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NFL Updates: The Steelers' Bell, the Eagles' Vick and more
August 9, 2013
We’ve got another string of a half-dozen preseason games under our belts, and there are eight more coming up tonight as we plow ahead toward the beginning of the season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines out there from around the league and see what’s in store for us in the near future. Here’s the latest.
Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It looks like we’ll have to wait a little while longer to get our first look at Revis in a Buccaneers uniform. He was inactive last night as Tampa Bay opened up their preseason against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. He’s part of a revamped defense that should help the Bucs to make some noise in the division, so long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks with his injured knee.
Revis and the gang will open up the regular season on September 8 against the Jets (who traded him this off-season), which should be a very interesting matchup.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The rookie Bell will see his first real action tomorrow as part of the starting offense against the Giants. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Bell may even see some extended work after most of the other starters have been pulled.
This week, the murky backfield situation in Pittsburgh has cleared itself up a bit, with Bell emerging as the favorite to see the lion’s share of carries ahead of fellow backs Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Hopes are high that he’ll be effective right out of the gate.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Now let’s move on to the two most prominent QB battles in the NFL, starting with the Eagles. Vick has earned the starting nod in the team’s first preseason game tonight against the Patriots, but his competition Nick Foles will get time with the starters as well. Each player is expected to get between 12 and 20 snaps.
In the sense of fairness, Foles is expected to get the start next week, so it looks like Eagles fans will have to deal with this back-and-forth for at least a little while longer.
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets: Now let’s head over to the AFC and check in on Sanchez, who is currently locked in a heated battle with second-round pick Geno Smith for the starting slot in New York. Sanchez will get the nod tonight in the team’s inaugural preseason game against the Lions in Detroit, but by no means does he have the position locked up.
One thing Sanchez does have working in his favor is his huge guaranteed contract for this upcoming season, so the team is stuck with him (or at least his salary) whether they like it or not. That said, if Smith shows any sort of competency whatsoever, he’ll be handed the reigns as soon as Sanchez falters.
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