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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/14/14

NFL Updates: Griffin, Early Fantasy Speculation, Off-Season Schedule and More

April 14, 2014

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Another weekend has come and gone in the NFL’s off-season, bringing us even closer to the draft, training camp and ultimately the 2014 campaign. We’ve seen some interesting developments happening over the past several days, so let’s check in on a few of the notable news stories out there in our daily wrap-up. Here’s the latest.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: There’s been a lot of speculation about what kind of Griffin we’ll be seeing in the 2014 season. He’s coming off a major downer last year, marred by injury recovery and poor mechanics that led to an ugly stat-line and ultimately lost season for the ‘Skins.
By the early indications, however, Griffin is coming into the upcoming campaign with a renewed focus, improving his footwork and overall game as he chugs through a healthy off-season.
Expectations are high in DC this year, as Griffin will boast an impressive pair of wide-outs (DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon) alongside what should be a pretty solid running game. We should see a big step forward for the two-year vet.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/14/14

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Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles: Let’s stick in the NFC East and discuss the Eagles’ likelihood of dealing Graham before the draft. According to reports, the team has been exploring trade scenarios for the four-year pro, including one with the Dolphins that would have sent Dion Jordan to Philly.
Graham struggled with injury during his first couple of years in the league, but since has been healthy and showing major improvement. He doesn’t really fit too well with the Eagles’ defensive scheme, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him moved before draft day. Stay tuned.

Fantasy Corner: The 2014 campaign is still pretty far off, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your fantasy team. Looking at the early projections heading into the new season, it’s looking like RB will be a premium pick once again (as expected), so you’ll have to strike quick in order to get a top-tier name. Here’s an early look at our top 10 fantasy names overall, and we’ll be breaking things down on a position-by-position basis as the draft season gets closer.

1. Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
3. LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4. Matt Forte, RB, CHI
5. Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
6. Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
7. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
8. Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
9. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
10. Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA

Week 1 Preseason Schedule: Now that the preseason schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the preseason.

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME (Aug. 3)

N.Y. Giants vs. Buffalo Bills (NBC)

WEEK 1 (Aug. 7-10)

Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts at NY Jets
Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons
New England Patriots at Washington Redskins
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams
Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers at NY Giants
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Off-Season Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on 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 Remaining:

May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season

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