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Duke Johnson, a running back from Miami (FL), is an early entrant in the 2015 NFL Draft.


Johnson is one of the most exciting players in the draft, and even in an incredibly talented running back class he should push for the top 50 picks or so. Although he's not particularly big at around 5-foot-9, 205 pounds, Johnson is a high-motor runner who surprises with his power. Combined with home run-hitting explosiveness and great quickness, Johnson's aggression as a runner makes him an elite big-play threat. Johnson is an excellent receiver and should prove dangerous on both running routes and catching screen passes. Johnson's combination of top-notch explosiveness and high-motor running could understandably earn him some unfavorable David Wilson comparisons, but there's generally little reason to think Johnson won't be a valuable playmaker in the NFL. In 33 career games at Miami, Johnson ran for 3,519 yards (6.7 YPC) and 26 touchdowns while catching 69 passes for 719 yards (10.4 YPC) and four touchdowns. He also scored twice while averaging 31.4 yards on 41 kick returns.

Mike Davis, a running back from South Carolina, is an early entrant in the 2015 NFL Draft.


Among the running back candidates to go on Day 2 of the draft, Davis is perhaps the most unproven of the bunch. Players like Tevin Coleman, Jay Ajayi, Duke Johnson, T.J. Yeldon, Javorius Allen and Ameer Abdullah all were extremely productive in college, whereas Davis' production was inconsistent while sprinkling in durability issues. Still, Davis is a talented player who should boost his stock in pre-draft workouts. He's very well built at around 5-foot-9, 220 pounds, and he's one of the draft's best receivers at running back. With above average burst and the ability to change direction efficiently in traffic, Davis projects as a strong between-the-tackles runner in the NFL. He runs decisively and is tough to bring down since he imposes so much momentum at a low center of gravity. His ideal projection is probably as an Ahmad Bradshaw or C.J. Anderson type of player.

Ahmad Bradshaw – who suffered a fractured fibula in Week 11 – hopes to be able to resume working out soon, ESPN.com reports.


Per the report, Bradshaw – whose leg had been in a cast – is now sporting a walking boot. The veteran back – who has been limited to a combined 13 games over the past two campaigns – is slated to become a free agent this offseason, but he hopes to re-sign with the Colts.

Dez Bryant (W, Dal)

Dez Bryant won't play in the Pro Bowl this weekend due to a groin injury, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.


The decision is just precautionary, and the groin injury shouldn't be an issue for Bryant heading into the 2015 season.

Reggie Wayne told reporters following Sunday's loss to the Patriots that he'll undergo offseason surgery to repair a torn triceps, CBS Sports reports. "I don't have a date set yet, but it's definitely on the calendar somewhere," he said. "At the end of the year, I felt the best I felt all year. Felt really good, felt really good tonight."


Wayne got off to a strong start in 2014, but his numbers tailed off toward the middle of the season, and it was later revealed that he was playing through a torn triceps. The veteran missed only one game, finishing the season with 64 catches for 779 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne, who will be a free agent this offseason, said he has not yet decided whether or not he'll return for a 15th NFL season.

Nickell Robey finished the 2014 season, his second in the NFL, with 48 tackles, eight passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and a sack. He played in all 16 games.


Not bad numbers for a guy who wasn't even drafted and saw a modest 58.9 percent of the defensive snaps. Unfortunately, it seems like Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, and Corey Graham will all be around for another season, so even though Rex Ryan should be putting out a dangerous defense in 2015, Robey may be limited in just how much he sees the field. Injuries may be the one angle where he'd have IDP value.

Jonas Gray (R, NE)

Jonas Gray was on the field for 5-of-78 snaps on offense in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, ESPN.com reports.


Gray, who recorded four carries for four yards late in Sunday's 45-7 blowout win over the Colts, is clearly behind both LeGarrette Blount (42 snaps) and Shane Vereen (30 snaps) in the Patriots' RB pecking order in advance of Super Bowl XLIX.

Jay Ajayi, a running back from Boise State, is an early entrant for the 2015 NFL Draft.


Ajayi perhaps flew a bit under the radar while playing at Boise State, but he's a high-level draft prospect and should push for the first 40 picks, even in an all-time great running back class. At 6-feet tall and around 220 pounds, he combines a workhorse build with rare pass-catching skills – he caught 50 passes for 535 yards and four touchdowns in 2014, as if his 1,823 yards (5.3 YPC) and 28 touchdowns on the ground weren't enough. Hopefully this can be said without stoking unwarranted expectations, but Ajayi looks like Edgerrin James a lot of the time. If he can test well at the Combine, Ajayi could be a dark horse to be the second running back selected after Melvin Gordon.

DuJuan Harris had 16 carries for 64 yards and one reception for 11 yards over 15 games in the 2014 season.


Harris' primary role in 2014 was returning kicks, but he didn't run with the opportunity and lost the job late in the year. He brought a different style to the table than either Eddie Lacy or James Starks, but Harris will likely need to earn his way onto the Packers' 2015 roster.

Jarrett Boykin caught three passes for 23 yards while appearing in 13 games during the 2014 season.


Boykin had some sleeper value after racking up 681 yards in 2013, but he was quickly surpassed on the depth chart by Davante Adams and managed just one catch after Week 3. Boykin isn't even a lock to make the roster next season, but if fellow receiver Randall Cobb departs in free agency, he could find himself back in the third receiver spot to open the 2015 campaign.

