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    Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins, tight end Nick Boyle and rookie defensive tackle Travis Jones will make their season debut in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots. Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey (groin), Damarion “Pepe” Williams (ankle) and Marcus Peters (knee) as well as defensive back Brandon Stephens (quad) are active after being listed as questionable to play. Wide receiver Devin Duvernay cleared concussion protocol and will play against the Patriots. Jones, who suffered a knee injury in Baltimore’s preseason matchup against the Arizona Cardinals last month, will play after being a full participant in practice this week. Boyle will make his debut in Gillette Stadium, where he suffered a brutal knee injury two years ago. Dobbins hasn’t played since tearing his ACL, LCL and meniscus in his left knee, along with his hamstring, in last year’s preseason finale against the Washington Commanders. Dobbins practiced fully for the second straight week, but when coach John Harbaugh was asked about the running back’s availability, he said “You’ll know it when you see it.” Dobbins told reporters before Week 2′s matchup...
    Packers, Bears (Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) Running back is arguably the most important position in NFL fantasy football, and finding value at the position can lead to successful weeks. Finding a sleeper at any position in NFL fantasy football can help you tremendously, but especially at running back. Let’s take a look at under-the-radar players this week who you should consider starting if you’re in a pinch at the position.Fantasy football running back sleepers for week 3: Khalil Herbert, Chicago BearsDavid Montgomery has had a solid start to the season. Behind him, Khalil Herbert has been playing well, too. On the season, he’s gone 13 rushes for 83 yards and a touchdown. While the volume simply isn’t there for Herbert yet, he’s shown big-play ability with the possibility of capitalizing on every touch he gets. Against Houston’s awful run defense this week (third-worst in total rushing yards given up this year), Herbert may get some usage as the Bears try to hide their ugly passing game and pound Houston on the ground. He won’t get starter volume, but...
    Getty A Kansas City Chiefs coach compared Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor to one of the best NFL running backs of the last decade. Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is special. How special? Well, Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo compared him to arguably the most versatile running back of the last decade. “I see a little bit of or a lot of when Le’Veon Bell was in Pittsburgh,” Spagnuolo told the media on September 22. “And they used to hand him the ball and he used to bounce and find it, you know, they’d like to see him open up because he had a good offensive line, and then boom, he’s gone. “He’s going to be the No. 1 focus, obviously.” Bell played during his prime for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013-17. While Bell never led the NFL in rushing, he made first-team All Pro in 2014 and 2017 and eclipsed 1,800 yards from scrimmage in a season 3 times. But Bell was also a controversial player. He was arrested on DUI and marijuana...
    Getty Former New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman breaks tackles against the Miami Dolphins. When the New York Jets drafted running back Breece Hall, it was obvious that the plan was a youth movement at the position. Michael Carter was selected the year before and general manager Joe Douglas even signed undrafted rookie Zonovan “Bam” Knight ahead of camp. Three backs under the age of 24 years old — which is why many believed they’d keep the stalwart of the room (Tevin Coleman) at the 2022 roster cutdown. He brought that experience, security, reliability and versatility as an established pass-catcher and blocker. It made a ton of sense, and then the curveball came in from Douglas and the coaching staff. Coleman would be released in favor of Knight and Ty Johnson. In the end, Knight was sent to the practice squad as well, and the big-name veteran was left without a job. That only lasted a couple of weeks.Tevin Coleman Reunites With Kyle Shanahan, 49ersOn September 21, the San Francisco 49ers announced that they had re-signed Coleman...
    Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley and running back J.K. Dobbins are expected to return the Ravens’ running game to prominence, but when they get back into the starting lineup is still uncertain. Stanley is recovering from an ankle injury that has kept him out of 29 of the Ravens’ past 30 games, while Dobbins has been sidelined since suffering a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus in his left knee, along with his hamstring, in the 2021 preseason finale. Few can predict if they will be as dominant as they were before their injuries. It’s a toss-up. “There is a big difference between walking on these injured joints and going back to running and doing what is expected of an NFL athlete,” said Scott Adams, a Catonsville-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. “So simply seeing them being able to walk to the media room or go through a walkthrough practice is in no way an indication that they are 100% healed.” That pretty much sums up the status of Stanley and Dobbins, as well as the Ravens’ running...
    SANTA CLARA — When the going got tough for the 49ers’ offense last season, the team turned to wide receiver Deebo Samuel. He nearly took them to the Super Bowl with his do-it-all efforts as both a pass catcher and a running back. Well, the Niners are in a tough spot again with the season-ending injury to quarterback Trey Lance in Week 2. An offseason’s work of offensive adaptations for the first-year starter will have to be scrapped or reconfigured for the remainder of the year. Jimmy Garoppolo should not be running the read option. But don’t be surprised if the Niners once again turn to Samuel — their offensive dynamo — to carry both the ball and this team. After the 49ers started last season 3-5 and with Garoppolo struggling and injured, the edict from head coach and offensive play-caller Kyle Shanahan was clear — get the ball to Deebo as early and often as possible. It didn’t matter if Samuel was lined up as a wide receiver, running back, fullback, or if...
