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Saints RB Khiry Robinson doesn't feel he's on outside looking in


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Saints running back Khiry Robinson might be the least known of his backfield counterparts, but he doesn't feel like the off man out, per ESPN.com.

Robinson knows the team is heavily invested in the likes of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, but he's still confident he can thrive in whatever role the Saints put him in.

“I’m the type of person, I’m gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it’s 20 carries or one carry, I’m gonna do the best of my ability every play,” Robinson said.

Robinson has shown flashes of success during his three years in the league. Injuries played a key role against him last season, which can ultimately put him as the third back on the depth chart. He will use the offseason to continue to improve and challenge his counterparts for playing time.

“I just gotta keep working,” Robinson. “It’s all love in the backfield. We all work together, try to help each other. So I think it’s a good thing we’ve got a full backfield again. So if anybody goes down, we’ve got another player right up there to do the same thing.”


Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

Bell has made a rather lofty prediction for 2015, particularly for a guy that has never rushed for more than 860 yards in a season. He claims he will exceed that by plenty.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," he told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Bell averaged a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry in both of the last two years.


Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley to have knee reevaluated


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, will have his knee reevaluated in the next few weeks, according to FoxSports.com.

Gurley tore the ACL in his left knee during his final season at Georgia.


Raiders RB Latavius Murray ready to be top guy in backfield


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Raiders running back Latavius Murray is primed to take the lead role that awaits him for this upcoming season, per the team website.

Murray will be the Raiders' featured back after the departure of Darren McFadden, and he's eager to enter that top spot.

It’s a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,” Murray said. “I need to play like it’s a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it’s a year I have to go out and prove something.”

Murray rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns last season, while also posting an impressive 5.2 yards per carry.


Peterson return not ruining drive of Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Jerick McKinnon had been planning to take over the featured back role full-time for the Vikings in the potential absence of Adrian Peterson.

So much for that. Peterson is still wearing a Minnesota uniform.

But that hasn't deterred McKinnon, who is still trying to prove he can be a three-down performer in the NFL. And running backs coach Kirby Wilson has noticed.

"Jerick is working on those things," Wilson told ESPN. "Trying to be three phases: a runner, protector and pass catcher and he knows it's a process. Something you have to put in the time and work ethic to get there and to his credit, he's doing that and I'm looking forward to training camp to see where he'll be when we make it real."

McKinnon thrived with Peterson out before back surgery prematurely ended his season. He averaged 4.8 yards on 113 carries and added 27 receptions.


Rams RB Todd Gurley hopes to participate in training camp


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) Rams 10th overall pick Todd Gurley is still without a clear timetable for his return to the football field. The running back has been rehabbing a torn left ACL, but for his part, Gurley says he hopes to be ready for training camp.

"I'm coming up on seven months and a couple weeks," Gurley said, per ESPN.com. "I'm just going to keep progressing. I'll be here in July. I hope so for training camp, I hope I at least get to go do some individual stuff. So that's the next goal right there."

Gurley was present during the team's OTA's, increasing his workload each day. By the end, Gurley was able to play with the rookies following a practice, and he's feeling positive.

"Things have been going pretty good," Gurley said. "I'm just doing whatever they tell me to do and just picking up on our offense more and more. That was my first time doing that little walk-through after. I usually do walk-through reps at the beginning of practice, too."


Former Colts RB Ahmed Bradshaw suspended one game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Free agent running back Ahmed Bradshaw will be suspended one game, once he signs with a team.

The NFL confirmed on Monday that Bradshaw violated the league's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.

Bradshaw was released by the Colts in the offseason. He was arrested on marijuana charges following a February 5 traffic stop and pleaded no contest in May. 

Bradshaw scored seven touchdowns in 10 games before suffering a season-ending injury last year. 


C.J. Anderson will enter camp as Broncos top RB


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/22/2015) The Broncos are confident in the skills of running back C.J. Anderson, who has solidified his role as the team's No. 1 option out of the backfield with a strong spring. 

