NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/11/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 11, 2014
We’ve now got less than two weeks before training camps get started around the NFL. In the run-up to that period, we’re sure to see plenty of notable happenings out there, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at the noteworthy players and see who’s making waves around the league. Here’s the latest.
Levine Toilolo, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Besides having a name that’s fun to say, Falcons TE Levine Toilolo has a lot going for him. He reportedly added some size in the off-season and will be going into this year bigger and stronger. He’s set to have a big impact on the Falcons’ offense now that legendary TE Tony Gonzalez has retired.
Exactly how many passes Toilolo will see coming his way is up for speculation. He’ll definitely take a step forward, though, and could play a big part in Atlanta’s red-zone plans. He played every game during 2013 and came away with 11 catches for 55 yards and two scores.
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Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: The Johnson soap opera down in Houston is far from over, and it appears that a reconciliation may be on the way. Yesterday, a quote from Johnson came out that had him saying he “hopefully” will be at training camp, which sounds a lot more promising than the news we’d previously heard.
Johnson is coming off a holdout during the Texans’ off-season activities and has been depicted as being disgruntled and disappointed at the direction the franchise is heading as a whole. He’s got a right to be frustrated, we suppose: Even though he’s one of the best receivers in the game, he’s only played in four playoff games during his 11-year NFL career. He’ll be 33 when the season begins and doesn’t have too many prime years left on his body.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Let’s head to Indianapolis and check in on another potential impact tight end during the 2014 season in Dwayne Allen. He’s fresh off a season-ending hip injury last year, suffered after he was on the field for just 32 plays.
Allen’s absence reverberated within the Colts’ playbook, as their base set was a two-WR, two-TE formation that lent itself to a lot of creativity in play-calling.
That said, Allen is now all healed up and ready to go again. He’ll pair up with fellow TE Coby Fleener to give Andrew Luck a dynamic duo of pass-catching options in addition to the big WR names he already has. Expect to see a lot of interesting formations and creative sets as the Colts offense attempts to vex defenses with their versatility 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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