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Jeremy Mincey will undergo elbow surgery on Thursday, but isn't expected to miss any offseason activity, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.


He led the Cowboys with six sacks in 2014 and didn't miss any games, so this news is a little surprising. Mincey should still be an important cog in the team's defensive line rotation next season.

Jerricho Cotchery wrapped up his debut season in Carolina with 48 catches (on 78 targets) for 580 receiving yards and one touchdown in 15 games played.


Cotchery joined the Panthers last offseason after surprisingly going for 10 touchdowns in 2013 as the Steelers' No. 3 wideout. While Cotchery assumed Carolina's No. 2 receiver role upon signing with the team, his totals this season were still nearly identical to last season, excluding touchdowns. That's because along with the Panthers' preference to run around the goal line, the presence of red zone targets Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin further precluded Cotchery from finding pay dirt. In short, Cotchery's 10-touchdown campaign appears to have been an anomaly, but the 32-year-old remains a serviceable third or fourth pass-catching option. With the Panthers expected to be in the market for further help at wide receiver, Cotchery's fantasy stock figures to be in a holding pattern as he mentors younger players at the position.

Kelvin Benjamin (W, Car)

Kelvin Benjamin finished his rookie season with 73 receptions (on 146 targets) for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games played.


Benjamin, the 28th overall pick of last year's draft, paid quick dividends on the Panthers' first-round investment by immediately exhibiting the attributes required to fill Carolina's vacant No. 1 receiver role. In fact, only five players league-wide saw more than Benjamin's 146 targets and his 1,008 receiving yards ranked 20th among wideouts this season. Additionally, Benjamin proved to be a lethal red zone weapon by using his 6-5, 240-pound frame to secure scoring opportunities. While those are fantastic numbers, especially for a rookie, Benjamin still caught only half of his total targets, which shows decent room for improvement. Should Benjamin become a more consistent pass-catcher in 2015, that refinement could partner Benjamin's already gaudy goal line presence to make him among fantasy's elite players at the position for years to come.

New coach Rex Ryan called the quarterback situation "unresolved" at Wednesday' press conference while saying the team would consider bringing Mark Sanchez into the mix, BuffaloBills.com reports.


We still think Manuel has some potential with his big arm and some of the skills he showed at Florida State, and Ryan did mention he'd like to see him use his legs in the run game more next season. But we also have to face facts, and Manuel has dropped several pegs since being a first-rounder in 2013. At best, he'll have to fight for the starting job. Even if he wins it, and he'll have every chance to earn it, also remember he'll be playing for a head coach and offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) who both always end up near the top in run/pass ratio. In a city that gets a lot of bad throwing weather to boot.

Greg Olsen (W, Car)

Greg Olsen enjoyed the best season of his seven-year career, totaling 84 receptions (on 122 targets), 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games played during the 2014 campaign.


Olsen's connection with quarterback Cam Newton has seemingly improved during each of the tight end's four seasons in Carolina and this season's numbers certainly support that development. Not only did Olsen's 84 catches lead the Panthers, but his 1,008 receiving yards tied for the team-lead and marked the best single-season total of his career. Additionally, with six touchdowns, Olsen has now found the end zone at least five times in every season after his 2007 rookie campaign. On the whole, the ever-reliable Olsen fulfilled preseason expectations that the Panthers' revamped receiving corp would result in Newton leaning on his trusted target Olsen more often than ever. Fortunately, the emergence of rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin prevents opposing defenses from totally converging on Olsen in coverage, which should allow the tight end to enjoy similar success as one of fantasy's top players at his position again next season.

DeAngelo Williams ended the 2014 season with career-lows in carries (62), rushing yards (219) and touchdowns (zero) in just six games played.


Williams endured a very rough 2014 campaign that was plagued by a combination of hand, foot and thigh injuries. Given those ailments, the 31-year-old managed merely six regular season appearances and his on-field production suffered as well. To that point, besides his 72 yards in Week 1, Williams only topped 40 yards once during his other five outings. Additionally, the veteran failed to find the end zone all season, demonstrating the extent of his frustrating season. Meanwhile, long-time tandem partner Jonathan Stewart enjoyed his best season in years, putting the older Williams' status with the Panthers in question heading into this offseason. Should Carolina stand pat with Williams, he'll likely play more second-fiddle to Stewart, as opposed to their previously well-balanced split of touches. Similarly, with youngster Fozzy Whittaker making strides this season, Williams faces even more competition for snaps moving forward, compounding a dynamic that has already capped his fantasy value over the years.

Jonathan Stewart (R, Car)

Jonathan Stewart finished this season with 175 carries for 809 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and also caught 25 passes (on 31 targets) for 181 receiving yards and another score.


Stewart suffered a knee injury during Week 3, when it seemed like the veteran running back was destined for another injury-riddled campaign. However, following a three-game absence, Stewart returned in Week 7 and reminded fantasy owners of his intriguing talents over the Panthers' remaining games. In fact, Stewart cracked the 75-yard mark in half of his final 10 regular season games, including a 155-yard outburst during Week 14 in New Orleans, followed by a 122-yard performance two weeks later against the Browns. Overall, the 27-year-old's 809 rushing yards marked his highest total since 2009 and Stewart's 13 regular season games plus two playoff appearances matched his combined total of 15 games played over the previous two seasons. In doing so, a healthy Stewart's fantasy value certainly benefitted from long-time running mate DeAngelo Williams playing merely six games this season due to injury. With Williams' future in Carolina uncertain, Stewart carries significant momentum as the Panthers' starting running back next season, when his draft stock figures to be higher than in recent years past.

