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Jeff Janis (W, GB)

Jeff Janis (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Cowboys.


The wideout was deemed questionable heading into the weekend, but his limited participation in practices Thursday and Friday were enough for the Packers to clear him to play. Janis will move up a peg on the depth chart this week with Jordy Nelson (ribs) out, but he'll still only be the team's No. 4 wideout behind Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison.

Whitney Mercilus had a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles and a pass defensed in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC divisional-round playoff game.


Mercilus, who had two sacks in last week's win over Oakland, now has six sacks in three postseason games. He and Jadeveon Clowney were quite active Saturday, harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady all night as the Texans defense made this game tight until midway through the fourth quarter. Mercilus returns next season after leading Houston with 7.5 sacks over 15 regular-season games. With a healthy J.J. Watt (back) occupying blockers next season, Mercilus should be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks, as evidenced by the 12 he racked up in 2015 playing alongside the former.

A.J. Bouye had five tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC divisional-round playoff game.


Bouye was one of the most improved players in the NFL this season and his emergence came at a fortunate time for the cornerback, who enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. The fourth-year pro, who had picks in each of Houston's postseason games, should command a healthy salary after leading the Texans with 16 passes defensed, tying him for ninth in the NFL. Houston could opt to apply the franchise tag to him, but that would be expensive. The tag for cornerbacks this past season was $13.952 million and will go up next season. If he can't come to terms with Houston, Bouye is sure to land a multi-year deal elsewhere.

Nick Novak (K, Hou)

Nick Novak kicked three field goals and an extra point in Saturday's 34-16 loss to the Patriots in the divisional-round playoff game.


Novak once again benefited from a Texans offense that failed to execute and couldn't finish drives. His 10 points in the playoff loss is a nice finish to a season in which he scored 127 points during the regular season. He's had a steady 29-game run as the Texans placekicker, having taken over the job in Week 4 of 2015. He converted 86 percent of his kicks over his two seasons in Houston and enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. If the Texans don't make a run at him, Novak will certainly get a chance to compete for a job in some team's training camp.

Jonathan Grimes (R, Hou)

Jonathan Grimes rushed two times for 11 yards and added 43 yards receiving on four catches in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game.


Grimes' 54 yards from scrimmage were the third highest on the team behind Lamar Miller (89 yards) and DeAndre Hopkins (65). He played a total of 26 snaps over Houston's two playoff games, getting more run on offense than Alfred Blue. He's spent all or parts of the last five seasons with Houston, so he's a known commodity who understands the system. Whether that's enough for Houston to bring him back for 2017 remains an open question, as they have other in-house options who come cheaper, namely, 2016 fourth-round draft pick Tyler Ervin and exclusive-rights free agent Akeem Hunt.

Alfred Blue (R, Hou)

Alfred Blue had one carry for two yards in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game.


Blue played just four offensive snaps against the Patriots and just nine in Houston's two playoff games. He was effective in spurts for the Texans, rushing 100 times for 420 yards and one touchdown this season, but he's clearly a backup and will not be a premier back in 2017. We saw that he wasn't an effective lead back in 2015, so it's unlikely the Texans would go that way should Lamar Miller not be in a position to top the depth chart.

Ryan Griffin (W, Hou)

Ryan Griffin was targeted three times but did not have a reception in Saturday's 34-16 loss to the Patriots in their divisional-round playoff game.


Houston's offense was a mess for much of the season, but the emergence of its tight ends was a bright spot. Griffin was targeted 74 times, catching 50 of them for 442 yards and two touchdowns, and both he and fellow tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz had career-best seasons in 2016. Not bad timing for Griffin, who enters free agency in the offseason. He's proven to be a capable option in the passing game, catching 65 percent of his targets over the first four years of his career, and should generate interest on the market.

Chris Hogan (W, NE)

Chris Hogan, who was forced out of Saturday's playoff win over the Texans in the third quarter with a thigh injury, indicated afterward that he was fine, CSN New England reports.


Prior to his exit from the contest, Hogan logged 34 snaps on offense, en route to hauling in all four of his targets for 95 yards. In his absence, Michael Floyd saw an uptick in snaps, seeing action on 44 plays. Look for Hogan to show up on the Patriots' injury report in the coming days, but at this stage, it appears as though the wideout will be able to suit up for next weekend's AFC championship game.

