NFL News: Player News and Updates for 4/25/14
NFL Updates: Colts, Bye Weeks, Off-Season Schedule and More
April 25, 2014
It’s Friday (finally), and we’re fresh off a long week of off-season workouts from NFL teams around the league. That means there’s a ton of new information out there about the upcoming season, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news right now. Here’s the latest.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Shorts, so let’s see what the latest news on him is. Yesterday, a report emerged that said he was still dealing with lingering effects from groin surgery and still has a ways to go before he’s back to his old self.
Shorts has a lot to prove this year, as it’s a contract season for him--not to mention the fact that his numbers were something of a disappointment. He had 66 grabs (a career-high), but only managed three touchdowns off 777 yards.
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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts receiving corps is looking like they’ll be a force to be reckoned with this season, and the obvious beneficiary from all that talent will be Luck. He’s been working with new WR toy Hakeem Nicks recently, and the two are developing chemistry and rhythm in hopes of starting out their time together with a sense of consistency.
Along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, the Colts WRs look outstanding on paper. TEs Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen should take a step forward as well, and as long as Trent Richardson and the running game can get going, Indianapolis will be hard to stop when they have the ball.
Bye Weeks: With the NFL’s 2014 regular-season schedule being released this week, fans and pundits alike have been analyzing the matchups and trying to come up with tentative records for this year. Factoring heavily into that will be each team’s bye week, as it’ll serve as a chance to rest and recharge from a grueling season. Let’s take a week-by-week look at when each team’s break will be in 2014.
Week 4 Byes: Cardinals, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Rams, Seahawks
Week 5 Byes: Dolphins, Raiders
Week 6 Byes: Chiefs, Saints
Week 7 Byes: Eagles, Buccaneers
Week 8 Byes: Giants, 49ers
Week 9 Byes: Falcons, Bills, Bears, Lions, Packers, Titans
Week 10 Byes: Texans, Colts, Vikings, Patriots, Chargers, Redskins
Week 11 Byes: Ravens, Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets
Week 12 Byes: Panthers, Steelers
Fantasy Corner: From time to time this off-season, we’ve been examining the upcoming fantasy football campaign with our take on the early draft trends at each position. We’ll continue that today with quarterbacks, which should be an interesting group.
It’s a deep class once again this year, but if you want to get in good with a top-tier name, you’ll have to pull the trigger early. Here’s our look at the way the top 10 QBs should be falling.
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
9. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
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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