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  • Derrick Coleman: Drawing interest from Jets

    Coleman participated in a workout with the Jets on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Coleman played in all 16 games for Atlanta in 2017 after spending his first four pro seasons within the Seahawks organization. The free-agent fullback averaged just over 14 offensive snaps per game last year, serving almost exclusively as a blocker. The 27-year-old Coleman accumulated eight yards on two carries in his stint with the Falcons, adding two receptions for 20 yards.

  • Tarik Cohen RB | CHI

    Bears' Tarik Cohen: Up to 190 pounds

    Cohen said he added muscle in the offseason and is up to 190 pounds, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Cohen checked in at 179 pounds ahead of last year's draft -- where he was a fourth-round pick -- and was listed at 181 for the regular season. Given that he's only 5-foot-6, his current weight likely falls in the upper range of where he can comfortably play without sacrificing too much speed. Cohen came out of the gate fast with at least four catches and 48 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, but he ultimately finished the year with only 87 carries for 370 yards and two touchdowns and 53 catches for 353 yards and another score. New head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Jordan Howard's status as the lead back, but Cohen nonetheless figures to be a big part of the offense as the Bears look to open up their passing attack for Mitchell Trubisky's second season. In addition to competing with Benny Cunningham for playing time on passing downs, Cohen likely will push Howard for early-down work. Howard has been remarkably unreliable as a receiving option, dropping 12 of 82 targets (14.6 percent) in two NFL seasons.

  • Rob Kelley RB | WAS

    Redskins' Rob Kelley: Needs to prove value

    Kelley (ankle) will have a lot to prove during the Redskins' offseason program and Organized Team Activities, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Kelley earned a roster spot as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and emerged as Washington's lead back by the end of the year. He took a big step back in his sophomore campaign, however, managing just 62 carries for 194 yards (3.2 average) and three touchdowns in seven games while being limited by ankle, knee and rib injuries. The ankle issue landed him on injured reserve in mid-November, and while he seems to have avoided surgery and should be healthy for the offseason program, Kelley ultimately may find himself in a battle for a roster spot. Chris Thompson (leg) and 2017 fourth-round pick Samaje Perine should make the team without question, and head coach Jay Gruden has already acknowledged the likelihood that Washington uses an early draft pick on a running back. As an early-down thumper without much special-teams value, Kelley likely will become expendable if he doesn't look better than Perine during spring and summer practices.

  • Tarik Cohen RB | CHI

    Bears' Tarik Cohen: Will see plenty of work in 2018

    Cohen will see a bunch of touches in 2018, although Jordan Howard will work as the featured back, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    While discussing the Bears backfield during his media session, head coach Matt Nagy was quite clear about the pecking order, but the great news is that Cohen is unlikely to be forgotten, as he often was under the previous coaching staff. Nagy appears well-equipped to utilize playmakers in his offense, as he did with Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill last year with the Chiefs, and although Cohen may not see a heavy workload, he should get plenty of high-leverage touches, making him a breakout candidate.

  • Jordan Howard RB | CHI

    Bears' Jordan Howard: Gets vote of confidence as lead back

    Coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that Howard "absolutely" will serve as the Bears' featured running back in 2018, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career, Howard has proven himself effective as a lead back, but the jump in tempo from former offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains to Nagy is expected to be a massive one. As such, backup running back Tarik Cohen will receive "a bunch of touches," per Nagy. There's a chance Howard will uphold his previous standard of 18.7 touches per game, but Nagy's comments indicate his workload could be scaled back some to ensure he stays as fresh as possible. In the end, the Bears will be trotting out second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, so run-heavy game plans are a good bet to dominate in Chicago this fall.

  • Alex Collins RB | BAL

    Ravens' Alex Collins: Officially signs contract

    Collins has signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender with the Ravens, The Baltimore Sun reports.

    This was essentially a formality, with the signing paving the way for Collins to work on cementing his role in the Ravens' backfield this coming season. On the heels of a 2017 campaign in which he logged 212 carries for 973 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games, Collins currently tops the team's running back depth chart, a reality that coach John Harbaugh confirmed without hesitation last month. Meanwhile, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon remain in the mix to serve in complementary/change-of-pace roles, with John Crockett, who last recorded an NFL carry in 2015, also under contract.

  • Falcons' Devonta Freeman: Rehabbing on side field

    Freeman (knee) appeared to be on a side field doing rehab work Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

    Freeman played through a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee during the playoffs, managing only 73 yards on 28 carries and 29 yards on six receptions, though he did score two touchdowns in two games. He also suffered a pair of concussions last season, bringing his reported total to three during his NFL career. It's no surprise to see Freeman doing rehab work while the Falcons start their offseason program, as he said in late March that he wasn't sure if he'd be ready for Organized Team Activities in May. He does expect to be back at full strength before training camp, where he'll prepare for the first season of the five-year, $41.25 million extension he signed in August. Fellow running back Tevin Coleman is in the final year of his rookie contract, and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said it isn't out of the question that both backs could be retained long-term.

  • Malcolm Brown RB | LAR

    Rams' Malcolm Brown: Signs ERFA tender

    Brown signed his exclusive-rights tender Monday, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.

    The Rams tendered Brown in early March, making it almost impossible for the exclusive-rights free agent to negotiate a contract with another team. Him signing the tender is essentially a formality, and the running back is now under contract with Los Angeles through the end of the 2018 season. In advance of the upcoming draft, Brown ranks as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Todd Gurley.

  • Joe Mixon RB | CIN

    Bengals' Joe Mixon: Down to 225 pounds

    Mixon has toned his physique, reporting to the offseason program at about 225 pounds, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site.

    Mixon recalled that he weighed 238 pounds when he landed in Cincy as a second-round pick last year. In an effort to "get a step quicker," he's devoted his first full offseason as a professional to working out, instead of traveling the pre-draft circuit. He worked his way up the depth chart during his first campaign, leading all Bengals running backs in yards from scrimmage (913) and rushing yards (626) and matching Gio Bernard in total touchdowns with four. With a goal to lose five more pounds, Mixon likely hopes to improve upon a dismal mark of 3.5 yards per carry, and the departure of Jeremy Hill to the Patriots in free agency should give him enough extra touches to surpass the output from his rookie year. The Bengals traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn in an effort to upgrade an offensive line that was woeful last season, but the right side still looks like a major weakness, one that could be addressed during the upcoming NFL Draft.

  • Spencer Ware RB | KC

    Chiefs' Spencer Ware: Still expected back

    While he still expects Ware (knee) to return for the upcoming season, Chiefs coach Andy Reid acknowledged Monday that he isn't 100 percent sure about the running back's availability, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Reid said "you can't have enough of those guys" when asked about the Chiefs' offseason signings of Damien Williams (shoulder) and Kerwynn Williams, who will join a backfield that also includes Ware, Charcandrick West and Akeem Hunt behind entrenched starter Kareem Hunt. The group may not be quite as deep as it appears, with West a potential cap casualty and both Ware and Damien Williams rehabbing from major surgeries. Looking to bounce back from PCL and LCL tears he suffered last preseason, Ware probably won't be available for spring practices. He nonetheless could emerge as a favorite for the No. 2 running back job if he gets back to full strength for the start of training camp.

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