Odell Beckham WR NYG 4 Days3 Comments
Beckham indicated Sunday that he is still dealing with the effects of the hamstring issues that delayed his NFL debut this past season, ESPN.com reports.
"I was never fully healthy," noted Beckham, who still managed to catch 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games for the Giants as a rookie."I was just trying to manage it and maintain it...It's still not right. [I'm] still working on it." With the 2014 regular season and the NFL Pro Bowl now in the books, Beckham, who (per the Daily News) reportedly played through two tears in his right hamstring this past season, now plans to rest in the coming weeks, with an eye toward approaching the 2015 campaign as healthy as possible.
Scott Tolzien QB GB 4 Days
Tolzien did not appear in a game during the 2014 season.
Tolzien appeared in three games during 2013 and even started two, but he was not needed at all in 2014 with starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing in every game after missing seven the year before. The Packers like Tolzien's potential and will likely give him another chance to challenge Matt Flynn for the backup duties during training camp.
Sam Shields DB GB 4 Days
Shields recorded 40 tackles (33 solo) and two interceptions over 14 games during the 2014 season.
Shields did not do as much in 2014 as he did the year before, but opposing offenses did not throw in his direction as often as they did previously. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and will head into next season as the Packers' top cornerback.
Tramon Williams DB GB 4 Days
Williams made 71 tackles (61 solo) and intercepted three passes over 16 games during the 2014 season.
Williams' production in the tackle and sack departments dipped in 2014, but he played in every game for the third straight season and held up well in pass coverage. A free agent this offseason, it remains to be seen if he will Green Bay after speding the last eight seasons there.
Vontaze Burfict LB CIN 4 Days
Burfict is reportedly recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, ESPN.com reports.
The report relays that Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed the procedure on Burfict, is hopeful that the linebacker will be at full strength in advance of training camp. "I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," ElAttrache noted. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out." When healthy, Burfict -- who was limited to five games in 2014 - is a top-notch IDP, having recorded a league-leading 171 tackles during the 2013 season.
Calais Campbell DL ARI 4 Days
Campbell will undergo surgery next week to repair a sports hernia that he played through after Week 13, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports.
Campbell has played 13 or more games in each of his seven NFL seasons, but he seemingly deals with an injury or two every year. In 2014, it was the sports hernia and a sprained MCL, with the latter causing him to miss Weeks 6 and 7. Campbell still had another fantastic year, piling up 58 tackles (48 solo), seven sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. He should be healthy by the start of training camp next season, and while the Cardinals have a rather unfavorable cap situation, Campbell doesn't figure to be one of the casualties.
Nick Folk K NYJ 5 Days
Folk scored 119 points in 2014, placing him 14th among NFL placekickers.
Folk led the league in field-goal attempts (39), and his 32 makes were third in the league. The other side of things: he only collected 23 extra points, as the Jets finished 31st in the league in touchdowns.
Zach Sudfeld TE NYJ 5 Days
Sudfeld had two catches for 44 yards in Week 17's victory at Miami, the most notable moment of his season.
Sudfeld only collected seven targets on the year, rarely playing on offense - but three of those opportunities came in the final two weeks. Maybe he'll be in line for a notable bump in time next season. though the Jets have a collection of tight ends.
Bilal Powell RB NYJ 5 Days
Powell saw limited use in 2014, rushing for 141 yards and adding 92 yards on 11 receptions.
Powell did average 4.3 yards on his 33 attempts, the third straight year he's been at 4.0 or better. He was the No. 3 back in a two-back rotation in 2014, and it's hard to see his role expanding next season.
Jeremy Kerley WR NYJ 5 Days
Kerley finished 2014 with 38 catches, 409 yards and one touchdown. He was targeted 75 times.
He lost about 40 percent of his fantasy value from the previous season, despite a similar number of targets. Kerley is a respectable No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, but he hasn't shown much upside during his four-year career.