Jed Collins expected to beat out Montell Owens
, RB, DET
News: Jed Collins
should beat out Montell Owens
in the Lions' training camp battle at fullback, reports MLive.com. The website favors Collins "based on his frame and his familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi."
Collins (6-1, 255) spent the last three seasons in New Orleans with Lombardi.
Jordan Todman likely to return kickoffs again
, RB, JAC
News: Jordan Todman
, the Jaguars' No. 2 running back, figures to get the first shot at returning kickoffs, reports the Florida Times-Union
. Todman returned 26 kicks for a 27.4-yard average last year, incuding a 59-yarder.
Todman was one of seven Jaguars to return a kickoff last year, though he quickly won the job and helped Jacksonville rank third in kick return average.
Brandon Bolden in danger of getting cut
, RB, NE
Patriots running back Brandon Bolden
is not projected to make the team, according to the Boston Globe
. Bolden ran for 271 yards and three touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 152 yards last year.
But he's battled injuries and he lacks "top-end long speed to make big plays," the paper said.
James White 'a threat for touches in every phase'
, RB, NE
Patriots rookie running back James White
could end up taking away touches from Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, reports the Boston Globe
. White "has quick burst and patience to wait for blocks to develop, a combination that often leads to positive yards," the paper said, noting White fumbled only twice in college.
A sixth-round pick out of Wisconsin, White "also has soft hands as a receiver and sound blocking technique in pass protection, making him a threat for touches in every phase of the game."
The paper projects White as the No. 3 back, ahead of Roy Finch and James Develin.
Scott Linehan: We'll lean on DeMarco Murray more
, RB, DAL
Despite his track record as a pass-heavy coordinator, new Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan vowed to lean
on running back DeMarco Murray
more than the team has in the past, reports the Dallas Morning News
. Murray set career highs in games played (14), carries (217), rushing yards (1,121) and touchdowns (10) last year.
Dallas is 11-0 when Murray gets 20 or more carries. The paper expects Lance Dunbar to complement Murray as a receiving threat out of the backfield.
Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
"is involved in a very tough numbers game
," reports the team's website. Cincy drafted a big back in Jeremy Hill at No. 55 overall, and the team is loaded at running back.
Hill, Giovani Bernard and special teams co-captain Cedric Peerman look to be locks, the report said. The team might have to choose between Green-Ellis and second-year back Rex Burkhead, who's five years younger.
But no decision will be made until late in the preseason "because injuries are so much of a factor at running back." the website said.
Joique Bell cleared to run full speed, says he's 100 percent
, RB, DET
Lions running back Joique Bell
, who missed offseason workouts recovering from a knee injury, has been cleared to run full speed
, reports MLive.com. He plans to report to training camp early to test his body.
"I'm feeling 100 percent," he said. "I'm feeling great."
Bell, 27, signed a three-year, $9.3 million contract after producing 1,197 yards from scrimmage and scoring eight touchdowns last season.
New Raiders left tackle Donald Penn told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the team will be run-heavy in 2014, seemingly good news for Maurice Jones-Drew
and Darren McFadden
. "We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us," Penn said.
Oakland averaged 27.3 rushing attempts last year, which ranked 16th.
Chris Johnson: 'Of course I have a chip on my shoulder'
, RB, NYJ
Jets running back Chris Johnson
didn't like the way he was released by the Titans, and he said that will motivate him throughout the season.
"Of course I have a chip on my shoulder," Johnson told the New York Post. "It gives me more motivation to continue to work hard and come here and be that guy I’ve been my whole career. I want to prove [the Titans] wrong. They released me and I want to let them know they made a mistake."
Johnson had a torn meniscus in his left knee fixed, and he expects to be at full strength for training camp, the paper said. He believes he'll provide "a home-run threat" to the Jets offense.
Johnson, 28, has run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons.
Bryce Brown part of Bills' future?
, RB, BUF
The Bills have C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson as their primary running backs entering the 2014 season, but Bryce Brown
could be part of their long-term plans
ESPN noted that Spiller is entering a contract year and could ask for a lot of dough while Jackson is 33 years old. Brown, a third-year player, is someone the team would like "to develop into one of their lead backs," according to the site. He's under contract through the 2015 season and should carry a cheaper price tag than Spiller.