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Cowboys RB Darren McFadden maybe used as kick returner in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden could see an expanded role next season, as a kick or punt returner, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Wide receiver Dwayne Harris left during the offseason for the Giants, leaving a vacant spot in the return game.

"We have some guys we feel who can go return right now both punt returners and kickoff returners," coach Jason Garrett said. "And hopefully we'll get a chance to bring some guys in college free agent type guys we targeted as well. We like the guys we have and we feel like we can go play right now with them and also create some competition with some younger guys."

McFadden was a kick returner for the Raiders in 2014 where he had three returns for 59 yards.

"He certainly could," Garrett said. "He's done it in his past."


Matt Jones' arrival won't change Redskins RB Alfred Morris' role


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) It doesn't hurt to have more than one quality running back to tote the ball in the NFL. But when a solid runner is taken in the first few rounds of the draft, it can be an ominous sign for a back used to being the primary ball carrier. 

That's not the case with Redskins running back Alfred Morris. Though the Redskins drafted Florida's Matt Jones in the third round, coach Jay Gruden said there are no plans to change Morris' role in the offense. 

"Alfred won't be affected," Gruden said, via ESPN.com. "Alfred's still the running back here. He's had three great seasons and that won't change. But to add another guy that can come in here and pound the rock a little bit doesn't hurt anything. It'll help Alfred in that regard, taking some carries off him. For the most part Alfred will be getting the bulk of the carries and Matt will get some too, obviously."

In a tough season for everyone on the Redskins, Morris ran got 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones provides some insurance as a big-bodied 6-2, 226-pound back that could actually help Morris this season. 

"He's a little bit different than what we've had around here," Gruden said. 


Cardinals' Arians: Andre Ellington to continue in same role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after his team drafted running back David Johnson in the third round that Andre Ellington is expected to continue in his same role next season, ESPN.com reports.

"I think Andre will continue his same role," Arians said. "We’ll keep him healthy and let him continue to develop as a player, but the nice thing David can do is he can do everything Andre does, so you don’t have to change if there was an injury."

Ellington served as a three-down back for the Cardinals last season, but averaged just 3.3 yards per carry while racking up 660 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also gained 395 yards on 46 receptions while scoring two touchdowns through the air. After racking up eight carries of at least 20 yards in just 118 attempts in his rookie season, Ellington managed just four carries of 20-plus yards while receiving nearly twice the workload in 2014.


Disgruntled RB Zac Stacy shipped from Rams to Jets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Disenchanted running back Zac Stacy has been traded from the Rams to the Jets, a source has told ESPN. Details have yet to be revealed, though the return on the deal is considered to be minimal.

The last straw for Stacy was the first-round draft of Todd Gurley. Stacy had fallen behind Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart a year ago. After starting 12 games and rushing for 973 yards in 2013, he started five games and rushed for 293 yards last season.

The Jets have struggled to find a featured back in recent years. Chris Ivory led the team with 821 yards in 2014.


Report: Jets show interest in disgruntled Rams RB Zac Stacy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Jets have inquired about disgruntled Rams running back Zac Stacy, but have yet to make a formal trade offer, the New York Daily News reports.

Stacy fell behind Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham last season, and when the Rams selected Todd Gurley in first round of the draft, he made a public demand to leave St. Louis via trade and release. Stacy met with the Rams on Friday.

Stacy rushed for 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries in his rookie season in 2013 but managed just 293 yards and one touchdown on 76 carries last season while making just five starts.


Falcons cut Brandan Bishop, Reid Fragel, Jacques Smith, two others


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Falcons cut five players who spent time on the team's practice squad last season, per the Baltimore Sun.

The players released were free safety Brandan Bishop, tackle Reid Fragel, cornerback Jordan Mabin, linebacker Jacques Smith and running back Ronnie Wingo.

None of the five had appeared in a game with the Falcons.


Report: Rams meet with Zac Stacy, trade still possible


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Rams met with RB Zac Stacy on Friday, following his demand to be traded or released.

Stacy made the public trade demand after the Rams selected RB Todd Gurley in Thursday's first round.  

Appearing on the NFL Network, Ian Rapoport said that the Rams would be "more than happy" to deal Stacy. However, later in the day, Friday, the team met with Stacy's representatives, according to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The two sides had a positive discussion, but there was no decision made on Stacy's future with the team. 


Fisher: Rams will take is slow with Todd Gurley


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Running back Todd Gurley , the Rams' first-round draft pick on Thursday, is recovering from a college ACL injury. 

