Chiefs CB Marcus Peters was named the Associated Press' 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Associated Press named Chiefs FS Eric Berry its 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.
Berry returned to an All-Pro level this year after overcoming a 2014 cancer diagnosis. He played a major role in Kansas City’s seventh-ranked defense, grading positively in coverage and against the run while finishing as PFF’s No. 4 overall safety. Berry got 38 first-place votes, beating Carson Palmer (6) and Adrian Peterson (6). An impending free agent, Berry will push to be one of the highest paid safeties in the league.
Todd Gurley was named the Associated Press' 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Gurley was one of the top running backs in the league despite missing the first two games recovering from ACL surgery. He led all rookies in yards (1,106), yards per carry (4.8) and touchdowns (10). Gurley also ranked fourth in yards per game and finished behind only Doug Martin in 20-plus yard runs. Jameis Winston finished behind Gurley with 17 votes.
Broncos FS Darian Stewart (knee) won’t wear a brace in the Super Bowl.
Stewart didn’t have any setbacks after practicing fully the last two days. Playing without a brace should give him less restrictions. Stewart should see lots of Greg Olsen in coverage.
Thomas Rawls (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.
Rawls avoided surgery, but is in the early stages of rehab. He could be limited for OTAs. With Marshawn Lynch not expected back, Rawls should open 2016 as Seattle’s clear-cut starter.
Patriots CB Malcolm Butler suffered a knee sprain in the AFC Championship.
Butler missed the Pro Bowl, but will have a normal offseason. One of the league’s most underpaid corners, Butler should play out next year on his $600K salary before becoming an RFA in 2017.
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch will throw at the Combine.
Lynch is the second of the three projected first-rounders to commit after Jared Goff made his decision earlier this week. Both players weren’t eligible for the Senior Bowl, but should improve their stock at the Combine. Lynch is competing with Goff and Carson Wentz to be this year's top quarterback.
A league personnel executive told NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein he doesn’t view North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz as a first-round pick.
"That North Dakota State kid is way overrated," the source said. A second executive said there’s "no way" he would draft Wentz in the first round after watching Senior Bowl practices. Wentz is polarizing due to his small-school background, but projects as a potential top-five pick. The Browns have interest in Wentz at No. 2 overall.