Job Battles: Preposterous Pettis Panic
Job Battles: Preposterous Pettis Panic

This article is part of our Job Battles series.

Listed below are some of the more notable job battles throughout the league that have seen new developments in the past week.

RUNNING BACK

Phillip Lindsay vs. Royce Freeman vs. Theo Riddick (shoulder), DEN

There isn't any movement between Lindsay and Freeman, by far the frontrunners in this backfield, but the recently signed Riddick suffered a broken shoulder that figures to keep him out 6-to-8 weeks. Riddick's $1 million in guaranteed money on his one-year deal seems to imply that a roster spot is set aside for him almost unconditionally, perhaps at the expense of Devontae Booker. That appears to be delayed until Riddick's return.

But if Riddick is out until as late as Oct. 6, though, then it presumably stabilizes the target shares of Lindsay and Freeman until then. I still think Lindsay will easily prove himself the more competent receiver – Riddick's career line of a 77.2 percent catch rate at 6.1 yards per target is utterly unimpressive – but Riddick's roster spot is justified with his passing-game work in mind, reasonable or not.

Chris Carson vs. Rashaad Penny vs. Travis Homer vs. J.D. McKissic vs. C.J. Prosise, SEA

Carson (452, 14 games) and Penny (180, 14 games) combined for 632 snaps last year, while Mike Davis played 392. The three of them combined for 444 carries and 78 targets. Prosise and McKissic combined for a trivial four carries and four targets on 39 snaps.

While at least one might still make the roster, it's fair

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