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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/9/14

NFL Updates: Draft News, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 9, 2014

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With the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft completed, we’re knee-deep in league news and developments. That’s sure to continue through the weekend as the draft wraps up, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the NFL and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.

Top 10 Surprises: We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk NFL Draft today, and there’s certainly a lot to talk about after last night’s first round. Specifically, let’s take a look at a few of the unexpected moves in the top 10.
Jadeveon Clowney went No. 1 overall, and after all the speculation that wasn’t really a surprise. Same with No. 2 man Greg Robinson to St. Louis. The first real unexpected pick was Blake Bortles, who went No. 3 to Jacksonville. After that, the proverbial levy broke with most mock drafts, and a Cleveland trade to Buffalo threw everything off completely. That said, we didn’t see any true jaw-droppers in the mix--unless you count the freefall of Johnny Football.
One of our favorite unexpected top 10 picks came at No. 10 exactly, with Detroit selecting the top TE in the draft, Eric Ebron. He makes a very interesting piece to their receiving corps, and can emerge as a potent option below No. 1 WR Calvin Johnson. It’s clear Detroit is primping their offense for a heated competition with Chicago and Green Bay this year. The NFC North should be pretty exciting offensively in the 2014 season.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/9/14

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Johnny Football in Cleveland: We’d also be remiss if we didn’t have an obligatory Johnny Manziel conversation here. Cleveland pulled off a total of three trades in the first round, with the second of those resulting in their new young QB. They gave up No. 26 overall along with a third-round pick to move up into Philadelphia’s No. 22 slot and snag Manziel, who joins a dubious list of former Browns signal-callers who were drafted high recently but really didn’t pan out.
Both Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden were drafted at No. 22 overall by Cleveland, and we know how those two panned out.
That said, Manziel brings with him a certain electricity, and gets people talking about the Browns, which is just what this franchise needs. There’s no more polarizing player in this rookie class, and we’re bound to hear plenty of people yapping on both sides of the fence from now until opening weekend. Cleveland does have a few really, really good receivers on their roster, so at least Manziel goes in there with some weapons.

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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