Broncos' C.J. Anderson: Ends 2015 on a high note
C.J. Anderson rushed for 720 yards and five touchdowns on 152 carries in 2015, adding 183 yards on 25 catches. He fumbled twice. During the playoffs, Anderson carried the ball 54 times for 234 yards and two scores and added 39 yards on nine catches.
Anderson's strong second half to 2014 made him a popular early-round pick in fantasy drafts to start 2015. He failed to live up to expectations, however. From Week 6 through the end of the regular season, Anderson saw fewer touches than fellow back Ronnie Hillman in eight of the 10 games they played with one another (Anderson missed one game with an injury). Come playoff time, however, Denver leaned heavily on Anderson, giving him 63 touches to Hillman's 33. Head coach Gary Kubiak's zone running game relies on backs who are more shifty than fast and are patient and decisive when hitting the hole. Those traits are more in line with Anderson's strengths than Hillman's slash-and-speed abilities. Hillman, an unrestrict free agent, is likely to find better offers elsewhere as Denver attempts to keep its defense intact. Anderson, a restricted free agent, would then become a prime candidate to tender and take on a heavier workload in 2016, potentially living up to the promise he failed to live up to in 2015.
Broncos' Brock Osweiler: Throws 10 touchdowns in 2015
Brock Osweiler completed 170 of 275 passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2015. He added 61 yards and a touchdown on 21 rushes.
Before Peyton Manning returned to the spotlight for a final run at a championship, it was Osweiler - Manning's backup during his entire tenure in Denver - who was featured on the cover of sporting magazines. Osweiler led Denver to arguably its biggest wins of the regular season, comebacks in Week 13 against New England and Week 16 against Cincinnati, and appeared comfortable in head coach Gary Kubiak's offense which is predicated on an inside-outside zone running game and taking shots down the field. After a promising showing, Osweiler, who is still just 25 despite four years in the league under his belt, will almost certainly be a starter next year. Whether or not Denver's desire to lock up defensive studs makes them vulnerable to another team out-bidding them for Osweiler remains to be seen. The smart money is that Osweiler stays in Denver. General manager John Elway hand-picked Osweiler to learn from Manning and the team doesn't have much else on the roster or a premium draft pick to get one of the top passers in this year's draft. Expect Osweiler to cost Denver a pretty penny and build on his 2015 debut.
Broncos' Peyton Manning: Posts career lows in 18th season
Peyton Manning completed the 2015 campaign having completed 198 of 331 passes for 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He followed up by going 51 for 92 for 539 yards, two touchdowns and one pick in the playoffs.
Manning was showing obvious signs of breaking down during the latter half of 2014, but chose to break out the duct tape for another rodeo. The results were career lows in yards, touchdowns, passer rating and, curiously, his second Super Bowl ring. Much-maligned Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer posted a 91.4 passer rating this season, Manning only managed to top that mark twice in 13 games between the regular season and playoffs. In the playoffs, Manning showed some flashes against his old foe, the Patriots, posting a passer rating of 103.75 and his only two scores of the postseason in the first half of the AFC title game. He had a combined rating of 67.53 in the other five halves of playoff games. Denver's defense carried Manning to his second championship, and now the pursuit to keep as much of that defense intact, and keep young Brock Osweiler in town, will likely end Manning's days in Denver. It wouldn't be a complete shock if Manning dodges retirement one more time and follows Joe Namath in ending his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Rams. However, if Manning chooses not to ride off into the sunset, don't expect the night to be kind to Manning's 40-year old body in 2016.
Bears' Jeremy Langford: In line for expanded role in 2016
Jeremy Langford is on track to see an increased role in the Chicago Bears offense in 2016, with the team not intending to re-sign Matt Forte, ESPN.com reports.
Langford, who logged 148 carries for 537 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie this past season, is thus poised to top the team's RB depth chart once free agency opens, with Forte and Jacquizz Rodgers on track to hit the open market. Along with Langford, under contract with the Bears at the running back position in advance of the 2016 campaign are Ka'Deem Carey and Senorise Perry.
Dolphins' Cameron Wake: Could become a cap casualty
Wake is coming off an Achilles tear and at 34 years of age his best days could be behind him. The Dolphins would save $8.4 million against the cap by cutting him. It is more likely, however, that the team will try to bring Wake back at a lower salary as even part-time pass rushers have value in the NFL.
Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh: Likely to have his contract restructured
It's just a matter of time until the Miami Dolphins restructure Ndamukong Suh 's contract, reports Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.
The Dolphins don't need to have permission to make this adjustment and by doing so Suh's cap number would shrink from $28.6 million to $10.5 million, a savings of almost $16 million.
Giants' Jay Bromley: Cleared of 'all wrongdoing'
Jay Bromley 's attorney, Alex Spiro, told Jordan Raanan of NJ.com on Friday that his client was "officially cleared of all wrongdoing" in connection with an alleged rape at a New York City hotel on Jan. 30.
Less than two weeks removed from the allegation, Bromley will avoid any charges. The second-year defensive tackle is coming off a campaign in which he ranked fifth on the defensive front in snaps, earning 41 percent of them. Such usage translated to 36 tackles (19 solo) in 16 games.
Broncos' Shiloh Keo: Arrested for DUI Saturday
Keo, a late-season pickup by the
49ers' Reggie Bush: Expects to start running in a week
Reggie Bush (knee) is expected to start running in one week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bush's tenure with the San Francisco 49ers got off to a rocky start after straining his calf in the season opener. The injury lingered through October, and he eventually suffered an ignominious knee injury in Week 8 at St. Louis, where he slipped on concrete at the conclusion of a punt return. After a diagnosis of MCL and meniscus tears in that knee, his season was over with just eight carries for 28 yards and four receptions (on 10 targets) for 19 yards in five games. Interested parties will likely put the soon-to-be 31-year-old through the ringer to ensure that he's progressing well in the expected 4-to-6 month recovery, and while he appears dead set on playing in 2016, in what capacity remains to be seen.
Bills' Percy Harvin: Will be free agent
The Buffalo Bills have voided the final two years of Percy Harvin 's (hip/knee) contract, which will make the wideout a free agent on March 9, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reports.
With much uncertainty surrounding Harvin's desire to continue his NFL pursuits, the Bills will search elsewhere for a No. 2 receiver to complement top option Sammy Watkins. All options have been on the table for Harvin, including retirement, but his rehab from knee surgery and avoiding further issues with his hip will ultimately play a role in whether he's a part of a roster in the fall.
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