Anderson, who rushed for 648 yards in the last six games of the 2014 regular season, came into offseason camp in much better shape than the prior season and took the most snaps with the offense in OTAs and minicamp. 

"I think C.J. has worked extremely hard," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. "Coming off of last year, he deserves that opportunity, and I think he's getting ready for that opportunity. But he knows he’s being pushed very hard."

Denver also has running backs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman in the mix. 


Free agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya retires


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Free agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya announced he will retire after six NFL seasons, according to NFL.com.

Ogbonnaya made the announcement via his Instagram account.

"It is with great thankfulness to God and appreciation of my family, coaches, and fans that I announce my retirement from football," Ogbonnaya wrote. "It has been an absolute privilege to play this game that I love, and I look forward to my continued involvement in the future."

Ogbonnaya was last with the Giants, who cut him in May. He rushed for 604 yards on 130 carries throughout his career.


Saints RB C.J. Spiller has skill set to thrive in new offense


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Saints running back C.J. Spiller feels in tune with his new offense, despite him just having become familiar with it during the offseason, per the Associated Press.

Spiller says he's always understood the concepts of the Saints offense because of a close relationship with some of their former running backs.

"Obviously, I've kept a close eye on this offense, dating back to Reggie, being friends with him, and then obviously knowing Darren Sproles, watching him, so I know what type of offense it is," Spiller said.

"Coach Payton's track record speaks for itself. He uses guys with our type of skill set. So to me, it's very friendly because you can be running the ball and then if you're blessed enough to have great pass catching abilities they're going to find ways to try to get you the ball in space."

The Saints will use Spiller's pass-catching ability out of the backfield this season, and it played a huge role in why the team sought him during free agency. It's something Spiller developed as a youth playing baseball.

"I kind of credit my pass-catching ability to going from catching a baseball to a football," Spiller said during Saints minicamp this week.

"It's a whole lot easier, so I take great pride in it. Any time I drop a ball, I'm very hard on myself because I know the work that I put in trying to make sure I catch every one."

Spiller has caught 158 passes for 1,195 yards during his five-year career.


Seahawks RB Christine Michael suffers hamstring injury Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Seahawks running back Christine Michael sustained a hamstring injury during Thursday's practice, reports 710 ESPN.

The injury caused Michael to leave the practice early, but the extent of the injury is not known.


Bears sign Daniel Thomas, Sherrod Martin on Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) The Bears signed running back Daniel Thomas and safety Sherrod Martin on Thursday, the team announced.

Thomas rushed for 168 yards on 44 attempts last season for the Dolphins, while Martin picked off one pass in 13 games for the Jaguars last season.


Browns RB Duke Johnson getting work at WR, KR


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) The Browns are looking to develop running back Duke Johnson into more than just a running back. Johnson is competing to be the team's kick returner and is learning how to return punts, according to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.

Along with his special teams work, Johnson has also been getting playing time at wide receiver and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said the plan is to use Johnson as a running back and receiver moving forward, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.


Rams RB Todd Gurley remains questionable for training camp


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) When the Rams selected running back Todd Gurley with the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft, the team knew Gurley still had plenty of work left in his rehab from a torn ACL. With training camp opening up next month, coach Jeff Fisher said he still isn't sure when Gurley will be ready, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It's hard to say right now. I can't predict that," Fisher said. "I know he's doing well. He had a day off [Tuesday] because he's doing so well. He'll rehab with us during the break... We're just going to see how he progresses... If he's not PUP-ed [physically unable to perform], then I think you could probably assume that he's going to play sooner than you think."


Jaguars RB Storm Johnson expected back at practice Thursday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Jaguars running back Storm Johnson says he expects to be back at practice on Thursday after suffering a back injury on Wednesday, per Jacksonville.com.

“I went to get treatment and got it all back together so it’s good,’’ Johnson said.

“I wouldn’t call it a setback,’’ he said. “It got the best of me today. I’ll be ready to go back Thursday (for the final day of mini-camp).’’


