NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/3/14
NFL Updates: Peterson, Draft Speculation, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 3, 2014
We’ve reached another weekend, our final one before the NFL Draft begins on Thursday. There’s sure to be plenty of speculation in the final days leading up to Round 1, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
No. 1 Pick Possibilities: Over the next several days, we’re going to be hearing a ton of different scenarios involving the first-round picks. One that’s been making the rounds over the last couple of days is what the Texans could possibly do with their No. 1 selection.
The team has said that they know who they’re going to draft in the top spot--and that’s presumably Jadaveon Clowney, who holds the top spot in virtually every mock draft created up to this point. That said, the Texans have also made it clear that they’re willing to trade out of the No. 1 spot.
Which team would be willing to move up--again, presumably to draft Clowney--remains a source of major speculation. Atlanta is about the only squad we can think of who realistically might pull the trigger on a deal, but stranger things have happened. We’ll see.
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First-Round WR Market: If you’ve been paying even casual attention to the chatter leading up to the draft, you know that this class is very deep at WR. As many as a half-dozen receivers have been projected to come off the board in the first round alone, so if your team needs a wide-out, that might be where they’re headed with their first pick.
The top six names are Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Odell Beckham (LSU), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) and Marqise Lee (USC).
Fittingly, another position that’s expected to go heavy in the first round is cornerback. As many as five CB names could get called in the first round, further proving that the NFL has become a pass-first league.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: We may be seeing a very different Adrian Peterson on the field this season. He’s recovering from groin surgery (and is at about 80 percent), but when he’s healthy he’ll devote his time to learning a new offense under OC Norv Turner.
Peterson is expected to be carrying the ball less often, but balancing that out with more catches in this new system. He’s coming off an injury-shortened campaign in 2013, so the reduced rushing workload makes a lot of sense.
When he’s 100 percent, Peterson is still a very dangerous weapon out of the backfield, whether he’s running or catching. We expect this Minnesota offense to be much improved.
Week 1 Schedule: Now that the 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 season, which begins September 4.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
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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