Wilson still awaiting clearance: The waiting game continues for David Wilson as he attempts to return from a serious neck injury. The Giants running back still hasn’t been cleared for full-contact activities, but both sides are hopeful that Wilson get a thumbs-up in time for training camp. Even if that happens, it’s hard to imagine Wilson seeing the same type of workload the team envisioned for him when he was drafted in 2012. Coach Tom Coughlin is going to be very careful with how they use Wilson, and with Rashad Jennings likely to start the season as New York’s top running back, Wilson’s immediate future will probably be as a change of pace back with inconsistent fantasy value.
Foster to be a three-down back: From 2010-12, no running back had as many total touches as Arian Foster. In 2013, Foster broke down and played in just eight games. But in 2014, the dynamic rusher could be back to carrying a full workload — if you believe coach Bill O’Brien. The head Texan says Foster is a “three-down back” who can be worked into the team’s passing game. While it’s a change in philosophy for O’Brien, who has employed third-down backs like Kevin Faulk or Danny Woodhead in the past, it matches up with recent statements by Foster that he would catch the ball more this season. The idea of Foster getting more touches is a wonderful thing for fantasy owners … provided the fear of another injury doesn’t concern you.
RB rotation coming in Tampa: After a frustrating 2013, there was hope that Doug Martin could make a bid for a fantasy bounceback. If he does, it could come in a diminished role. According to Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the offense is likely to employ a committee approach to the running game. Presumably Martin will be atop the depth chart at the start of the season, but his understudies — notably Bobby Rainey and Mike James — have shown that they can also be productive players when called upon. Add rookie Charles Sims to the mix and that’s a lot of players for not many carries. It’s hard to believe Tedford will use all four consistently, but it’s another potential running back headache for fantasy owners to be aware of.
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