    Getty Ty Davis-Price will miss some time after sustaining high ankle sprain on September 18, 2022. Perhaps the San Francisco 49ers won’t stop at just promoting Marlon Mack to the active roster to aid the running game? Following Ty Davis-Price sustaining a high ankle sprain plus last season’s leading rusher Elijah Mitchell dealing with a sprained MCL, the 49ers decided to promote the former 1,000-yard back from the Indianapolis Colts from the practice squad on Tuesday, September 20. This now gives the 49ers the following healthy options for their road trip to Denver in Week 3: Mack, Jeff Wilson and undrafted rookie Jordan Mason. Deebo Samuel is also included as he’s back taking handoffs. Still, the 49ers are realistically left with three true RB choices for their interconference showdown on Sunday Night Football. And one NFL analyst wrote on the morning of Wednesday, September 21 that the 49ers “appear to be in a bind with their offensive depth just two weeks into the 2022 NFL season.” Which leads to Joe Tansey of Bleacher Report believing the...
    Getty D'Earnest Johnson with the Cleveland Browns. When Trey Lance suffered a season-ending broken ankle with ligament damage, it severely impacted the San Francisco 49ers‘ offensive rushing prospects. Heading into his sixth season as San Francisco head coach, Kyle Shanahan intended to finally embrace the quarterback-based rush game he coordinated in Washington, with Lance’s legs opening the door to read options and designed runs. Unfortunately, after watching Elijah Mitchell suffer an MCL strain in Week 1 on an inside run, Lance succumbed to a similar fate in Week 2, breaking his ankle and ending his season on the spot. While Jeff Wilson Jr. kept the run game alive in Week 2, rushing for 84 yards on 18 carries, if the Niners want to remain offensively potent, they may need to look outside to find additional backfield help. Fortunately, Max Dible, who writes on the Cleveland Browns for Heavy, identified an ideal trade partner for the Browns who can further fortify their rushing game now that Jimmy Garoppolo is back under center: D’Ernest Johnson.D’Ernest Johnson Is Just Looking For...
    A day after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovaila shredded the Ravens’ pass defense for six touchdowns, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about two of them. The film didn’t lie, and neither did Harbaugh. “Yes, they were blown coverages, basically,” he said Monday. A lot went wrong for the Ravens in the final quarter of their 42-38 loss Sunday, but wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s pair of long-ball touchdowns were especially egregious. On the first, he ran by two deep-lying defensive backs for a 48-yard score. On the second, he didn’t have anyone deep to run by for a 60-yard, game-tying score. In rallying the Dolphins back from a 35-14 deficit inside M&T Bank Stadium, Tagovailoa finished with a career-high 496 passing yards. But much of the damage to the Ravens’ defense was self-inflicted. Afterward, players lamented communication breakdowns and poor technique. They said they’d need to review the game film and learn from it. Rookie safety Kyle Hamilton’s lesson was painfully administered. On Hill’s first touchdown, he lined up before the third-and-10 snap in a split-field coverage shell with Marcus...
    The Trey Lance vs. Jimmy Garoppolo conundrum has morphed into a running debate about the demands of the position other than passing the ball. To run, or not to run? 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has taken heat for exposing Lance too often as a runner, paying the price when their starting quarterback was lost for the season with a broken right ankle. It happened on his 16th carry in five quarters including a 19-10 season opening loss in Chicago. Almost a year ago, Shanahan told ESPN’s Ed Werder “He’s not Lamar Jackson. Trey is a quarterback who has the ability to run. But to just line him up and run him, I mean, the game’s to physical.” Asked about it Monday during a conference call, Shanahan seemed more amused than annoyed. “That means we didn’t want to move him to running back,” Shanahan said. “It means everything is with a read principle and you don’t just go out and run him every single play. He’s a quarterback who can run.” Shanahan added that he believed the question was in reference...
    Getty D'Andre Swift runs the ball in 2022 vs. the Commanders. The Detroit Lions have lacked an impact runner for a long time, but with the emergence of D’Andre Swift, it’s possible those days can now be over. Swift has taken on the look of a very imposing running back early in his career, and it’s possible he is even starting to look like one of the top runners in the league if some analysts are to be believed. Bleacher Report took a look at buying or selling some early storylines and breakout players this season. Naturally, Swift made the cut on the list, and writer Brent Sobleski is buying the fact that he is a breakout player this year. As he wrote, while Swift has been solid early in his career, it hasn’t seemed he has enjoyed the potential to be this dominant ever before. Now, given the personnel he is running with in Detroit, a breakout could be firmly in the cards. “A healthy Swift plays behind one of the league’s best offensive lines. The Lions’...
    A top Aussie dietician has revealed how she shed more than 13 kilograms in seven months after having a baby.  Leanne Ward, from Brisbane, gave birth to her daughter Mia eight months ago and said she 'worked incredibly hard' to get her pre-baby body back.  The mum-of-one said she lost an average of 1.94 kilos per month by following a fat-loss diet and staying consistent with her healthy routine.  Brisbane dietician Leanne Ward (pictured) has revealed how she managed to lose 13kilos in seven months after giving birth to her daughter RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Tory Archbold was dealing with a life-threatening illness... How best friends built a wildly successful men's swimwear... Young woman who quit her full-time job, slept on a blow-up... Need to circle something on your iPhone screenshot? Tech... Share this article Share 'The biggest thing I have learnt is that making healthy choices and exercising regularly is hard with little sleep, full time work, a baby, running two businesses, trying to have a social life...
