NFL Draft: Five running backs to watch for in 2015


NFL Draft: Five running backs to watch for in 2015

Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft  in Chicago, Rotoworld and NBC Sports' Josh Norris will provide five names from each position for fans to keep an eye on during this week's draft and a scouting report of each prospect. 

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

6'1", 222 lbs.

2014 stats: 123 CAR, 911 YDS, 7.4 YPC, 9 TD (in six games)

2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

6'1", 215 lbs.

2014 stats: 343 CAR, 2,587 YDS, 29 TD, 7.9 YPC, 184.8 YPG

3. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

5'9", 205 lbs.

2014 stats: 264 CAR, 1,611 YDS, 19 TD, 6.1 YPC, 123.9 YPG

4. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (Fla)

5'9", 207 lbs.

2014 stats: 242 CAR, 1,652 YDS, 10 TD | 38 REC, 421 YDS, 3 TD

5. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

5'11", 206 lbs.

2014 stats: 270 CAR, 2,036 YDS, 7.5 YPC, 15 TD, 169.7 YPG

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

The NFL could be one step closer to returning, soon. According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL and NFLPA are close to signing their updated collective bargaining agreement for playing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two sides agreed to a new CBA back in March but came back to the table to revise after the global pandemic hit the United States hard.

This news comes after the NFLPA player representatives voted 29-3 in favor of the changes on Friday.

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The new deal allows for 16-man practice squads, no preseason games for 2020, and high-risk and voluntary opt-outs for players. According to Tom Pelissero, high-risk players who opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend. Voluntary opt-outs for non-high-risk players will receive a $150,000 salary advance. Contracts will toll in each case, meaning it will be treated as a regular year of service time.

According to Ian Rapoport, training camp will now include a 20-day ramp-up period with no more than 14 padded practices.

In addition, Rapoport reports that rosters will need to be trimmed down to 80 players by Aug. 16, and no more than 80 people will be allowed in team buildings at a time.

"The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Training camps will begin as scheduled.

"We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials.

“The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl."

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COVID-19 concerns cause Bears' Jordan Lucas to opt-out of 2020 NFL season

COVID-19 concerns cause Bears' Jordan Lucas to opt-out of 2020 NFL season

The Bears announced a handful of moves on Monday morning, with the most notable being that safety Jordan Lucas has decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season. 

Lucas is the second player on the roster to opt-out, along with defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. The safety signed as a free agent back in March, having previously spent time mostly as a special teams guy for the Dolphins and Chiefs. 

Additionally, the team announced that defensive tackle John Jenkins and tight end Eric Saubert have both been taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jenkins will be tasked with filling much of the role that Goldman's absence creates. 

Lastly, the team waived offensive lineman Dino Boyd. An undrafted free agent who originally signed with Kansas City in 2019, Boyd spent the final seven weeks of 2019 as a member of the Bears' practice squad.