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Kaelin Clay returned 23 punts for 244 yards and a touchdown, adding 14 kickoff returns for 343 yards, in seven games during his rookie season.


Selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Clay was scooped off the Buccaneers' practice squad to serve as the Ravens' return specialist. He doesn't offer much promise as a receiver, but he should have every opportunity to lock down a role as Baltimore's primary return man in 2016.

Michael Campanaro (back) believes 2016 will be a make-or-break season for him, the Ravens' official website reports.


A seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Campanaro has done enough in the preseason to maintain a roster spot, but injuries have limited him to just eight regular season games in two years. He may have to fight for his job in 2016, after suffering a season-ending herniated disc in October.

Jermaine Gresham totaled 18 receptions (on 32 targets) for 223 yards and one touchdown in 15 games during the 2015 campaign.


On the surface, the signing of Gresham at the outset of training camp appeared to be a perfect match due to the Cardinals' need at tight end and his previous relationship with Carson Palmer in Cincinnati. Gresham's initial practice was delayed, though, due to offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc, and multiple injuries served to quell his snap count, resulting in just 54 percent of the offensive snaps. The preceding allowed Darren Fells to lead the way at the position in every category but targets, which may be enough to allow Gresham to walk as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Jeremy Butler finished the 2015 season with 31 catches for 363 yards on 43 targets in eight games.


Butler, a 2014 UDFA, emerged as Baltimore's No. 2 wide receiver by the end of the season, catching three or more passes in each of the team's last seven games. He needed a few injuries ahead of him to get the opportunity, but even without any touchdown catches, he posted impressive efficiency numbers for a guy playing with replacement-level quarterbacks. The Ravens probably hope to have Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) as the starting wide receivers in 2016, but both Butler and Kamar Aiken made strong cases to maintain roles in the offense.

Andre Ellington finished the 2015 season with 45 carries for 289 yards and three touchdowns, which he supplemented with 15 receptions (on 24 targets) for 148 yards across 10 games.


After enduring multiple ailments in 2014, Ellington was named the Cardinals' starting running back in advance of Week 1, but injury woes in the form of a PCL sprain immediately took hold, requiring three consecutive absences. The No. 1 gig was ably filled by Chris Johnson (tibia) for the next 10 games before both backs were knocked out with respective injuries (and Johnson for the rest of the season). Taking advantage of the void was rookie David Johnson, who stated his case as the team's every-down, all-purpose back of the future. Upon his second return in Week 16, Ellington made brief appearances through the end of Arizona's playoff run in the NFC championship game. However, he accumulated just 13 runs for 45 yards and two catches (on five targets) for 12 yards in four outings as the younger Johnson's primary backup. Considering his bloated medical chart, Ellington's ceiling may rest as a change-of-pace option, especially if Chris Johnson or another viable back joins the fray in the offseason.

Daniel Brown, an undrafted rookie out of James Madison, finished the 2015 season with six catches for 64 yards on 11 targets in six games.


Brown didn't survive final cuts before the season, but Baltimore's slew of injuries eventually led to an opportunity. His highlight was a long gain that was called back on a phantom offensive pass interference penalty, depriving him of what should have been his first NFL touchdown. Brown has ideal size at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, but his lack of quickness will likely resign him to fringe roster status heading into training camp next season. He might eventually consider a position switch to tight end, though such a move would only make sense if he were to latch on with a different organization. Baltimore's need at wide receiver is far greater than the need at tight end.

Nick Boyle, who was suspended for the final four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, finished his rookie campaign with 18 catches for 153 yards in 11 games.


A fifth-round rookie, Boyle looked pretty good in his limited playing time, but with tight end standing out as a strength on the Baltimore roster, there's little reason to believe that he'll be anything more than a blocking specialist in 2016. Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams will compete for most of the targets.

Kamar Aiken easily set career-high marks in every major receiving category in 2015, catching 75 passes for 944 yards and five touchdowns on 127 targets.


It was a tale of two seasons for Aiken, a 26-year-old former UDFA who had just 24 career receptions (all in 2014) prior to 2015. He opened the year as Baltimore's No. 2 wide receiver, but he was largely an afterthought until Steve Smith (Achilles) suffered a season-ending injury in Week 8. Aiken then erupted for 50 receptions over the final eight games of the season, with at least five catches and seven targets in each of those contests. The production was largely due to the Ravens' lack of other options in the passing game, but with Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both facing uncertain futures, it's not entirely clear that the team will have an improved receiving corps in 2016. Aiken thus offers considerable potential for next season, though it's also quite possible he'll be bumped back to a complementary role.

Brent Celek agreed to a three-year, $13 million contract to stay with the Eagles, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.


The deal reportedly includes $6 million guaranteed, which shows just how much the Eagles value the 31-year-old Celek, even though Zach Ertz has emerged as the team's primary tight end. Celek's days as a useful fantasy contributor may be numbered, but he's still an important part of the Philadelphia running game, with solid hands to boot. The Eagles will presumably make heavy use of two-TE formations under new head coach Doug Pederson.

Chandler Catanzaro hit his only point-after attempt during Sunday's demolition in the NFC championship game at Carolina.


