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Phillip Tanner | Running Back | #48

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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QB1Brian Hoyer
2Ryan Lindley
3Phillip Sims
4Josh Freeman
5Brad Sorensen
6Seth Lobato
7Tim Tebow
8Christian Ponder
9Johnny Manziel
10Bryan Bennett
11Chase Rettig
12Chandler Harnish
13Cody Fajardo
14Shane Carden
15B.J. Daniels
16R.J. Archer
17Pat Devlin
18Jerry Lovelocke
19Jake Waters
20Jake Heaps
RB1Arian Foster
2Joseph Randle
3Zurlon Tipton
4Toby Gerhart
5Alonzo Harris
6LaMichael James
7Joique Bell
8Antone Smith
9Anthony Dixon
10Josh Harris
11Kenneth Harper
12Jawon Chisholm
13Jerome Smith
14Jeremy Stewart
15Keshawn Hill
16LaVance Taylor
17Michael Dyer
18Lache Seastrunk
GLB1Joique Bell
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Jorvorskie Lane
3Erik Lorig
4Derrick Coleman
5Joe Don Duncan
6Henry Hynoski
7Trey Millard
8Brad Smelley
9Jordan Campbell
10Emil Igwenagu
11Zach Boren
12Kiero Small
13J.C. Copeland
14John Conner
WR11Greg Jennings
2Marques Colston
3Andre Johnson
4Miles Austin
5Seantavius Jones
6Jacoby Ford
7Josh Morgan
8Tyler Davis
9Dwayne Bowe
10Preston Parker
11Kris Durham
12Vincent Brown
13Armon Binns
14Reggie Dunn
15Robert Herron
16Solomon Patton
17Damian Williams
18Zach D'Orazio
19Kenzel Doe
20Ricky Collins
21Tevin Reese
22Carlton Mitchell
23David Porter
24Donte Foster
25L'Damian Washington
26Josh Harper
27Marquez Clark
28Travis Labhart
29Donatella Luckett
30Lance Lewis
31Josh Stewart
32DaVaris Daniels
33Ezell Ruffin
34Tyler McDonald
WR21Roddy White
2Riley Cooper
3Ace Sanders
4Denarius Moore
5Marcus Thigpen
6Austin Pettis
7Ryan Broyles
8Joe Morgan
9Jacoby Jones
10Onterio McCalebb
11A.J. Jenkins
12Rico Richardson
13Emory Blake
14Tandon Doss
15Mike Brown
16Devon Wylie
17Devante Davis
18Ryan Lankford
19Daniel Rodriguez
20James Butler
21Michael Preston
22Milton Williams III
23Phil Bates
24Jimmie Hunt
25Clyde Gates
26Marcus Harris
27Ryan Whalen
28Juron Criner
29Tom Nelson
30Trindon Holliday
31Demetrius Wilson
32Josh Reese
33Trevor Harman
34Paul Browning
WR31Marques Colston
2Riley Cooper
3Andre Johnson
TE1Owen Daniels
2Scott Chandler
3Dante Rosario
4Kyle Miller
5Beau Gardner
6Mickey Shuler
7Orson Charles
8Chase Ford
9Nick Kasa
10Chase Dixon
11D.J. Williams
12Rob Blanchflower
13David Paulson
14Steve Maneri
15Jimmay Mundine
16Dan Light
17Brandon Barden
18Gerell Robinson
19Jake Murphy
20Ryan Taylor
21Brett Brackett
22Michael Egnew
LT1Pierce Burton
2Will Beatty
3Jason Fox
4Micah Hatchie
5Tyson Chandler
LG1Ben Grubbs
2Ben Heenan
3Tanner Hawkinson
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Jahri Evans
2Todd Herremans
3Louis Vasquez
4Paul Fanaika
5Patrick Omameh
6Adam Replogle
RT1Nate Chandler
2Kelvin Palmer
K1Carey Spear
2Justin Manton
3Mike Meyer
4Billy Cundiff
5Brandon Bogotay
6Kyle Brindza
7Andrew Furney