Meeting the media after the pick was made, Gurley said he's able to do cuts and controlled running. He's working out normally, with no limits, in the weight room and has been able to run full speed a couple of times, per STLToday.com.

"Everything is on schedule and I’m just looking forward to coming back," Gurley said. "I’ve still got a lot of work to do though."

Coach Jeff Fisher preached caution with his new running back. 

"We’re not gonna rush it," Fisher said. "We may well be a little on the conservative side, but this is the running back of our future. It makes no sense to subject him to or put him in a bad situation sooner than we have to."


Report: Todd Gurley could be ready by second week of Rams' training camp


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Rams first-round draft pick Todd Gurley had his college season ended early with an ACL injury. The running back prospect has rehabilitated the injury, and, according to a report by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Rams' timeline projects Gurley to be ready to go by the second week of training camp. 

Gurley would open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 


Adrian Peterson's agent wants long-term commitment from Vikings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) After the agent for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tried unsuccessfully to get his client traded, he asked the team to commit to Peterson long term. 

On Thursday night, agent Ben Dogra said that the Vikings told him Peterson was not going to be traded.

"One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'" Dogra told USA TODAY. "That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. ... But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking."

That commitment would include guaranteeing part of Peterson's $46 million contract owed him over the next three years. 


Report: Rams' Zac Stacy to request trade or release


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Rams running back Zac Stacy plans to request that the team release or trade him after the selection of running back Todd Gurley with the No. 10 pick, ESPN reports.

Stacy had already fallen behind Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham last season, so the Rams may be looking to move on from the runner even without his displeasure at the pick. He rused for 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries in his rookie season in 2013 but managed just 293 yards and one touchdown on 76 carries last season while making just five starts.


Vikings' Spielman on Adrian Peterson: 'Nothing has changed'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Speaking after his team selected cornerback Trae Waynes with the 11th pick of the draft, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was asked about the status of running back Adrian Peterson.

"Nothing has changed with Adrian, end of story," Spielman said, curtly, per 1500ESPN.com.

Spielman answered similarly when faced with a follow-up question. He said earlier this week that he had "no interest" in dealing the running back.


Bears' Matt Forte not getting a contract extension, won't hold out


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Bears RB Matt Forte was hoping to get a new contract from the team, but that's not in the cards.

Appearing on Chicago's 670 the Score, Forte said he spoke to GM Ryan Pace about his contract and was told that he's not getting an extension right now.

Forte is taking the bad news in stride. He told Pace, "I'm not angry or holding any grudges or anything," and said he has no plans to hold out.

Forte said he wouldn't be angry over his contract this season and would "gladly" play under his current deal, even if its not his first choice. 


49ers Carlos Hyde sorry to see Frank Gore leave


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Frank Gore left the 49ers for the Colts, giving Carlos Hyde a chance to replace him as starting running back. Despite the opportunity, Hyde isn't happy about the change. 

"I wanted him to come back," Hyde said, per 49ers.com.  "When I found out he wasn't coming back, I was like, 'Are you really leaving?' I was shocked."

"I wasn't expecting to come in and take Frank Gore's spot," Hyde added. "It was more of a, 'Come in and learn from Frank Gore.' That's exactly what I did."

The biggest thing he learned from his year with Gore was not to be in a hurry to make plays. "Be patient on runs, let the play develop and not be so quick," he said. "I felt like last year I was being too quick on plays and not letting them develop. I was missing reads."


Broncos RB Montee Ball shooting for featured back spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Montee Ball is third on the current depth chart among Broncos running backs, but he plans on landing in the top spot by the season opener.

A groin injury that forced Ball onto injured reserve last year limited him to five games and allowed C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman to leapfrog over him. Juwan Thompson is also in the mix, so Ball understands his predicament.

"C.J. deserves the No. 1 spot right now," Ball told The Associated Press. "I like coming in and being the underdog, just keeping my head down, my mouth shut and just working."

Ball averaged just 3.1 yards on 55 carries a year ago. But he seeks to prove he's better than that, which he must do to supplant the others and nail down the featured back spot.

"Every player should be saying, if they're second or third on the depth chart: 'I'm better than that player. I'm better than him," Ball added. "Because I believe that I am. But there's no reason for me to be chanting that and yelling that. I'm just going ... to work and work and work."


Ravens re-sign RB Fitzgerald Toussaint


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/29/2015) The Ravens announced Wednesday they have reached an agreement with exclusive rights free agent running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. The Ravens needed to make a contract offer before free agency opened or Toussaint would have become an unrestricted free agent.