Finishing the regular season as the NFL's third-leading scorer, Catanzaro secured 28 of 31 field goal tries and 53 of 58 from the new extra-point distance en route to 137 points. When the opposition quelled the offense, he was still afforded plenty of field goals – see Week 4 against the Rams and Week 6 at Pittsburgh – but his opportunities dwindled starting in the season finale. Over the last three games, he netted two of three field goals and three of four extra points for a mere 12 points. While the Cardinals may not uphold this season's standard in 2016, Catanzaro should again augment one of the league's most-balanced offenses.

J.J. Nelson notched two catches (on three targets) for 25 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina.


Nelson's status as a burner makes him redundant in a Cardinals passing attack that boasts John Brown, but the UAB product had his moments as a rookie. In particular, Nelson made his presence felt in Week 8 with Michael Floyd out of the lineup, corralling a 64-yard touchdown en route to a four-catch, 142-yard outburst in Cleveland. The performance accounted for most of the output during his first professional campaign – 11 receptions (on 27 targets) for 299 yards and two TDs – though he'll be hard-pressed to produce much more with Brown, Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald all under contract in 2016.

John Brown (W, AZ)

John Brown reeled in just two of eight targets for 23 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game loss in Carolina.


In advance of the contest, Brown was held out of some drills due to a shoulder injury, but ultimately he turned in a full practice before the end of the week. His dismal performance Sunday can be attributed to the Panthers' concerted effort to nullify the deep ball. On the other hand, Carson Palmer attempted to force the issue after falling behind 24-7, and two interceptions followed on balls intended for Brown. During the regular season, though, Brown made progress on every front from his rookie campaign, recording 65 catches (on 101 targets) for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns.

Chris Johnson (tibia) enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.


After Johnson landed on short-term IR on Dec. 1 due to a fractured tibia in his left leg, his sole appearance thereafter would have been in the Super Bowl, and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports even reported before Sunday's NFC championship game that the veteran RB would have been activated upon an Arizona victory. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Panthers wiped away that possibility with a thorough beatdown. While Johnson is nearing the end of his recovery, his absence allowed David Johnson to stake a claim to the top running back gig, leaving general manager Steve Keim to evaluate whether the elder Johnson is a part of the Cardinals' future.

Carson Palmer (Q, AZ)

Carson Palmer won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, citing his right hand, The Arizona Republic reports. On Monday, he said, "I'm going to let my hand heal up."


Elected to the initial Pro Bowl roster after setting career highs with 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, Palmer sputtered down the stretch, with a combined eight interceptions over the Cardinals' final four contests, including four in Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina. There was a belief that a dislocated right index finger suffered in Week 15 may have been the culprit, but the quarterback and head coach Bruce Arians repeatedly denied the ailment as the source of any perceived woes. With two seasons remaining on his current contract, Palmer will team with Arians to direct the Cardinals' aerial assault for the foreseeable future. However, it's difficult to predict how long the 36-year-old signal caller can keep up the pace.

Brandon Bolden (R, NE)

Brandon Bolden was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Bolden carried five times for 12 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards.


The 25-year-old Bolden finished up the 2015 regular season with 63 carries for 207 yards to go along with 19 catches for 180 yards and two TDs in 15 games. Bolden remains under contract with the Patriots in 2016, which puts him on track to reprise his role with the team next season as a versatile depth back that's also a valuable special teams contributor.

Danny Amendola (W, NE)

Danny Amendola was on the field for 55 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.


Amendola, who caught five of eight targets for 39 yards in the game, finished up the regular season with 65 catches for 648 yards and three TDs in 14 games. The 30-year-old wideout – who saw added work in the Patriots' offense this past season thanks to Julian Edelman's injury woes – is under contract with the team for the next two seasons, but given that his base salary goes up to $5 million in 2016, Amendola's status with the team bears watching this offseason.

James White (R, NE)

James White was on the field for 47 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, White carried the ball five times for 11 yards, while catching five passes for 45 yards in the contest.


Following the season-ending knee injury to Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route to hauling in 40 passes for 410 yard and four TDs, to go along with 22 carries for 56 yards and two rushing TDs in 14 games. With Lewis on track to return from his torn ACL, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 has yet to be clarified, especially given that LeGarrette Blount (hip) is slated to become a free agent and the team is likely to make some personnel changes at the running back position this offseason.

Tyler Higbee (knee) will not participate in the Senior Bowl, WBKO.com reports.


Missing the Senior Bowl is a missed opportunity for Higbee, but this tight end class is so weak that he's still a good bet to get drafted as soon as the second round. After Hunter Henry, Higbee looks like the best pass-catching threat at tight end in this draft. Big-framed and apparently athletic, Higbee had elite 2015 production to round out an encouraging prospect profile. He's very much on the dynasty radar.

Thomas Davis underwent surgery to repair his broken right arm on Monday morning, the Charlotte Observer reports.


Davis was knocked out of Sunday's lopsided NFC championship game victory after injuring his arm while attempting to make a tackle during the first half. Although he did not return to the action, he made quite a noticeable impact while on the field, registering six tackles prior to his exit. A player that's overcome far worse injuries before, Davis predictably declared that he would play in the Super Bowl during post-game interviews, but his progress will have to be tracked over the next two weeks nonetheless.

Zach Ertz has signed a five-year contract extension with the Eagles, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


Ertz's new deal will reportedly make him the NFL's fourth-highest paid tight end, and keep him with the Eagles through 2021. At 25 years old, he set new career highs with 75 catches (on 112 targets) for 853 yards this season, when he also scored two touchdowns.