NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/24/14
NFL Updates: Jets QBs, Dalton, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 24, 2014
With the combine getting ready to wind down, we’re starting to look forward to that next great off-season period in the NFL, which is free agency. Every day, new reports are coming out that speculate on the possible futures of all the big names, so with that in mind let’s take a look at today’s headlines and see what’s happening out there.
Jets Backup QB Scenarios: It’s no secret that the New York Jets are looking for a quarterback this off-season who can back up--and possibly replace--hot-and-cold starter Geno Smith. We’ve heard several names getting mentioned in the conversations over possible candidates, but now it appears we’ve got some updates on a few.
Though Michael Vick shares some ties with the Jets OC, it’s not likely that he’ll land in New York. He’s trying to get a starting job, and the Jets are stuck on Smith--for now.
As for ousted Houston QB Matt Schaub, he’s reportedly not interested in joining the Jets organization as a backup, either--and the Texans may end up holding onto him anyway.
Then there’s Chicago Bears backup QB Josh McCown. New York reportedly really likes him as a bailout option in the not-at-all-unlikely scenario that Smith falters, and McCown looked very good in that situation behind Jay Cutler last season. He’ll be a name to watch as free agency begins.
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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Embattled Bengals QB Andy Dalton is getting a big vote of confidence this off-season from at least one source--his new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The Cincinnati OC recently gave a glowing review to Dalton, saying he could “do it all” and that he could throw the football “all over the yard.”
There’s been some skepticism surrounding Dalton this off-season, thanks mostly to his six-interception regression in the final two games of the Bengals’ season. That said, he did put up some pretty good numbers in other areas, so Cincinnati will be fully invested in him for the foreseeable future.
James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers: Wide receiver will be a hot position in free agency (and the draft), and it looks like the pool just got a little deeper. Green Bay is expected to let Jones walk in free agency this off-season, thanks to the fact that they’ve already got a solid lineup of playmakers at the WR position (Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin, etc.).
At this stage, it’s hard telling what Jones would get in the open market, but it’s probably not as much as he would in a thinner year. He’s almost 30 and the competition among his position is palpable. Still, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a home. The Giants have been mentioned as a possible destination, as Jones has ties to OC Ben McAdoo, who is the former QB coach for the Packers.
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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