NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/18/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 18, 2014
Now that we’re getting our first initial glimpses of the NFL’s training camp period, it’s really starting to sink in that the 2014 season is on its way. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the hot topics out there surrounding the big-name players around the league.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: The one constant presence in Minnesota over the past several years has been uber-RB Adrian Peterson. Now it seems that his role coming out of the backfield could be changing, which will cause his stats to look a little different this season.
The team has been displaying some level of concern over Peterson’s high mileage (2,126 career carries) and is taking steps to adjust that this year. Under new OC Norv Turner, Peterson will be taking on an increased role in the passing game as the team attempts to lessen the wear and tear from regular carries and tries to get him the ball in open space. We’d imagine he’ll far surpass his career-high of 43 receptions this season.
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Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Fantasy owners might want to take note here: Eddie Lacy is set to become a three-down back this season. The team is preparing to increase his time on the field in 2014, leaving him in for extended periods to keep the offense flowing and keep opposing defenses from making adjustments and substitutions on the fly.
There are some concerns about Lacy’s pass protection and hands in the receiving game, but as long as he can clean up some of his mistakes he’ll maintain a steady presence out there with Aaron Rodgers and company.
Lacy is coming off a 1,178-yard, 11-touchdown season and will look to build on his early promise.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, New York Giants: We got some new information on the Giants’ defensive plans this week, specifically on the role that will be played by new CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
He’ll be taking on the opposing team’s No. 1 receiver each week this season, which is a no-duh move by the Giants. Rodgers-Cromartie is coming off a great season in Denver, allowing just a 44.1 completion percentage--which was second in the league--and 67.8 passer rating for his section of the field.
In 15 games of action, he logged 10 pass breakups, three interceptions and 31 tackles.
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 16: First Rookie Training Camp Reporting Date
July 19: First Veteran Training Camp Reporting Date
July 23-27: Training Camps Open
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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