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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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26Matt Blanchard
27Dan LeFevour
28Austin Trainor
29Jerry Lovelocke
30Chase Rettig
31Chandler Harnish
32Jake Waters
33Dalyn Williams
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3Toby Gerhart
4Alonzo Harris
5LaMichael James
6Jhurell Pressley
7C.J. Spiller
8Dominique Williams
9Joique Bell
10Stevan Ridley
11Anthony Dixon
12Josh Harris
13Brandon Ross
14Zac Stacy
15Brandon Wegher
16Kenneth Harper
17Jawon Chisholm
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20Ross Scheuerman
21Darrin Reaves
22Jerome Smith
23Isaiah Pead
24Dan Herron
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26LaVance Taylor
27Michael Dyer
28Jeremy Stewart
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2Emil Igwenagu
3Jorvorskie Lane
4James Casey
5Joe Don Duncan
6Ryan Mueller
7Derrick Coleman
8Tommy Bohanon
9Henry Hynoski
10Sam Bergen
11Brad Smelley
12Rod Smith
13Jordan Campbell
14Patrick Skov
15Soma Vainuku
16John Conner
17Zach Boren
18Kiero Small
19J.C. Copeland
20Joey Iosefa
21Blake Renaud
22Alstevis Squirewell
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2Marques Colston
3Jerome Simpson
4Hakeem Nicks
5Josh Morgan
6Jacoby Ford
7Tyler Davis
8Douglas McNeil
9Preston Parker
10Greg Little
11Kris Durham
12Kyle Prater
13Dwayne Bowe
14James Jones
15Kain Colter
16DeAndre Reaves
17Greg Salas
18Keshawn Martin
19Miles Austin
20Reggie Dunn
21Armon Binns
22Carlton Mitchell
23Nick Harwell
24Damian Williams
25Nate Washington
26Joshua Stangby
27Jaxon Shipley
28Zach D'Orazio
29Kenzel Doe
30Jared Dangerfield
31T.J. Graham
32Damaris Johnson
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34Solomon Patton
35Josh Lenz
36Ricky Collins
37Rodney Smith
38Terrell Sinkfield
39Tevin Reese
40Issac Blakeney
41David Porter
42L'Damian Washington
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44Duke Williams
45Josh Harper
46Josh Stewart
47Travis Labhart
48Donatella Luckett
49Jarrett Boykin
50Lance Lewis
51Joseph Anderson
52Quinshad Davis
53Marcus Tucker
54Rashaun Simonise
55Reece Horn
56Devin Lucien
57Tyler Murphy
58Marquez Clark
59Chandler Worthy
60Marlon Moore
61Jeff Beathard
62DaVaris Daniels
63Jamel Johnson
64Tyler McDonald
65Ezell Ruffin
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4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Ryan Whalen
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13Jonathan Krause
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29Jay Lee
30Devante Davis
31Devon Wylie
32Reggie Bell
33DeAndre Carter
34Brandon Shippen
35Mekale McKay
36Daniel Rodriguez
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38Milton Williams III
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45Isiah Ferguson
46James Butler
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50Marcus Harris
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56Durron Neal
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70Leonard Hankerson
71Chris King
72Trindon Holliday
73Michael Bennett
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75Marken Michel
76Christion Jones
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79Danny Anthrop
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36Jake Murphy
37Rory Anderson
38Ryan Taylor
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42Adrien Robinson
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53Gerell Robinson
54Dan Light
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56Jack Tabb
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