NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/13/14
NFL Updates: Brown, Griffin, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 13, 2014
As we cruise toward the weekend, we’re continuing to see additional developments from around the NFL that will impact the upcoming season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines. Here’s the latest.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns: Has Weeden played his last down in Cleveland? It’s certainly possible, at least if he gets his way. The two-year QB has reportedly expressed a desire to get a fresh start somewhere else, and we can’t really blame him. Weeden has struggled through two different coaching regimes, and is facing his third in as many years if he stays.
Besides that, Brian Hoyer is expected to have the inside track on calling the plays in Cleveland--if the team doesn’t draft a QB and start from scratch, that is--leaving Weeden without too many job prospects.
A few potential destinations that have been thrown out there as landing spots include Arizona, Houston and Tampa Bay. Weeden has ties to the coaching staffs in Philadelphia and Minnesota as well, so we can’t rule them out either. We’ll just have to see how things play out.
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Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns: We’ll stick in Cleveland for a moment and check out Haden, who is without a doubt the most talented player on their team. He’s heading into a contract year (with free agency looming in 2015) and the Browns are expected to make re-signing him a top priority.
Haden is one of those rare corners in the NFL who can completely shut down a receiver, which he did several times this past season. The Browns are going through some changes in their upper levels, but that won’t stop them from throwing a whole pile of cash at Haden.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Let’s move on to DC and check in on Griffin. There are some high hopes out there for him this off-season, and the extra optimism makes sense. He won’t have the added difficulty of rehabbing his knee in the coming months, which leaves him free to focus on improving his game.
Griffin has been working with his receivers in previous weeks, and will be getting together with them again next month. He’s reportedly looking to improve in a couple of specific areas, namely footwork and release speed.
RG3 is coming off a disappointing year in 2013, with 3203 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts. We should see a healthy jump statistically during this upcoming season.
Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: We’ll close things out today with Brown, whose days in Philly could be numbered. Sources close to the team have speculated that the Eagles may want to explore the possibilities of trading him, seeing as how he’s capable of being a starting RB and the team is already set with LeSean McCoy and Chris Polk.
If the Eagles could get a third-round draft pick offer for Brown, they’d likely at least consider it. Stay tuned on this one.
NFL Key Dates: Now that we’ve finished up the season in the NFL, it’s now back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.
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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