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Roger Lewis will have a chance to increase his workload in 2017 due to the release of Victor Cruz, NJ.com reports.


As an undrafted free agent, Lewis never seriously threatened the trio of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Cruz for snaps, but his ability on special teams helped him avoid the inactive list starting in Week 4 last season. Despite starting for Cruz in Week 10, Lewis never posted more than one reception in a given game, finishing the campaign with seven receptions (on 19 targets) for 97 yards and two touchdowns across 13 contests. Lewis far outpaced fellow wideout Tavarres King in terms of snaps – 207 versus 76 – but the latter showed late-season promise as a receiver, gathering in a 44-yard pass in Week 17 before notching the Giants' only touchdown during their wild-card defeat in Green Bay. As a result, King may have a leg up this offseason, but Lewis will nonetheless compete for the third receiver job behind Beckham and Shepard.

Khalil Mack didn't play in the Pro Bowl due to a minor back concern, CSN Bay Area reports.


The specifics of Mack's back injury weren't revealed, but it doesn't sound as if it will hold him down for long. Look for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to be ready to go for the start of offseason workouts in April.

Tavarres King will have an opportunity to fill the shoes of the recently released Victor Cruz in 2017, NJ.com reports.


Last season, the Giants' passing attack largely revolved around Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and Will Tye, each of whom received at least 70 targets. Among the remaining skill position players, only running back Rashad Jennings (42) surpassed 25, while the next most utilized wideout was Roger Lewis with 19. Meanwhile, King carried just one six-yard catch into Week 17, when he doubled his reception count with a 44-yard grab. Proving it wasn't an aberration, Lewis recorded the Giants' sole touchdown in a three-catch, 73-yard performance in their wild-card loss at Green Bay. With Cruz now out of the picture, King will have every chance to lock down a regular role on the outside.

Larry Fitzgerald (W, AZ)

Larry Fitzgerald is "much better" physically than he was at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals' official site reports.


Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.

Ryan Clady (shoulder) will not return to the Jets in 2017, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.


The Jets, who traded for Clady last April, had a team option to bring the lineman back in 2017 at a hefty price tag of $10 million. However, they declined to exercise that option due to Clady's unwillingness to take a pay cut. The lingering shoulder woes that plagued his 2016 season – a campaign that he ultimately ended on injured reserve – may also have had a part to play. It isn't clear what kind of market awaits the 30-year-old, but it's possible he could return to the Jets at a reduced price if he can't find a suitor willing to pay him top dollar for his services.

David Johnson (R, AZ)

David Johnson (knee) is approaching the end of his rehabilitation from an MCL sprain in his left knee, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.


An unsightly knee injury resulted in an abbreviated season finale for Johnson. Fortunately for the running back, he was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, which was expected to require a 6-to-8 week recovery effort. Now in the stretch run, he posted a short video of himself jumping out of a pool last Wednesday, revealing that he's nearly 100 percent. Expect Johnson to embark soon on his preparation for a repeat of his breakout 2016 campaign.

Zach Miller is progressing well in his recovery from a fractured Lisfranc in his right foot, CSN Chicago reports. "Everything's going great. I'll be ready when we get back in April," Miller said recently. "Everything's going according to plan, ahead of schedule. … You just gotta put in the time and the work, and when it's time to get back in April and go through OTAs I'll just build on that and work towards getting ready for training camp."


Miller confirmed the nature of his season-ending foot injury for the first time and, by proxy, what wiped away his entire 2014 campaign. Meanwhile, he set career highs in receptions (47), targets (64), and yards (486), while reaching the end zone four times in 10 games before the ailment forced him to the sideline. If he indeed fulfills his expectation and takes part in the offseason program, he'll very likely retain his role as the Bears' top tight end, though the team could strike in what's expected to be a TE-heavy draft class.

Doug Martin (R, TB)

The Buccaneers aren't expected to make a decision on Doug Martin (suspension) for the foreseeable future, Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports.


Handed a four-game suspension in December for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Martin missed the final game of the 2016 season and promptly entered a treatment facility. Prior to the ban, he was a workhorse in the eight games in which he was active, averaging 18 carries per contest and corralling 14 of 16 passes. However, he also missed six outings in the early going due to a hamstring injury and was inactive in Week 16 for an undisclosed reason. The impetus was soon revealed, though, at which point his campaign was over. If Martin is still a Buccaneer next season, the backfield will be entrusted to holdovers Charles Sims (pectoral), a veritable pass catcher, and Peyton Barber for the first three games, while unrestricted free agent Jacquizz Rodgers, exclusive rights free agent Russell Hansbrough, and a draft pick or two may also be in the fold.

