NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/26/14
NFL Updates: Player Updates, Upcoming League Schedule and More
January 26, 2014
It’s Pro Bowl day in the NFL (if you’re into that sort of thing) and that means there’s just one week left until the Super Bowl. In the meantime, there are plenty of topics to cover concerning teams across the league. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: After a disappointing and injury-plagued 2013, Rudolph isn’t on the minds of too many NFL fans out there. That said, he could end up as a breakout name in 2014.
Sources close to the team anticipate Rudolph will have a huge role in the offense during this upcoming campaign, thanks to the addition of Norv Turner as the Vikings’ OC. Turner has found success at the TE position with Antonio Gates and most recently Jordan Cameron.
The problem in Minnesota--as it was in Cleveland--will be finding a competent and reliable quarterback who can deliver the ball to Rudolph on a consistent basis. The Vikes will be addressing the position in the off-season, so we’ll have to see what happens.
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Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Cruz, so let’s see how he’s doing. If you recall, he underwent surgery back in December to repair a bruised MCL. His recovery, according to him, is going very well.
Cruz should be fully healed up and ready to resume his off-season activities within a few more weeks. He should have no problem gaining clearance for OTAs.
Cruz started just 12 games in 2013, but was able to post 73 receptions and 998 yards. After a three-touchdown opener, he was held to just one more score the rest of the way.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: There has been some speculation in the Rams fan base that says this might be the year the team cuts ties with Bradford. According to sources close to the team, however, that’s not going to happen. St. Louis owns the second overall pick in the upcoming draft, and there’s reportedly not much of a chance at all of the team drafting a QB. They’ll be rolling with Bradford, for better or worse.
All things considered, Bradford did show some promise before tearing his ACL this past year. In seven games, he posted 1687 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. Perhaps most heartening was his 60.7 completion percentage, which would have been a career high had he maintained it through 16 games.
NFL Playoffs and Key Dates: There’s just one more (meaningful) game left in the NFL season, and after that it’s back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the remaining schedule, along with a few important upcoming dates we’ll be seeing soon.
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII: 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Important 2014 Dates:
February 3: Waiver System Starts (Teams can make transactions, cuts, etc.)
February 17-March 3: Franchise Tag Designation Period
February 19-25: NFL Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)
March 8: Contract Negotiations for Unrestricted Free Agents Can Begin
March 11: League Year Officially Begins (4:00 PM ET)
March 23-28: Annual Owners Meeting (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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