NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/11/14
NFL Updates: Post-Draft Wrap-Up, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 11, 2014
Now that the three days of the 2014 NFL Draft have officially concluded, it’s time to assess each team’s picks and really start looking forward to the upcoming season. Let’s start out by checking into some of the headlines this morning and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Browns WR Outlook: With the possible one-year suspension of star WR Josh Gordon looming, it’s fair for Browns fans to ask what their team plans to do without him. Their returning players at the position--besides Gordon--would be Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins and a banged-up Nate Burleson, who might not even be ready for training camp (arm injury).
Cleveland made some major waves after selecting Johnny Manziel in the first round on Thursday, and the team will want to surround him with as many playmaking weapons as possible (whenever he actually begins starting, that is). There are a few notable names left in free agency, so when the dust settles from this weekend’s draft, we may see the Browns working some players out. We wouldn’t rule out a big trade, either. We’ll keep you posted.
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Jaguars Moving on From Blackmon: Before the draft, most indications were that Jacksonville was prepared to try and fill the void left by Justin Blackmon. They proved those sentiments right by selecting Marqise Lee in the second round and Allen Robinson in the third. Both players will help to reignite the Jags’ depleted receiving corps.
As for Blackmon, it’s really anyone’s guess what ultimately will happen to him. He’s currently suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, leaving Jacksonville in limbo as they can’t even cut him from the team until he’s reinstated (whenever that might be). Still, the additions of Lee and Robinson should help fans get over the sting of losing Blackmon and start looking toward the future.
Patriots’ QB of the Future?: Here’s an interesting storyline coming out of the draft that we haven’t covered just yet. The Patriots seem to have indicated that they’re getting ready to be without longtime QB Tom Brady, after selecting Eastern Illinois signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo with their second-round pick (No. 62 overall).
The pick may have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the off-season. The team may have some interest in dealing backup QB Ryan Mallet, who has been No. 2 in New England for what seems like ages.
As long as Brady stays healthy, the Pats will have ample time to see what they’ve got in Garappolo. When his rookie deal is schedule to expire, Brady will be 41 years old and maybe not even in the league anymore. If it works out the way New England is hoping, it’ll be a seamless transition into a new offensive era.
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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