John Brown (W, AZ)

The Cardinals may have found a solution for John Brown's sickle-cell trait, ArizonaSports.com reports. "He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," team president Michael Bidwill said Tuesday. "We'll get Smoke back the way we had him."


After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario – and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason – Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.

Paul Perkins (R, NYG)

Paul Perkins is poised for a larger workload during the 2017 season following the release of Rashad Jennings on Monday, NJ.com reports.


Perkins bided his time as a rookie behind Jennings and Shane Vereen, earning his first touches in Week 4 and reaching the Giants' Week 8 bye with just eight rushes and six receptions to his name. Once November rolled around, though, he was allotted double-digit carries in six of 10 games (including playoffs), the final two of which he acted as the starting running back. Moving forward, Perkins won't be shackled by the presence of Jennings, but pass-catching back Vereen is still in the picture, assuming he recovers fully from surgery on his triceps and isn't a cap casualty in the coming months.

Steven Johnson (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on Wednesday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.


Johnson ended his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He'll be looking to secure a depth linebacker position in 2017.

Tony Romo (Q, Dal)

Tony Romo's future with the Cowboys is in question, the Dallas Morning News reports. "It's a juncture we have to address," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "I don't know how ultimately we will resolve this and nobody should be alarmed because you don't have all the answers. There are some issues here that you just have to see how the cards are playing. But we'll work to this."


Romo suffered yet another debilitating injury in the preseason, paving the way for Dak Prescott to direct Dallas' offense with a surprising veteran savvy. As Romo grew closer to full health from a compression fracture of the L1 vertebrae in his back, Prescott established a stranglehold on the starting gig with an 11-game winning streak, the tail end of which Romo yielded to the rookie. Active from Week 11 onward, Romo served as Prescott's primary backup, making one brief appearance in the season finale. The Cowboys are now sure to explore all options, whether it's via trade, cutting Romo, or keeping him around as an insurance policy for Prescott.

Chad Henne (Q, Jax)

Chad Henne re-signed with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Henne played in just one game in 2016 and didn't attempt a single pass. He'll be locked in as Blake Bortles' backup once again in 2017, and he isn't likely to see the field unless Bortles is injured.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Q, NYJ)

The Jets have voided Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract, Newsday reports.


Fitzpatrick more or less held the Jets hostage last offseason, inking a two-year contract on July 27, with only the first season guaranteed. Immediately confirmed as the starting quarterback over Geno Smith, Fitzpatrick was unable to uphold his standard from 2015. One factor in Fitzpatrick's dismal play was Eric Decker's season-ending torn rotator cuff, but with weapons like Brandon Marshall (hip) and Matt Forte (knee) on his side, the graybeard signal-caller was unable to display a modicum of consistency. The first stumbling block was a six-interception performance in Week 2, but Fitzpatrick was also benched twice for the likes of Smith (in Week 7 before the latter suffered a torn ACL in that game) and rookie Bryce Petty (at halftime in Week 13). Poised to hit the free-agent market on March 9, the best-case scenario for Fitzpatrick may be bridging the gap to a younger QB for a season or two.

Karl Klug (Achilles) is progressing well in his recovery from his December surgery, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN reports.


Klug tore his Achilles late in the season and still faces months of recovery before he's back to full health. He isn't expected to be ready to return prior to training camp. Klug is currently a pending free agent, but he may be cheaper for the Titans to re-sign given his injury.

Dont'a Hightower won't need offseason surgery on his knee or shoulder, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.


Hightower dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout the 2016 season but still played in 13 regular-season games and four playoff games. It's an encouraging sign that he won't need surgery and he should be a full participant in offseason practices.

Demetri Goodson (knee) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.


Goodson tore his ACL and MCL in November, which gives him a tight timetable for a return to form by the start of next season. The Packers are currently light at the corner position and thus will be hoping for a quick recovery from Goodson.

Arrelious Benn signed a contract with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.


Benn was only targeted 10 times in 2016, catching five passes for a total of 116 yards and one touchdown. He'll look to secure a role as a depth receiver and special teams player once again in 2017.

Anthony Chickillo signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Chickillo's re-signing helps Pittsburgh fortify its linebacker depth. The 24-year old linebacker played in 30.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2016 and recorded 29 tackles, including 2.5 sacks. He'll look to see a slightly increased role in 2017.

Marcus Mariota

Head coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that Marcus Mariota (fibula) likely won't take part in workouts until training camp, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.


Progress has been made from the broken right fibula that brought Mariota's second season to a close in Week 16. In particular, his rehab now includes work on a pool treadmill. Prior to the update from Mularkey, Mariota was expected to be a participant in OTAs in May or June, per Jason Wolf of The Tennessean. However, the Titans will now be "very cautious" with their franchise quarterback to ensure he avoids any setbacks as the offseason unfolds.