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Kentrell Brice made seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.


Brice saw extra snaps on defense Sunday with starting safety Morgan Burnett (quad) forced to leave the game, and he held his own while making more tackles than he did in any game during the regular season.

Jeff Janis played only one snap on offense in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.


The Packers were short a receiver Sunday with Jordy Nelson (ribs) sidelined, but Janis was banged up himself coming into the game and was not part of the offensive game plan. Expect Janis to continue serving as depth at the wide receiver position while seeing most of his action on special teams.

DeShawn Shead (knee) suffered a torn ACL during Saturday's playoff loss to the Falcons, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.


Shead's left knee buckled while attempting to defend Falcons wideout Taylor Gabriel on a comeback route to open the second half Saturday. The fifth-year cornerback will now undergo surgery to repair his ACL, resulting in an eight-month recovery timetable. Considering Shead started all 15 games he played this season, recording 81 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and one interception along the way, his injury is a considerable blow to the Seahawks' secondary, which already has Earl Thomas (tibia) rehabbing an injury and Richard Sherman coming off playing the second half of the season with an MCL issue.

ArDarius Stewart said the NFL College Advisory Committee issued him a second-round grade, al.com reports.


We took the receiver from Alabama for a mid-to-late round prospect, but evidently he has more traction than that in NFL scouting circles. Given the lack of top-end wide receiver prospects in this draft – as of now there's no slam-dunk bet to go in the first 10 picks – to call Stewart a second-round pick would be to say he has a chance to be one of the first five receivers picked. As always, the Combine should help clear up the picture one way or another.

Roberto Aguayo finished the 2016 season with a 22-for-31 tally on field goals, as well as a 32-for-34 mark on extra-point attempts.


Aguayo was one of the more talked-about rookie kickers in recent memory, given his surprise second-round selection last spring. The FSU product endured the requisite ups and downs that seem to affect the majority of first-year players, except that the spotlight shone particularly bright on his mistakes given the individualistic nature of his position. There were definitely times when it looked like Aguayo had this NFL thing figured out – such as a pair of separate three-game stretches when he was perfect on all his kicks – but they would inevitably be followed by games with some confounding misses from fairly manageable distances. The 40-to-49-yard range seemed to particularly bedevil Aguayo, as he was only able to connect on four of 10 attempts from that area of the field. That particular statistical nugget might best crystallize what has to be the biggest concern for the soon-to-be second-year player and the Bucs alike; NFL teams eventually have no use for a kicker, regardless of draft position, that can't consistently convert from what is usually the most common range for field-goal attempts throughout the course of a season. A diligent worker by all accounts, Aguayo will undoubtedly focus on honing his accuracy throughout the offseason. However, the Bucs aren't going to let him cruise into the 2017 campaign without competition, already having inked former Liberty University kicker John Lunsford, who booted an NCAA-record 12 field goals of over 50 yards, to a futures contract on Jan. 4.

Richard Rodgers caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.


The touchdown reception came in the first quarter and was Rodgers' only catch of the day, but it gave the Packers the lead for the first time in a game they did not trail. Rodgers will continue operating as the Packers' No. 2 tight end behind top option Jared Cook.

Christine Michael recorded neither a carry nor a reception in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.


Michael led the Packers in rushing in their wild-card win over the Giants, but he was limited to kickoff return duties Sunday, during which he made a questionable second-quarter return that left the Packers with a long field and led to a Cowboys field goal. It remains to be seen what role Michael will fill in the NFC championship game, but he will be behind Ty Montgomery, and possibly Aaron Ripkowski, on the depth chart.

Aaron Ripkowski had four carries for 24 yards in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.


Ripkowski made the most of his limited opportunities in Sunday's game, averaging six yards per carry. He tallied 76 total yards on 11 touches in the Packers' regular-season finale but has totaled just 36 yards on eight touches through two playoff games, so it would seem he has moved back into a complementary role behind primary running back Ty Montgomery.

Geronimo Allison caught three passes for 46 yards in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.


Allison saw a boost in snaps Sunday with Jordy Nelson (ribs) out, and although he finished fourth on the team in receiving, he did average over 15 yards per reception during Sunday's contest. His role in the Packers' offense for the NFC championship game will depend on whether or not Nelson is able to get back on the field.

Josh Huff secured three of six targets for 41 yards, rushed once for five yards, and gained 72 yards on six punt returns during the Bucs stint of his 2016 campaign.


Huff's 2016 season wasn't dull by any stretch, with the third-year receiver opening the season as a starter in Philadelphia, picking up DUI, drug possession and weapons charges, getting subsequently released by the Eagles, and then latching on with the Bucs and eventually making his way onto the active roster. The University of Oregon product had shown more than enough playmaking ability in his two-plus seasons with the Eagles, during which he'd notched 48 receptions on 75 targets for 482 yards and four touchdowns in 34 games, while also compiling 1,165 yards and touchdowns of 107 and 98 yards on 42 punt returns. Huff was promoted to the Bucs' active roster on Dec. 6 after a near month-long stay on the practice squad and was also signed to a two-year contract extension on the same day, ensuring that he'll have a chance to continue developing his skills in Tampa for the foreseeable future. Blessed with excellent speed and a diverse skill set, Huff is a fantasy prospect with some upside heading into the offseason, given the team's need to find multiple viable options in the passing game alongside Mike Evans. Huff's special teams acumen gives an additional boost to his potential value in formats that take return yards and touchdowns into account.

