Once Jamal Charles (knee) returns to full health, Davis will assume the fourth spot on the Chiefs death chart, leaving him on the bubble of making the Week 1 roster. However the 24-year-old has value in the kick return game, as he totaled 799 kick return yards last season along with one touchdown in the AFC Wild Card win over the Texans. Davis, who totaled a career-worst 72 yards on the ground last season, could be an attractive pickup for another team should the Chiefs decide to part ways.
Ward hasn't played so far this preseason and it's unclear if he'll be able to return for the team's final go before the regular season, next Thursday against the Jaguars. He's expected to be the team's No. 3 option at running back, behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but his lengthy absence will again open the door Gus Johnson to take a shot at that role with added game snaps on Thursday.
Richard flashed during the onset of training camp, but had been slowed by a knee injury until returning to practice earlier this week. However, none of Taiwan Jones, DeAndre Washington nor George Atkinson have laid claim to the No. 2 or No. 3 jobs yet. But, both Jones and Washington also figure to run with the starters on Saturday as well, setting up this preseason tilt as one of the final opportunities for each in the Raiders' RB corps to prove their worth in advance of the regular season.
This nugget is not particularly surprising, given that Charles only recently came off the Chiefs' PUP list, but on the plus side, the veteran running back -- who tore his right ACL in Week 5 of last season -- has continued to increase his level of practice participation of late.
West was thought to have had a chance at playing in this one, but the Chiefs likely don't want to take their chances on the pesky elbow injury he's been nursing for over a week. However, all indications point towards West being ready for the regular season opener when the Chiefs square off with a Chargers team that allowed the 27th-most yards rushing in 2015.
While coach Mike Zimmer indicated recently that he'd leave the door open for Peterson to play this week, the two sides came to an agreement Thursday that it was in their best interest to keep him sidelined for the rest of the preseason schedule. Peterson is expected to go through practices like normal, but they want to play it safe with their star running back and will avoid further risks to his health. With that said, Peterson isn't in danger of missing Week 1.
Elliott's first game action as a Cowboy is coming on the heels of three consecutive full practices. Of particular interest will be his usage, as reps on third down would substantiate the belief that he'll serve as a bell-cow back. In the end, though, emerging from the contest unscathed is the team's primary goal at this point.
Following Stevan Ridley's release on Thursday, and with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner cemented atop the depth chart, only Washington and Winn are left standing as candidates for the team's last running back job. As Detroit's seventh-round pick, Washington offers explosive kick return capabilities and a penchant for big plays. Winn, on the other hand, can contribute in literally every facet of special teams and has seemingly been a favorite of HC Jim Caldwell for some time. Both tailbacks figure to see plenty of action in the Lions' regular season dress rehearsal Saturday night, but the decision will likely come down to how the coaches valuate Washington's upside in comparison to Winn's dependability on doing the dirty work.
After his left foot was stepped on in last Thursday's preseason tilt, Langford's activity level has been non-existent or limited this week, but his ability to handle the entirety of practice Thursday wipes away any concern about the issue. Expect him to run with the first-team offense Saturday against the Chiefs, which will likely equate to a half of snaps.
Per CSN Mid-Atlantic, Thompson is nursing a sore knee and shoulder and Gruden would prefer for the running back to not "get banged around" in Friday's exhibition tilt. With top back Matt Jones set to miss the game, rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley are in line to see more snaps, as the team continues to evaluate its depth RB options in advance of roster cut-downs. In his role as Washington's presumed primary third-down back, Thompson maintains a degree of fantasy utility, notably in PRR formats.