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Nine Unassisted: Very special rookie running back edition

Andy Behrens
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We're basically all running backs today -- Spin Doctors, Handcuffs, Primer -- so let's use our award-winning daily headlines post to check in on the rookies...

In a short training camp piece, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News offers an excellent glimpse at the learning curve for first-year backs. Early scoop on LeSean McCoy(notes): "The running part of being a running back, McCoy seems to have a pretty good take on. The pass-catching part, important when you play for the Eagles, he looks even more smooth at that. But the blocking part, well, that's kinda new." [Philadelphia Daily News]

Arizona's Chris Wells(notes) defied the skeptics by remaining healthy for, um...several minutes in his first NFL practice. He may not get much of a look in the preseason opener, due to the ankle injury. [Arizona Republic]

Shonn Greene(notes) (pictured) has endured multiple ankle tweaks, apparently, and he's sitting out practices. The Jets' backfield is crowded, so Greene can't really afford to adopt the Beanie Wells practice plan. [NY Daily News]

Knowshon Moreno(notes) remains unsigned, and he's working out somewhere on the Georgia campus. He's entering Day 5 of the holdout. LaMont Jordan(notes) opened camp as Denver's top back. [Denver Post]

Indy's Donald Brown(notes) was on time and in camp, but the Star's Mike Chappell won't declare a position battle: "Make no mistake, Joseph Addai(notes) is the starter." [Indianapolis Star]

Cleveland's James Davis seems to get it: ''If you can prove yourself in this league, you'll get paid.'' Here's Jamal Lewis(notes) discussing the rookie: "I see something real special in him. I see a burst out of him and an aggressiveness out of him." [Akron Beacon Journal]

Jacksonville's Rashad Jennings(notes) had a terrific spring. He's a Brad Evans favorite, too. Jennings belongs on your sleeper list, any format. []

Bengals rookie Bernard Scott(notes) says, "The sky is the limit for me." He's had a few legal entanglements, so he'll be a nice fit in Cincinnati. Like Jennings, he's another small school sleeper. [Dayton Daily News]

OK, this last one isn't really a rookie RB link, but Laurence Holmes' Bears training camp blog has been tremendous. Here's a blurb on Tommie Harris'(notes) practice habits:

“He’s getting great individual work…there are no problems with Tommie” Lovie said.

AWESOME! ‘Cause it’s not like it’s a team sport or anything. Keep the lack of live reps in mind when #91 looks winded late in games.



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