NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/9/14
NFL Updates: Dolphins Offense Notes, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 9, 2014
After a long string of NFL games each week, it doesn’t seem quite right not having football on a Sunday. That said, we’ll get our collective fix again soon, and in the meantime there are plenty of news items out there making the rounds each day. Here’s a look at a few of the players and situations in the headlines right now.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Though Tannehill showed some improvement to his game in 2013, he’ll be under heavy pressure this season to take that next step in his development. The Dolphins’ coach Joe Philbin will reportedly be putting the proverbial screws to Tannehill, forcing him to up his game or step aside. Philbin apparently has a solid belief in the abilities of backup QB Matt Moore, and wouldn’t hesitate in making a change.
Moore is costing the team a lot of money ($5.5 million against the cap) to simply sit on the bench, so if Tannehill comes out flat in the season (or potentially even before that), we could see a different face behind center. One factor that will dictate their success is their sketchy offensive line situation, which is another can of worms altogether. (Not to mention their running game--which is another area the team will be expected to visit this off-season.)
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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Now let’s move on over to the AFC North and check in on the Bengals’ QB. Sources close to the team suspect that Dalton may not throw as much as he did last year, largely due to the team’s new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. An average pass-per-game number that’s been thrown out there is 25, which is much less than what Dalton threw for last year (36.6 per-game average) and more closely resembles the setup in Seattle.
We’ll also likely see more over-the-middle throws as opposed to tosses outside the numbers, which could result in a drop in production for uber-WR A.J. Green. As long as the Bengals are winning, however, we doubt anyone will care.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: Just how much is Moreno going to command in the open free-agent market this season? According to a very optimistic projection that came out of the Denver media late last week, that number could be pretty big. The report puts Moreno’s anticipated annual salary at around $4 million per year, which has caused many other outlets to scoff.
Moreno probably won’t come that expensive, as he isn’t even considered the best running back in this admittedly flat free agent class--that honor would likely go to Ben Tate. If you’ll remember, Moreno had his share of difficulties before Peyton Manning came to town, but even with that in mind, we wouldn’t be surprised if someone overpaid here. It’ll be an interesting free agent period to say the least.
NFL Key Dates: Now that we’ve finished up the season in the NFL, it’s now back to anticipation mode for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy dates from this off-season period that should keep us occupied until the league kicks off again.
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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