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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/17/15

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

May 17, 2015

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We’re just about finished with another NFL off-season weekend, and there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to the recent developments around the league. That said, let’s check out some of the notable headlines out there right now.

The Cowboys’ Randy Gregory has a goal to shoot for this off-season. He’s reportedly too light for a defensive lineman, and the team wants him to gain some weight.
Gregory is currently 235 pounds, and the target weight is around 250-255. We’ll see how long it takes him to get there.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/17/15

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Look for some key contributions early from Cardinals RB David Johnson. The coaching staff believes he’ll “find a niche quick” due to his versatility.
Cards coach Bruce Arians praised Johnson’s abilities as a wide receiver, running back, fullback and kickoff returner.
Johnson posted 1,286 rush yards on 222 carries in 2013.

Here’s an odd story out of DC. On the eve of his first minicamp practice with the Redskins, rookie QB Connor Halliday apparently retired, leaving a voicemail for coach Jay Gruden.
In the voicemail, Halliday said he was hopping on a plane and heading home. He was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

The Ravens’ Dennis Pitta has made this space several times this off-season, and here he is again. He said he’s optimistic about his chances of returning to the field after suffering two hip dislocations and fractures in as many years.
Pitta’s chances of getting back to 100 percent seem to be fairly lofty, to say the least. We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out.

One major thing the Titans’ top rookie draft pick Marcus Mariota is going to have to get used to is taking snaps from under center.
The young QB took shotgun snaps throughout his entire career at Oregon, and will need a lot of repetition to get used to being so close to the line.

Off-Season Key Dates: Now let’s check out a few of the notable dates on the NFL’s off-season calendar. Here’s a quick overview.

April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)

May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin

NFL Weekly Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the official start of the 2015 NFL season. Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games.

Thursday, September 10, 2015:

8:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (NBC)

Sunday, September 13th, 2015:

1:00 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)

Monday, September 14th, 2015:

7:10 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (ESPN)

10:20 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

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