Marshawn Lynch retools current contract, receives higher base salary
, RB, SEA
The week-long holdout worked to a certain extent for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
. The 28-year-old restructured his current contract
with the Seahawks, which will give him $6 million guaranteed this season, per Pro Football Talk.
Lynch will make a $5 million base salary in 2014, with a possible $500,000 roster bonus and another $500,000 bonus if he reaches 1,500-plus rushing yards. He totaled over 1,500 yards of offense with 14 total touchdowns last year but had over 400 total touches between the regular season and postseason.
Giants would be 'very surprised' if David Wilson plays again
, RB, NYG
The Giants would be "very surprised
" if running back David Wilson
comes back from his latest neck injury and plays for them again, reports ESPN.com. A source told the website it would take "some unexpectedly good news from Wilson's surgeon on Monday to convince the Giants it's OK for their 2012 first-round pick to return to action."
Wilson, who had spinal fusion surgery in January, suffered a neck stinger Tuesday in a collision with guard Eric Herman. While most are predicting Wilson's career is over, he "has been very upbeat and has told people he'll be fine again after a couple of days off," the report said.
LeSean McCoy sheds weight, 'feels much more explosive'
, RB, PHI
Reigning NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy
said he lost 5-7 pounds
and "feels much more explosive," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer
. McCoy said he "wanted to do it for Chip's offense."
In coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo attack, McCoy ran for 1,607 yards and scored 11 touchdowns last season as the Eagles made the playoffs.
Coaches compare Carlos Hyde to Frank Gore
, RB, SF
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh paraphrased offensive coordinator Greg Roman in comparing rookie running back Carlos Hyde
to veteran Frank Gore.
"Carlos gets football, understands football," Harbaugh told CSNBayArea.com, echoing a comment by Roman. "It’s natural for him to understand the game, similar to Frank Gore. And we're seeing those things, and both are very good signs and bode well for us."
Currently running as Gore's backup, Hyde rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and 31 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Ohio State.
Alfred Morris likes Redskins' running scheme
, RB, WAS
The Redskins are moving away from the zone-blocking scheme favored by former coach Mike Shanahan and toward a power-running game. Running back Alfred Morris
likes the design of the new running game, which will include elements of both.
"Power is my favorite play, just downhill plays [are] my favorite," he said. "I came out of the offense in college, went to the zone, and I’ve been successful in the zone. Any offense they want to throw at us, I’m able to adapt and adjust to it and fit into it. That’s just the type of guy I am, but I love downhill running so to get the best of both worlds mixed into one, I’m loving it.
"We’ve been running both in here in camp and both have been successful. It’s hit or miss sometimes. Sometimes you’re going to get stopped and that’s just a good play by the defense, but sometimes we have wide-open lanes and we’re running down the sidelines. It’s awesome to get a mixture of both of them in there, which is a first for me because in college, high school, even here it’s either been zone or it’s been downhill running, power I."
Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor case against Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro
, who was charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public, reports the Baltimore Sun
No sign of Joique Bell's injury
, RB, DET
Lions running back Joique Bell
missed offseason workouts while recovering from a knee injury, but "you wouldn't know it
" by the way he looks in training camp, reports MLive.com. "Bell cut and accelerated with ease" during team drills, the report said.
Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have distinct roles
, RB, ARI
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
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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.
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.