    Getty Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon carries the ball in Week 2. The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-0 but they didn’t play the cleanest of games against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. There were near-interceptions, failed possessions, pass interference penalties, quarterback pressures allowed, and more. The response from most supporters might be a win is a win and you’d be right, but considering the Chiefs have been the class of the league for the past four years, some expect excellence. One strong critique came in from former offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz, older brother of Mitchell Schwartz, who started seven games for Kansas City in 2013.Geoff Schwartz Calls out Chiefs Running Backs on TwitterSchwartz has become quite successful as an analyst since retiring from the league. He currently works with Fox Sports and SiriusXM NFL. The former O-lineman also has a podcast called “Geoff Schwartz Is Smarter Than You.” On September 16, the Friday after the Chiefs’ TNF victory over the Chargers, Schwartz took to Twitter to blast the KC running back room....
    ALMOST half of women do not do any regular exercise any more, according to a new report into the fitness habits of British adults by healthcare company Nuffield Health. Many respondents blamed the lockdowns for getting them out of the habit. If you’re one of them, Jane Atkinson looks at new ways to get back into it – all in time for National Fitness Day on September 21. 3You can earn medals from conquering your personal fitness goalsCredit: WHAT DO YOU WANT, A MEDAL? IF you’re looking for a new fitness goal, virtual course creator Conqueror has routes from the Amalfi Coast to the length of the UK to keep you motivated and reaching for goals. Using the app, log the miles you have covered in a run, walk, cycle, swim and when you reach 1,084miles – the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – you get sent a medal. It isn’t free and does seem a bit pricey but if a challenge is what works for you maybe it’s worth a go. READ MORE ON EXERCISEJOG ON Simple...
    Fantasy Football (Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports) It’s Week 2 of the fantasy football season, and if you’re hurting at running back, there are sleepers out there that can help you in a pinch. Solid fantasy football running backs are hard to come by once you get past the big-name starters. Finding sleepers that can elevate your lineup, whether it’s a standard or daily fantasy game, can go a long way in assuring success on Sunday. Let’s take a look at this week’s sleepers.Fantasy football running back sleepers for Week 2: Rex Burkhead, Houston TexansIt’s 2022 and we’re talking about Rex Burkhead as a fantasy sleeper and the starting running back for the Houston Texans. Who saw that coming? Even after the hype over rookie runner Dameon Pierce, it was Burkhead that saw 50 snaps to Pierce’s 20, and out-touched Pierce 19-12. Much to the demise of Pierce owners, Burkhead is still very much a part of this offense. While Burkhead was very ineffective with his touches, he still saw the ball a lot. Volume, especially for running backs,...
    Getty Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) The Buffalo Bills have few areas of concern on offense through one week, but the team’s lack of depth at running back could eventually be an issue and a potential roadblock to their Super Bowl aspirations. One insider suggests that a Cleveland Browns running back could be a potential trade target if the running game remains an area of concern for the Bills.Bills Could Target Browns Pro BowlerIn a recent mailbag, a fan asked Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski whether the Bills would consider trading for one of the pending free-agent running backs, including the Browns’ Kareem Hunt. While Buffalo’s lead running back, Devin Singletary, had an efficient performance in the team’s 31-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the other running backs struggled. Rookie James Cook fumbled on his first career carry, and played just two more snaps the rest of the game....
    Getty Running back D'Ernest Johnson #30 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the start of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) The Cleveland Browns have made a definitive decision on their offensive backfield for the immediate future. Both second-string running back Kareem Hunt and former third-string rusher D’Ernest Johnson have been the subjects of trade speculation in recent weeks. Hunt requested a trade near the beginning of August after expressing discontent with his contract situation. Johnson, meanwhile, was a healthy scratch in Week 1 as rookie RB and kick returner Jerome Ford supplanted him in the offensive and special teams hierarchies. Brad Stainbrook of The Orange and Brown Report wrote on Monday, September 12, that the Browns were open to dealing Johnson following the team’s Week 1 win over the Carolina Panthers. Stainbrook added that the organization was not actively shopping the 2021 breakout back, but reported the team would be interested in a deal for the right return. However,...
    Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins said Friday that he feels “amazing” more than a year after suffering a serious knee injury, but he doesn’t know whether he’ll play in Sunday’s home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Dobbins, the team’s most talented running back, practiced fully Thursday for the first time since he tore the ACL, LCL and meniscus in his left knee, along with his hamstring, during the Ravens’ 2021 preseason finale. He called it “one of the toughest injuries I’ve had.” Coach John Harbaugh declined to comment on the team’s injury situation after practice Friday; the injury report will be released Friday afternoon. “We’ll see,” Dobbins said in his first meeting with reporters since the injury. “That’s the answer I got to give you. But I don’t know. I truly don’t know. Maybe, I am, maybe not. We’ll see.” Dobbins, who led all NFL running backs in yards per carry as a rookie, was cleared to practice in training camp in early August and has been slowly ramping up. He said the rehabilitation has tested his patience but that...
