NFL Week 9 Practice Squad Power Rankings 2022: Let’s get underrated runners in backfield rotations

A very unique time of year is here.

This is when everyone scrambles to add capable running backs to their list of fantasies, seemingly previously unknown, seemingly invented running backs who have evolved into complementary roles and who will ultimately be the points to take the owners to the playoffs.

You spent way too long scrolling through the running backs category on your league’s waiver feed on Monday, didn’t you? Of course I did.

Do not be ashamed. Be proud. You are a careful fantasy owner. Running back has become so cumbersome, and the position itself is a battle of attrition every season. In November, NFL teams are basically doing what you do – look, hope, pray for anyone who can reasonably carry the rock and catch a pass or two out of the backfield in the second half of the regular season.

To honor the “Scramble To Find A Running Back” or “STFARB” time, I’ve added a plethora of fullbacks who started the season as, at best, RB4s at their respective clubs and are now lined up to simultaneously help their clubs on the floor and your fantasy squad earn a key win as the fantasy playoffs approach.

The PSPR Call-Up Tally (The CUT) is at 17 calls after eight weeks of regular season action. We eclipsed two a week on average. LET’S GO. But, you all know me now, I never settle down. We need more. Here’s a GINORMOUS Practice Squad Elevation on Saturday. Remember don’t be shy to hit me up on Twitter @ChrisTrapasso to alert me if any members of the PSPR receive the glorious call.

Expanded 16-man practice squads are about the only good thing to come out of the pandemic, and they’re here to stay in the NFL. For this reason, I run the practice squad power rankings alongside the league. I write about 16 people every Friday, 10 officially on the leaderboard and six honorable mentions.

But I will always remain faithful to the origins of the PSPR, which was to promote young players. This means that I will not present “veterans” this season. Choosing someone like Nickell Robey-Coleman – currently on the Raiders training platoon – would not embody the basic intent of the PSPR. So in the interest of the dignity of the practice squad power ranking, I will only include practice squads that are rookies, sophomores, third-years, or pros. fourth year. Players drafted from 2019. That’s it.

Here are the practice squad power rankings that are blossoming this season, emerging as a legit superstar, earning a huge salary and beginning to cement their legacy in the hallowed halls of the internet football media industry.

Rivers played so long at Fresno State that he felt like he was in the backfield with Derek Carr. He was not. But it looked like that. During his long career with the Bulldogs, Rivers ran the ball 680 times at a neat clip of 5.0 yards per carry. Nothing he does is sensational. But there’s no obvious weakness in his game either, and he’s a very methodical, vision-based runner, perfect for Sean McVay’s zone-blocking scheme.

The Lions, man. They can’t stop anyone, anywhere from doing anything. They are good last in the pass and execute the DVOA defense at soccer strangers and have two picks for the season, which is tied for the second-lowest number in football. Breeze was a point guard at Oregon, which led to him getting caught in the sixth round by the Titans. He is no slouch athletically either. He ran 4.55 with a vertical of 38.5 inches on his pro day in 2021. The Lions entered “no idea is a bad idea” territory defensively.

Fields played five seasons at Texas Tech and had a productive career in a program not exactly known for its defensive prowess — 41 pass breakups. And Washington’s secondary, among other pretty seismic issues with the franchise, is Swiss cheese. He’s 28th in DVOA pass defense. Fields has a speed of 4.48 and a nose for football. Take him to the field, Ron Rivera. Especially after the William Jackson trade.

Hankins did not test through the roof at Iowa Pro Day. Far from there. But it’s your classic Hawkeye secondary member. Super instinctive, well coached in college, and despite his lack of athleticism, still around football. In his last three seasons at Iowa – six interceptions and 21 pass breakups. The Falcons are in cornerback shock right now. It’s time to give Hankins a chance.

I loved attending the Saquon Barkley Comeback Tour. Just like you did. But the Giants are extraordinarily dependent on Barkley on the field. Daniel Jones is second on the team in rushing with 363 yards. Matt Breida is third in rushing yards with 73 total yards. And I don’t want to see Barkley wear out – although his legs should be fresh – as the season progresses. Corbin was a sneaky and decently explosive rusher at Florida State. Let’s put him in the Giants’ backfield rotation.

