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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/9/14

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

July 9, 2014

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The 2014 NFL season is just around the corner, and we’re now just a couple of weeks away from the official start of the training camp period. Before we get back to anticipation mode, let’s take a look at a few news-making players out there who are in the headlines right now.

Oakland’s Offensive Plans: When you think about it, this mindset makes a lot of sense. The Raiders are going to be identifying themselves as a run-heavy team in 2014, according to offensive tackle Donald Penn. He made some comments during an interview earlier this week, saying the team would try the ground game “until the defense stops us.”
In reality, the Raiders are probably better built as a rushing team above anything else, given their uncertainty at quarterback (will it be new arrival Matt Schaub or new rookie Derek Carr?) and their solid RB duo of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew (not to mention Marcel Reece, who will also get some touches).
It sounds good on paper, but the Raiders play in one of the fiercest divisions in all of football, so they’ll have to be on point to even make a blip in the standings.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/9/14

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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Let’s head up to Minnesota and check in on Bridgewater, as it’s been a while since we’ve seen what he’s been up to. The latest news has him receiving hefty praise from offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who says Bridgewater is “a lot further along than I expected him to be.”
Bridgewater has earned kudos for his work ethic this off-season, and brings a very potent deep throw in his bag of tricks, which is something that has caught the coaches’ attention during practices.
There’s a three-way race for the Vikings’ starting QB job right now between Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. We’ll get a closer look at things in training camp, but if Bridgewater can prove he’s coming along quickly, we don’t think the Vikes would have many reservations about putting him in.

Bryce Brown, RB, Buffalo Bills: Here’s an interesting tidbit out of Buffalo this morning, and it could have a heavy bearing on what the Bills’ RB lineup will look like a couple of years down the road. Sources close to the team are speculating that Brown will end up as a big contributor in the Bills’ long-term plans in the backfield, judging by his youth and price tag.
As of right now, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are serving as a one-two RB punch for the team, but both have drawbacks. This is a contract year for Spiller, and he may cost too much to re-sign; Jackson, meanwhile, is 33 years old and can no longer shoulder the load in the backfield. That opens up a big opportunity for Brown, who is entering his third NFL year and should come relatively cheaply to the Bills when his contract is due in 2015.

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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