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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/16/14

NFL Updates: Jets, Patriots, Off-Season Schedule and More

February 16, 2014

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The NFL off-season continues to chug along, and with this passing weekend, we’re that much closer to the combine, draft, free agency and all the other interesting post-Super Bowl happenings around the league. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the recent newsmakers out there and see what’s happening in the NFL right now. Here’s the latest.

Possible Jets WR Moves: Come March 11, we’ll probably be seeing the Jets as big players in the WR market during free agency. Their targets? Expect the team’s name to be attached to just about every available receiver, but specifically they’re expected to go after Jeremy Maclin from the Eagles and the Steelers’ Emmanuel Sanders (assuming neither re-signs with their team before then).
New York OC Marty Mornhinweg has ties to Maclin from the days that both were with the Eagles, so that move makes a lot of sense. After cutting disgruntled WR Santonio Holmes (which is all but an inevitability), the Jets will save another $8.25 million toward the cap, allowing them the space to do a lot of interesting things.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/16/14

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Possible Patriots WR Moves: We’ve been examining the Patriots’ potential off-season transactions in this space every so often, and their names have been tied to some impending free agents recently. In addition to the aforementioned Emmanuel Sanders (whom the Pats signed to a restricted free agent offer sheet last season), the team could also go after the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks was a major bust this past season in New York, putting up 56 receptions for 860 yards and exactly zero touchdowns in his contract year. He made headlines more for his off-the-field shenanigans (being late to team meetings, treatment sessions, etc.) than for anything he did on the field.
New England has a history of buying low on project players and getting the most out of them on the field. If Nicks goes to the Patriots, we could see a career resurgence in 2014.

Ravens Backfield: Moving on to the AFC North, let’s take a look at the dynamic happening in the Baltimore backfield. Bell-cow running back Ray Rice is coming off an ugly 2013, putting up just 660 yards and four touchdowns on an icky 3.1 YPC average. He’s expected to share the carries a bit more this year under new OC Gary Kubiak, however.
Kubiak says he’ll be splitting Rice and fellow RB Bernard Pierce similar to the way Arian Foster and Ben Tate shared carries in Houston. A reduced workload should help Rice’s production, as will entering the season healthy (he struggled with his hip last year) and getting the holes plugged on the offensive line.

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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