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Phillip Tanner | Running Back | #48

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/8/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 208
College: Middle Tennessee State
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49ers signed RB Phillip Tanner.
TE Garrett Celek (ankle) was placed on I.R. to make room. Tanner spent a couple weeks on the Bills' roster in October, but didn't play a snap. He's being brought in by the 49ers with Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) in doubt for Week 16. Alfonso Smith is the only other back on the roster. Wed, Dec 17, 2014 01:10:00 PM

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Bills signed RB Phillip Tanner.

With C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both injured, the Bills need a caddie behind Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. A fourth-year undrafted free agent who spent 2011-13 in Dallas, Tanner has averaged 2.7 yards on 56 career carries. Even in the deepest of leagues, Tanner is a pure desperation add with almost no shot at paying off.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 01:02:00 PM

Cowboys signed RB Phillip Tanner.

Tanner was brought back simply to carry the load on Thursday night. Joseph Randle (oblique) and Ryan Williams (groin) are both fighting minor injuries. Look for Tanner to be back on the waiver wire come Saturday.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:28:00 PM

Colts waived RB Phillip Tanner.

Tanner's roster spot is being taken by RB David Fluellen, who was acquired from the Eagles on Wednesday. Tanner rushed for a pitiful four yards on eight carries in two preseason games, fumbling once. He's a fringe talent.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 03:40:00 PM

Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner.

With Vick Ballard tearing his Achilles', Trent Richardson nursing a sore hamstring, and freshly-signed RB Davin Meggett going down in practice, the Colts needed depth behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Tanner, 26 next month, has 56 career carries for 149 yards (2.7 YPC) and two scores. He'll compete for a spot.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 03:38:00 PM

Free agent RB Phillip Tanner worked out for the Seahawks on Saturday.

It's the first known interest in Tanner since he was non-tendered by Dallas in February. With Marshawn Lynch holding out, Tanner would be a camp body if signed. Seattle also visited with free agents William Powell and Orwin Smith.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 08:00:00 PM

The Cowboys will not tender restricted free agent RB Phillip Tanner, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Cowboys are $20 million or so over the 2014 salary cap, and can't afford to pay Tanner the lowest possible RFA tender ($1.389 million). They'd probably take him back at the NFL minimum cost. Tanner turns 26 years old in August and has below-average running ability, but is an effective special teamer.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 08:33:00 PM

Phillip Tanner rushed twice for eight yards in Dallas' Week 8 loss to the Lions, adding one catch for 17 yards.

Tanner wasn't a big part of the game plan with Lance Dunbar (hamstring) back in action. It's possible he'll be a healthy scratch in Week 9 if DeMarco Murray (knee) is ready to return.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:30:00 PM

Phillip Tanner rushed two times for one yard with a touchdown and caught one pass for seven yards in Sunday's Week 7 win at Philadelphia.

Tanner played on all passing and red-zone situations behind feature back Joseph Randle. He vultured a 1-yard score and handled himself well in protection. Still, that's not enough to be worthy of a fantasy add even if DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) miss more time.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 05:58:00 PM

Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner has just five carries for three yards and a nine-yard reception through six weeks.

Tanner fumbled in the opener against the Giants, and has played six snaps of offense since. The Cowboys need Tanner to step up his game in Week 6, however, because rookie Joseph Randle struggles in pass protection, and both DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) are on the shelf. Tanner isn't quite a strong flex play, but could play more snaps than people think.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 10:21:00 PM

Phillip Tanner rushed 14 times for 39 yards in Saturday's fourth preseason game, adding one catch for six yards.

It was a brutal performance, but Tanner appeared well ahead of rookie Joseph Randle on the depth chart. Tanner touched the ball 12 times before halftime, while Randle got the rock just five times before Big D went into clock-killing mode. Unless the Cowboys decide they've seen enough of Tanner at final cuts, he appears poised to serve as DeMarco Murray's handcuff while Lance Dunbar (foot) heals. Tanner has rushed 31 times for 123 yards (3.96 YPC) this preseason.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 11:26:00 PM

Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner rushed 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for a loss of two in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game.

Behind Lance Dunbar, Tanner was the second back through the rotation, getting red-zone handoffs after Lamar Miller's first-possession fumble. Tanner's best run came on Dallas' third drive, busting up the middle and carrying Dolphins second-team defenders for 17 yards. He did the same twice more early in the second quarter on runs of 9 and 17, albeit all against backups. Though he lacks ideal first-step explosion, Tanner packs power when he gets a full head of steam. He remains on the bubble with DeMarco Murray, current No. 2 back Dunbar, and probably draft pick Joseph Randle locked into roster spots.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 10:28:00 PM

ESPN Dallas gives Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner a 75 percent chance of keeping his roster spot.

Tanner has gotten attention after "physically remaking his body" in the offseason, but his career 2.9 yards per carry sticks out like a sore thumb. Reporter Todd Archer speculates the Cowboys could sign a veteran free agent if they don't like what they see from Tanner and rookie Joseph Randle in camp. Tanner isn't going to make a fantasy impact this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 12:44:00 PM

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner looked "quicker and more explosive" in OTAs.

DallasCowboys.com reported earlier this offseason that Tanner "remade" his body. "I lost a little weight and leaned up a little bit," he said. "I’m able to see things and hit the hole without hesitating." Tanner is in a dogfight with Lance Dunbar for No. 3 duties after being phased out down the stretch last season. Owner Jerry Jones has already anointed rookie Joseph Randle as his No. 2 back.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 12:25:00 PM

According to DallasCowboys.com, RB Phillip Tanner has "physically remade his body."