James Bradberry posted 59 tackles (47 solo) and two interceptions in 13 games played this season.


Bradberry was drafted in the second round and became an immediate starter in the role vacated by Josh Norman leaving the Panthers. Although that put considerable pressure on Bradberry to start his career, he emerged as Carolina's best cornerback over the course of his rookie season. The Panthers struggled mightily in pass defense when he was sidelined for three games due to a foot problem, but that absence still didn't prevent him from leading the team in pass deflections. Now fully adjusted to the NFL game, the Samford product will aim to further advance his development next season.

Daryl Worley finished this season with 88 tackles (63 solo), one interception and one sack in 16 games played.


Worley quickly became a starter after being drafted in the third round and fared relatively well as his first professional season unfolded. The West Virginia product finished fourth on the Panthers in tackles and was credited with nine pass deflections, which was second-best on the team. With a season under his belt, Worley will look to build on that success in 2017.

Kurt Coleman finished this season with 95 tackles (66 solo), four interceptions, one sack and one touchdown in 15 games played.


Coleman's tackle total marked the highest in his seven-year career and his second consecutive 90-tackle season since joining the Panthers. He also led Carolina with four interceptions. After signing a three-year extension prior to the season, Coleman figures to remain an important member of the Panthers' defense going forward, which should make him a solid IDP option among defensive backs in 2017.

Thomas Davis finished this season with 106 tackles (73 solo), three interceptions, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 16 games played.


Davis has now put together five straight 100-tackle seasons, with his 106 stops this year marking the third-most in his impressive 12-year career. Along with leading the Panthers in that category, Davis also intercepted at least three passes for the second consecutive season. Despite being 33 years old, Davis has shown no signs of aging and should remain a strong IDP option alongside Luke Kuechly in the heart of Carolina's defense next season.

Antonio Brown (W, Pit)

Antonio Brown secured six of 11 targets for 108 yards in Sunday's 18-16 divisional-round victory over the Chiefs. He also gained nine yards on a pair of punt returns.


Brown hauled in a game-long 52-yard bomb in the first quarter, and also secured a game-clinching seven-yard reception for a first down on the first play following the two-minute warning. With the Chiefs out of timeouts, the Steelers were able to take a knee on the following three plays, clinching their trip to Foxboro for the conference championship. Brown will naturally be a key component of next week's gameplan, and he figures to see plenty of Patriots CB Malcolm Butler, against whom he's had success in the past. The Pro Bowler now has 11 receptions on 20 targets for 232 yards and two touchdowns over the first pair of playoff games.

Eli Rogers (W, Pit)

Eli Rogers totaled 27 yards on five receptions in the Steelers' 18-16 playoff win over the Chiefs on Sunday.


After averaging over 73 yards in his past three games, Rogers was unable to break free for any significant yardage against a tough Kansas City defense. He's now caught 20 passes on 24 targets in the past four games.

Ben Roethlisberger (Q, Pit)

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20 of 31 passes for 224 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 18-16 divisional-round victory over the Chiefs. He also gained a yard on four rushes.


Big Ben primarily got out of the way and let Le'Veon Bell and his defense handle most of the heavy lifting. That's not to say he didn't have an impact in the victory, however, as Roethlisberger made several impressive throws, including a 52-yard bomb to Antonio Brown and a 26-yard strike to Jesse James down to the Chiefs' five-yard line. His one mistake came when he got a tad greedy on the play following the latter completion, as he reportedly audibled out of a run and subsequently had his pass batted by Frank Zombo at the line and intercepted by Eric Berry. Roethlisberger was mistake-free otherwise, and will likely need a similarly pristine performance in next week's conference championship for the Steelers to have a realistic chance of upending the Patriots on the road. Roethlisberger has now completed 33 of 49 passes for 421 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions over two postseason games.

Artie Burns collected two tackles (both solo) and a fumble recovery in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City.


The Steelers' defense has allowed an average of just 14 points in two playoff wins, but will face a Patriots' offense that scored 34 points in their win over the Texans. New England, which averaged 27.5 points per game this season, has won four of their last five games against the Steelers, including a 27-16 win in Week 7, and Pittsburgh has never beaten Tom Brady at home; their one win in New England since Brady joined the league in 2000 came in 2008 against Matt Cassel.

Tyreek Hill caught four of six targets for 27 yards during the Chiefs' divisional-round loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 18 yards and returned four kickoffs for 72 yards.


Hill wasn't able to bust out for any big plays like fans had become accustomed to seeing during the second half of the season, on offense or on special teams. Still, he was solid on kickoffs and his failure to post bigger receiving numbers has a lot to do with the underwhelming Alex Smith under center. No matter, Hill proved himself to be a playmaker in 2016 and will enter the 2017 campaign as a tantalizing fantasy option due to his ability to score from anywhere on the field in multiple phases of the game.

Travis Kelce (W, KC)

Travis Kelce caught five of seven targets for 77 yards during the Chiefs' divisional-round playoff loss to the Steelers on Sunday.


As has been the case most of the season, Kelce was the Chiefs' most dangerous weapon in the passing game and paced the team in nearly every statistical receiving category. However, a pair of second half mistakes cost him – and his team. Late in the third quarter, Kelce dropped a deep bomb in Steelers territory and then let his temper flare on the play after, ultimately drawing a 15-yard personal foul for roughing up a Steelers cornerback. Sunday's playoff loss aside, Kelce will finish the 2016 campaign as one of the best fantasy options at tight end and made a great case to be one of the first at his position to be selected in 2017 drafts.