Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:14 pm ET) 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.

Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season
by Marty Gitlin |
(10:12 am ET) 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 "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.

Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley to have knee reevaluated
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) 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

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

Raiders RB Latavius Murray ready to be top guy in backfield
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) 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.

Peterson return not ruining drive of Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon
by Marty Gitlin |
(6/24/2015) Jerick McKinnon had been planning to take over the featured back role full-time for the Vikings in the potential absence of Adrian Peterson.

So much for that. Peterson is still wearing a Minnesota uniform.

But that hasn't deterred McKinnon, who is still trying to prove he can be a three-down performer in the NFL. And running backs coach Kirby Wilson has noticed.

"Jerick is working on those things," Wilson told ESPN. "Trying to be three phases: a runner, protector and pass catcher and he knows it's a process. Something you have to put in the time and work ethic to get there and to his credit, he's doing that and I'm looking forward to training camp to see where he'll be when we make it real."

McKinnon thrived with Peterson out before back surgery prematurely ended his season. He averaged 4.8 yards on 113 carries and added 27 receptions.

Rams RB Todd Gurley hopes to participate in training camp
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) Rams 10th overall pick Todd Gurley is still without a clear timetable for his return to the football field. The running back has been rehabbing a torn left ACL, but for his part, Gurley says he hopes to be ready for training camp.

"I'm coming up on seven months and a couple weeks," Gurley said, per "I'm just going to keep progressing. I'll be here in July. I hope so for training camp, I hope I at least get to go do some individual stuff. So that's the next goal right there."

Gurley was present during the team's OTA's, increasing his workload each day. By the end, Gurley was able to play with the rookies following a practice, and he's feeling positive.

"Things have been going pretty good," Gurley said. "I'm just doing whatever they tell me to do and just picking up on our offense more and more. That was my first time doing that little walk-through after. I usually do walk-through reps at the beginning of practice, too."

Former Colts RB Ahmed Bradshaw suspended one game
by Shawn Krest |
(6/22/2015) 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. 

C.J. Anderson will enter camp as Broncos top RB
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/22/2015) 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. 

Free agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya retires
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Free agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya announced he will retire after six NFL seasons, according to

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.

Saints RB C.J. Spiller has skill set to thrive in new offense
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) 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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