Player Notes

  • Report: Woodhead six weeks ahead of schedule
    The San Diego Union-Tribune reports impending free agent Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) is "six weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Reporter Michael Gehlken posted a video of Woodhead running with great velocity and even doing some cutting. Woodhead is four months removed from going down. He should still have at least 2-3 months of intensive rehab remaining, but it appears he could be close to 100 percent for training camp. One week shy of his 32nd birthday, Woodhead is one of the league's best pass-catching backs, but missed the majority of two of the past three seasons with injury. Today, 11:17 am
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  • Branden Oliver has 'good shot' to return
    ESPN's Eric Williams said restricted free agent Branden Oliver "has a good shot" to be back with the Chargers next season.

    Advice: Coming off an Achilles' tear, Oliver likely will not take more than the lowest tender to retain, and that would be a smart investment for the Chargers with Danny Woodhead set to hit free agency. If Woodhead leaves and the Chargers do not add anyone of note in the draft, Oliver could play an important role behind starter Melvin Gordon in 2017. Today, 6:59 am
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  • Texans sign several to reserve/future deals
    Texans signed RB Kenny Hilliard, DE Brandon Dunn, TE RaShaun Allen, OT Laurence Gibson, WR Tevin Jones, OLB Eric Lee, ILB Shakeel Rashad, and OG Chad Slade to reserve/future contracts.

    Advice: They all finished the season on Houston's practice squad. Hilliard often impresses in preseason games, but he's been unable to get past Alfred Blue for the past two seasons. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
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  • Carroll: Prosise needs to be more durable
    Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said C.J. Prosise will have to prove he can stay healthy as a sophomore.

    Advice: "He has to show it," Carroll said. The Seahawks' thin backfield badly needed Prosise's pass-catching ability as a rookie, but he was injured all season. He had a hamstring issue in camp, hand injury early in the year and shoulder ailment late. Prosise played 147 snaps across six appearances. The Notre Dame product turns 23 in May. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
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  • Charcandrick West totals 13 yards in defeat
    Charcandrick West rushed one time for -1 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: He caught two balls for 14 yards, with one coming on a swing pass in the red zone to help set up Spencer Ware's fourth-quarter touchdown. West made a few spot starts this season in place of an injured Ware, but he didn't top 58 yards rushing in any of the four, finishing the year with 89 carries for 292 yards (3.3 YPC) and one touchdown. West is signed through 2018 but isn't a threat to play much of an increased role next season and could even lose some work. Sunday, 9:08 pm
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  • Spencer Ware scores late touchdown in defeat
    Spencer Ware rushed eight times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

    Advice: He "added" two catches for one yard and lost a fumble on one of those just before halftime. It didn't end up mattering much. His touchdown run came from one yard out deep in the fourth quarter to pull the score to 18-16, but the Chiefs ultimately failed on the two-point conversion after a penalty. Ware really struggled much of the second half of the season after a Week 8 concussion. Fatigue was probably the biggest reason, as this was his first full season as the No. 1 back. The Chiefs will probably look for someone to compete with Ware next season, if they end up releasing Jamaal Charles, though Charles could later be brought back on a more team-friendly deal. Sunday, 9:01 pm
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  • Bell runs for 170 yards in win over Chiefs
    Le'Veon Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

