Robinson had been carted off the field during the Saints' Week 8 victory over the Giants, was later diagnosed with a broken tibia, and never played another down the entire season. Though no reason was given for his inability to practice this week, we can all but assume it is related to this season-ending injury to his leg. Nonetheless, the former West Texas A&M stud could use all the time he can get in front his new employer if he wants a role in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's revamped offense this season, where he joins Matt Forte and Bilal Powell in a new-look running back corps. Here, Forte figures to handle the bulk of the early-down work with Powell is left to be largely deployed during pass-catching situations. Robinson, however, is most reminiscent of the Jets' 2015 leading rusher (Chris Ivory) and excels where his current counterparts disappoint: the red-zone and short-yardage scenarios. That alone should earn Robinson a role in some capacity during the 2016 campaign. What's more, Robinson was given a one-year, $1.175 million contract, versus Forte's three-year, $12 million deal and Powell's comparable three-year, $11.25 million deal, giving Gailey incentive to pound Robinson between the tackles while he still can in an effort to maintain Forte's 30-year-old body.
Bibbs faces an uphill climb toward making the roster, let alone seeing playing time. The Broncos dressed just two backs for much of last season. C.J. Anderson and fourth-round pick Devontae Booker are all but assured roster spots and head coach Gary Kubiak has voiced a desire to incorporate a fullback into the offense. Bibbs' only chance may be to best last year's leading rusher, Ronnie Hillman.
Lacy's weight has been a frequent subject of offseason discussion, with reports suggesting he's already dropped about 20 pounds since the end of his poor 2015 campaign. The Packers won't comment on his target weight, but it does seem the running back still has work to do, even though the team is pleased with his progress so far. Assuming he's in decent shape, Lacy is well positioned for a bounce-back season in what should be an efficient Green Bay offense,
Bell is already doing individual work, including running and cutting, at the first round of OTAs. Although the Steelers will likely take things slow, Bell is nearly seven months removed from tearing his MCL, which should give him more than enough to get ready for camp. Despite suffering season-ending injuries the past two years, he has a strong argument to the first running back drafted, offering an unparalleled combination of running ability, receiving skills and team context.
Ahead of schedule in his recovery from January microfracture surgery, Gordon may be limited during OTAs, but he hopes to be a full participant at June minicamp. He's a clear favorite to handle most of the early-down workload, but both Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver represent serious competition for snaps and touches. The San Diego offense operated best last season when it abandoned the run and used Woodhead over Gordon. This may have partially been due to questionable running by the rookie, but a slew of injuries on the offensive line was likely the bigger factor. Improved health up front would at least give Gordon the opportunity to break out, though he still needs to prove that he brings more than straight-line speed to the table.
With training camp still two months away, the Patriots have no incentive to rush Lewis' progress. Having suffered his torn ACL in early November, Lewis will be 10 months removed from the incident by Week 1. If healthy, he figures to again work in tandem with LeGarrette Blount in the New England backfield. Lewis is believed to be on track for Week 1.
Ajayi is the clear favorite to replace Lamar Miller as Miami's lead runner, having served as the top backup during the second half of his rookie season. The Dolphins did select Kenyan Drake in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, potentially giving Ajayi some real competition, though Drake mostly figures to make his mark on passing downs, if at all, as a rookie. Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Peah and Jahwan Edwards round out the depth chart and will likely compete for one or two roster spots.
It's not entirely clear how Booker's remark will fly in the locker room, but starter C.J. Anderson has said that he was unbothered by it. Fantasy owners should like the chip on Booker's shoulder, though. Booker obviously has the skills Denver's front office like in a back, he was supposedly on their first-round shortlist, and a bevy of backs have succeeded in head coach Gary Kubiak's one-cut system. The team's investment in Anderson indicates that it might be hard for Booker to unseat him atop the depth chart in the short term, but the fact of the matter is that he will likel take someone's job this summer - if not Anderson, Ronnie Hillman or Juwan Thompson.
Langford rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season, but his 3.6 yards per carry marks a concern as the Bears plan to replace long-time standout Matt Forte this year. While Langford, who also struggled after contact and had numerous drops, goes into OTAs as Chicago's first-string tailback, teammates Ka'Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers and enticing rookie Jordan Horward are expected to push him for touches. In the end, coach John Fox says the team will divide the workload until someone gets in a rhythm, at which point that player will see the greatest involvement.
It's not surprising that the Chiefs plan to limit Charles in OTAs, given that he is bouncing back from a torn right ACL that he sustained back in in Week 5 of last season. Still, that he will be working in any capacity is a great sign with regard to his chances of amping things up in training camp. Assuming no setbacks as Charles recovers, the 29-year-old -- who tore the ACL in his left knee in September of 2011 -- remains clearly atop Kansas City's RB depth chart as the 2016 season approaches. That said, the team made a point to re-sign the backs that filled in for him so capably last season -- namely Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware -- plus former No. 2 back Knile Davis remains on the team's roster. When evaluating Charles from a fantasy perspective, it's worth noting how well he returned from his first ACL injury, but with the big picture in mind, we wouldn't be surprised to see West and Ware see their share of touches this coming season in order to help keep Charles fresh.