Running Backs in the News: (June 17, 2019)

David Johnson Arizona Cardinals

Chase Edmonds RB (ARI)

Chase Edmonds Expects more frequent role in 2019: Edmonds is confident he'll have a regular role in the Cardinals offense in his second season, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports. "Me and Dave are definitely pushing for (two-back looks)," Edmonds said. "It opens up his dynamic ability and mine as well. Whether it's two-back sets or Dave in the slot, me in the slot, it doesn't really matter."

Our take: Edmonds is referencing backfield mate and 2016 All-Pro David Johnson , who has averaged 94.5 yards from scrimmage per game and scored 42 offensive touchdowns in 49 regular-season appearances. Clearly a bell cow, Johnson's noted ability as a receiver allows him to line up just about anywhere in the formation, whether its out of the backfield, in the slot or outside. This versatility should give Edmonds, a 2018 fourth-round pick, more chances to get on the field this fall. In a dreadful offense last season, he managed 311 scrimmage yards and two TDs on 80 touches, numbers that should increase with a corresponding boost in offense snaps within new coach Kliff Kingbury's scheme.

Edmonds isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Jeffery Wilson RB (SF)

Jeffery Wilson Returns from shoulder injury: Wilson (shoulder) participated in spring practices, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Fantasy impact: Wilson latched on with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie last year, ultimately starting two games in December and suffering a shoulder injury Week 17. He'll now face an uphill battle to stay on the 53-man roster, with Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon (knee), Matt Breida (pectoral) and Raheem Mostert (forearm) all expected to have spots on the team. Wilson could land the No. 4 job if one of the aforementioned players suffers a rehab setback that forces him to injured reserve or the PUP list.

Wilson isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Elijah McGuire RB (NYJ)

Elijah McGuire Could be caught in roster crunch: McGuire will have to earn a roster spot in camp, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.

Our take: Stypulkoski's prediction for the roster has McGuire on the outside looking in, but the 25-year-old running back still has plenty of time to change that outlook during training camp and preseason. The Jets are unlikely to carry five running backs when the season starts, meaning one of Bilal Powell , Ty Montgomery, Trenton Cannon or McGuire will likely be on the chopping block with new starter Le'Veon Bell assured a spot on the roster. Montgomery can also play wide receiver while Cannon could morph into an ace on special teams, while McGuire doesn't bring the versatility often required of players on the roster bubble.

McGuire isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Trenton Cannon RB (NYJ)

Trenton Cannon On roster bubble: Cannon will have to battle for a roster spot in camp, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.

What it means: New York's roster battle at running back will likely come down to the preseason, as the Jets currently have five capable bodies in camp and are unlikely to keep them all. Cannon played well in coverage on special teams as a rookie last season and has the potential to turn into a dangerous returner if he can curb his fumbling issues, making him a strong fit for the back end of the roster. He will need to beat out at least one of Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery or Elijah McGuire behind starter Le'Veon Bell.

Cannon isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

Ty Montgomery RB (NYJ)

Ty Montgomery Will compete for roster spot: Montgomery will have to earn a roster spot in camp, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.

Our take: With New York bringing back veteran Bilal Powell, the team is set up for a healthy running back competition behind Le'Veon Bell. Stypulkoski believes Montgomery's ability to shift over to the wide receiver in a pinch should help earn him the inside track for one of the available spots behind Bell, but the team almost certainly won't keep all five of Bell, Powell, Montgomery, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon.

Montgomery isn't currently being drafted in fantasy drafts right now.

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