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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/3/14

NFL Updates: Steelers, Manning, Off-Season Schedule and More

June 3, 2014

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The week continues to chug along, and with each passing day we’re getting closer and closer to the 2014 NFL season. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the notable happenings. Here’s the latest.

Bears’ Top Two: Which team has the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL? According to Alshon Jeffery, it’s the Bears. He was recently quoted as saying that he thinks he and fellow WR Brandon Marshall are the best WR duo in the league. Marshall has echoed that sentiment in the past, saying that Jeffery would eventually become the Bears’ top receiver of all time.
There are at least a few other duos who can challenge Jeffery and Marshall for the top spot in the NFL. Most notably, the Broncos and Redskins are favored to light up their respective divisions with dazzling aerial displays this season.
Whatever the outcome in 2014, it’ll certainly be fun to watch the top WR duos go at it.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/3/14

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Peyton’s Future: Does the Broncos’ Peyton Manning have what it takes to play three more years in the NFL? It’s entirely possible. Let’s break down his current situation. He’s got three years left on his contract and is 38 years old right now. That means he’ll be a ripe old 41 when his deal with Denver expires.
Other quarterbacks have certainly played well into their 40s, and it certainly helps that Manning sat out a year following his neck surgery. With that considered, it’s not too far-fetched to think he could be with us throughout the duration of his contract, but he’ll likely be taking things one year at a time. He was dinged up quite a bit in 2013, and those hits can add up--especially on an older QB.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Most people looked pretty favorably on the Steelers’ pickup of former Patriot LeGarrette Blount this off-season. But what will his role be in the offense? Well, we got a pretty good indication of that this past weekend, so let’s see what those close to the team are saying.
The most recent reports have Blount getting 6-8 carries per game. That may not sound like a lot, but it will add up when it comes to keeping lead back Le’Veon Bell fresh. Blount will likely get more carries in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
If that holds true--and if both backs can stay healthy--it sounds like Pittsburgh is all set with a very potent RB tandem this season.

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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