NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/8/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 8, 2014
The preseason is in full swing, and it won’t be too much longer before we’re basking in the glory of the NFL regular season. With that in mind, let’s kill some time by taking our daily look around the league and seeing who’s making waves out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Running Back Rumors: Let’s visit with a couple of prominent AFC running backs this morning and check out some of the rumors and speculation surrounding their situations.
First, we’ll start with Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill. Sources close to the team are tagging him for 10-15 touches each game, which sounds like a lot for a third-string RB. Many in Cincinnati believe that Hill will eventually take over the No. 2 slot from BenJarvus Green-Ellis at some point within the next few weeks, so that’s a situation to watch.
Then there’s Ronnie Hillman in Denver, who got the start in last night’s preseason opener against the Seahawks. He was filling in for injured No. 1 Montee Ball. Hillman is expected to take a big step forward this year and could factor in for some major playing time within the Broncos’ running game.
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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Much has been made of the Panthers offense--their receiving corps in particular--but there’s one glaring issue that the team is facing under center.
Some of those covering the team say that QB Cam Newton is set for a regression this year. He’s reportedly looked timid while running during camp workouts this summer, and it appears he’s still nursing his healing ankle (he had surgery this off-season).
Newton’s rushing totals have come down during each year he’s been in the NFL. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see another down-year on the ground, at least until he gets the mobility back in his ankle.
David Wilson Final Thoughts: On Wednesday, Giants RB David Wilson addressed the media and confirmed the sad end of his NFL career. In a medical visit early this week, doctors advised him that it would be far too dangerous to his health to continue playing football.
It’s the best course of action for Wilson’s long-term health, obviously, but it’s still a sad reminder of the fleeting glory an NFL player gets to experience. During flashes of brilliance in his rookie season, Wilson posted a 5.0 YPC average and even managed a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He’ll be missed this year as the Giants try to piece together a plan in his absence.
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)
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