    Getty Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Giovanni Bernard. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers kicked off Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season in thrilling fashion, and as teams across the league prepare for their second game, many still have holes to plug, with plenty of veterans available to step in and contribute. With that, Heavy’s football mailbag series continues on Friday, September 9 — hosted by Heavy’s NFL insider Matt Lombardo — to answer questions about your favorite team(s). This week, the focus is on running backs who may or may not be on the market, an upstart NFC East team looking for cornerback help, and much more.Tampa Bay BuccaneersCould RB Giovani Bernard be on the trade block for the Buccaneers? He hardly played in the preseason and didn’t suit up for Week 1.Giovani Bernard’s situation with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a fascinating one.Bernard is currently third on the Buccaneers’ depth chart, behind Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White. And, while Fournette looked explosive in Tampa’s Week 1 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys, White only rushed for...
    On Sunday, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has a chance to prove he’s an improved version of his electric self against the Miami Dolphins. In the NFL, styles make fights. In Week 10 of last season, Miami’s style earned a knockout of Lamar Jackson. The Dolphins entered that evening with a 2-7 record. Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens were 6-2, and sitting atop the AFC standings. On that warm November night, then-Miami head coach Brian Flores relentlessly blitzed Jackson, specifically in the second half. The Dolphins blitzed a defensive back on half of Baltimore’s 48 offensive snaps, per Next Gen Stats. The result was a shocking upset. Jackson only threw for 238 yards on 43 attempts, also throwing an interception while being sacked four times. The Dolphins won, 22-10, and the Ravens began a downturn — also because of major injuries — that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time in Jackson’s career. While the coaching has changed for the Dolphins, the blitzing approach isn’t likely to. After all, Miami has very similar defensive personnel to a year ago and...
    Getty The New England Patriots will turn to Rhamondre Stevenson to replace Ty Montgomery as the pass-catching RB. The New England Patriots appear to have settled on the player who will replace the replacement for the role that used to be manned by James White. RB-WR hybrid Ty Montgomery was placed on injured reserve, which means he will miss at least the next four weeks of action. With Montgomery out, the Patriots will turn to second-year running back Rhamondre Stevenson as the primary player in a position to make plays as a receiver on third downs and in other obvious passing situations. Stevenson had been projected to take on this role at some point this season, but things were cloudy with White’s status still unclear before his retirement just ahead of training camp. With White still hampered by what turned out to be a career-ending hip injury, the Patriots signed Montgomery. The latter’s subsequent strong play in training camp and preseason made the veteran emerge as the most logical fit. With Montgomery now injured and shelved for the...
    Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was running drills on the practice field weeks after being shot in the right leg.  After impressing throughout the preseason, the Washington Commanders and NFL world were informed that running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot in the right leg twice as a victim in an attempted armed robbery. He was listed as being in stable condition when he was transported to a hospital. In fact, he visited the Commanders facility in a matter of days. Now, there is a new update on Robinson. On Sept. 15, Robinson shared a video of himself making a return to the practice field, where he was running some individual drills. Commanders rookie RB Brian Robinson was shot twice in his right leg on Aug. 28. He’s already back on the practice field ???? @BrianR_4 pic.twitter.com/zDZ1s4OuGX — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 15, 2022 Brian Robinson Jr. returns to practice field weeks after being shot in right leg This is great news, as Robinson makes his recovery. Robinson underwent surgery on his right leg, but suffered no...
    B.J. Baylor #4 of the Oregon State Beavers runs the ball. The Atlanta Falcons worked out seven players on Wednesday, September 14, according to a source close to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson. The list of players included running backs B.J. Baylor, Jordan Wilkins and Abram Smith; kickers, Jose Borregales, Brian Johnson and Jake Verity, along with punter Cameron Dicker. Falcons worked out B.J. Baylor, Jose Borregales, Cameron DIcker, Brian Johnson, Abram Smith, Jake Verity and Jordan Wilkins — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 14, 2022 It looks like the Falcons liked what they saw from Baylor as the team is set to sign the rookie back, per Wilson. Falcons signing running back B.J. Baylor after successful workout, per a league source. They also worked out running backs Jordan Wilkins and Abram Smith — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 14, 2022 Baylor Signed With the Packers as a UDFABaylor initially signed with the Green Bay Packers back in April after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Oregon State product rushed seven times for 19 yards and snagged two...
