NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/29/13
NFL Updates: RG3, Finley and More
August 29, 2013
We won’t see too many starters tonight as the NFL finishes up their preseason games, but there are still plenty of storylines to follow as we head into the final week before the regular season. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the notable players and situations out there and see what we can be expecting as next Thursday’s opener creeps ever closer. Here’s the latest.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Redskins fans rejoice. One of yesterday’s big stories was a report claiming that Griffin would definitely be starting Washington’s Week 1 game against the Eagles. He still needs to meet with Dr. James Andrews this evening, but sources close to the star second-year QB say that’s just a “formality” and that he’s already been given the okay from the famed surgeon.
This is definitely encouraging news, but we won’t be totally convinced until we hear an official word from the team. Still, Griffin passes the eye test in every sense of the term; he’s been doing everything asked of him in practice and his comeback has been nothing short of awesome thus far. We’ll keep you posted on the situation.
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Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: Since the situation with the Jets has turned into a cluster-mess, there’s only one potential quarterback showdown we’re interested in right now. That’s the one in Oakland concerning Pryor and assumed No. 1 Matt Flynn. Pryor will get the start and some extra snaps this evening against the Seahawks, which should give him an ample chance to prove that he’s the man for the job as the Raiders’ starting signal-caller. Meanwhile, Flynn is sidelined with a shoulder issue and will have to watch while his job hangs in the balance.
Pryor has thoroughly outplayed his competition thus far in the preseason, most notably in last week’s game against the Bears. In that one, he managed to go 7-for-9 for 93 yards and a score, while Flynn floundered with a 3-for-6 line and two picks. Tonight’s matchup will be one of the only must-watch games on the schedule.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: We’ve been keeping a cautious eye on Marshall this off-season, but there’s not a whole lot of reason to be concerned just yet, even when reports like these surface. He missed practice yesterday due to a doctor visit for his hip, but the appointment was simply a planned follow-up to his surgical procedure from early in the year. That said, Marshall has expressed some degree of frustration in his recovery from his third hip surgery and has been dealing with discomfort as he heals.
We’re not doubting the Bears’ star WR will be ready for Week 1 and will be playing at a high level, but this definitely won’t be the last you hear about his hip issues. Marshall will be dealing with this all year, and at times may appear sluggish and simply not look like himself. The other Bears receivers may have to take a big step forward to help fill the gap.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers: We’ve been saying it all off-season, and we’ll say it once again: get ready for a big season from Finley. The reports concerning him that have been coming out of Packers camp have been uniformly flattering; they’ve praised his maturity, physical tools and improved play. Finley has shown some vastly improved chemistry with Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers that should help him bounce back from a rather disappointing campaign.
With all these high marks from the Packers coaching staff, we’re betting Finley returns to form in 2013. Look for his numbers to more closely resemble 2011, when he racked up 767 yards and eight touchdowns.
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