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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/12/14

NFL Updates: Buccaneers, Bears, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 12, 2014

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Now that the dust has settled following the NFL Draft this weekend, we can begin the extended period of speculation and prediction leading up to the 2014 campaign. With that in mind, we’ve got our daily dose of headlines today, so let’s check out some of the hot stories out there. Here’s the latest.

Jace Amaro, TE, New York Jets: There are some high expectations for Amaro in New York. He was picked up in the second round by Gang Green--in lieu of a wide receiver--and immediately polarized the fan base. Optimists believe he’ll create some potent mismatches with opposing defenses, and could evolve into a poor man’s Jimmy Graham.
That said, Amaro still has to dazzle us in training camp and the preseason if he wants to start making an impact during the 2014 campaign. Still, his only main competition consists of Jeff Cumberland and Zach Sudfeld, neither of whom carries the same ceilign as Amaro.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/12/14

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David Fales, QB, Chicago Bears: Here’s another interesting storyline from the waning rounds of the draft which may end up having an impact down the road. The Bears picked up a backup to QB Jay Cutler at No. 183 overall with San Jose State’s David Fales.
Fales was outside of most of the QB chatter in the weeks leading up to the draft, but he’s got a lot of fans in the league. He’s said to have a quick release, but needs to improve his footwork and arm strength to be successful at the NFL level.
Even with his drawbacks, offensive guru Marc Trestman could potentially morph Fales into a stellar passer within his system, similar to what he did with Josh McCown last season. The Bears may need him, too; One injury to the oft-banged-up Jay Cutler could put Fales in the spotlight.

Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Here’s an interesting story that’s a continuation of some speculative news before and during the draft. According to a report that emerged yesterday, the Buccaneers received at least a half-dozen trade proposals during the draft for their current No. 2 QB Mike Glennon. Tampa Bay declined them all.
Bucs GM Jason Licht said the offers were “just feeling it out” and added that “we want to keep Mike.”
We’d imagine Tampa would have pulled the trigger on an offer they couldn’t refuse, but it sounds like they genuinely have some investment in Glennon. If all goes as planned, he’ll serve as Josh McCown’s backup for the next season or two, then gradually take the reins as the starter of the future.

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:

July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season

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