NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/23/14
NFL Updates: News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 23, 2014
After last week’s minicamps, we NFL fans have plenty to digest as we await training camps next month, and ultimately the start of the 2014 season. There are plenty of headlines and ongoing stories out there right now which will affect the upcoming campaign, so let’s take our daily look across the league and see what’s happening out there right now.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: This weekend, we got an update on Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s status, and it’s looking pretty favorable. Though the big man has been hesitant to put any labels on his recovery timeline from his knee injury, it’s looking like the Patriots are targeting the season opener as his return date.
Gronkowski has been rehabbing all off-season (as he did the off-season before) and the team has been easing him along as he takes each step in his recovery. There’s a decent chance that he could be ready for training camp next month, and if all goes well there we could see him on the field for Week 1.
If that’s the case, it’ll be a huge boost to the Patriots offense, which simply hasn’t been as impressive over the past couple of seasons as they have in the past.
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Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers: We could have another Rodgers starting on the Green Bay offense this season. The big rookie tight end, Richard Rodgers, has a lot of buzz surrounding him heading toward training camp.
Some sources close to the team are even speculating that Rodgers may even have the “inside track” to be the Packers’ No. 1 tight end this season, ahead of both Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick.
Green Bay has been surrounded by question marks at the tight end position ever since the shocking injury to Jermichael Finley last season, but if Rodgers keeps up his impressive play, we might see that void filled for many years to come.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: We’ve been talking about Peterson quite a bit this off-season, as he’s heading into what should be a very important year. The latest news tidbit surrounding the veteran RB and the Vikings offense is that offensive coordinator Norv Turner is planning on getting AP heavily involved in the passing game during 2014.
Peterson has never posted more than 43 receptions in any one season, so any major involvement in the passing game would definitely buck the trends he’s seen in his career. According to reports, he’ll no longer be simply a check-down receiver in passing situations, either; Turner is determined to craft plays designed to get Peterson into open running space off a short reception.
Whether or not Turner can teach the old dog a new trick remains to be seen, but if this method works, we could see a resurgence of Peterson’s usefulness and importance in Minnesota.
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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