Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville says it's too early to conclude how his room will share the workload given they haven't even practiced in pads. But Matt Breida looks to be the lightning of the room while Jordan Howard can be the thunder. The key for both backs will be staying healthy, as each dealt with injury issues last season.
The author of this story gave his prediction of how things could get split - just for us fantasy owners. He said Howard, the bruiser, could get 50% of backfield touches, with Breida taking 35% and the other running backs sharing the remaining 15% - if both lead backs stay healthy and play up to expectations. The difference comes in how the Dolphins might split those touches with Howard a better fit on early downs while Breida is likely to be the third-down and passing-down back who should lead this room in receptions. Breida could even line up at receiver to get him more action in the passing game, the story went on to say. We rank Breida 33rd and Howard 42nd in our PPR RB rankings.
A.J. Brown, who finished third in the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year category a year ago, said he feels like a different player heading into training camp compared to last year, when he spent a good part of the offseason getting ready for the NFL Draft.
Earlier this offseason, Brown said part of his plan includes catching 1,000 footballs a day.
"I am definitely in a better place (physically), and I'm in a better shape mentally as well," Brown said. "Last year I was flying and going places, and I never could really sit still and put in the work."
We've heard this from rookies before, how their second season training and not having to worry about the draft is a big deal for progress. The story said Brown felt tired in the fourth quarter and is working to fix that and feels overall he's in better shape. We think he's a nice, fourth-round value in fantasy drafts.
Jason Witten really emphasized that the "fit" with the Raiders is what really drew him to the organization. When asked specifically what his role with the club is going to be, he pointed to being a veteran presence in the tight end room and eventually evolving into some solid on-field production.
That would suggest that Witten is embracing the idea of taking a backseat to Waller, who started all 16 games for the Raiders last season and totaled 1,145 yards receiving, and being a mentor to the 27-year-old. While this is something we probably all figured, it's possible Witten becomes another red zone target and could steal some TDs away from Waller, as we project Waller with a 76-973-2.9 line this season. In the end, Waller is the obvious guy to own but it looks like he could take a step back.