a good fit in Mike LaFleur's Shanahan-style running game.

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  Browns | Nick Chubb set to ink big extension    Sat Jul 31, 08:03 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $36.6 million - including $20 million guaranteed - on Saturday, July 31.

Footballguys view: Despite the narrative that implores teams to not sign running backs to often regretted second contracts, this is a good move for the Browns. Chubb's contract isn't out of line with recent running back deals, and he is an ideal back for this system. The Browns are also sending a message to the team that player who outperform rookie deals will get rewarded before they get to the end of those contracts.

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  Saints | Devonta Freeman agrees with New Orleans    Sat Jul 31, 05:39 PM

The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Bills) on a one-year deal Saturday, July 31, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Freeman's signing could be an indication that the Saints want to use Alvin Kamara as a receiver more while Michael Thomas is out. He's a different type of back than the #3 before his signing - Ty Montgomery, who is a dual threat like Kamara. For now Freeman belongs on the list of #3 backs to file away as potential waiver wire pickups if injuries thin the depth chart ahead of them.

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  Lions | Detroit to use hot-hand approach at RB    Sat Jul 31, 03:53 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell addressed the backfield of RBs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, saying he will ride the hot hand. 'We're going to use both of those guys, they know that. A guy gets a hot hand, he's rolling. If Jamaal is in there, we're rolling. Jamaal is going to be rolling, and we'll use Swift for other things. Which is fine. That's a good problem to have. I'm glad we got him, I know that,' Campbell said. He added, 'The place I just came from, obviously with AK (Alvin Kamara), and to have Mark Ingram when I first got there -- Mark was a stud, still is a stud, by the way -- that's my vision of this one-two punch (in Detroit). To have what we had after we left with (Latavius) Murray as well. Murray was that guy for us, and that's how I see Jamaal Williams for us, for Detroit.'

Footballguys view: Swift is much more likely to be the hot hand, so this shouldn't ding his ADP too much, but it is confirmation once again that the Lions don't see Swift as a clear lead back and Williams as a clear backup.

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  Vikings | Dalvin Cook seeing limited reps in camp    Fri Jul 30, 10:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been intentionally limited in training camp for the second year in a row. In 2020, it was believed the reprieve was due to Cook having yet to sign a contract extension, but after inking a new deal since then, he is being given the same treatment through the start of the 2021 camp's practice sessions.

Footballguys view: Cook is a seasoned veteran and arguably the best running back in the game. With a 17-game regular season schedule coming up, there's no need to put added wear and tear on his body in training camp and the preseason. Cook is going off the board as the no.2 overall pick in most every fantasy draft.

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  Raiders | Kenyan Drake ready to practice    Fri Jul 30, 06:01 PM

Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 30, and has returned to practice.

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  Raiders | Theo Riddick on retired list    Fri Jul 30, 05:55 PM

Las Vegas Raiders RB Theo Riddick was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Friday, July 30.

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  Patriots | Rhamondre Stevenson practicing    Fri Jul 30, 11:39 AM

New England Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson (undisclosed) was activated from the Non-Football Injury List and practiced Friday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Stevenson is still a strong candidate to get the typical Belichick rookie running back redshirt treatment, but if he can show his ability to contribute on all four special teams return units, he could unseat Brandon Bolden for a gameday active spot while saving the team a place to address a different position. Sony Michel could also be traded if Stevenson looks ready to take over Michel's role in the offense.

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  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.'

Footballguys view: Penny is over his offseason knee surgery in a piece of good news. He will try to hold off Alex Collins to back up Chris Carson after Carson had a good spring. We'll be monitoring this situation to have clarity on who to target if Carson goes down, but this is still Carson's backfield in any event.

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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.

Footballguys view: Gordon won't go away easily and could have more value than his falling ADP indicates, but if there's only one back in this backfield who can help you win your league without an injury to his counterpart and that's Javonte Williams. Williams ADP may be overly inflated if Gordon can hold onto this edge throughout the summer, but it could also be making the rookie everything before giving him anything.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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