Robinson dealt with a broken arm last season, which limited him to 12 carries and 32 yards over the final 10 weeks of the year. The Saints then re-upped with Ingram and brought in Spiller to replace Pierre Thomas, meaning Robinson will have to fight hard in training camp to establish a role.
"I just gotta keep working," Robinson said. "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."Analysis:
"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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
Gurley tore the ACL in his left knee during his final season at Georgia.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
The injury caused Michael to leave the practice early, but the extent of the injury is not known.Analysis: