NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/18/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 18, 2014
It was a pretty good weekend of NFL preseason action, and we’ve got more on tap for this evening. The next round of games will be the ones that will most closely resemble the regular season, so there will be plenty of news to follow as we get closer to those third games. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there right now.
McFadden Outlook: During the Raiders’ last preseason game on Saturday, RB Darren McFadden produced a pretty good-looking stat line. He ended up running for 27 yards on eight carries (a 3.4 YPC average) and ended up finding the end zone as well.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen praised McFadden’s performance after the game, calling him “more explosive than I’ve seen him since I’ve been here.”
Even with the kind words, McFadden won’t be moving up the depth chart just yet. He’s still looking up at No. 1 RB Maurice Jones-Drew. That said, both backs will get plenty of looks and playing time as the Raiders seek to improve their offense moving forward in 2014.
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Bridgewater Outlook: In one of the handful of quarterbacking competitions still happening in the league right now, there’s a pretty interesting battle happening up in Minnesota right now. Rookie upstart Teddy Bridgewater took over all the headlines with a very nice bounce-back after a disappointing debut, leading the offense to a come-from-behind preseason win. He would finish with 177 yards on 16 of 20 passing and two scores.
That said, No. 1 QB Matt Cassel also looked pretty good, posting 17-of-22 passing for 215 yards and a score of his own.
We’re still bound to see plenty of ups and downs in this QB competition before the regular season, and it’ll be nothing if not interesting.
Colts Receivers Outlook: As this preseason wears on, the Colts offense is starting to gel, and specifically the team’s receiving corps is becoming worthy of attention.
Hakeem Nicks got revenge against the Giants in Indy’s most recent preseason game, posting five grabs for 53 yards in an eventual one-point loss. Nicks also had a 36-yard grab called back due to a taunting penalty.
If Nicks can continue to put up numbers like that--and keep his emotions in check--the Colts certainly have something in their top three wide receivers. T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne are standouts who should give Andrew Luck plenty of options downfield. Pair that with a (hopefully) revitalized Trent Richardson and Indianapolis should be doing some major damage in the AFC this year.
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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