Derek Anderson wrapped up the 2014 season with 701 passing yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions in six games played, including two starts.


Anderson was promoted to starter on two occasions this season when franchise quarterback Cam Newton was injured. In doing so, the former Pro Bowler Anderson performed quite admirably, leading the Panthers to a pair of wins while combining for over 500 passing yards to go with three touchdowns. The veteran's remaining production came during the waning stages of other contests, which more closely coincides with the backup role he figures to continue in next season with the Panthers.

Cam Newton finished the 2014 campaign with 3,127 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and also gained 539 rushing yards and five touchdowns across 14 games played this season.


Newton's 2014 season was largely overshadowed by injuries, as he entered the season coming off ankle surgery in March, then endured a slight ribs fracture during the preseason, before a scary December car accident left him with two fractures in his back. Overall, those ailments forced Newton to miss two games, ending his previously unblemished three-year string of starts. Over the course of the season, the Panthers' reliance on Newton to run the ball while operating behind a patchwork offensive line certainly raised questions over his health even when in uniform. Furthermore, a revamped receiving corp put additional pressure on Newton to carry an inconsistent offense, which is reflected in the quarterback's career-low numbers in most statistical categories. Although it was easily his worst season from a fantasy perspective, the Panthers rightfully aim to keep Newton as their franchise quarterback long-term. As a result, Newton is expected to reach a lucrative extension with Carolina this offseason, since 2015 is the final year on his current deal. With the former No. 1 draft pick secured, the Panthers' front office is then expected to help surround Newton with better weapons, which along with a healthy offseason, could potentially stand to improve Newton's numbers next season.

Tony Moeaki (calf) practiced in full Wednesday.


Even with the bye week at his disposal, Moeaki missed every practice last week and ultimately was deemed inactive for the Seahawks' divisional-round victory versus the Panthers. With a full practice in his back pocket, though, he's in line to make an appearance in the NFC championship game Sunday against the Packers. Nevertheless, expect Moeaki and Cooper Helfet to rank well behind Luke Willson in terms of tight end targets.

The Titans have signed Clyde Gates to a futures contract, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.


Gates' last regular season catch was in 2013, when he was with the Jets. He'll provide the Titans with added depth at wideout in advance of the 2015 campaign.

The Titans have signed Jacoby Ford to a futures contract, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.


The Titans also signed fellow wideout Clyde Gates, with the duo added to bolster the team's depth at the position in advance of the 2015 season. Ford's last NFL regular season catch occurred in 2013, when he was with the Raiders.

Brandon Browner (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Patriots' official site reports.


Browner suffered a knee injury during this past Saturday's win over the Ravens, but his participation in practice Wednesday – albeit in a limited capacity – is a positive indicator with regard to his prospects of suiting up for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Michael Griffin underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, the Tennessean reports.


The procedure is expected to sideline Griffin for four-to-six months, with the report relaying that the safety may also have a minor procedure on his knee later this offseason, once he is able to use crutches. With that in mind, Griffin – who is slated to make $6.3 million in 2015 – hopes to be ready for the Titans' OTAs. Griffin finished up the 2014 season with a fantasy-friendly 112 tackles, three sacks and two picks in 16 games.

Marcus Mariota will enter the 2015 NFL draft, according to ESPN.com.


At this stage, Mariota – the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner – who led Oregon to Monday's national title game, is a prime candidate to be the top overall pick in the NFL Draft (which will be held April 30-May 2), along with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Javorius Allen, a running back from USC, will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Also known as 'Buck,' Allen had a highly successful 2014 season, finishing with 1,489 yards (5.4 YPC) and 11 touchdowns as a runner whil catching 41 passes for 458 yards and a touchdown in 13 games. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds with excellent receiving skills, Allen has the size and skill set to project into a three-down role about as well as any runner in the draft. He probably lacks the standout athleticism of some of the other top runners in this draft, however, so he might fall into the third or fourth round despite his applicability to the NFL. We think he compares favorably to Fred Jackson.

Aaron Donald was named Defensive Rookie of the Year Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


Donald certainly deserved the honors, putting up 47 tackles and nine sacks, with most of that occurring the second half of the year. He is going to be a menace on the interior for the years to come.

Brandon Myers agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Buccaneers at the conclusion of the 2014 season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Myers was set to make $2.25 million next season before taking a pay cut to add a year that will keep him in Tampa through 2016. The well-traveled 29-year-old tight end made 22 catches for 190 yards and zero touchdowns in 2014. He is utilized primarily as a blocking tight end and will retain his role as the team hopes Austin Seferian-Jenkins will emerge as its primary pass-catching tight end.

Marcell Dareus, who missed the Week 17 win over New England, has been cleared to play in the Pro Bowl, BuffaloBills.com reports.


Dareus will play in his second straight Pro Bowl after logging a career-high 10 sacks this season. The bigger news is that we now know he should be fine for next season, though we'll be keeping an eye on how the Bills set things up defensively next season, as Rex Ryan typically runs an entirely different scheme from the departed Jim Schwartz.

Darrin Reaves signed with Carolina on Tuesday.


Reaves finished the year on the practice squad after getting a brief look in the Carolina running back rotation when injuries rained down toward the end of September. He failed to impress, totaling just 78 yards on 31 carries and 31 yards on five catches. With an incredibly talented running back class incoming for the 2015 draft, Reaves might have another uphill climb to make the active roster in 2015.