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Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have distinct roles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:16 am ET) Although Stepfan Taylor has been running ahead of Jonathan Dwyer in training camp, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the running backs are not competing for the backup role behind Andre Ellington. Instead, Arians plans to use each back based on his strengths.

"We have all the confidence in the world in Stepfan and Jonathan," Arians said. "Jonathan had a big, long run (Tuesday) and Stef did an unbelievable job in pass protection. It’s an ongoing thing, and we’ll use them both.

"We won’t really have a two and a three. They’ll have roles and go into games with roles so everybody knows exactly what to expect. And when your number’s called to increase your role, you better be ready."


O'Brien says Texans are counting on Arian Foster
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:12 am ET) Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was very complimentary of running back Arian Foster, who was back at practice for the first time in a couple of days on Wednesday. O'Brien basically said he's counting on Foster a lot this year. 

"(Arian Foster is) a really good football player," O'Brien said according to the Houston Chronicle. "This team is really counting on him. You know, he's a guy that is smart, instinctive and obviously very talented. The Houston Texans need a healthy Arian Foster, so it was good to see him out there."

Foster's 2013 campaign ended early because of a back injury that required a minor procedure. He's expected to be their every-down back in 2014. 


Andre Ellington now expected back Friday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington missed the past two practices with what the team calls a minor neck injury. He is expected back Friday after Thursday's off day, according to the team's website.

Ellington initially was expected to return Wednesday, but the team held him out.


Devonta Freeman impressing at Falcons camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:01 am ET) Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman seems to be taking advantage of the reps he's been getting thus far in training camp, more than what he expected given the hamstring injury to Steven Jackson. Freeman has shown flashes that prove he can be an every-down back, according to ESPN. 

"He's a good back, young back, fresh legs," Falcons running backs coach Gerald Brown said about Freeman. "He has good agility. I think he's going to be a really good receiver for us. And I think at the end of the day, he's going to be a good football player for us." 

Freeman was the second-leading rusher for FSU in 2013, rolling for 1,016 yards on 173 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns on the ground. 


Report: David Wilson's career in doubt
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:49 am ET) David Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his career with the Giants, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday. Wilson suffered a neck "burner," (trauma to his neck that involves numbness and tingling) in practice this week and will be re-evaluated next week, but an anonymous source told the paper the bad prognosis. 

The running back posted on Instagram Thursday that "everything turned out to be fine." 

Wilson underwent spinal fusion surgery on his neck this offseason in an attempt to continue his career. 


Bill Belichick calls James White a 'three-down back'
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:44 am ET) If you weren't already convinced by assistant coaches, onlookers and analysts that James White was a good running back, perhaps Patriots coach Bill Belichick might convince you. Belichick said earlier this week that White was more than just a third down back -- he's a contender to work on rushing downs too. 

"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Belichick was quoted as saying by ESPN while on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game."

White is fighting to get some playing time alongside passing downs running back Shane Vereen and rushing downs running back Stevan Ridley. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 

It is worth noting that Belichick typically doesn't trust rookie running backs. In fact, not once in Belichick's 19 years as a head coach has a rookie led his team in rushing. The closest came in 2006 when Laurence Maroney totaled 745 rush yards on 175 carries and 194 yards on 22 catches with seven total touchdowns -- second to Corey Dillon. 


Rams' Brian Quick turning some heads
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:33 am ET) Former NFL general manager-turned-SiriusXM NFL Radio host Phil Savage tweeted Wednesday that Rams receiver Brian Quick has displayed production matching his size and speed. The team is encouraged, according to Savage. 

More praise for Quick came from ESPN, who reported earlier this week that he was off to a good start, reeling in a pair of deep passes on Tuesday. And even Jeff Fisher got in a compliment. 

"Brian, early on in his career, if he wasn't sure, he wasn't quite full speed," Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Brian is learning to just go. Good things happen when you run hard."

Quick, 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, has long been a tempting breakout candidate thanks to his fleet feet, but in his first two seasons he's tallied just 29 grabs for 458 yards and four touchdowns. 


Bears make roster move
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:23 am ET) The Bears signed offensive lineman Graham Pocic on Thursday, waiving receiver Terrence Toliver in the process. Pocic is a local product, from Lemont, Ill. Tolliver can now add the Bears to his list of former employers (it includes the Chargers, Texans and Lions). 

Rod Streater says he's been cleared
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:17 am ET) Raiders receiver Rod Streater wasn't active in team drills Wednesday but did warm up with his teammates and said he's been cleared for contact, the Oakland Tribune reported. Streater had been diagnosed with a concussion on July 28. 

Hamstring sidelines Mike Wallace until next week
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:10 am ET) Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace will not practice until next week, a source told the Miami Herald on Thursday. Wallace won't scrimmage against his teammates at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. 

Wallace had 930 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with the Dolphins in 2013 but is expected to be a little more prolific playing in the team's new and improved fast-break offense. 


 
 
 
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