Elandon Roberts (NE): Seemingly over the injuries he had, Roberts started against the Dolphins in the Patriots 35-14 victory and made a big impact again as they clinched home-field on the AFC side. Roberts tied for the team lead with 7 tackles, 6 solo, and 1 QB hit while in on 29 snaps (49%).
DeMarcus Ayers (PIT): Ayers was able to get his 1st TD and made a critical catch in OT to setup the winning FG for the Steelers in their 27-24 victory over the Browns. Ayers had 5 catches on 12 targets for 44 yards and 1 TD while also rushing 2 times for -12 yards. He was in on 66 snaps. Question will be has he made enough of a case to be added to the playoff roster.
Nolan Frese (SEA): Frese suffered a severe high ankle sprain early in the Seahawks 25-23 win over the 49ers, but powered through it to finish the game. Pete Carroll blamed the high ankle sprain for why Frese snapped a ball through the endzone for a safety, but was very complimentary of how Frese pushed through the pain to finish the game. The Seahawks did have another blocked XP (Carroll blamed Hauschka for kicking it low), but they did make 4 FGs, went 1/2 on XP, and had 4 punts for 184 yards (46.0 avg) with 1 Inside the 20. Frese’s status is up in the air as to whether he’ll be able to play next week in the playoffs.
Thomas Gafford (DEN): Gafford was solid again in the Broncos 24-6 victory over the Raiders. Denver was 1/2 on FG and 3/3 on XP while punting 5 times for 224 yards (44.8 avg) with 1 Inside the 20. Hopefully, Gafford did enough to get a look next year.
Case Keenum (LA): Case got a raw deal and didn’t even get to dress for the last game as the Rams lost 44-6 to Arizona. Case now enters free agency as one of the top QBs on the market and should be able to find work somewhere. Case was 4-5 during his time as starter; the Rams were 0-7 after benching him.
Injured Reserve: William Jackson III (Cin), Sebastian Vollmer (NE), DJ Hayden (Oak), Kenneth Farrow (SD), Charles Sims (TB)
Practice Squad: Adrian McDonald (SD), Joey Mbu (Was), Derrick Mathews (GB)
Playoffs 1st Round:
Sat @ 7:15pm: Nolan Frese (SEA) vs Detroit on NBC
Sun @ noon: DeMarcus Ayers (PIT) vs Miami on CBS
Elandon Roberts (NE) - Bye - will face Miami or Houston/Oakland winner