NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/30/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 30, 2014
We’re getting all sorts of good information from all of those NFL training camps out there, and that will undoubtedly lead to a clearer picture of the upcoming 2014 season. Let’s take another look at the headlines today and try to figure out what we can be expecting over the next several months as the football activity ramps up.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Here’s an interesting little nugget concerning Bryant and the Cowboys. According to sources close to the team, Dallas will be using their uber-talented WR in the slot position more this season.
In 2013, Bryant made just 11 of his 93 overall catches out of the slot. This year, we can expect that total to take a big jump as he gains versatility and confidence throughout that spot on the field.
Most people are expecting big things from not only Bryant, but the whole Cowboys offense this season. With a healthy Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray in the prime of his career, Bryant should have plenty of room to improve on his stats from last season.
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Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Now let’s head to the Big Apple and check in on the Jets. Their running game looks like it will be among the best in the league this season, and it appears we’ve got a good picture of the role Ivory will hold.
As of right now, he’s set to be the Jets’ goal-line back, and seems like he’ll be the guy in must-have, short-yardage situations.
That makes sense. Ivory’s power-running style lends itself more to that role, so he should thrive as a goal-line back. He’ll make a nice complement to No. 1 RB Chris Johnson’s up-tempo bursts.
Redskins RB Situation: Now let’s head to DC and check in on the Redskins’ running game. They’re in something of an opposite position compared to the Jets, according to comments made by new coach Jay Gruden.
Yesterday, he was quoted as saying that the ‘Skins “need another back…as that third-down back,” which suggests he’s expecting someone to step up and prove himself as the firm No. 2 behind Alfred Morris.
Sources close to the team seem to think that guy will be Roy Helu, who has some experience in that type of role. He’s also pretty versatile: In 2013, Helu posted 62 carries for 274 yards with another 31 catches for a nice 251-yard total.
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 This Month:
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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