Redskins RB Silas Redd dealing with ankle injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) An ankle injury prevented Redskins running back Silas Redd from practicing Wednesday, reports The Washington Post. The injury is considered minor.

Jaguars' Storm Johnson leaves Wednesday's practice with back issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Jaguars running back Storm Johnson was forced to exit Wednesday's practice early after experiencing tightness in his back, reports the Associated Press.

Johnson ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns in 29 attempts last season.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden on his health: 'I'm 100 percent'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden is finally healthy, per The Dallas Morning News.

McFadden, who has been injury prone throughout his career, declared he is injury free and ready to take part in the Cowboys' offseason practices.

“I’m 100 percent and ready to go play ball,” McFadden said. “It felt great. We were just taking precautions, they didn’t want me to mess it up or anything crazy. Just being out there today, it felt great. I was out there running, opening up and just trying to do what I can do.”

McFadden says he's ready to take on whatever role the Cowboys present him with. The team is in need of filling the void left behind by last year's league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray.

“Whatever they ask me to do, I feel up to it,” McFadden said. “I’m just going out here and working hard. Whatever it is that they decide they want, that’s how I’m going to roll.”


Lions cut RB Rasheed Williams for second time in a month


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Lions runningback Rasheed Williams hasn't had the best of luck over the last month. The team announced on Wednesday that they cut Williams for the second time in a month, per mlive.com.

Williams was cut during organized team activities but re-signed when he finished his course work at Alfred State and could practice with the team.


Colts QB Andrew Luck on Frank Gore: 'He's a stud'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Colts running back Frank Gore has enjoyed a seamless transition to his new team. His new teammates are in awe of his work ethic and what he's already bringing to the table, per the team's website.

Quarterback Andrew Luck has been very impressed by the 32-year-old back.

“He’s a stud,” Luck said of Gore, per the team. “He takes care of his body. You can tell the way he works. He practices hard every day. He doesn’t take plays off, and he’s a heck of a football player.

“For me, watching him, it’s just the protections and knowing who’s coming from where, reading the tilt of the safeties, the nickel, how he plays, body language. He’s picked up on a bunch of stuff that guys, who’ve been here for three years, find so hard."

Gore, who is fresh off of another 1,000 yard rushing season, said he keeps his body fresh because he trains why guys who are much younger than him during the offseason. 

“In the offseason, I like to train with younger guys to keep myself honest,” Gore expounds on his reasoning.

“Me training with younger guys, if I’m looking better then them, I know that I should have a great shot to have a great year.”

Gore rushed for 1,106 yards and four touchdowns last season for the 49ers.


Redskins rookie RB Matt Jones wants to compete for starting role


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Redskins rookie running back Matt Jones has been very impressive during organized team activities and minicamp, and he wants everyone to know he'd like to be the top guy at running back, per The Washington Post.

“I’m just grinding every day to be the starter,” he said. “I will put some pressure on Alfred [Morris].”

Jones, a third-round pick out of Florida, has been working on his receiving and pass-protection skills in order to truly challenge Morris for the top running back spot on the roster.


Browns sign third-round pick Duke Johnson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The Browns signed third-round draft pick, running back Duke Johnson . General manager Ray Farmer made the announcement on Tuesday. 

Johnson was drafted out of Miami. 

With the signing, all 12 Browns draft picks are under contract. 


Garett: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could get more work soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The workload for Cowboys new running back Darren McFadden seems destined to be ramping up at minicamp, per the team website.

Jason Garrett has declared that McFadden might get a bit more work as his strained hamstring is healing.

McFadden spent his first seven seasons with Oakland, where he exceeded 1,000 yards rushing just once and was generally considered a disappointment.


Titans announce release of veteran RB Shonn Greene


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The Titans have announced that they have released veteran running back Shonn Greene.

The 29-year-old Greene was scheduled to earn $3,25 million this season, the last in a three-year deal he signed in 2013.

He has not been particularly productive with 687 yards rushing and six touchdowns over the last two years combined after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Jets.


 
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