NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/28/14
NFL Updates: News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 28, 2014
Another week has come and gone, and now we’re that much closer to the NFL’s training camp period--and thus the beginning of the 2014 campaign. With that said, let’s check out some of the headlines and notable players from around the league as we do our daily NFL check-up.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Houston Texans: Yesterday we got some context on Clowney, stemming from his final season at South Carolina. Apparently the No. 1 pick played through a hernia injury all of last year, which would explain his drop-off in production and perceived lack of effort.
Clowney says he thought it was simply a groin injury at the time and attempted to play through it.
While we’ve got a few questions answered with this news, we still need to see if Clowney will be ready for training camp (Houston is hoping he will be). He’s also got a lot of work to do in learning his new LB position, so the quicker he can heal, the better.
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Jaguars QB Situation: The supposed QB competition down in Jacksonville was supposed to be a point of contention and drama this off-season, but so far the team is trying to stay away from any controversy. The Jags have gone out of their way to say that Chad Henne is the team’s No. 1 guy, and that he’s in no danger of losing his position to No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles.
Henne is coming off a 3,241 yard season in which he logged 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions through 13 games.
The vote of confidence from the Jaguars may not last the entire season, especially if Henne struggles early. If that’s the case, we’ll see a growing unrest in the fan base as people clamor for Bortles to be inserted as the team’s starting QB. It should be an interesting situation to watch.
Redskins Notes: We’ve got a couple of Redskins nuggets for you this morning, so let’s close with those.
Third-year QB Robert Griffin III seems to be progressing well in his first healthy NFL off-season. Washington OC Sean McVay recently praised RG3’s physical and mental advancements, saying he’s made great strides in recognizing looks and coverages before even snapping the football. We should see a more developed, mature Griffin this season.
Also, McVay made some interesting comments about the Redskins’ TE Jordan Reed, saying that he’ll be a “key player” in the offense this year. We should see Washington getting creative with Reed, moving him around and trying to get him into favorable matchups.
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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