NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/10/14
NFL Updates: Colts, Bengals, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 10, 2014
We’ve crested the hill of another week, and that means we’re that much closer to the NFL draft and ultimately the start of the 2014 season. Even though it’s the off-season right now, there are still plenty of developing storylines out there worthy of attention. Let’s visit a few of them in our daily NFL wrap-up.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: This week, we’ve touched on some of the Colts’ perceived offensive tendencies during this upcoming season (lots of 2TE sets), so now let’s continue that trend and check in on Wayne. According to the man himself, he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his comeback from a torn ACL and the subsequent surgery.
Wayne’s hope is that he’ll be cleared for football activity on the 25th of this month, which would complete a six-month rehab process for him. If he can meet that goal, he’ll have plenty of off-season time left to get himself back into football shape and should hit the ground running when the 2014 season commences. We’ll keep you posted here.
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Santonio Holmes, WR, Free Agent: Earlier this week, a report emerged on Holmes concerning his potential employment prospects--as well as where we could see him next season. Word is that he’ll be taking his time in deciding his next step, as it’s been troublesome for free agent WRs (most of them, anyway) to find homes this off-season.
There’s a deep class of receivers coming up in next month’s draft, which is the reason for Holmes’ extra patience in signing with a new team. He’ll want to end up in the best place for him as far as playing time, and we won’t figure out where that is until after the draft.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Here’s a little nugget on Thomas that came out yesterday, and is pretty interesting. Some of the Broncos players are holding unofficial workouts on the Duke campus this week, but Thomas is not participating. Apparently he’s still feeling the effects of his left shoulder injury, sustained during Denver’s embarrassing Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks.
The condition is being called a separated left shoulder, and it’s thought that he’ll still be limited later this month at the Broncos’ OTAs.
All that said, none of this is expected to affect Thomas’ availability for the start of training camp or the 2014 season.
Bengals Running Game: Now let’s swing over to Cincinnati and check out the Bengals, who are coming off an ultimately disappointing season in 2013. New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said yesterday that he plans on focusing the ground game in this upcoming year.
The renewed focus on the RBs and the run will hopefully take some pressure off Andy Dalton, who was under scrutiny quite a bit last season. The strategy is sound; A balanced attack sounds like a way to maximize the Bengals’ talents. Regardless, this will be a make-or-break year for Dalton, so he’d better look for A.J. Green early and often.
NFL Off-Season Key Dates: We’re now back to full-on 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 Meetings (Orlando, FL)
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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