Will Fuller (W, Hou)

Will Fuller caught three of six targets for 16 yards in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game.


Fuller had little impact on yet another game, but his end-zone drop of a beautifully thrown pass will burn in the Texans' mind all offseason. The rookie was a non-entity after Week 5 as NFL cornerbacks got more physical with him, limiting him to just 31 yards per game over his final 10 regular-season contests. Getting in better condition to handle the press coverage he faced will be a top offseason priority, but he also needs to eliminate the drops that he suffered from all season long. He's got a wealth of speed and can separate, but if he can't get off the line of scrimmage or hang onto balls consistently, his ability to downfield will be largely neutralized.

James White was on the field for a season-low 12 snaps (out of a possible 69) in Saturday's 34-16 win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.


Meanwhile, Dion Lewis logged 33 snaps and 13 carries, while power back LeGarrette Blount recorded eight rushes on 27 snaps. Though White did not run the ball in Saturday's contest, he did manage to make a splash despite the limited opportunities, by hauling in a 19-yard TD catch. Looking ahead to next week's AFC Championship game, White figures to factor in some in the Patriots' passing attack, but at this stage, he's clearly behind both Lewis and Blount in the team's RB pecking order.

C.J. Fiedorowicz (W, Hou)

C.J. Fiedorowicz caught three of five targets for 36 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in their divisional-round playoff game Saturday.


Fiedorowicz capped off the finest season of his three-year career with his fifth touchdown catch. Pigeonholed as a blocking tight end the first two years of his NFL career, Fiedorowicz busted out with 89 targets, 54 receptions, 559 yards and four touchdowns over 15 regular-season games. His elevation as a target was borne out of necessity, as quarterback Brock Osweiler's rapport with his wideouts was fleeting. Osweiler still has one guaranteed year left on his contract and is the presumed starter next year. If the timing problems with wideouts DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller persist, Fiedorowicz has now proven he can handle a larger role.

Martellus Bennett (T, NE)

Martellus Bennett was on the field for 64 of the Patriots' 69 snaps on offense in Saturday's 34-16 playoff win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. The tight end hauled in one of his four targets in the game for four yards.


Per the Boston Herald, Bennett – who has battled through ankle and shoulder issues this season – noted after Saturday's contest that he was fine after appearing to tweak his left knee in the fourth quarter. We'll have to see if the tight end's practice participation in advance of the AFC Championship game is impacted, but Bennett plans to continue to tough things out next weekend. "I've been fighting through (injuries) the whole year," said Bennett. "I'm not going to stop now. I'm getting too close to what my goal is in life."

DeAndre Hopkins (W, Hou)

DeAndre Hopkins snagged six of nine targets for 65 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round loss to the Patriots.


The fourth-year pro led the Texans in receptions, targets and yards on the night, turning in his second consecutive solid postseason performance. After enduring a disappointing statistical season that was heavily influenced by the struggles of Brock Osweiler behind center, Hopkins and his quarterback appeared to have improved rapport during Houston's two playoff games. The 24-year-old saw a combined 18 targets from Osweiler during the pair of postseason tilts, converting 11 of them into receptions, including one touchdown. The two will likely head into the offseason looking to put in some extra time together with the goal of producing mutual bounce-back seasons in 2017.

Lamar Miller (R, Hou)

Lamar Miller totaled 73 yards on 19 carries and secured four of seven targets for 16 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round loss to the Patriots.


The Texans were able to stick with the running game until late into the contest, as they surprisingly hung tough into the fourth quarter. Miller responded with another strong outing, and his four receptions tied him for second on the team with backfield mate Jonathan Grimes. Miller posted 73 yards rushing apiece in each of Houston's two postseason contests, and he acquitted himself impressively with the career-high 268 carries he saw in 2016. The former Miami Hurricane topped the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career over 14 games, while also serving as a valuable part of the passing game with 31 receptions.

Brock Osweiler (Q, Hou)

Brock Osweiler completed 23 of 40 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round loss to the Patriots. He gained 18 yards on his one rush.


