Dalvin Cook
Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Gets head start on Murray
Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
10:15 AM
News: Teammate Latavius Murray (ankle) acknowledged that Cook has the early upper hand by means of his participation in the Vikings' offseason program, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports. "Dalvin's already been through the [organized team activities], he's already been through the offseason," said Murray. "So, he has that up on me. But also, looking at it as, hey, I'm the vet, I have time in this league, I've done some good things in this league. So I have a lot to bring to the table."

Murray had surgery shortly after signing with the Vikings in March and is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp after missing the entire offseason program. His injury wasn't necessarily a factor in Minnesota's decision to trade up to No. 41 overall for Cook, as the team likely values Murray in large part of his strong track record as a goal-line runner and pass blocker, whereas the rookie offers far more upside as a potential lead runner. Coach Mike Zimmer said there will be an open competition in the backfield, and while holdover Jerick McKinnon may retain some kind of role, Murray and Cook figure to battle it out for the lead job in what likely will be a committee of sorts.

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Latavius Murray
Vikings' Latavius Murray: Still expects to start Week 1
Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
10:07 AM
News: Murray (ankle) acknowledged that Dalvin Cook got a head start by participating in the Vikings' offseason program, but the 27-year-old still believes he will beat out the rookie for the Week 1 starting job, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He's expected back for the start of training camp, but that didn't stop Minnesota from trading up to No. 41 overall to draft Cook, who subsequently split work with Jerick McKinnon in OTAs. Coach Mike Zimmer said the team will have an open competition in the backfield, but it would be a major surprise if McKinnon is a serious candidate for the lead job after he produced 3.4 yards per carry last season. Murray averaged only 4.0 yards per carry and 5.2 yards per target as the lead back in Oakland the past two seasons, but he did convert 13 of his 24 carries inside the 5-yard line into touchdowns while also earning a reputation as a strong pass blocker. Cook has far more potential as a pure runner, but the Vikings should still find a use for the 230-pound veteran in what's shaping up as a likely committee.

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LeGarrette Blount
Eagles' LeGarrette Blount: Has $50k incentive to slim down a bit
LeGarrette Blount, RB, PHI
9:45 AM
News: Blount will earn $50,000 if he reports to training camp weighing 240-245 pounds, ESPN.com's Field Yates reports.

Blount is listed at 250 pounds and has enjoyed plenty of success while playing in that range, but the Eagles apparently want him to slim down, perhaps sacrificing a bit of power for additional quickness. He'd still be one of the two or three heaviest tailbacks in the league, and it's unlikely the minor weight loss would significantly change the nature of his game. He had 299 carries and only seven receptions last season for the Patriots, leading the league in rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line and inside the 10-yard line. While unlikely to get that kind of volume this season, Blount figures to enter training camp in a similar role as the Eagles' early down thumper and regular goal-line/short-yardage back. Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey are two of the smallest running backs in the league, while 2016 fifth-round selection Wendell Smallwood is listed at 5-foot-10, 208 pounds. All three are candidates to cut into Blount's workload, but none is a major threat to the core aspect of his presumed role.

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Darren McFadden
Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Locked in as Elliott's top backup
Darren McFadden, RB, DAL
9:20 AM
News: McFadden seems to have the No. 2 running back job locked down, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Despite losing nearly all of last season to an elbow injury, McFadden worked ahead of Alfred Morris -- who may be released before Week 1 -- during the Cowboys' offseason program. Ezekiel Elliott figures to handle a heavy workload in a three-down role, and while McFadden probably won't get many touches unless his young teammate is injured, the 29-year-old should at least have value as a handcuff. McFadden might even jump right into a similar three-down role in the event of an Elliott injury.

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Devonta Freeman
Falcons' Devonta Freeman: New contract expected soon
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
6/26/2017
News: Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on CBS Atlanta's 92.9 The Game that he's confident the team will reach an agreement with Freeman on a long-term contract soon, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Freeman, who is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, has totaled over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and at least 13 touchdowns in both of the past two seasons. Given that production, the 2014 fourth-rounder is clearly more valuable than the $1.797 million he's scheduled to earn this season. With both Freeman's representatives and the Falcons recognizing that, it's anticipated that the 25-year-old will ink a lucrative extension with the franchise before long, which would work to eliminate a potential distraction during training camp.

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Marlon Mack
Colts' Marlon Mack: Sits out minicamp with undisclosed injury
Marlon Mack, RB, IND
6/25/2017
News: Mack (undisclosed) did not participate in June minicamp, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.

While there's no indication the injury is significant, it isn't ideal for a rookie to miss any time during the offseason program. Mack still figures to be ready for training camp, where he'll compete with 27-year-old Robert Turbin and 2016 UDFA Josh Ferguson for backup work behind 34-year-old Frank Gore. The fourth-round rookie is the only one of the bunch with any real upside as a runner, but Turbin's combination of size, experience and pass-blocking ability makes him the favorite to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. There could be room for three players to contribute each week, as the Colts seemingly hope to ease Gore's workload in what could be his final season.

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Elijah McGuire
Jets' Elijah McGuire: Will not be ignored on offense
Elijah McGuire, RB, NYJ
6/23/2017
News: McGuire is expected to carve out a role on offense behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell this season, NJ.com reports.

McGuire, a sixth-round pick in this year's draft, could be used as a pass catcher out of the backfield, though with Forte and Powell expected to get a vast majority of the touches, it's tough to see the rookie making a meaningful fantasy impact if the incumbents stay healthy.

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Bilal Powell
Jets' Bilal Powell: Could be backup this season
Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
6/23/2017
News: Powell could play a complementary role to starter Matt Forte this season, NJ.com reports.

Powell took over the backfield at the end of last season when Forte was out injured, and while he played well enough for many to think he could win the starting job this year, he's still expected to be used regularly as the No. 2. Whether Powell wins the starting job or not, the two veterans figure to split touches, with rookie Elijah McGuire factoring in, which obviously limits their respective upsides.

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Matt Forte
Jets' Matt Forte: Could be workhorse
Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
6/23/2017
News: Forte (knee) is expected to be the Jets' primary running back this season, with Bilal Powell playing a complementary role, NJ.com reports.

Powell took over the Jets' backfield toward the end of last year in place of the injured Forte, and while there have been plenty of expectations that Powell could win the starting job, NJ.com is obviously not buying it. Nevertheless, Forte's upside will certainly be capped due to Powell's presence, as well as that of rookie Elijah McGuire, who figures to get more work as the season unfolds.

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Alvin Kamara
Saints' Alvin Kamara: May see snaps at wide receiver
Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
6/23/2017
News: During portions of practice in last week's minicamp, Kamara would split off and work with the receivers instead of the running backs, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Kamara has impressed during minicamp and OTAs, and the Saints were thrilled to land the Tennessee product with the 67th pick in this year's draft, viewing him as a pass-catching "joker" back in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. In fact, the Saints appear to even be considering lining Kamara up at receiver at times in order to get him on the field as much as possible. With both Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson ahead of him on the depth chart, it seems unlikely that the rookie will receive many carries, but Kamara should slide into a pass-catching role in the Saints' high-powered offense, which makes him an interesting sleeper in PPR leagues.

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