Toussaint saw limited action last year for the Ravens, with six carries for 12 yards and three receptions in the regular season, and two rushes for five yards in the divisional playoffs in New England.

Toussaint will provide depth at running back with Bernard Pierce signing a deal with the Jaguars.


Cowboys RB Randle won't face felony charges in domestic case


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/29/2015) Cowboys running back Joseph Randle will not face felony domestic abuse charges as the Sedgwick County, Kansas District Attorney cleared him in allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, per the Dallas Morning News, due to a lack of evidence.

Randle was involved in an incident with Dalia Jacobs, on Feb. 3 at a hotel in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. Jacobs accused Randle of pointing a gun at her friend and the infant son she has with the running back. She also said in a police report that Randle shattered the window of a car, sending glass flying across her friend and their son.

Randle could have faced a possible six-game suspension by the NFL if he had been charged in the case for a first-time offense under the league’s personal conduct policy.


RB Adrian Peterson says it 'would be nice' to play with Cowboys


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/29/2015) Disgruntled Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said it "would be nice" to play for the Cowboys during an interview while attending Tuesday's Mavericks-Rockets game in Houston, per the Dallas Morning News

Peterson grew up near Dallas, and has expressed his interest not to play for the Vikings this season after his suspension in 2014. But Minnesota remains steadfast in its position to keep Peterson, and the Cowboys have had very little to say about the matter heading into Thursday's draft. 


Report: Texans agree to terms with Chris Polk


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Texans signed running back Chris Polk on Tuesday, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Polk had his contract offer revoked by the Eagles last week. During the 2014 season, Polk rushed for 172 yards on 46 carries for the Eagles. His entire three-year career has been spent with the Eagles.


Vikings' Rick Spielman on Adrian Peterson: No interest in trading him


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he has no interest in trading running back Adrian Peterson, reports the Associated Press.

Various teams are reportedly interested in acquiring Peterson. He was recently reinstated by the NFL after missing 15 games last season due to being placed on the commissioner's exempt list.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons. He has yet to attend any of the team's voluntary workouts during the offseason. 

"But I think if our organization didn't believe in Adrian Peterson, he probably still wouldn't be here today," Spielman said, per 1500ESPN.com. "That's from our ownership on down. We believe in Adrian Peterson, but we also know we're a pretty good football team with Adrian in our backfield." 


Giants waive running back Michael Cox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Giants have waived running back Michael Cox, the team has announced.

Cox played in four games in 2014, having his season cut short after suffering a fractured leg in Week 10.

A seventh-round draft choice in 2013, Cox played in 18 games and started one in two seasons for the Giants.

Report: Cowboys out of running for Adrian Peterson; Cardinals still alive


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Cowboys, once considered the frontrunners to trade for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, are now out of the running, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who added that only the Cardinals are serious contenders.

The claim is that a deal for Peterson must be made by Friday or Peterson will stay with Minnesota. That will be contingent on Arizona's ability or inability to identify its future featured back. Peterson could bring the Vikings a second-round pick.


Eagles withdraw qualifying offer to RB Chris Polk


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Running back Chris Polk is now a free agent. 

According to the NFL transaction wire, the Eagles rescinded their $1.6 million tender they offered this past March. The Eagles placed the tender on Polk, previously a restricted free agent, before signing both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency. 

With Darren Sproles on the roster, it didn't make much sense for Polk to stay with the Eagles. 

In 2014, Polk ran for 172 yards and four touchdowns. 


RB Bobby Rainey signs qualifying offer with Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Buccaneers have announced that running back Bobby Rainey has signed a one-year qualifying offer the team extended to him before the free agency period. He was a restricted free agent and was given an opportunity to negotiate with other teams.

Rainey will compete for playing time with Tampa Bay. He rushed for 406 yards in 2014, but faded at the end of the season with just two carries in the last six games combined.


Andre Ellington OK with Cardinals drafting another running back


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) If the Cardinals decide to draft a running back in one of the higher rounds, running back Andre Ellington would be OK with it. 

Ellington was a three-down back for Arizona last year that got plenty of touches in the running and passing games. But if the Cardinals use a high pick on a running back, that could cut into Ellington's touches. 

That's something that wouldn't bother Ellington. 

“It’s whatever will better our team,” Ellington told the team's website. “That’s most important. No one is going to hate any decisions. I’m sure those guys will make the best decisions to help the team. We’ll accept any guy who comes in.”

Another quality runner could help Ellington, who dealt with numerous injuries a year ago, in the long run. His season ended last December after undergoing hernia surgery. 


 
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