NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/1/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 1, 2014
We’ve turned the calendar over another page today, and that means the NFL training camp season isn’t too far off. We’re starting to see the 2014 campaign on the horizon (just a couple more months), so it won’t be long before our Sundays are occupied with football once again. Let’s check out some of the news in our morning NFL wrap-up.
Ravens Backfield: We’ve checked in on the RB situations of several NFL teams this off-season, but haven’t taken a close look at Baltimore just yet. They’re in something of a mess right now, with No. 1 RB Ray Rice looking at a suspension.
So what’s the plan going to be? Well, the first guy in line behind Rice would be Bernard Pierce, who will shoulder much of the load when Rice is out. After that, it’s Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. We should see a mixture of the other three during the suspension, and will probably see more of a committee-style approach even when Rice returns.
It’s a sketchy situation, though: Pierce is coming off shoulder surgery and hasn’t exactly been effective as a pro. Forsett hasn’t seen the field much, and Taliaferro is just learning the offense.
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Browns Updates: It seems like we’re talking about the Browns quite a bit this off-season, but only partially because Johnny Football is in town. His counterpart and No. 1 QB Brian Hoyer is in the news this week, as a report emerged yesterday saying that Cleveland was in the process of trying to work out a contract extension with him. Hoyer is entering the final year of his deal, and maybe this is an effort by the front office to give him a vote of confidence before Week 1.
Elsewhere, uber-TE Jordan Cameron has been impressing just about everyone who sees him during off-season practices and has been “impossible” to cover thus far. That’s good for Cleveland, as they’re facing a year without their No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon.
Tiquan Underwood, WR, Carolina Panthers: We haven’t heard much on the Panthers receiving corps this off-season, but that could be changing once Underwood hits the field in Week 1. There’s already talk that he’ll be a breakout player this season as he takes over for Ted Ginn.
Ginn was a deep threat in 2013, catching 36 balls for five touchdowns. Underwood comes off a 24-catch, four-score year in Tampa Bay and will likely serve the same purpose Ginn did for the Panthers this year. The early estimates have him catching around 50 passes, which would do wonders for a Carolina offense that needs some big-time playmakers.
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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