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Jimmy Garoppolo finished up the 2016 regular season with 43 completions on 63 attempts for 502 yards to go along with four TDs and zero picks over the course of six appearances for the Patriots.

Impact

The 2014 second-rounder had an early-season opportunity to fill in for the suspended Tom Brady cut short due to a shoulder injury, but Garoppolo was nonetheless able to do enough in the time that he was healthy to potentially draw offseason trade interest. Garoppolo is under contract with New England in 2017, but with Brady still entrenched as the team's starter, the Patriots could be tempted to deal Garoppolo if the right offer comes along. Alternatively, they could hold on to him as a valuable insurance policy for Brady, who is set to turn 40 this coming August.

Brandon Bolden finished the 2016 regular season with one carry for four yards and two catches for 15 yards in 14 games for the Patriots.

Impact

While his role in the team's offense all but vanished this past season, Bolden – who turns 27 on Jan. 26 – remained a core special-teamer for the Patriots in 2016. Bolden is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but he'll be a candidate to re-sign with New England thanks to his versatility and experience in the team's system.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes Alvin Kamara is a "special talent" and should be considered a potential first-round pick.

Impact

While it would probably be a surprise if the Tennessee product went in the first round after playing off the bench the last two years, the possibility can't be ruled out. As Mayock notes, Kamara shows rare burst, balance and change-of-direction skills, and he'll likely be one of the most feared pass-catching threats at running back the second he steps on an NFL field. Kamara ran for 1,294 yards (6.2 YPC) and 16 touchdowns in 24 games, catching 74 passes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns. As a backup SEC runner with uncommon athleticism and pass-catching skills, Kamara figures to draw some comparisons to Kenyan Drake, but we'd posit that Kamara is better. An NFL impact similar to Reggie Bush seems like a plausible outcome.

D.J. Foster finished the 2016 regular season with seven carries for 24 yards and one catch for two yards over the course of three games for the Patriots.

Impact

Foster, who joined the Patriots prior to the season as an undrafted free agent, remains under contract with New England in 2017. While every-down NFL work may not be in the cards for Foster, his RB/WR flexibility could lead to the 23-year-old carving out a complementary role in the team's backfield next season.

Matthew Slater finished the 2016 regular season with one carry for five yards and zero catches in 13 games.

Impact

While officially listed as a wideout by the Patriots, Slater has not caught a regular-season pass since 2011. The 2008 fifth-rounder – who remains under contract with New England in 2017 – maintains his spot on the team with his continuing strong special teams play and leadership presence.

Michael Floyd caught one of his three targets for nine yards in Saturday's playoff win over the Texans.

Impact

With fellow wideout Chris Hogan banged up, Floyd ended up seeing action on 44 of the Patriots' 69 snaps on offense, but his results were decidedly mixed in the contest. The 2012 first-rounder finished up the 2016 regular season with 37 catches on 77 targets for 488 yards and five TDs in 15 contests, including 13 with the Cardinals. Floyd is slated to become an unrestricted free agent once the Patriots' postseason run is complete.

Matthew Lengel finished the 2016 regular season with two catches for 22 yards and a TD in six games.

Impact

The 26-year-old didn't make much of a fantasy splash in 2016, but he did provide the Patriots with needed tight end depth behind Martellus Bennett after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury. The team figures to make some moves at tight end during the upcoming offseason, and with that in mind, it remains to seen if Lengel will be part of the Patriots' plans in 2017.

Jordan Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Impact

Williams, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, played at Ball State and joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent time in training camp with the Saints before signing with the practice squad in September 2016. Williams will compete for a roster spot next season but is not expected to be a fantasy contributor.

Jake Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Impact

Stoneburner entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound tight end has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins, and Rams, but was signed to the Saints' practice squad in September 2016. Stoneburner will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

Garrett Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Impact

Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

Earl Thomas (tibia) should be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Impact

Thomas was placed on injured reserve after breaking his left tibia during Seattle's resounding Week 13 win over the Panthers. His absence was sorely felt by the Seahawks' defense, but news that he should be back healthy to start next season should at least offer some solace.

Garrett Grayson signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Impact

Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.

Tyler Lockett (leg) is expected to be ready for the start of next season, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Impact

Lockett suffered a compound fracture of the fibula and tibia in his right leg in Week 16, resulting in a surgery that saw a rod inserted in his leg. Although Lockett fortunately avoided any ligament damage, he likely won't be able to run for months. Nonetheless, coach Pete Carroll said Lockett should be good to go for the beginning of the 2017 campaign, which would certainly benefit his fantasy stock.

Jason Witten (T, Dal)

Jason Witten intends on returning for the 2017 season, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Impact

Witten's 14th season came to a close with Sunday's playoff defeat to the Packers, but the veteran plans on continuing his career next season. At 34 years old, Witten finished second on the Cowboys with 69 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns this year. He also scored his first postseason touchdown Sunday. In what's currently slated to be his final season under contract in Dallas, Witten could very well become the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards and games played while suiting up in 2017.

In his return to the Patriots' lineup Saturday against the Texans, Danny Amendola saw action on 21 (out of a possible 69) snaps on offense for the team, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Amendola carried once for 15 yards and did not catch a pass.

Impact

In his fourth season with the Patriots, Amendola recorded 23 catches (on 29 targets) for 243 yards and a career-high four TDs in 12 games, while working behind starters Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. Amendola is under contract with the Patriots for 2017, but with a $6,000,000 base salary on tap, the 31-year-old wideout is an obvious candidate to have his deal re-worked.

J.J. Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his September back surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Watt was limited to just three games this season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in September. That followed a July operation on his back, making his latest rehabilitation the second of its kind. The All-Pro defensive end has been running and lifting weights over the past couple months, but it remains unclear if he'll be able to participate in organized team activities this offseason. Nonetheless, Watt is considered to be ahead of schedule, which bodes well for him returning to full form ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Bjoern Werner appears to have retired, Scott Horner of the Indy Star reports.

Impact

Werner was speaking on German television and revealed that his history of knee problems has left him unable to perform at the level required by NFL teams. Although he's still just 26 years old, that reality has caused Werner to call time on his career. A first-round pick in 2013, Werner made 38 appearances for the Colts, registering 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks, before joining the Jaguars only to be released prior to this season.

Nick Perry made four tackles (all solo) and recorded a sack in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.

Impact

Perry missed time in December with a broken hand, but the setback has not slowed him down following his return to action in Week 16, as he has four sacks in four games since.

According to coach Pete Carroll, Richard Sherman played through an MCL injury over the second half of this season, Liz Mathews of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Impact

Sherman was regularly given days off from practice over the past couple months, which, in hindsight, could've been related to his knee problem. While Carroll revealed Sherman carried an MCL injury, he didn't reveal the exact nature of the ailment or how it would be treated this offseason. Regardless of his injury, Sherman didn't miss a game this season, finishing with 58 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and four interceptions.

Micah Hyde made four tackles (all solo), recorded a sack, and intercepted a pass in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.

Impact

Hyde played every defensive snap in Sunday's game, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, and he made a number of key plays in the Packers' victory. Expect Hyde to continue playing a prominent role for the Packers' defense the rest of the way.