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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/26/14

NFL Updates: Rams RBs, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 26, 2014

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While most of us have a little downtime coming on this Memorial Day, it’s a good time to start looking forward to the upcoming NFL season, which really isn’t all that far off now. There have been plenty of recent developments around the league, so let’s check out some of the latest news out there and see what’s happening.

Rams RB Situation: The St. Louis backfield will be an interesting one to monitor during this upcoming season. Specifically, we’ll see a poignant dynamic between the incumbent No. 1 RB Zac Stacy and rookie newcomer Tre Mason.
According to early speculation, Mason will be getting quite a bit of work right out of the gate. He may even challenge Stacy’s workload if things go well for him.
Mason certainly has the pedigree to make such an impact. He’s coming off a 1,816-yard season at Auburn that likely piqued the Rams’ interest in drafting him at No. 75 overall this month. It will be interesting to see how things shake out as St. Louis searches for an heir to the looming ghost of Steven Jackson.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/26/14

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Vikings’ QB Situation: Speaking of dynamics to watch this off-season, they’ve got one going up in Minnesota. No one really knows what’s happening with the club’s quarterbacks, as there seems to be a new--and differing--indicator each day. First, the Vikes released and re-signed supposed “bridge” QB Matt Cassel, then declined to pick up a fifth-year option on Christian Ponder. Drafting the new heir to the throne Teddy Bridgewater supposedly wrapped up the situation.
Now, a new report out of Minnesota says that Ponder will be splitting first-team reps with the other two guys during practices this off-season, seemingly dispelling the notion that he’s the odd man out.
That said, most people are expecting this new vote of confidence to mean that Ponder is being promoted for a possible trade scenario--even though the team has insisted that he’s not on the block.
We’ll see how things go, but we’d imagine Ponder is on his way out, despite what the team may say to the contrary.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions: The Lions got some good news on WR Broyles this weekend. Word came out that he is on the way to 100 percent following his ruptured Achilles tendon, which was his third straight season-ending injury to his leg.
Broyles was a participant in the team’s first round of organized team activities, serving as a WR and KR. He’ll have his hands full trying to retain his position in the slot in 2014, now that the team has hotshot rookie Eric Ebron on the roster. They’ve also got TJ Jones and Golden Tate this season, so Broyles will likely have to carve out a niche role to stay relevant. That’s good news for the Lions, though. It shows their talent level has risen since last year.

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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