NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/15/14
NFL Updates: Martin, Finley, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 15, 2014
Now that we’ve taken a little bite out of the workweek, we’re getting back to our usual routines. Helping out along the way is the fact that the NFL news is still flowing pretty constantly, even though we’re knee-deep in the off-season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Vikings RB Plans: The Minnesota Vikings will be one of the teams to watch in the draft next month, as they could go in several different directions. According to some recent speculation, the team very well might add another running back to complement Adrian Peterson. This new rookie would have to be a very strong pass-blocker, as that area isn’t one of AP’s specialties.
If the Vikes do end up drafting a specialized RB, he could get work right off the bat, and potentially take some on-field time away from Peterson. If they don’t, look for Peterson to participate more on third downs as a receiving option.
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Jermichael Finley, TE, Free Agent: We’ve got another potential suitor in the Jermichael Finley contest, and it’s the Dolphins. Miami reportedly has some interest in the injured TE, but he’ll have to gain clearance to play first--and realistically there’s no telling when that will be.
Finley’s set to get X-rays and an MRI on his healing neck in the very near future, and those results will shed some light on where he’s at right now. He’s been linked to a handful of potential teams, including the Seahawks and Packers.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ever since new head coach Lovie Smith landed in Tampa Bay, he’s been tinkering with the lineup through free agency and philosophy. One of the areas he’s said to be changing up is the backfield, where the Bucs supposedly will be using a rotation including Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey during 2014.
That said, Martin is expected to remain the main ball carrier, with the other two backs spelling him at intervals to keep him fresh. He was quite the workhorse under Greg Schiano, and though he won’t be getting quite as many snaps under Smith, he’ll still see a significant amount of work.
Week 1 Preseason Schedule: Now that the preseason schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we warm up for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the preseason.
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME (Aug. 3)
N.Y. Giants vs. Buffalo Bills (NBC)
WEEK 1 (Aug. 7-10)
Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts at NY Jets
Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons
New England Patriots at Washington Redskins
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams
Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers at NY Giants
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars
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 Remaining:
May 8-10: NFL Draft
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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