NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/31/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 31, 2014
The NFL training camp season is humming along at full speed, which gives us plenty of opportunities to look forward to the upcoming 2014 campaign. Let’s try to get an idea of what to expect in the next few months by looking at a few of the noteworthy players out there who everyone is talking about. Here’s the latest.
Vikings QB Battle: Let’s head up to Minnesota and check in on the Vikings’ QB race, as it’s starting to give us some hints as to what we may see in the near future.
The team will be dividing up the bulk of the snaps between dueling QBs Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. Christian Ponder is the odd man out at the moment, but there could be some hope for him to move up on the horizon.
According to sources close to the team, each QB will get an extensive look in the preseason games, and their performances in those contests will be heavy considerations in the final choice as to a Vikings signal-caller in Week 1.
Whoever it ends up being will have to stay on his game during the early part of the season; There will be two capable backups behind him.
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Jackson Extension: Now let’s go over to Buffalo and take a look at Bills RB Fred Jackson, who earned himself a contract extension yesterday.
The deal is for one additional year at $2.6 million. There are also an additional $1 million or so in incentives. That’s slightly more than the $2.5 million he’ll earn this year.
The 33-year-old Jackson managed 10 total touchdowns last season (nine rushing) and posted 1,277 combined yards. He also checked in with a career-high 47 catches. He may end up being part of a one-two RB combination with Bryce Brown if the team loses C.J. Spiller to free agency after this year.
Smith Extension: While we’re on the subject of contract extensions, let’s move on over to Dallas to see what happened with Tyron Smith yesterday.
He and the Cowboys agreed to terms on a big eight-year, $98 million contract, which will keep him in Dallas for the next decade (he still has two years left on his rookie deal). The new contract comes with $40 million in guarantees and a $10 million signing bonus.
It’s officially the biggest deal for a non-QB in Cowboys history, and it means Dallas is investing in the 23-year-old Smith for a long time to come.
Smith was the No. 9 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft and could end up as a Hall-of-Famer if he lives up to his early promise.
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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