Patriots' Michael Floyd: Pleads guilty to extreme DUI
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Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and began serving a 24-day sentence at Maricopa County Jail on Thursday, FOX 10 Phoenix reports.

Floyd was charged with seven counts, including extreme DUI and failure to obey a policy officer after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car at a Scottsdale, Arizona intersection in December. The receiver was released by the Cardinals immediately after that incident, but later signed with the Patriots for the remainder of the season. Following his sentencing, Floyd will serve 24 days behind bars before spending 96 days on house arrest. He'll also be required to pay a $5,000 fine, perform community service and attend an alcohol abuse class. While discipline from the NFL also potentially awaits, so too does Floyd's unrestricted free agency this offseason.


Giants' Roger Lewis: Poised for more work next season
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Lewis will have a chance to increase his workload in 2017 due to the release of Victor Cruz, NJ.com reports.

As an undrafted free agent, Lewis never seriously threatened the trio of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Cruz for snaps, but his ability on special teams helped him avoid the inactive list starting in Week 4 last season. Despite starting for Cruz in Week 10, Lewis never posted more than one reception in a given game, finishing the campaign with seven receptions (on 19 targets) for 97 yards and two touchdowns across 13 contests. Lewis far outpaced fellow wideout Tavarres King in terms of snaps -- 207 versus 76 -- but the latter showed late-season promise as a receiver, gathering in a 44-yard pass in Week 17 before notching the Giants' only touchdown during their wild-card defeat in Green Bay. As a result, King may have a leg up this offseason, but Lewis will nonetheless compete for the third receiver job behind Beckham and Shepard.


Giants' Tavarres King: In line for elevated workload in 2017
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King will have an opportunity to fill the shoes of the recently-released Victor Cruz in 2017, NJ.com reports.

Last season, the Giants' passing attack largely revolved around Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and Will Tye, each of whom received at least 70 targets. Among the remaining skill position players, only running back Rashad Jennings (42) surpassed 25, while the next most utilized wideout was Roger Lewis with (19). Meanwhile, King carried just one six-yard catch into Week 17, when he doubled his reception count with a 44-yard grab. Proving it wasn't an aberration, Lewis recorded the Giants' sole touchdown in a three-catch, 73-yard performance in their wild-card loss at Green Bay. With Cruz now out of the picture, King will have every chance to lock down a regular role on the outside.


Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald: Feels 'much better' physically
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Fitzgerald is "much better" physically than he was at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.


Cardinals' John Brown: Potential solution discovered for sickle-cell trait
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The Cardinals may have found a solution for Brown's sickle-cell trait, ArizonaSports.com reports. "He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," team president Michael Bidwill said Tuesday. "We'll get Smoke back the way we had him."

After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario -- and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason -- Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.


Jaguars' Arrelious Benn: Resigns with Jaguars
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Benn signed a contract with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Benn was only targeted 10 times in 2016, catching five passes for a total of 116 yards and one touchdown. He'll look to secure a role as a depth receiver and special teams player once again in 2017.


Saints' Tommylee Lewis: Excels as returner in rookie year
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Lewis finished the 2016 season with seven receptions for 76 yards and three carries for 11 yards. He also had 152 yards on eight kickoff returns and 160 yards on 14 punt returns.

Lewis made the Saints' final 53-man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois. Although he's listed at only five-foot-seven, Lewis is an explosive athlete who lined up all over the field for the Saints. He particularly excelled as a returner, averaging over 11 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. Lewis faces an uphill battle for playing time due to a crowded wide receiver depth chart, but the diminutive dynamo should enter the offseason as the favorite to return kicks for the Saints in 2017.


Steelers' Sammie Coates: Reveals groin surgery
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Coates (hand) revealed he has undergone groin surgery this offseason, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Coates' well-documented hand surgery has been the focus of his offseason activity thus far, but it appears he's been dealing with a lower-body ailment as well. It isn't clear when he went under the knife, but this latest procedure only complicates the receiver's timeline for a return. At this point, Coates appears truly questionable to be ready for the start of team workouts in April.


49ers' Torrey Smith: Cleared for action
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Smith (concussion) has been cleared for activity and will be ready to go for the start of offseason workouts, ESPN reports.

Smith ended the 2016 campaign on injured reserve due to a concussion and finished yet another disappointing season in San Francisco with 20 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns across 12 games played. Now free of concussion symptoms, he'll certainly benefit from having a full offseason unhampered by injury concerns, especially with a new head coach in town that will install a new offensive system.


Seahawks' Tyler Lockett: Sights set on Week 1
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Lockett (leg) is confident he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season, saying, "Oh yeah, for sure I will," when asked about that possibility, Gee Scott of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Lockett suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his left fibula and tibia during Week 16 of the regular season, sidelining him for the remainder of the campaign and requiring surgery heading into this offseason. Since his operation, Lockett has been working hard in his rehab, which caused coach Pete Carroll to project last month that the wideout would be healthy for the start of next season. Although he's still unable to run, Lockett recently confirmed Carroll's expectation, which is certainly an encouraging development regarding his fantasy stock.


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