Broncos' T.J. Ward: Nabs pick, recovers key fumble
T.J. Ward recorded seven tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed in the Denver Broncos ' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.
If not for Von Miller doing his best Lawrence Taylor impression, Ward would have had a pretty strong case for Super Bowl 50's MVP. In addition to thwarting a Carolina drive into Broncos' territory with a pick and scooping up Miller's second strip sack to all but put the game away, Ward helped keep Greg Olsen in check to the tune of 41 yards. Sure, Ward almost gave the ball back to Carolina after fumbling his interception, but history will remember him as a key cog in Denver's "No Fly Zone" and a force in Denver's dominant defensive victory.
Broncos' DeMarcus Ware: Records two sacks in Super Bowl 50
DeMarcus Ware collected five tackles and two sacks in Sunday's Super Bowl 50 victory over Carolina.
Ware ended any hopes of a big play to end Carolina's first half by nailing Cam Newton for a sack. Nearly an entire half later, Carolina was down two scores and in hurry-up mode. On 2nd and 10 Newton spun out, avoided Malik Jackson and found himself smothered by Ware for a 14-yard loss. Ware waited 11 years to make his first big playoff push and didn't disappoint. When Denver drafted Shane Ray in the first round and watched Shaq Barrett impress while Ware's back hampered him during the season, the veteran looked like a potential cap casualty. With 5.5 sacks in his final five games, however, Ware has changed the conversation.
Broncos' Darian Stewart: Forces a fumble in Super Bowl 50
Darian Stewart recorded three tackles a sack, a forced fumble and defended two passes in the Denver Broncos ' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.
Mike Tolbert was a 250-pound unstoppable force rumbling down the field for an 11 yard gain in the second quarter. He then met an immovable object in Stewart, who dislodged the ball from the fullback. Stewart signed a modest one-year deal to come to Denver in the offseason and serve as the fourth part of the Broncos' "No Fly Zone." He responded with his best statistical season since 2011. Unless Stewart is willing to take a team-friendly deal, it is hard to imagine Denver being able to properly reward him for his efforts.
Broncos' Malik Jackson: Scores first touchdown of Super Bowl 50
Malik Jackson recorded five tackles, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback hit, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in Denver's Super Bowl 50 victory over Carolina.
Jackson pounced on Von Miller's first strip sack of Cam Newton, giving Denver a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The team never looked back. Jackson didn't record a sack in the playoffs, and managed a modest five during the season, but established himself as a disruptive interior force. The Denver Broncos locked up Jackson's other half, Derek Wolfe, and have Von Miller's contract to worry about, likely making Jackson one of the better free agent defensive linemen.
Broncos' Andre Caldwell: Totals 22 yards in Super Bowl 50
Andre Caldwell caught his lone target in Sunday's victory over the Panthers for 22 yards.
Caldwell's sideline catch came on the Denver Broncos ' opening drive and helped set up a field goal lead that they never relinquished. Caldwell caught just 10 passes in 14 games in 2015, but recorded a reception in each of Denver's three playoff matchups. They may be his last as a Bronco. With Cody Latimer already on the books for 2016 and younger options to retain in free agency including Bennie Fowler and Jordan Norwood, Caldwell may be the odd man out.
Texans' Duane Brown: Recovering well from surgery
Brown said his recovery from surgery on his quadriceps is "coming along great."
Brown is five weeks out from surgery and is currently doing range-of-motion exercises.
Broncos' Ronnie Hillman: Fails to collect a yard in Super Bowl 50
Ronnie Hillman ran the ball five times, but was held to no yardage in Sunday's Super Bowl victory over Carolina.
Hillman never moved more than three yards beyond the line of scrimmage and three of his five carries went for negative yardage. Running up against the likes of Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly will do that to a back, but Hillman's counterpart, C.J. Anderson, managed to collect 100 total yards. For the playoffs, Anderson totaled 273 yards and nine catches while Hillman was held to 61 total yards and one catch. Both are free agents this offseason and Anderson made the better final impression on Sunday.
Rams' Kain Colter: Signs with Rams
Kain Colter was signed by the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The versatile product out of Northwestern was most recently a member of the Vikings' practice squad during a 2014 season and was listed as a wide receiver. Whether the Rams keep him at receiver or try to develop him as a backup quarterback remains to be seen, but he should be considered a long shot to land on the 53-man roster at this time.
Steelers' David Nelson: Released by Steelers
David Nelson was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.
The veteran wideout finished the season on IR and did not play a single snap for the Steelers prior to his release. It's unclear at this point if a team will take a flier on the oft-injured Nelson given that he's played in all of 18 games over the past three seasons, but his 6-foot-5 frame could be intriguing enough for a team to give him a shot in training camp.
Raiders' Nate Allen: Released by Raiders
Nate Allen was released by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
Allen was limited to five games this season after a knee injury kept him out for most of the 205 campaign. As ESPN's Adam Caplan notes, Allen was a cap casualty in this case given that his $4.9 million base salary would have become fully guaranteed on Feb. 10 if he was still on the roster. The 28-year-old Allen has seven interceptions over the course of his six-year career and is now a free agent.
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