Clay Matthews tallied six tackles (five solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


Matthews sat with just 1.5 sacks after the Packers' first seven games, but he recorded at least one sack in eight of the Packers' final 11 contests (including the playoffs). He had been almost exclusively an edge rusher prior to 2014, but he found a lot of success playing both inside and outside linebacker over the latter portion of the season, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him play some type of hybrid role again in 2015.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made five tackles (three solo) and intercepted two passes in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


Clinton-Dix made one interception all season before picking off Russell Wilson twice in the first half of Sunday's game. During the regular season, Clinton-Dix didn't do much in the turnover or sack departments but nearly reached 100 tackles – he finished with 94 – despite starting just 10 games. On the heels of a steady rookie season, there's no doubt he'll be the starting free safety moving forward.

Morgan Burnett racked up 10 tackles (eight solo), two sacks, and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


Burnett had his biggest game of the season Sunday in defeat. He tallied just 1.5 sacks and one interception in 15 regular season games, but he also led all defensive backs with 129 total tackles. He's locked in as the Packers' starting strong safety.

Tevin Coleman, a running back from Indiana, is an early entrant for the 2015 NFL Draft.


Coleman is a remarkable player, and if it weren't for Melvin Gordon already taking the spotlight, there would be a considerable amount of swooning over Coleman's towering list of accomplishments. In 33 career games at lowly Indiana, Coleman burned defenses for 3,206 yards (7.1 YPC) and 38 touchdowns on the ground while adding 54 catches for 405 yards. His 2014 season was amazing – despite playing on a team with a mediocre offensive line and hideous quarterback play (1,697 yards, seven touchdowns passing in 12 games), Coleman somehow ran for 2,036 yards (7.54 YPC) and 15 touchdowns. Defenses often started pursuing him as soon as the ball was snapped, paying little mind to the possibility of the quarterback dropping back, and yet he still posted one of the best rushing averages college football will ever see. His 2013 season was similarly remarkable, as he tied for the FBS lead with eight runs of 40-plus yards despite carrying the ball just 131 times before a season-ending ankle injury. Coleman is physically strong, and his immense big-play ability implies that he should test very well in pre-draft workouts, though he sometimes made it look so easy that it's hard to tell just how athletic he is. He's a bit taller than you'd prefer in a starting running back at 6-foot-1, but he has room on his frame to add to his 210 pounds and showed the ability to handle huge workloads with minimal difficulty at Indiana. Coleman will closely resemble DeMarco Murray if he puts on about 10 pounds of muscle. He probably belongs in the first 40 picks of the draft.

T.J. Yeldon, a running back from Alabama, is an early entrant in the 2015 NFL Draft.


Yeldon lacks the obvious star potential of Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley, and we'd probably rank him behind Tevin Coleman and Jay Ajayi, as well, but Yeldon looks like one of the more pro-ready backs in this draft and has a good chance to go in the second round. He's a well built but tall runner at about 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, so Yeldon runs higher than you'd like, but he shows the flexibility to lower his pad level when making a conscious effort to do so. His burst and change-of-direction abilities are above average for a runner of his size, and he shows the pass-catching abilities necessary to stay on the field in passing situations. Although he's not a classic bruiser, Yeldon shows strong leg drive and can usually work his way forward for extra yardage after contact. His technique in blitz pickup needs work, but his general spatial intelligence and strong build should allow him to project well as a pass blocker in the NFL. Aside from his tall stance, Yeldon's biggest negative might be his ball security, as he fumbled 10 times in 622 touches. No matter the specifics with Yeldon, he's generally an impressive player since he totaled 3,322 yards (5.8 YPC) on the ground and scored 39 touchdowns from scrimmage in 39 games at Alabama. He was good enough as a true freshman to total 1,108 yards (6.3 YPC) and 12 touchdowns while playing off the bench behind Eddie Lacy.

Earl Thomas (shoulder) is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, ESPN.com reports.


Thomas dislocated his shoulder during Sunday's NFC championship game, but regardless of what his MRI reveals, the safety is expected to play in Super Bowl XLIX. We'll let you know if that assessment changes, but at the very least, expect the issue to impact his practice participation in the coming days.

Richard Sherman (elbow) is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, ESPN.com reports.


Sherman, who was initially diagnosed with a sprained elbow during Seattle's 28-22 overtime win over the Packers on Sunday, said that he'll be ready to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. That said, we'd expect the cornerback's practice participation in advance of the contest to be impacted some.

Mason Crosby (K, GB)

Mason Crosby made all five of his field goal attempts and an extra point in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


Crosby was arguably the Packers' MVP Sunday, but his season-high 16 points weren't enough to earn the Packers a victory. He tallied 134 points in 2014 after posting 141 the year before, and he's locked in as Green Bay's kicker moving forward.

Andrew Quarless didn't catch a pass in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


Quarless caught four passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' playoff opener, but he was shut out in the NFC championship game. He started for most of the season, but only caught 29 passes and was used primarily to block. He'll likely have to fend off fellow tight end Richard Rodgers to retain the starting tight end job in 2015.

James Starks ran the ball five times for 44 yards and caught one pass for zero yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.


Starks played a key role on the first couple drives in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, but he was otherwise a non-factor in the Packers' offense. He signed a two-year deal with Green Bay last offseason, so it's likely that he'll serve as the team's top backup behind Eddie Lacy again in 2015.