    Advice: Bell was the Steelers' main source of offense, though they weren't able to score a touchdown all night, settling instead for six Chris Boswell field goals to advance to the AFC Championship game. Bell showed his trademark patience in the backfield and had 101 rushing yards at halftime. He didn't do much in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs dominating time of possession on one of their two touchdown drives. Bell was also swallowed up on his two catches, totaling minus-four yards on five targets. Against New England in Week 7, Bell rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 10 balls for an additional 68 yards. He's a virtual lock to total 100 yards. Sunday, 8:43 pm
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  • Zeke caps epic rookie season with 125 yds
    Ezekiel Elliott tallied 125 yards on 22 carries and caught his only target for a loss of two yards Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Elliott couldn’t have played much better in his first taste of the postseason. Even with Dallas in catch-up mode for most of the second half (and a good chunk of the first half if we’re being honest), Elliott still made his presence felt. Just as he has all season, Zeke rode the Cowboys’ monster offensive line, shooting through gaps with his signature 4.47 speed. He went berserk in the second half, gashing Green Bay for 81 yards on 12 carries after halftime. The Packers feature one of the league’s better run defenses, but that didn’t faze Zeke in the slightest. He averaged an impressive 141 yards per game in his two meetings with Green Bay this season. Elliott had one of the best rookie seasons of all-time this year and will enter 2017 as a legitimate MVP candidate. Sunday, 6:11 pm
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  • Montgomery paces GB with 2 TDs in upset win
    Ty Montgomery rushed 11 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in six-of-seven targets for 34 yards Sunday in the Packers' Divisional Round win over the Cowboys.

    Advice: Montgomery didn’t rush for a ton of yards but he made good on both of his goal-line opportunities and kept the chains moving by snagging everything Aaron Rodgers threw at him. He came up huge on the Packers’ final drive with a 17-yard gain off a screen from Rodgers, astutely stepping out of bounds to stop the clock with 30 seconds remaining. Montgomery is never going to be a workhorse in the mold of a Zeke Elliott or Adrian Peterson but his all-purpose role serves the Packers well. He’ll be asked to lead the backfield again in next week’s NFC title game in Atlanta. Sunday, 5:32 pm
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  • Davis among Chiefs' Divisional Round inactives
    Chiefs declared RB Knile Davis, DL T.J. Barnes, QB Tyler Bray, LB Victor Ochi, OL Mike Person, TE Ross Travis and CB D.J. White inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Steelers.

    Advice: Eric Berry (Achilles), Tamba Hali (knee), Justin Houston (knee) and Spencer Ware (rib) are all active. In fact, none of those four were even listed on the Chiefs' final injury report. Sunday's game was originally scheduled for 1:05 PM ET but was pushed back to 8:20 due to icy conditions in Kansas City. Sunday, 4:09 pm
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  • Blount held to 27 snaps in Divisional Round
    LeGarrette Blount played 27 of the Patriots' 69 offensive snaps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Dion Lewis led the backfield with 33 offensive snaps. Blount's workload is somewhat deceiving as a handful of his snaps came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. Already a non-factor on passing downs, Blount keeps falling further behind Lewis, even losing goal-line work on Saturday. We'd expect Lewis to operate as the lead back once again in next week's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City or Pittsburgh. Sunday, 9:02 am
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  • James White catches 19-yard TD pass
    James White caught his lone target for a 19-yard touchdown in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Texans.

    Advice: Working as the Patriots’ clear No. 3 back in this game, White logged only three first-half snaps and zero touches behind Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount. White’s only touch occurred on a third-quarter wheel route, beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney for a 19-yard score. The odd man out in New England's backfield, White now looks to be buried behind Lewis (15 touches) and Blount (8). Saturday, 9:17 pm
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  • Grimes turns 6 touches into 54 yards
    Texans RB Jonathan Grimes rushed twice for 11 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 43 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to New England.

    Advice: Grimes took over as Houston’s third-down and long-yardage back late in the season. On Saturday, Grimes made a third-down catch for a first down late in the first quarter and ran six yards for a first down a few plays later. Grimes disappeared before fourth-quarter garbage time, where Brock Osweiler checked down to him frequently. Grimes is a pedestrian passing-down back. An impending free agent, Grimes will have to compete for a roster spot in 2017. Saturday, 8:50 pm
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  • Lamar Miller held to 89 yards on 24 touches
    Lamar Miller managed 73 yards on 19 carries and caught 4-of-7 targets for 16 yards in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

