NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/9/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 9, 2014
We’ve been getting a steady dose of NFL preseason action over the past few days, and we’ve got lots more to look forward to before the regular season begins. With that said, let’s take our daily look at some of the notable storylines out there and see what we can make of the marquis players in the league.
Patriots Young Guns: On Thursday, we got a front-row seat to the potential future of the New England franchise, and things looked to be pretty good. Rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo looked poised and NFL-ready in his preseason debut, logging a 9-of-13 passing line for 157 yards and a touchdown.
Often on the other end of Garoppolo’s passes was WR Brian Tyms, who ended up with 119 yards and the TD. Tyms bounced around a little bit last year, getting cut by the Dolphins and ending up in Cleveland (who probably wish they had him back now).
It’ll be interesting to see if Tyms and Garoppolo can keep it up when the Pats take on the Eagles on the 15th.
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Chargers RB Notes: We also got a pretty telling look at the Chargers’ top pair of RBs on Thursday when the team took on the Cowboys, so let’s examine the numbers now that we’ve had a day to digest things.
First, the good news: No. 1 RB Ryan Mathews posted five total carries for 19 yards rushing. Fellow RB Danny Woodhead posted 10 yards of his own on a pair of rushes and another 25 yards on a pass.
The bad news came on a Mathews fumble near the goal line. Even though it’s just the first game of the preseason, it’s still a little disheartening to see him make that gaffe against such a bad Cowboys defense.
There’s more of a challenge (to put it mildly) on the horizon next week: The Bolts will take on the Seahawks in Seattle on the 15th, and we’ll likely get to see a little more of each starter.
Jets QB Watch: Much will be made of the Jets’ QB “competition” during this preseason, but in all likelihood it’s much ado about nothing. The team started out with second-year man Geno Smith at the helm, and he was able to go 4-of-6 passing for 33 yards and also posted a 10-yard run.
Meanwhile, new Jet Michael Vick showed his stuff with a pair of rushes of his own, logging 19 yards on the ground in total.
While the result of one preseason game will do nothing to sway the coaching staff’s mind off of Smith as the starter, seeing a solid performance from Vick will help his cause for a starting gig when Smith inevitably struggles during the regular season. How quickly the team makes the switch (if at all) will be the only point of contention that we’ll have to wait on.
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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