Per reporter Bryan Broaddus, Tanner "looks lighter and quicker with the ball in his hands," and has made major strides as a pass catcher. Broaddus was initially skeptical that Tanner would make the team after being phased out down the stretch last season, but now considers him a viable candidate for No. 3 duties behind DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle. Tanner is competing with Lance Dunbar.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:34:00 PM

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8Seth Lobato
9Ryan Williams
10Tim Tebow
11Brad Sorensen
12Matt Blanchard
13Dan LeFevour
14Pat Devlin
15Chase Rettig
16Chandler Harnish
17Garrett Gilbert
18Dustin Vaughan
19Dylan Thompson
20Cody Fajardo
21Shane Carden
22Griffin Neal
23Josh Woodrum
24Max Wittek
25Joe Licata
26Austin Davis
27R.J. Archer
28Jerrod Johnson
29Jerry Lovelocke
30Dalyn Williams
31Jake Waters
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2Toby Gerhart
3Zurlon Tipton
4Alonzo Harris
5LaMichael James
6Joique Bell
7Josh Harris
8Don Jackson
9Anthony Dixon
10Zac Stacy
11Storm Johnson
12Ross Scheuerman
13Kenneth Harper
14Jawon Chisholm
15Jerome Smith
16Michael Dyer
17Jeremy Stewart
18Karlos Williams
19Senorise Perry
20Keshawn Hill
21LaVance Taylor
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2Toby Gerhart
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2Darrel Young
3Erik Lorig
4Emil Igwenagu
5Jorvorskie Lane
6Joe Don Duncan
7Ryan Mueller
8Derrick Coleman
9Henry Hynoski
10Brad Smelley
11Trey Millard
12Patrick Skov
13Soma Vainuku
14Jordan Campbell
15Zach Boren
16Kiero Small
17J.C. Copeland
18John Conner
19Sione Houma
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2Marques Colston
3Jerome Simpson
4Hakeem Nicks
5Josh Morgan
6Jacoby Ford
7Tyler Davis
8Miles Austin
9Dwayne Bowe
10James Jones
11Preston Parker
12Kris Durham
13Rueben Randle
14Kyle Prater
15Joshua Stangby
16Zach D'Orazio
17Kenzel Doe
18Jared Dangerfield
19Ricky Collins
20Solomon Patton
21Nate Washington
22T.J. Graham
23Damaris Johnson
24Josh Lenz
25Robert Herron
26Damian Williams
27Reggie Dunn
28Armon Binns
29Carlton Mitchell
30Nick Harwell
31Tevin Reese
32Issac Blakeney
33Hunter Sharp
34David Porter
35L'Damian Washington
36Jeff Beathard
37Jordan Leslie
38Jamel Johnson
39DaVaris Daniels
40Tyler McDonald
41Ezell Ruffin
42Shaq Evans
43Josh Stewart
44Lance Lewis
45Joseph Anderson
46Travis Labhart
47Donatella Luckett
48Josh Harper
49Tyler Murphy
50Marquez Clark
51Quinshad Davis
52Reece Horn
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4Ace Sanders
5Devin Hester
6Denarius Moore
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8Marcus Thigpen
9Joe Morgan
10Austin Pettis
11Ryan Broyles
12Matt Hazel
13Jacoby Jones
14Onterio McCalebb
15A.J. Jenkins
16Emory Blake
17Nathan Palmer
18Mike Brown
19DeVier Posey
20Andre Debose
21Tandon Doss
22Mike Williams
23Devante Davis
24Devon Wylie
25Jimmie Hunt
26Reggie Bell
27Brandon Shippen
28Valdez Showers
29Myles White
30Isiah Ferguson
31Daniel Rodriguez
32A.J. Cruz
33Milton Williams III
34Michael Preston
35James Butler
36Max McCaffrey
37Phil Bates
38Amir Carlisle
39Clyde Gates
40Ryan Lankford
41Marcus Harris
42Juron Criner
43Stephen Hill
44Titus Davis
45Andre Davis
46Demetrius Wilson
47Josh Reese
48DiAndre Campbell
49Trevor Harman
50Tom Nelson
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53Chris King
54Trindon Holliday
55Kieran Duncan
56Jarvis Turner
57Durron Neal
58David Glidden
59Michael Bennett
60Paul Browning
61Austin Willis
62Saalim Hakim
63Kashif Moore
64Levi Norwood
65Ed Williams
66Danny Anthrop
67Marken Michel
68Christion Jones
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2Chris Givens
3Riley Cooper
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2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Matt Spaeth
6Kyle Miller
7Michael Cooper
8Matthew Mulligan
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12Chase Ford
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15Chase Dixon
16Mike McFarland
17Rob Blanchflower
18Jacob Maxwell
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20Steve Maneri
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22David Paulson
23Brandon Barden
24Kevin Greene
25Jake Stoneburner
26Gerell Robinson
27Ryan Taylor
28Konrad Reuland
29Brett Brackett
30Michael Egnew
31Adrien Robinson
32Jake Murphy
33Rory Anderson
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35John Peters
36Jay Rome
37Braxton Deaver
38Dan Light
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41Arthur Lynch
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3Charles Brown
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5Pierce Burton
6Will Beatty
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8Jason Fox
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10Taylor Fallin
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5Martin Wallace
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8Al Bond
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12Isiah Cage
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14Darren Keyton
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16Adrian Bellard
17Tanner Hawkinson
18Garrick Mayweather
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3Sam Brenner
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6Kristjan Sokoli
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8Brian De La Puente
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8Paul Fanaika
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