    Getty D'Ernest Johnson #30 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball in the first half of the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 20, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) The Cleveland Browns are looking to cash in on running back D’Ernest Johnson, who fought his way up through the organization over the last three seasons but now finds himself standing healthy on the sidelines behind what is perhaps the best backfield in football. Johnson was a healthy scratch from the Browns’ Week 1 grudge match against former quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers, and it doesn’t appear that anything short of an injury to a prominent player will get the fourth-year rusher back in uniform. Nick Chubb is first on the depth chart, followed by Kareem Hunt who scored a pair of touchdowns Sunday. The third-string spot belongs to rookie Jerome Ford, who beat Johnson out for the job during training camp. Brad Stainbrook of the Orange and Brown Report wrote Monday that while the Browns aren’t necessarily...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins is carted off the field after a season-ending injury in 2021. Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins knows what it is like to bounce back from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He went through it in high school and still went on to have an outstanding collegiate career at Ohio State and ultimately got taken in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. However, tearing his ACL was just the tip of the iceberg of the injury that ended what many projected and believed would be a breakout second year for him in 2021 before it even began. The full extent and severity of his knee injury have been speculated, rumored, and reported on by reputable league sources and insiders since it occurred but especially in recent months as the season approached. Dobbins even called out renowned NFL insider Ian Rapport of the NFL Network for reporting false information about his injury and estimated recovery time via social media. In a recent appearance on a local CBS news station...
    Getty New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley. Saquon Barkley talked the talk all offseason. In Sunday’s Week 1 opener, Barkley backed it up by walking the walk in the New York Giants‘ thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Tennessee Titans, rushing for a league-high, and franchise season-opener record, 164 yards with a touchdown and the game-winning 2-point conversion. What Barkley does for an encore the rest of 2022 just might dictate his, and New York’s, future. Barkley, who repeatedly stressed throughout the offseason his aim to silence his critics, put his past injuries; a torn ACL and a pair of high-ankle sprains behind him, and live up to his billing as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, and then some, is now the NFL’s leading rusher after Week 1. Against the Titans, Barkley ran hard, showed outstanding vision before hitting his spots, and looked like his old explosive self, and in a lot of ways, he was the driving force in New York’s 21-20 thriller. A strong opening statement from one of the NFL’s more...
    SANTA CLARA — All it took was one game to prove the 49ers are not weatherproof nor the second coming of the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Sunday’s season-opening loss to Chicago made the fan base ahem, flood my weekly mailbag: Who you got at RB1 with Elijah Mitchell being sidelined? (@arist_v) This is obviously the 49ers’ (and fantasy football owners’) most pressing question, with Elijah Mitchell out until November because of his knee sprain. The answer is not obvious, so we’ll extrapolate. Beyond Trey Lance’s and Deebo Samuel’s moonlighting gigs as rushers, this year’s options abound: Ty Davis-Price: The 49ers had high hopes in drafting him in the third round out of LSU, and his bigger body (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) can power through defenses. He didn’t suit up for Sunday’s opener, however, because he’s raw in terms of learning all-around duties, especially in the pass game as a receiver and blocker. Jeff Wilson Jr.: Experience is his best asset, and his physicality first surfaced in 2018 against the Seahawks. He averaged just 2.4 yards per carry (nine rushes, 22 yards) on...
    The 49ers are moving forward without Elijah Mitchell for the next several weeks, reportedly adding veteran Marlon Mack to their running backs corps. Mack, formerly of the Colts and (briefly) the Texans, is expected to be signed to the 49ers’ practice squad, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mack was released from Houston’s practice squad last week after signing with the team in the offseason and missing the initial 53-man roster. A Colts fourth-round pick in 2017, Mack spent the first five seasons of his career with Indianapolis, often working in a running back platoon. His highest-achieving seasons were 2018 and 2019, when he rushed for 908 yards and 1,091 yards, respectively. Related Articles San Francisco 49ers | Kurtenbach: Five final thoughts on 49ers’ letdown vs. Bears, plus one looking ahead to Seahawks San Francisco 49ers | 49ers, Seahawks enter Week 2 on opposite sides of upset fun-house mirror San Francisco 49ers | 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell headed for injured reserve with MCL sprain San Francisco 49ers | Why Jimmy Garoppolo might prefer 49ers’...
    Getty D'Ernest Johnson #30 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) One week into the new NFL season, the Cleveland Browns are prepared to deal one of their several talented running backs. With a veritable stable of workhorses in the backfield, the Browns have appeared destined to part ways with one of their playable rushers at some point this season. For a good while, it looked as though Kareem Hunt might be the one to find himself on the trade block. He voiced displeasure with his contract in August, asking Cleveland to grant him a new one or trade him to a team that would. The Browns didn’t bite, however, and the subsequent events of Week 1 decreased significantly the chances that Hunt is going anywhere. Cleveland’s RB2 racked up 46 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to go along with 24 receiving yards and another touchdown on four receptions. Meanwhile D’Ernest Johnson, a breakout performer...
    Getty Josh Jacobs runs the ball in a Las Vegas Raiders game. The Buffalo Bills‘ air attack was nearly unstoppable in the season-opening win over the Los Angeles Rams, but the ground game left some room for improvement — which one insider believes could come from the Los Vegas Raiders. The Bills dismantled the Rams defense in Thursday’s 31-10 win, with quarterback Josh Allen completing 26 of 31 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Lead running back Devin Singletary had an efficient day as well, rushing for 48 yards on eight carries, an average of six yards per carry. But beyond Singeltary, the running back room left much to be desired, which could leave the Bills looking for midseason help.Bills Running Backs StruggleIt was a forgettable opening game for rookie running back James Cook, who fumbled on the first touch of his NFL career. Bills head coach Sean McDermott benched Cook for a long stretch, and he played just two more snaps in the game. After the game, McDermott showed some patience with Cook. “We try and...