As was the case in virtually every game he started in a considerably disappointing first season in Houston, Osweiler underwhelmed Saturday, and his mistakes ultimately sealed the Texans' fate. The fifth-year pro threw his first pick in the third quarter in New England territory at the 46-yard line, at a point in which the Texans were still facing a manageable 24-13 deficit. His most crucial miscue was the second one, however, as it came early in the fourth quarter after Houston had managed to pull within 24-16. Osweiler's throw down the middle for DeAndre Hopkins was plucked out of the air and returned to the Texans' six-yard line by Logan Ryan, setting up a game-clinching one-yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis. The error-laden performance was seemingly a fitting conclusion to Osweiler's 2016 campaign, one in which his career highs in multiple categories belied the ineffectiveness he displayed over 15 games.

LeGarrette Blount (R, NE)

LeGarrette Blount carried just eight times for 31 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans.


The bruising back had been removed from the injury report on Friday after missing the prior two practices with an illness, yet still ceded the majority of backfield work to Dion Lewis on the night. Blount did get a goal-line opportunity late in the first half, but was stuffed for no gain at the one-yard line. Blount then saw his last two carries on New England's final possession, and he managed to rip off an 18-yard gain to the Texans' 47-yard line that took the clock down to the two-minute warning. Saturday's usage may have simply been a case of the Patriots opting to play it safe with one of their most valuable commodities, and Blount could therefore be back to a much more customary workload in next Sunday's conference championship.

Julian Edelman (W, NE)

Julian Edelman hauled in eight of 13 targets for 137 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans. He also gained 12 yards on his sole rush and 26 yards on four punt returns.


Edelman notched a six-yard catch on New England's first offensive play, his 69th postseason reception, which tied him with Wes Welker in franchise history. However, he was shut out from that point forward until hauling in a 48-yard bomb from Tom Brady on the Patriots' final possession before halftime. That seemed to reignite their prolific connection, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback proceeded to find Edelman six more times for 83 yards in the second half. Danny Amendola's return to the lineup from a high-ankle sprain did nothing to dilute Edelman's involvement, as his 13 targets were the most he'd seen since Week 11 against the 49ers. The eight-year veteran will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in next Sunday's conference championship showdown against either the Chiefs or Steelers.

Dion Lewis (R, NE)

Dion Lewis gained 41 yards and scored a touchdown on 13 carries, secured two of seven targets for 23 yards and another score, and totaled 124 yards and a third touchdown on three kickoff returns in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round win over the Texans. He did fumble twice, losing one.


With the Patriots limiting LeGarrette Blount's touches after he missed a pair of practice sessions during the week with an illness, Lewis stepped up and became only the fifth player in team history to tally three touchdowns in a playoff game. He opened the scoring with a 13-yard scoring reception in the first quarter, then added a 98-yard touchdown on the kickoff return. The fifth-year back capped off his stellar all-purpose performance with a one-yard scoring run early in the fourth, giving New England a commanding 31-16 lead at the time. Lewis easily led in backfield touches and received five more carries than Blount overall, though that workload distribution could be a lot closer or even flipped in the conference championship next Sunday if the former is back at full strength.

Tom Brady (Q, NE)

Tom Brady completed 18 of 38 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans. He also lost a yard on four rushes.


After throwing just two interceptions all season, Brady looked out of sorts in the first half, as an aggressive Texans pass rush and a pick by A.J. Bouye at the Patriots' 34-yard line had him and the New England offense looking rather pedestrian. The future Hall of Famer began to snap out of it late in the second quarter, however, completing a 48-yard bomb to Julian Edelman to help set up an eventual Stephen Gostowski 19-yard field goal with seven seconds to go before halftime. Although he did throw his second interception in the third quarter, Brady was otherwise much more effective in the second half, finishing off a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a 19-yard scoring dart to James White, and connecting with Edelman on several more occasions. His sub-50 percent completion rate and 56.9 QBR notwithstanding, Brady did flash his typical rapport with Edelman and Chris Hogan, and should be primed for yet another AFC championship round appearance next Sunday.

Jermaine Kearse (W, Sea)

Jermaine Kearse secured one of three targets for eight yards in Saturday's 36-20 divisional-round loss to the Falcons.


Kearse was essentially a non-factor once again, with his three targets tying for the second lowest among the Seahawks' receivers and tight ends. The fifth-year pro had a quiet postseason, notching just three receptions on six targets for 22 yards, although he did see teammate Doug Baldwin inadvertently steal a touchdown from him in Seattle's wild-card victory over the Lions. Despite his minimal involvement in the playoffs, Kearse did wrap up the 2016 campaign with his second-most receptions (41) in a season, although he needed a career-high 90 targets to achieve them.