NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/13/14
NFL Updates: Gordon, Peterson, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 13, 2014
Now that things have settled back down to a semi-normal off-season routine in the NFL, we can start looking forward to the impending training camps and 2014 campaign. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s new out there with the noteworthy players.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: It would be hard to imagine Peterson in anything but Vikings purple, but that scenario could be taking shape over the next couple of seasons. According to a report that emerged yesterday, Minnesota would like to part ways with him “sooner rather than later,” which would seem to indicate that they won’t be renewing his contract when it expires.
Peterson is still inked for two more years (making $11.75 and $12.75 million in base money each year), and will command a high salary when it’s time to renew. Given the current NFL trend of devalued running backs, we doubt the Vikes (or just about any team) would fork over that kind of dough. We’ll have to see what happens.
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Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: He’s one of the most talented, electrifying players in the NFL today, and we probably won’t even see him in 2014. Word broke yesterday that Gordon will likely be facing a ban anywhere between eight and 16 games thanks to his reported failed drug test. If indeed true, it would be his third such offense.
Gordon is far and away the Browns’ best player, but his off-the-field issues have become a liability. No word yet on when we’ll find out the details on the suspension for sure, but rest assured we’ve likely seen the last of Gordon until at least 2015.
Backing Up Decker: There’s no question who the lead dog on the Jets’ WR depth chart is: It’s highly-coveted ex-Bronco Eric Decker, who was the team’s big prize in free agency. As for the No. 2 guy--well, that remains to be seen.
Competing for the WR2 slot on the roster are Jeremy Kerley (who fits better in the slot) and Stephen Hill (who had an unimpressive 2013), alongside the new crop of rookies.
Getting at least one of their three new young rookie receivers going will be a high off-season priority for the Jets. Either Jalen Saunders or Shaq Evans could make a valid case for significant playing time, and wild card Quincy Enunwa might potentially make an impact as well. We’ll get a better feel for things when training camp starts up, so stay tuned.
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:
July 24: Training Camp Opens
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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