    Kupiansk, Ukraine (CNN)Ukraine had hoped it would mark a turning point. Six months have passed since Russia launched its invasion and Ukraine has since fired back with two counteroffensives -- one in the South and the other in the East -- carefully planned for months and supported by massive US military aid packages. Not even the messaging was left to chance. Ahead of the first counteroffensive launched in the south on August 29th, public communications were carefully crafted to lay the groundwork for the second Ukrainian military campaign in the east, which began last week. Authorities have denied journalists access to the frontlines and only certain images posted on social media by Ukrainian soldiers are allowed to be published. The result: an impression that Ukraine is effortlessly pushing Russian forces back from territory they've controlled for more than six months. The truth, inevitably for a war zone, is far less clear-cut. Read MoreCNN was given exclusive access to the town of Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region, just a day after pictures emerged showing soldiers hoisting the Ukrainian flag on the...
    CHICAGO — Running back Elijah Mitchell’s season opener ended prematurely because of a knee injury. Mitchell was ruled out in the second quarter, after gaining 41 yards on six carries and helping the 49ers build a 7-0 lead over the Chicago Bears. As for how serious of an injury it is, that’s to be announced. Mitchell was evaluated in the 49ers’ sideline medical tent and remained on the bench before walking with his teammates to the locker room at halftime. How Mitchell got hurt was not immediately known, but it appeared he may have been rolled into by Bears linebacker Nicolas Morrow after Mitchell helped block on Deebo Samuel’s touchdown run. The 49ers turned to Samuel, quarterback Trey Lance and veteran rusher Jeff Wilson Jr. for their ensuing rushing attack. Undrafted rookie Jordan Mason was the only other running back in uniform and he didn’t take an offensive snap in the first half. Ty Davis-Price, a third-round draft pick this year, was among the seven players inactived before the game. Mitchell gained 16 yards on his opening run of the...
    Getty Adrian Peterson was arrested on Sunday, February 13 on a charge of family domestic assault. Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has simply no quit in him. The four-time All Pro appeared in just four games for two different teams in 2021, but he is looking to re-up with another NFL franchise and take a run and a 16th season in the NFL. Peterson is currently in Los Angeles training for an amateur boxing match with former running back Le’Veon Bell. However, once that obligation is fulfilled, Peterson plans to return to his first passion — pounding the football into the heart of NFL defenses. The legendary running back spoke with TMZ Sports on Wednesday, September 8, about a couple of contenders he is hoping to catch on with as the year progresses. “There’s a couple teams out there,” Peterson said. “[The] Buffalo Bills would be a good team. The [Los Angeles] Rams. I don’t know what need they’ll have at running back. [The San Francisco 49ers] would be a good look.”Peterson’s Plans Have Always Included...
    Getty Adrian Peterson walks off the field after a Tennessee Titans game. Adrian Peterson believes he’s still got something left in the tank — and wants to use it to help the Buffalo Bills this season. The four-time All-Pro running back and future Hall of Famer said he’s still holding out hopes of playing in the NFL again this season, and sees Buffalo as a good fit. Peterson saw time with two teams last season, appearing in four games and scoring two touchdowns. Though he didn’t get much interest in the offseason and is currently putting his athletic focus toward another endeavor, Peterson believes he could still contribute to a team at age 37.Peterson Has Eye on BillsAfter spending time with the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks last season, Peterson has been focusing on a career in boxing. He and fellow former NFL running back Le’Veon Bell are set to square off in a September 10 bout. But Peterson said he still hopes to return to the NFL, telling TMZ Sports that he would be interested in joining...
    Getty The Seattle Seahawks could be without one of their star playmakers for Week 1. The Seattle Seahawks have some exciting new faces on their offense, including a few rookies from the 2022 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, at least one of those new offensive playmakers is unlikely to play in the Week 1 opener against the Denver Broncos. The team released its first injury report of the 2022 season following Thursday’s practice ahead of the Monday Night Football showdown. The four players who didn’t participate in practice were long snapper Tyler Ott, cornerback Artie Burns, linebacker Alton Robinson, and rookie running back Kenneth Walker III. According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, the rookie running back is highly unlikely to play in Seattle’s revenge game against Russell Wilson as he continues to cover from hernia surgery. That’s a big disappointment for Seahawks fans who were looking forward to seeing him, but it will also give running back Rashaad Penny an opportunity to prove himself as a true workhorse back. #Seahawks rookie RB Kenneth Walker III is highly likely to miss MNF vs...
