Kellen Davis TE DET 1 Day
Davis did not catch any passes during the 2014 season.
Davis, who was active for six games with the Lions, only drew three targets all season, after being released by the Giants at the end of August. He's never been much of a receiving threat, and the Lions have solid depth at tight end. Davis will likely look for a new home in the offseason, but he'll have to compete for a roster spot, regardless of where he lands.
Ryan Broyles WR DET 1 Day
Broyles finished the regular seasons with two catches for 25 yards on five targets.
Broyles finished the season fifth on the depth chart, and he wasn't active for any games in November or December. He did make it through the season without a significant injury, after suffering major lower-body injuries in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Broyles has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but it's hard to imagine him making an impact in Detroit, as the team has no shortage of talented pass-catchers. Assuming he's makes it to training camp with the Lions, Broyles may need to stave off competition for a roster spot.
Theo Riddick RB DET 1 Day
Riddick finished the regular season with 34 receptions for 316 yards and four touchdowns on 50 targets, adding 20 carries for 51 yards.
Reggie Bush was limited to 11 games, and Riddick handled a larger role than expected, even when Bush was healthy. Riddick may find himself with an even larger role next season, as the Lions can save $3.5 million in 2015 cap space by designating Bush as a post-June 1 cut. Such a scenario would likely see Joique Bell return as the lead back, with Riddick handling most of the work on passing downs. Given that Detroit running backs accounted for more than 100 receptions in both of the past two seasons, Riddick would make for an interesting target in PPR leagues.
Charles Woodson DB OAK 2 Days
Woodson has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Raiders through the 2015 season, the team's official site reports.
The veteran safety is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-high 113 tackles and four picks, so even at age 38, Woodson remains firmly on the IDP radar.
Micah Hyde DB GB 2 Days
Hyde made 59 tackles (45 solo), intercepted two passes, and returned two punts for touchdowns over 16 games in the 2014 season.
Hyde opened the year as the Packers' starting free safety before eventually giving way to HaHa Clinton-Dix. While he saw a drop in snaps at that position, he remained valuable to the Packers by becoming a nickel corner and making an impact on special teams. Look for Hyde's role in 2015 to mimic the one he played later in the 2014 season.
A. J. Hawk LB GB 2 Days
Hawk finished the 2014 season with 90 tackles (53 solo) and half a sack in 16 games.
Hawk nearly reached the 100-tackle mark for the fifth time in his career, and he likely would have had he not lost snaps as the season wore on. Hawk played sparingly by the end of the season, and he may need to take a pay cut in order to remain with the Packers.
Sam Barrington LB GB 2 Days
Barrington recorded 52 tackles (39 solo) and a sack over 14 games in the 2014 season.
Barrington earned himself more snaps throughout the year and compiled 33 of his 52 tackles over the final five games of the regular season. The Packers figure to address the middle linebacker position during the offseason, but Barrington has put himself in position to play a significant role from the get-go in 2015.
Odell Beckham WR NYG 2 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 2 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 2 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.