NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/10/14
NFL Updates: New QBs, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 10, 2014
We’ve officially gone through three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the rest coming today. There’s been a flurry of activity and interest in teams around the league over the last couple of days, as fans and pundits alike discuss each squad’s picks. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few things people are talking about this morning.
Tampa Bay QB Situation: With no quarterback drafted in the first round, the Buccaneers sent a clear message about their faith in what they’ve got. Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith was quoted as saying backup Mike Glennon is the team’s “quarterback of the future” which would seem to indicate they’ve still got quite a bit of faith in him.
Here’s what the plan looks like: The Bucs will have new arrival Josh McCown starting in this upcoming season, but with him getting up there in years he’s simply a band-aid proposition. Glennon will have to step up and take the reins at some point, or else the team will be back to square one with their signal-callers. Regardless, the Buccaneers should be much improved and will be an interesting team to watch this season.
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Bortles Will Sit at First: The Jaguars rocked the first round of the draft on Thursday by selecting rookie QB Blake Bortles at No. 3 overall. Is this part of an immediate rebuild down in Jacksonville? Not quite, as the team is still expected to have incumbent starter Chad Henne behind center when the season opens up.
The plan seems to be to allow Bortles to sit for a year or two, then take over the offense once he’s sufficiently developed. That said, strange things can happen in the NFL, so we won’t rule anything out. We can envision a scenario (through injury or stellar play in camp and the preseason) where Bortles ends up starting. Even if he’s not, the fans will be clamoring for him as soon as Henne posts a bad stat line.
Pryor Should Fit With Jets: Just about everyone assumed the Jets would take a wide receiver with their first pick on Thursday. The team is in desperate need of breakout playmakers at the position, and the off-season addition of Eric Decker simply isn’t enough.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the team went defense with their first pick, however, given the mindset of their head coach. Louisville safety Calvin Pryor had his name called when Gang Green was on the clock, and to his credit he should be able to step right in and make an impact. New York’s strong run defense will help him out initially, and Red Ryan should help get him acclimated quickly.
The big question with the Jets, obviously, will be their offense. That unit alone will determine whether they’ll sink or swim in the AFC East.
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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