NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/4/14
NFL Updates: Bridgewater, Patterson, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 4, 2014
We’re down to our last few days of speculation before the NFL Draft this year (which begins on Thursday, and soon all our questions will be answered. In the meantime, it’s fun to assess the different potential scenarios that could play out between now and then. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Bridgewater to Bengals? Here’s an interesting story that could potentially throw a wrench into the first round of the draft on Thursday. The Bengals are reportedly very interested in Louisville’s signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater, who is one of the top signal-callers in the draft. Cincinnati is already invested in Andy Dalton, but he’s entering the final year of his contract and isn’t expected to materialize into the team’s franchise guy.
That said, the Bengals will have some competition if they want to get a shot at Bridgewater. The Cowboys, Cardinals, Rams, Bucs and Titans have all been mentioned as potential landing-spots for first-round quarterbacks. It’s a messy situation, for sure, and it will be entertaining to see how it plays out Thursday.
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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Last season, the Vikings’ Patterson emerged as one of the hot-ticket youngsters in the NFL. He posted 12 carries for a whopping 158 yards alongside 45 catches for another 469 yards, and is aiming to hit the ground running in the upcoming campaign.
The Vikings realize what they have in Patterson, and are aiming to utilize his talents under new OC Norv Turner. They’ve already been developing plays specifically around their young receiver, and Patterson will be moving around in different positions as they try to maximize his explosive potential.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Here’s a situation for Patriots fans to monitor this off-season. Vereen suffered a broken left wrist in 2013, and as of right now he’s still not back to 100 percent. The man himself said recently that his injury will take “a while” to get back to full health, so we may see him feeling the aftereffects through training camp.
Vereen provided a spark plug out of the Patriot backfield last season, doing most of his damage through the air. He finished with 47 receptions for 427 yards and three touchdowns, and will be a centerpiece of their offensive attack in 2014.
Week 1 Schedule: Now that the 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 season, which begins September 4.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
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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