Washington can be the Ravens’ multi-dimensional weapon in the secondary, and Baltimore’s scheme demands a lot from its defensive backs. Cover the slot one game, go deep in the field the next. He can do it. Baltimore gave Washington their shot in Week 6, and he looked like he belonged, with an assisted tackle and no big plays allowed in coverage. Do it again, Ravens.

Late addition here with Graham. He’s back on the Browns’ practice squad. Cleveland needs to call him. Immediately. The Browns are 16th in DVOA pass defense and have two interceptions in five games. Graham is a former PSPR cover guy who had the best first performance by a PSPR alum, when he defended three passes in late December against the vikings.

Thompkins had five catches for 53 yards – including two contested wins! — in the 2022 preseason. He’s also a Brady type, in that he was a 0-star rookie when he joined the Utah State program in 2018. Brady loves the underdog of an underdog, and that is precisely what Thompkins is. Finally, Tampa Bay could use more juice at receiver, especially given how pedestrian the offense has been lately. He has a speed of 4.44, a vertical of 38.5 inches and a jump spread of 132 inches on his professional day.

The Colts traded Nyheim Hines’ explosive do-all for the Invoices at the trade deadline buzzer. They got Zack Moss back. He’s a rock of a winning back with low center of gravity power and has never quite met the hype after his illustrious college career. Even if he just needed a change of scenery, Indianapolis now lacks an explosive weapon to chase after Jonathan Taylor. And that’s where Price could come in! The 6-1, 210 lbs from Florida International – shout out TY Hilton! – ran 4.38 at the combine and averaged 6.0 yards per 369 college attempts.

1. Verone McKinley, S, dolphins

The Dolphins have had to rely on McKinley lately, but he’s still on the practice squad today. The acquisition of Bradley Chubb should have a ripple effect on the secondary, but Miami’s defensive backfield is still a major work in progress, currently sitting 29th in DVOA pass defense.

McKinley’s streak in Oregon wasn’t as good as his tremendous output – 11 interceptions and 10 pass breakups in his last three seasons for the Ducks – but he clearly has a knack for finding football on the field . He should be a mainstay of Miami’s defense.

Honorable Mention

Nazeeh Johnson, DB, Chiefs

Johnson was a stat sheet filler at Marshall with 302 tackles, seven picks and 19 pass breakups in five seasons. It can handle the nickel corner spot. Free security. Strong security. He tackles well and plays with authority with every snap.

jason poeO.G., 49ers

We have Mercer on the PSPR Board! Poe, a Mercer alum, was a wrecking ball in college, and he tested like a top athlete during Georgia Pro Day. Yes, the Bulldogs gave him the opportunity to show his skills and he was very impressed. Poe feels like an athletic brawler from a guard that Kyle Shanahan will eventually get the most out of in San Francisco.

Jaret Patterson, RB, Commanders

Commanders are averaging 4.0 yards per carry across six contests. No idea is a bad idea when it comes to fixing the racing game. Now, of course, a running back himself can’t single-handedly fix an NFL team’s rushing offense. But it won’t hurt to incorporate the ultra-sharp little Patterson into this offense, although Brian Robinson Jr.’s inspiring return to the lineup certainly helped boost the running game.

Curtis Brooks, DT, Foals

Brooks was a late bloomer in Cincinnati, but can boast the most dynamic three-pass technique in the 2022 class. I mean that. In just 304 quick passes, Brooks registered 43 pressures, thanks to an impressive mix of speed, leverage and power at the point of attack.

Easop Winston, WR, sea ​​hawks

Winston was a stallion in the corner of the Seattle Forest in Washington State, where he caught 137 passes for 1,624 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons for the Cougars. His specialty is route suddenness on complex, undercut routes. He would be a fun addition to this fun offense in Seattle.

Brad Hawkins, S. patriots

Hawkins steadily improved as his role grew at Michigan, and he finished with a season of 63 tackles, three tackles for loss, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles in his senior year at Ann Arbor. . The Patriots are struggling with an injury to Kyle Dugger. It’s time to call Hawkins.

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