NFL News: Player News and Updates for 2/14/14
NFL Updates: Bucs, Lions, Bengals, Off-Season Schedule and More
February 14, 2014
We’ve nearly reached another weekend in this NFL off-season, which means we’re that much closer to free agency, the draft, and all the other interesting points on the league’s schedule. That said, let’s take our daily look around the NFL at some of the storylines happening out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Joseph Fauria, TE, Detroit Lions: We’ve got a while to see how this all plays out, but you might want to keep your eye on Fauria in the coming season. There’s some big hope for a breakout year from the young TE in 2014, as new Detroit OC Joe Lombardi will be using the Saints’ playbook as a basis for his play calling.
We’re hesitant to anoint Fauria as the next Jimmy Graham, but the odds are in his favor. He put up seven touchdowns on 18 receptions last season, and has some big-time talent (Bush, Johnson, etc.) around him.
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Bengals Running Game: There’s been a lot of second-guessing the Bengals’ offensive attack over the last couple of weeks, and the team plans to change that in the upcoming season. New OC Hue Jackson is determined to put a balanced offense out there on the field, which means more work for their RBs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Some early speculations have the team running around 30 times a game or so, which sounds like a pretty good number. We’ve already seen indications that their passing game will change, and we can expect more throws inside the numbers in this upcoming season. All things considered, it’ll be a very different-looking Cincinnati attack.
Buccaneers QBs: It’s looking like the Buccaneers are getting serious about their QB situation, and they’ll be loading the roster with as much talent as they can find at the position. Incumbent starter Mike Glennon will be facing some competition for his job in camp, not only from new arrival Mike Kafka but possibly from another source as well.
The team is reportedly looking at adding another arm, either through the draft or free agency, that will put the heat on Glennon and maybe even win the job. The team could kick the tires on a few guys this off-season, namely Josh McCown, Matt Cassel or even Michael Vick.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: For a brief moment this past season, it looked like Heyward-Bey would finish the year strong after Reggie Wayne went down with an injury. That scenario never panned out, however, as a hamstring issue and disuse caused him to fade into obscurity as the season progressed.
Now it seems likely that Heyward-Bey will have to try his hand at the free agent market, as he’s not expected to get a new deal from Indianapolis. (He signed for one year at $2.5 million in 2013.)
Heyward-Bey finished the year with just 29 catches and a touchdown, but will likely draw some interest on the open market to WR-hungry teams in need of a quick fix.
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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