Offseason Notebook: Running Back News
Updated: July 18, 2007, 5:38 PM ETBy Scott Engel | ESPN.com
Here are some interesting running back situations to watch during training camp. Buffalo: "I still would like, if we have the option, to run the ball by committee," Dick Jauron told the team's Web site. Rookie Marshawn Lynch figures to get the most touches, and may even line up as a receiver in some situations to utilize his pass-catching skills. Anthony Thomas will also figure in the mix and could see considerable work on third downs, while fourth-round pick Dwayne Wright has the potential to get some short-yardage and goal-line carries. Wright also showed promise as a pass-catcher in spring minicamps. The Bills will be careful not to overwork Lynch in his first pro season, and he won't be a regularly dependable fantasy starter. Cincinnati: Rookie Kenny Irons will make a strong push for playing time. Irons' receiving skills and big-play potential make him an ideal complement to Rudi Johnson. "The best thing that can happen is you have two guys who are different styles. Now the defense has to prepare for two types of individuals," Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson told The Cincinnati Enquirer in June. Chris Perry is still not ready to return from an ankle injury and Kenny Watson doesn't offer Irons' speed and explosion. Irons is definitely worth drafting in the later rounds, while Johnson's value drops a bit.
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