ESPN beat writer John Keim projects that Samaji Perine will start Week 1:
Samaji Perine: Rob Kelley ended last season as the starter, but he’ll be a complementary piece to Perine, a fourth-round power back who averaged 6.0 yards per carry at Oklahoma.
Perine is a bulldozer when he gets a head of steam going and is one of the strongest running backs in the draft. He put up 30 reps on the bench press at the combine and punishes would-be tacklers. He’s had some issues with his ankles that could be concerning for him, but he flashes the ability to be a three-down back with advanced pass-blocking skills for a young player and soft hands. Perine isn’t going to be a downfield threat and won’t ever be a guy who threatens teams with his speed, but his size and natural running instincts should make him a starter in the league, and it looks like he'll have a chance to usurp Kelley this summer.