Khiry Robinson
RB Khiry Robinson could be odd man out in Saints backfield
Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
11:20 AM
News: Running back Khiry Robinson is a fan favorite with the Saints, but the third-year pro, who once was viewed as a breakout candidate for the team, may find his role squeezed by the presence of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, per ESPN.com. 

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."

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Jerick McKinnon
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN
6/30/2015
News: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"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.

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Joique Bell
Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season
Joique Bell, RB, DET
6/30/2015
News: Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

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.

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Todd Gurley
Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley to have knee reevaluated
Todd Gurley, RB, STL
6/26/2015
News: Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, will have his knee reevaluated in the next few weeks, according to FoxSports.com.

Gurley tore the ACL in his left knee during his final season at Georgia.

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Latavius Murray
Raiders RB Latavius Murray ready to be top guy in backfield
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK
6/26/2015
News: Raiders running back Latavius Murray is primed to take the lead role that awaits him for this upcoming season, per the team website.

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.

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Ahmad Bradshaw
Former Colts RB Ahmed Bradshaw suspended one game
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
6/22/2015
News: Free agent running back Ahmed Bradshaw will be suspended one game, once he signs with a team.

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. 

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C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson will enter camp as Broncos top RB
C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
6/22/2015
News: The Broncos are confident in the skills of running back C.J. Anderson, who has solidified his role as the team's No. 1 option out of the backfield with a strong spring. 

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. 

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Chris Ogbonnaya
Free agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya retires
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, NYG
6/19/2015
News: Free agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya announced he will retire after six NFL seasons, according to NFL.com.

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.

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C.J. Spiller
Saints RB C.J. Spiller has skill set to thrive in new offense
C.J. Spiller, RB, NO
6/19/2015
News: Saints running back C.J. Spiller feels in tune with his new offense, despite him just having become familiar with it during the offseason, per the Associated Press.

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.

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Christine Michael
Seahawks RB Christine Michael suffers hamstring injury Thursday
Christine Michael, RB, SEA
6/18/2015
News: Seahawks running back Christine Michael sustained a hamstring injury during Thursday's practice, reports 710 ESPN.

The injury caused Michael to leave the practice early, but the extent of the injury is not known.

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