    BERKELEY — Cal fans got a glimpse of freshman running back Jaydn Ott’s speed in a 104-yard rushing performance against UC Davis last Saturday. Ott has known he is pretty fast since he was 5 or 6 years old. “My favorite game to play with my friends and my cousins was tag because I was the best at it,” he recalled. “They couldn’t catch me.” Ott and the Bears (1-0) hope to accelerate past UNLV (1-0) when the teams kickoff Saturday at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Already Ott has zoomed past recent Golden Bears stars with the most prolific rushing performance by a Cal freshman in his debut this century. Here’s the impressive group he out-ran and what they did in their first games as college rookies: — Joe Igber: Rushed 26 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 24-21 win over Utah on Sept. 9, 2000. — Justin Forsett: Rushed seven times for 34 yards and a TD in a 56-14 win at Air Force on Sept. 4, 2004. — Marshawn Lynch: Rushed 12 times...
    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey was listed on the injury report Thursday ahead of Week 1, but now is not the time to panic, as he should be fine for Sunday’s opener. Fantasy football managers everywhere collectively freaked out when they saw Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey listed on the injury report Thursday afternoon. While the former Stanford superstar was arguably the best running back in the league in 2019, he has played in a combined 10 games the last two seasons. Carolina has been largely awful when McCaffrey has been unable to give it a go in Charlotte the last two years. It has presumably forced head coach Matt Rhule on the hot seat heading into his third season leading this NFC South team. Although he was listed with a shin injury on Thursday, McCaffrey was full participant in practice. Christian McCaffrey added to the injury report with a shin injury. But he was a full participant in todays practice. — Joe Person (@josephperson) September 8, 2022 Rhule would later clarify that McCaffrey’s injured leg had only been...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor revealed he has just one goal for the 2022 season. It’s common practice in the NFL, and really across sports, for players to set individual goals for themselves before the beginning of a season. But Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor didn’t bother with much of that this offseason. He has set one goal for himself for 2022, and it’s a team goal — win the Super Bowl. “I really only have one goal and that’s to become a champion,” Taylor told the media on September 8. “That’s something I’ve been chasing for a long time. Ever since I’ve been playing the game, I’ve yet to accomplish that. At any level.”Taylor Becomes Colts CaptainTaylor accomplished just about everything a running back can in a single season last year. He led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He posted 10 100-yard rushing games and became the first running back to finish second or better in Offensive Player of the Year voting since 2017....
    The Buffalo Bills rookie running back James Cook debuted in the 2022 season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. Is he related to Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook? The NFL season opener has finally arrived. The Super Bowl 56 champion Los Angeles Rams hosted the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Much like there is every season-opener, there are going to some new faces, specifically from players who arrived via the NFL Draft from college. For the Bills, they played second-round rookie running back James Cook. Those who watched the game may be wondering if he is related to Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.Is James Cook related to Dalvin Cook?Yes, James Cook is related to Dalvin Cook. James is the younger brother of Dalvin.Where did James Cook go to college?Before playing for the Bills, Cook spent his collegiate career playing for the Georgia Bulldogs. In 2017, Cook committed to Georgia as a four-star recruit out of Miami, Fla, where he was the third-ranked all purpose back in the nation, per 247 Sports Composite. This past season...
    The way the Miami Dolphins will split touches among their running backs remains somewhat mysterious as they enter their opener against the New England Patriots. And then it will be mysterious again Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, and so on and so forth. There’s no formula set in stone that the Dolphins will stick with, and any variations will likely be determined more by what coaches believe they can execute against given opponents rather than Miami strictly dictating what it wants to do on the ground. “It’ll be more about matchups,” said running back Chase Edmonds. “That’s what the game is all about.” Said offensive coordinator Frank Smith: “You try and understand, basically, what do your players do well and then what schemes put you in position to attack the defense and keep them reacting to what we’re doing.” A best guess would be that Edmonds, brought over in free agency from the Arizona Cardinals, will see the most snaps and touches, utilizing his abilities to run and catch the ball out of the backfield; then Raheem Mostert, with...
    Getty James Cook #28 of the Buffalo Bills takes part in a drill on August 05, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. Anticipation is running high as the Buffalo Bills take on the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL’s season opener on Thursday, September 8, as this game sets the stage for what fans and analysts can expect from the reigning Super Champions and from the team most favored to win the title this year. One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Bills’ offense, according to The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia, is how the team will choose to deploy running back James Cook, the team’s second-round pick from the 2022 NFL Draft. As it stands, the rookie sits third on the depth chart behind Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, but that could be on purpose. “The Bills didn’t show their hand with Cook, only mixing him in with some carries throughout the preseason. Even with those chances, Cook looked unmistakably talented, with a smooth, gliding running style. The Bills likely intentionally kept his pass-catching prowess from their offensive game...
    Getty Eagles running back Miles Sanders says his injured hamstring is good to go for the season opener Sunday against the Lions. The Philadelphia Eagles will have starting running back Miles Sanders available on Sunday, according to the 25-year-old. When asked whether the injured hamstring that has nagged him throughout camp was healed enough for him to play against the Detroit Lions, Sanders didn’t mince his words. “Absolutely, ready to go,” Sanders said during a September 8 press conference. The former second round pick said he probably would have been able to play through it in the regular season, but that it wasn’t worth risking making it worse during training camp. “It’s just one of those injuries that’s very delicate and you’ve just got to, if you have a little tweak or you feel something there, you’ve just got to monitor it,” Sanders explained. “Focus on it, just take care of it. Attack the rehab and get back ready to go.” Sanders was a full participant in practice yesterday, so all barriers appear to be cleared to get...
