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Associated Press named Texans LE J.J. Watt its 2015 Defensive Player of the Year.

It’s the third time in four seasons Watt's won Defensive Player of the year. Watt’s stats declined in 2015, but he still led the league with 17.5 sacks, 29 TFLs, and finished as PFF’s highest graded 3-4 end. He received 37 votes, followed by Rams DT Aaron Donald (7), Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (4) and CB Josh Norman (2). Watt joins Giants LB Lawrence Taylor as the only three-time DPOY winner.
Feb 6 - 9:02 PM

Chiefs CB Marcus Peters was named the Associated Press' 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Chiefs featured Peters as a shadow corner in his first season, lining him up against opponents No. 1 receivers despite his rookie status. He led the NFL with eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups, emerging as one of the league’s top playmakers. Peters won in a landslide, getting 45-of-50 votes. Bills CB Ronald Darby finished in second place with four votes.
Feb 6 - 8:49 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 8:41 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 8:20 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 7:17 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 6:31 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 5:15 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 4:04 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 3:47 PM

Colts DE Henry Anderson (knee) isn't expected to be ready for Week 1.

Anderson is three months removed from ACL surgery. He'll miss the entire offseason and is questionable for training camp. Anderson could open 2016 on PUP if he has setbacks.
Source: colts.com
Feb 6 - 3:08 PM

In-house reporter Kevin Bowen expects the Colts to upgrade on NT David Parry.

Parry started all 16 games as a rookie, but graded as one of the worst defensive tackles in the league. His struggles were a large part of Indy’s bottom-ten run defense. The Colts should bring in heavy 2016 competition for Parry.
Source: colts.com
Feb 6 - 2:39 PM

Charlie Sly, the main source of the Al Jazeera documentary which alleges Peyton Manning used HGH, does not believe the investigators the Manning camp sent to his parents' house were intended to intimidate him into cooperation.

The Washington Post reported Manning's lawyers sent investigators to the house prior to the documentary airing. The men allegedly worried Sly's sister enough for her to call police, but Sly had nothing but good things to say about the investigators. "Those guys were great guys," Sly said. "Like, very good guys. Very professional." The NFL is investigating the allegations against Manning and the other NFL players implicated in the documentary. Sly recanted his allegations before the documentary aired.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 1:08 PM

Giants co-owner John Mara said he plans to talk with Tom Coughlin about a position with the organization.

"He’s been away, but I do plan on talking," Mara said. "There’s still hope." Coughlin interviewed with the Eagles and 49ers after "resigning" from the Giants following the season. Coughlin reportedly could have landed the Eagles' job, but the majority of his staff is still under contract in New York. It is unclear if Coughlin would welcome a front office job with the team which basically forced him out of coaching a month ago.
Source: Newsday
Feb 6 - 12:48 PM

Titans president and CEO Steve Underwood said the organization is making progress towards satisfying the league's ownership requirements.

"We are confident that the next time we meet with the Commissioner," Underwood said, "he will be satisfied that [owner] Amy Adams Strunk has exactly what he said she needs — local operating control and full authority to represent the Titans in league decisions." The league requires one majority owner to represent the team both locally and in league matters. Strunk owns just a third of the organization with the rest of the shares spread out between the late Bud Adams' other daughter, Susie Adams Smith, and the heirs of his late son, Kenneth Adams III. Strunk has been operating as the controlling owner, but the league likely wants her to acquire a majority stake. Underwood's comments suggest she is close to acquiring the necessary shares.
Feb 6 - 12:04 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes Washington wants SS Dashon Goldson back if they can lower his cap number.

Goldson was one of the worst safeties in the league last season and is owed $8 million in salary and bonuses. The Redskins can save all of that against the cap by releasing him. Goldson theoretically brings veteran leadership to the secondary, but Washington desperately needs to upgrade the back-end of their defense. Goldson should not be starting Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 11:43 AM



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