NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/2/14
NFL Updates: Browns, Jaguars, Off-Season League Schedule and More
February 2, 2014
After two long weeks of waiting (well, one, if you count the Pro Bowl) it’s game-day once again in the NFL--and for the final time of the 2013 season. While we’re getting settled in for the unofficial holiday festivities, let’s take our daily look at the noteworthy players around the league who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: We’ll start things out today by visiting quickly with Peterson, who is a little over a week past his groin surgery. According to him, his recovery is going just fine and he expects to be ready to go in about six weeks.
That’s good news for Vikings fans, as Peterson should be able to hit the 2014 season at full strength. He’ll also receive a boost from new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who is expected to help alleviate some of the eight-man fronts often facing the Vikings’ star RB. With a multi-dimensional attack from a potent passing game, Peterson should have a lot more room to run this upcoming season.
Still, all of that is easier said than done, and we’ll have to wait and see what kind of moves the Vikes make this off-season to try and reach their lofty offensive goals.
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Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Blackmon’s 2013 season was marred by trouble. He was able to play in just four games this past year, thanks to two separate suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
That said, he showed off his breakout talent during that quartet of outings, posting 29 catches for 415 yards and a touchdown. That makes the sting of his disciplinary issues that much harder for Jags fans to swallow.
Throughout all his troubles, he’s still got the support of team owner Shad Khan, who said late last week that he “absolutely” wants to keep Blackmon on the team. We’ll have to see how things work out, but suffice to say the Jacksonville offense will be immensely better if Blackmon is on the field in 2014.
Browns Developments: The Browns are still firmly entrenched in retooling mode after a disappointing 2013 season. The team let go of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton, moves which troubled uber-talented WR Josh Gordon, who categorized last year’s staff as “all-star.”
Things are very much still up in the air regarding the Cleveland offense specifically--we’ve yet to see which direction they’re likely to go on that side of the ball. The good news is that injured QB Brian Hoyer (torn ACL) is on track with his recovery and should be fine to start the upcoming season. Whether or not he’ll be under center is another matter entirely. The team is expected to bring in at least one more QB before the season begins.
NFL Playoffs and Key Dates: There’s just one more game left in the NFL season, and after that it’s back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the remaining schedule, along with a few important upcoming dates we’ll be seeing soon.
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII: 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Important 2014 Dates:
February 3: Waiver System Starts (Teams can make transactions, cuts, etc.)
February 17-March 3: Franchise Tag Designation Period
February 19-25: NFL Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)
March 8: Contract Negotiations for Unrestricted Free Agents Can Begin
March 11: League Year Officially Begins (4:00 PM ET)
March 23-28: Annual Owners Meeting (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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