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December 10, 2019 05:56 PM
Zach Zenner: Parts ways with Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner was waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Zenner was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins last week and exclusively played special teams during his lone game with the team. The 28-year-old has now seen game action with the Cardinals, Saints and Dolphins this season, and he's once again looking for a new team.

December 4, 2019 01:12 PM
Dolphins' Zach Zenner: Claimed by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner has been claimed on waivers by the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Zenner will give the Dolphins some added running back depth, with Kalen Ballage (leg) headed to IR. It remains to be seen how much of a role he'll have for his new team out of the gate, but initially Zenner figures to work behind Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.

December 4, 2019 01:16 AM
Zach Zenner: Let go by Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals waived Zenner on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Zenner became expendable to Arizona with Kenyan Drake, David Johnson and Chase Edmonds all back to full health. The 28-year-old running back will now be subject to waivers and look for a depth role elsewhere in the league.

November 18, 2019 05:00 PM
Cardinals' Zach Zenner: Healthy scratch Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner (coach's decision) won't play in Sunday's showdown with the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Zenner played just 13 special teams snaps in last week's win over Tampa Bay and, as evidenced by this news, has become expendable on the roster. The Cardinals will roll with only Kenyan Drake and David Johnson as the running backs for the game.

November 11, 2019 10:24 PM
Cardinals' Zach Zenner: Plays only special teams Week 10
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner played 13 special teams snaps during Sunday's 30-27 defeat at Tampa Bay.

In David Johnson's return to action, he split the work out of the backfield with Kenyan Drake, with the latter producing 41 yards from scrimmage to the former's 10. Meanwhile, Zenner didn't get involved in the offense at all, even with Chase Edmonds (hamstring) sidelined. The Cardinals haven't indicated when Edmonds will get back to full health, but Zenner doesn't appear to a part of the offensive game plan in the current setup at running back.

October 30, 2019 07:00 PM
Cardinals' Zach Zenner: Set to contribute Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner will be a part of a "running back by committee" Thursday versus the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although the team has ruled out Chase Edmonds (hamstring), No. 1 back David Johnson is considered questionable due to his lingering ankle injury. If coach Kliff Kingsbury opts to hold Johnson out for a second game in a row, Zenner is expected to rotate in with newcomer Kenyan Drake and Alfred Morris. In his first appearance with the Cardinals in the Week 8 loss to New Orleans, Zenner notched one carry for zero yards and one reception (on one target) for 13 yards while playing 19 offensive snaps.

October 27, 2019 12:04 PM
Cardinals' Zach Zenner: Serving as Edmonds' backup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner will be Chase Edmonds' backup Sunday in New Orleans, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Zenner was among two running backs signed this week to provide depth to the Cardinals' backfield. With Alfred Morris joining David Johnson (ankle) on the inactive list Sunday, Zenner is the only other RB available to the offense behind starter Chase Edmonds. For his career, Zenner has averaged 3.9 yards per carry while hauling in 28 of 39 targets in 37 appearances.

October 23, 2019 10:16 PM
Cardinals' Zach Zenner: Lands in desert
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner signed a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Along with Zenner, the Cardinals added fellow running back Alfred Morris to the roster Wednesday in a pair of transactions that likely signals some level of concern about the health of David Johnson (ankle). Even if Johnson is ruled out for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Zenner and Morris would likely handle only limited depth roles behind Week 7 breakout star Chase Edmonds.

October 23, 2019 06:04 PM
Zach Zenner: Let go by Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Saints cut Zenner on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Zenner was a late addition to the roster last week after Alvin Kamara (ankle) was forced to sit out Week 7. The former Lion made little difference in his appearance, rushing once for one yard and adding a six-yard catch. Following Zenner's release, this is a positive sign that Kamara will be healthy enough to return for Week 8.

October 21, 2019 09:36 AM
Saints' Zach Zenner: Totals seven yards in Saints debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner rushed once for one yard, adding a six-yard reception in the Saints' 36-25 win over the Bears on Sunday.

The new addition was barely visible despite the absence of Alvin Kamara (ankle), as Latavius Murray was handed the ball 27 times and rumbled for 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns. With Kamara's return imminent, Zenner is little more than a depth player for New Orleans if he even keeps his roster spot, leaving him off the fantasy map in almost all formats.

