NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/24/14
NFL Updates: Dolphins, Giants, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 24, 2014
With the NFL’s schedule release last night, not to mention all the workout activity around the league this week, it really feels like the 2014 season is on its way. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the NFL headlines out there and see who’s making news. Here’s the latest.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: This week, we’ve been talking about the possible changes coming to the Dolphins’ 2014 offense--specifically, their focus on the long-ball and what it could mean to their squad’s potency. Fans will be happy to hear the latest comments from second-year Phin Mike Wallace, who said the team’s new offense is “my style: big play.”
New OC Bill Lazor has his work cut out for him, as Wallace and QB Ryan Tannehill failed to live up to the hype as a long-pass duo. They should take a big step forward with that this season, so look for Wallace to improve on his YPC (12.7) specifically.
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Speaking of new offenses, the Boys in Blue have got one of their own. Their new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, comes via the Packers, and Manning expects the Giants’ new system to resemble what Aaron Rodgers and the gang have been doing in Green Bay.
This should technically be a West Coast-style offense, but look for some wrinkles here and there based on the Giants’ personnel. New York started out abysmally last season, but showed signs of life toward the end of the year in a horrid NFC East. They should be much improved.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: Let’s stick with the Giants for a moment and check out Wilson. Here’s the latest scoop on him: He was quoted this week as saying he expects to be cleared for OTAs, which will begin in less than a month’s time.
Wilson capped off a disappointing season in 2013 when he was injured, thanks to a herniated disc that required neck surgery. Estimates for his return have normally been pretty pessimistic, but this makes it seem like he’s got a good chance at starting the year healthy. That said, we can’t know anything for sure until the doctors give him clearance.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: Bills fans are definitely hoping for a turnaround year for second-year QB E.J. Manuel, who had some jarring inconsistencies (not to mention injuries) during his inaugural year. The good news is that the youngster feels like he’s ready to take the next step in 2014.
This week, Manuel admitted to his ups and downs last season and said he’s eager to grow before the upcoming campaign. Whether or not he’ll have much success is a different story. The team is reportedly “all in” with Manuel, but he’ll have to bounce back from an 11-TD, nine-interception year in 10 starts.
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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