    If the most polarizing question in Baltimore sports is about quarterback Lamar Jackson’s value to the Ravens, the most consequential one could be about the 2022 offense he’ll lead. As the Ravens prepare to face the New York Jets in Sunday’s season opener, the narratives are as inextricable as they are divisive. From week to week, Jackson’s apparent worthiness of a record-breaking deal will rise and fall within the structure of coordinator Greg Roman’s attack. There’s no consensus on how much money Jackson deserves in his next contract extension, just as there’s no consensus on how much the Ravens’ scheme will help or hurt his bid for more. Not even former NFL quarterbacks can agree. Last month, ESPN analyst Steve Young said Jackson “keeps getting held back by the Ravens year after year because they keep doubling down on this [rushing] thing.” Two weeks later, NBC analyst Chris Simms said Roman is a “phenomenal” coordinator and called criticism of Jackson and the Ravens “over the top.” The debates will evolve in step with the Ravens’ offense, which could be arriving...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts brought back a former Pro Bowl running back for their practice squad on September 6. Former Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay was a surprise release for the Indianapolis Colts during roster cutdown day. But Lindsay is set to return to Indianapolis. The Colts announced on September 6 that they have signed Lindsay to their practice squad. We have signed RB Phillip Lindsay to the practice squad. — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 6, 2022 Lindsay will be one of two running backs to begin the season on the Indianapolis practice squad. The other is D’Vonte Price, who is an undrafted free agent from Florida International. During the preseason, Lindsay rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown in three games. He posted 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. ALL the latest Colts news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Colts newsletter here! Join Heavy on Colts!  
    Getty Abram Smith stiff arms his way to the end zone during the 2022 Sugar Bowl played on New Year's Day. For a team that thrives on gashing opponents with misdirection runs, dives and doing damage after handoffs, the San Francisco 49ers find themselves short on running backs. This comes in the wake of JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon, originally thought of as 2022 roster locks for S.F., being waived then being picked up elsewhere…leaving the 49ers with a void in the backfield. Well, on Monday, September 5, one running back once labeled a “big, strong prospect” spent his Labor Day holiday getting some work in right in front of 49ers personnel. ALL the latest 49ers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on 49ers newsletter here! Join Heavy on 49ers! Who Tried Out for the 49ers Per the league’s transaction wire, Abram Smith was who worked out for the 49ers. He was the lone player who ran through various drills with the desire to land a roster spot. Smith is vying for a spot...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor could make history during the 2022 NFL season. Jonathan Taylor became the 63rd player to lead the NFL in rushing last season. But the Indianapolis Colts running back star may just be getting started. The Bleacher Report NFL Staff picked Taylor (along with Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb with two votes each) to finish first in the NFL in rushing yards this season. If Taylor accomplishes that feat, he will be just the third player to capture back-to-back NFL rushing titles since 2000 and only the 11th player to do it in league history. Of the 10 players who have won two straight rushing titles, eight of them are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the two players not in the Hall of Fame is not yet eligible for enshrinement. ALL the latest Colts news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Colts newsletter here! Join Heavy on Colts! Taylor Chasing HistoryThe NFL recognizes 1932 as the first season the league awarded a rushing title. Since then,...
    Getty Images Running back Kareem Hunt of the Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns have no plans to trade one of their many talented running backs but that could change if a team comes to the table with the right offer. The Browns are set to roll with Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson and Jerome Ford to start the year, with Demetric Felton also in the mix as a hybrid RB/WR. It’s a loaded depth chart, which has led to Hunt and Johnson being rumored as potential trade targets. Both have just a year remaining on their deals and could be enticing targets for running back needy squads around the league. On the Browns’ side of things, they could get a piece back for a player who could leave next season and, in Johnson’s case, might not have a huge volume of work in the offense. In her latest Q&A column, Cleveland.com Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot revealed the team’s thinking when it comes to their running back room. “The trade deadline is Nov. 1, and although the...
    Getty Ravens RB Kenyan Drake runs in open field in season opener on September 13, 2022. With their top two running backs coming off torn ACL’s in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, the Baltimore Ravens pounced at the opportunity add an experienced player that brings a different element to their backfield that they haven’t had in awhile. The team announced the official signing of Kenyan Drake on August 30, 2022, after bringing him in for a visit a few days earlier on August 31, 2022. At just 28 years old, the former Miami Dolphin, Arizona Cardinal, and Las Vegas Raider is a young veteran with a wealth of experience and dynamic skill set that will allow him to be on the field on almost every down and be deployed in a plethora of ways in the Ravens’ offense. “He’s a back who has had a lot of exciting plays in this league,” head coach John Harbaugh said in a press conference on August 31, 2022. “He’s a big, strong, fast, kind of slasher-type back [with] experience in pass...