October 16, 2019 07:32 PM
Saints' Zach Zenner: Scooped up by New Orleans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner agreed to a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

For the second week in a row, Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle injury, so the Saints opted to bolster the backfield by bringing in Zenner. In 36 appearances across four seasons with the Lions, Zenner averaged 3.9 yards per carry and hauled in 27 of 37 targets.

September 25, 2019 12:16 AM
Zach Zenner: Trying out for Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner was one of three running backs to try out for the Giants on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Joining Zenner on Tuesday were Benny Cunningham and Fozzy Whittaker. If any of them ultimately receives a contract offer, he could be worth keeping an eye on given Saquon Barkley's (ankle) expected 4-to-8 week absence. New York currently has Wayne Gallman and fullback Elijhaa Penny as the only other options in the backfield.

August 27, 2019 04:48 PM
Zach Zenner: Let go by Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions will release Zenner, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The running back should catch on elsewhere soon, with Houston coming to mind as a possibility. With Zenner no longer in the mix, the Lions' backfield is now headed by Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson, with Ty Johnson and Mark Thompson next in line for reps.

August 24, 2019 01:20 PM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Falling behind in job battle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner carried four times for 21 yards during Friday's preseason game against the Bills.

If this game was any indication, Zenner has fallen behind Ty Johnson for the No. 3 role at running back. He still has a solid chance of making the roster, though, as Zenner is a standout on special teams and has proven to be a serviceable option when injuries have forced him into playing time on offense in the past.

August 17, 2019 11:44 PM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Scores touchdown in preseason game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner rushed three times for 17 yards and caught one pass for five yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Zenner looked healthy after having to leave last week's preseason opener with an undisclosed injury. Meanwhile, Ty Johnson didn't do anything overly impressive. As long as Zenner continues to perform well on special teams, he should have a solid chance of holding down a roster spot in 2019.

August 9, 2019 12:48 PM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Suffers injury Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday's preseason loss to the Patriots and did not return, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Zenner ended up only rushing three times for 13 yards after he ended up being the fourth tailback to enter the game. It's unclear at this point what sort of injury he is dealing with, but the Lions should have an update the next time they take the practice field.

August 9, 2019 11:24 AM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Losing grip on No. 3 role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner rushed three times for 13 yards during Thursday's 31-3 preseason loss to the Patriots.

Zenner curiously entered the game after Ty Johnson and proceeded to be outplayed by the rookie (on offense) as the night went on. While there could be room for both of them on the final roster when it's all said and done, Johnson has drawn positive reviews most of the offseason and seems to be making a solid case for being third in line for running back touches behind Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson.

July 31, 2019 12:36 AM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Bulking up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner reported to training camp "in the 220-to-225-pound range," Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports. "I think this is the biggest I've been," Zenner said. "Not by a lot. It sort of just happened with the training."

Zenner drew plenty of attention last offseason for his visually noticeable physical transformation that saw the running back reportedly dip to 8 percent body fat. Zenner said he's only continued on with the same training program since then. While it's encouraging to hear that he has continued to make noticeable progress, of larger importance to Zenner's future is the Lions' recent decision to part ways with Theo Riddick, whose proficiency on passing downs would have made it particularly difficult for the former to see the field in 2019. Now, Zenner only has to compete with C.J. Anderson and Ty Johnson for snaps behind Kerryon Johnson.

April 2, 2019 10:28 PM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Gets competition from CJA
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner and recent signee C.J. Anderson figure to compete for carries behind Kerryon Johnson,'s Michael Rothstein reports.

The Lions also have Theo Riddick in a crowded backfield, though the pass-catching specialist might be traded or released before Week 1 to free up $3.7 million in cap space. Johnson is the only one of the bunch signed beyond 2019, and he already proved his merit as a lead back with 5.4 yards per carry and 32 catches in 10 games during his rookie season. Zenner's wealth of experience on special teams could allow him to stick on the 53-man roster even if he lands fourth on the depth chart at running back.

March 12, 2019 03:00 PM
Lions' Zach Zenner: Re-signs with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zenner is re-signing with the Lions, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Zenner's strong finish in 2018 could put him second in line for carries behind Kerryon Johnson, though it's still too early in the offseason to project the 27-year-old's role with much certainty. Zenner took 51 carries for 237 yards (4.6 average) and three touchdowns over the final four weeks of the 2018 campaign, plus he maintained a key role on special teams even after his involvement on offense skyrocketed.

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