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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/16/14

NFL Updates: Chris Johnson Latest, Off-Season Schedule and More

April 16, 2014

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We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and though we’re experiencing a bit of a lull when it comes to NFL news right now, the pace will be quickening once the remainder of the teams start their off-season activities. That said, there are still plenty of things to catch up on, so let’s take a look at the latest news.

Chris Johnson, RB, Free Agent: So, it’s been 11 days since the Titans cut ties with Johnson. We all figured he’d have a team by now, but that simply hasn’t happened. That said, he did check out the Jets yesterday in his first official visit since being released.
New York has always been the spot were everyone figured Johnson had the highest chance of landing, but we all thought he’d have been there within a few days of becoming a free agent. Still, at least it’s a development, so we’ll keep you posted if anything comes of it.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/16/14

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Sidney Rice, WR, Free Agent: Now that Rice has been medically cleared following his ACL surgery, it shouldn’t take long before we see him with a new team. Who will that new team be? Well, there have been a few names thrown out there as potential suitors, including the Seahawks, Saints, Jets, Giants and Panthers, so he’s probably got at least a couple of options.
That said, teams will be cautious here given Rice’s sketchy injury history. He’s had issues with his hip, knee and multiple concussions during his NFL career. We’re probably looking at a one-year deal here.

Dustin Keller, TE, Free Agent: Here’s an interesting little nugget that came out yesterday. The Patriots are reportedly expressing interest in free agent Keller, who missed out on all of 2013 after a knee injury suffered in the preseason. New England is looking for some help at tight end, and given their struggles with injuries and the like over the past couple of years, that’s a good idea.
Keller was most recently with the Dolphins, but also played with the Jets for five seasons to start his career. If he does indeed sign with New England, he’ll need only to play for the Bills at some point to complete an AFC East sweep.

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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