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  • Alfred Morris RB | DAL

    Cowboys' Alfred Morris: Could lose roster spot

    Morris may be released before Week 1, The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Morris averaged only 3.5 yards on 69 carries in his first season with the Cowboys, ultimately finishing out the year as a gameday inactive in Week 15, Week 16 and the team's lone playoff game. Darren McFadden is expected to serve as the top backup to Ezekiel Elliott, and with both players boasting three-down skill sets, the Cowboys probably want a No. 3 running back that can help out on special teams. The team also would save some cap space by swapping out Morris for a younger player -- perhaps undrafted rookie Jahad Thomas -- so there isn't much reason to keep the 28-year-old around if both Elliott and McFadden are healthy.

  • Jamaal Charles RB | DEN

    Broncos' Jamaal Charles: Progressing ahead of schedule

    Charles (knee - meniscus) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery, Troy E. Renck of Denver7 reports. "I am doing everything. I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts. I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again," Charles said Tuesday. "I have been knowing this the whole offseason [that the knee was fine]. Nobody can take nothing away from me except God when my time is up. I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do."

    Despite being held out of team drills during Denver's offseason program, it sounds as if Charles was at least able to ramp up his level of activity during the final days of June's minicamp earlier in the month. Most people want to typecast the veteran running back into a complementary third-down role given the combination of his age, injury history and proven receiving chops, but Charles evidently believes he's still capable of much more. Although the Broncos coaching staff may feel otherwise, nothing is certain until the pads come on in training camp, which remains Charles' expected return date.

  • Dalvin Cook RB | MIN

    Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Gets head start on Murray

    Teammate Latavius Murray (ankle) acknowledged that Cook has the early upper hand by means of his participation in the Vikings' offseason program, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports. "Dalvin's already been through the [organized team activities], he's already been through the offseason," said Murray. "So, he has that up on me. But also, looking at it as, hey, I'm the vet, I have time in this league, I've done some good things in this league. So I have a lot to bring to the table."

    Murray had surgery shortly after signing with the Vikings in March and is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp after missing the entire offseason program. His injury wasn't necessarily a factor in Minnesota's decision to trade up to No. 41 overall for Cook, as the team likely values Murray in large part for his strong track record as a goal-line runner and pass blocker, whereas the rookie offers far more upside as a potential lead runner. Coach Mike Zimmer said there will be an open competition in the backfield, and while holdover Jerick McKinnon may retain some kind of role, Murray and Cook figure to duke it out for the lead job in what likely will be a committee of sorts.

  • Vikings' Latavius Murray: Still expects to start Week 1

    Murray (ankle) acknowledged that Dalvin Cook got a head start by participating in the Vikings' offseason program, but the 27-year-old still believes he will beat out the rookie for the Week 1 starting job, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

    Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He's expected back for the start of training camp, but that didn't stop Minnesota from trading up to No. 41 overall to draft Cook, who subsequently split work with Jerick McKinnon in OTAs. Coach Mike Zimmer said the team will have an open competition in the backfield, but it would be a major surprise if McKinnon is a serious candidate for the lead job after he produced 3.4 yards per carry last season. Murray averaged only 4.0 yards per carry and 5.2 yards per target as the lead back in Oakland the past two seasons, but he did convert 13 of his 24 carries inside the 5-yard line into touchdowns while also earning a reputation as a strong pass blocker. Cook has far more potential as a pure runner, but the Vikings should still find a use for the 230-pound Murray in what's shaping up as a likely committee.

  • Eagles' LeGarrette Blount: Has $50k incentive to slim down a bit

    Blount will earn $50,000 if he reports to training camp weighing 240-245 pounds, ESPN.com's Field Yates reports.

    Blount is listed at 250 pounds and has enjoyed plenty of success while playing in that range, but the Eagles apparently want him to slim down, perhaps sacrificing a bit of power for additional quickness. He'd still be one of the two or three heaviest tailbacks in the league, and it's unlikely the minor weight loss would significantly change the nature of his game. He had 299 carries and only seven receptions last season for the Patriots, leading the league in rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line and inside the 10-yard line. While unlikely to get that kind of volume this season, Blount figures to enter training camp in a similar role as the Eagles' early-down thumper and regular goal-line/short-yardage back. Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey are two of the smallest running backs in the league, while 2016 fifth-round selection Wendell Smallwood is listed at 5-foot-10, 208 pounds. All three are candidates to cut into Blount's workload, but none is a major threat to the core aspect of his presumed role.

  • Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Locked in as Elliott's top backup

    McFadden seems to have the No. 2 running back job locked down, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Despite losing nearly all of last season to an elbow injury, McFadden worked ahead of Alfred Morris -- who may be released before Week 1 -- during the Cowboys' offseason program. Ezekiel Elliott figures to handle a heavy workload in a three-down role, and while McFadden probably won't get many touches unless his young teammate is injured, the 29-year-old should at least have value as a handcuff. McFadden might even jump right into a similar three-down role in the event of an Elliott injury.

  • Dalton Crossan RB | IND

    Colts' Dalton Crossan: Vying for roster spot

    Crossan will compete for a reserve spot on the Colts' 53-man roster, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

    The undrafted free agent racked up 5,189 all-purpose yards and 36 touchdowns during his college days at New Hampshire. He has experience on special teams, which is likely where he'll need to excel if he hopes to lock down a spot on the roster this fall.

  • Falcons' Devonta Freeman: New contract expected soon

    Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that he's confident the team will reach an agreement with Freeman on a long-term contract soon, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Freeman, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, has totaled over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and at least 13 touchdowns in both of the past two seasons. Given that production, the 2014 fourth-rounder is clearly more valuable than the $1.79 million he's scheduled to earn in 2017. With both Freeman's representatives and the Falcons recognizing his worth, it's anticipated that the 25-year-old will ink a lucrative extension with the franchise before long, which would eliminate a potential distraction during training camp.

  • Marlon Mack RB | IND

    Colts' Marlon Mack: Sits out minicamp with undisclosed injury

    Mack (undisclosed) did not participate in June minicamp, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.

    While there's no indication the injury is significant, it isn't ideal for a rookie to miss any time during the offseason program. Mack still figures to be ready for training camp, where he'll compete with 27-year-old Robert Turbin and 2016 UDFA Josh Ferguson for backup work behind 34-year-old Frank Gore. The fourth-round rookie is the only one of the bunch with any real upside as a runner, but Turbin's combination of size, experience and pass-blocking ability makes him the favorite to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. There could be room for three players to contribute each week, as the Colts seemingly hope to ease Gore's workload in what could be his final season.

  • Elijah McGuire RB | NYJ

    Jets' Elijah McGuire: Will not be ignored on offense

    McGuire is expected to carve out a role on offense behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell this season, NJ.com reports.

    McGuire, a sixth-round pick in this year's draft, could be used as a pass catcher out of the backfield, though with Forte and Powell expected to get a vast majority of the touches, it's tough to see the rookie making a meaningful fantasy impact if the incumbents stay healthy.

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