    Advice: The Patriots made life tough on Miller, giving him zero first-half alleys. The Texans still stayed close enough long enough to ride their workhorse back hard. Miller broke a 17-yard gain up the gut in the third quarter, but otherwise he was bottled up near the line of scrimmage. Turning 26 in April, Miller battled nagging injuries and lost some of his big-play ability in his first-ever stint as a team's bellcow back. It will be interesting to see if the Texans bring in competition to lighten Miller's 2017 load. Saturday, 8:44 pm
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  • Dion Lewis breaks out for 3 TDs as Pats roll
    Dion Lewis rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, caught 2-of-7 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a third score as the Patriots downed the Texans 34-16 in Saturday's Divisional Round game.

    Advice: The focal point of New England’s game plan, Lewis logged feature back usage while LeGarrette Blount was mostly limited to clock-killing work. Lewis capped the Patriots’ second drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch, easily beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney in coverage. Lewis house called a 98-yard kick return on New England’s very next possession, and scored on a fourth-quarter goal-line carry, staying in over Blount because the Pats were in a hurry-up look. Lewis did fumble twice, once on a kick return that resulted in a Texans touchdown and again in the fourth quarter, though it was luckily recovered by the Pats. Still, this was the kind of dynamic performance we’ve long awaited from all-purpose playmaker Lewis. Expect Lewis to remain New England’s feature back in the AFC Championship Game. Saturday, 8:27 pm
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  • Alfred Blue suffers possible concussion
    Alfred Blue left Saturday's Divisional Round game with a possible concussion.

    Advice: He's going through the NFL's concussion protocol. Blue had just one carry for two yards before exiting. Lamar Miller has remained the Texans' workhorse, while Akeem Dent and Jonathan Grimes have mostly changed the pace. Saturday, 8:06 pm
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  • Tyler Ervin evaluated for concussion
    Texans KR/PR Tyler Ervin is done for the day in Saturday night's Divisional Round Game with a concussion.

    Advice: It's unclear when the injury happened. Ervin did not appear for his usual kick return duties to open the game and was replaced on punt returns by Will Fuller. Saturday, 6:18 pm
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  • Devonta Freeman totals 125 yards vs. 'Hawks
    Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks, adding four receptions for 80 additional yards.

    Advice: Freeman got out-rushed by Tevin Coleman, but was an integral part of the Falcons advancing to the NFC Championship Game. Freeman shakes and bakes like few players in the NFL, and is tough as nails for a back standing in at 5-foot-8. He'll be heavily involved as the Falcons seek their first Super Bowl appearance since the '90s. Saturday, 5:35 pm
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  • Alex Collins totals 31 yards vs. Falcons
    Alex Collins rushed twice for 14 yards in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Falcons, adding two receptions for 17 additional yards.

    Advice: The No. 171 overall pick of the draft, 22-year-old Collins wasn't ready for primetime as a rookie, notching just 42 touches in a year where the Seahawks were woefully thin at running back. Collins was billed as a limited athlete coming out of Arkansas, and did nothing to disprove that. With Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise decisively ahead of him on the depth chart, Collins isn't an intriguing Dynasty-league option. Saturday, 5:23 pm
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  • Thomas Rawls bottled up for 34 yards vs. ATL
    Thomas Rawls rushed 11 times for 34 yards in the Seahawks' Divisional Round loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Rawls was clotheslining arm tackles in the first quarter, but the 'Hawks had to abandon the running game in comeback mode. It was a "what might have been" coda to Rawls' Wild Card explosion. Injured or limited for nearly all of 2016, Rawls averaged just 3.20 yards per carry during the regular season, but back at full health, is almost certainly in the lead for 2017 early-down duties. The Seahawks did get caught short at the position this season, and will look to add some insurance. Rawls is one of the most punishing runners in the NFL when he's right. That same punishing style, of course, could make him prone to nicks and bruises. Going on 24, Rawls has some risk, but is a high-upside own in Dynasty leagues. Saturday, 4:59 pm
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