NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/16/14
NFL Updates: Browns, Cowboys, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 16, 2014
We’ve nearly reached the weekend, where we’ll have a little time to pause and ponder the coming months in the NFL. Plenty will be happening between now and opening week, and the news continues to trickle in from around the league with each passing day. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines out there.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: The Redskins offense will be working with a new-look receiving corps this season, and Morris may be getting in on that action. The Washington RB made some comments this week about his desire to become more involved in the team’s passing attack. He’s got his work cut out for him, though, after snagging just nine balls in 2013.
In order to develop his abilities as a receiver, Morris needs to improve his route-running and ability to escape coverage. We’re willing to bet that new arrival DeSean Jackson will help out with that, as he’ll get plenty of attention on his own.
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Bennett to Browns: It looks like Johnny Football and the gang may have gotten another insurance policy in the wake of Josh Gordon’s imminent suspension. A report broke yesterday that said the team would be signing former Bears WR Earl Bennett, who was cut by Chicago earlier this year after six seasons of service.
During his time with the Bears, Bennett amassed 2,277 yards and 12 scores on 185 receptions. If indeed the report is true, he makes a solid pickup by a Cleveland team eager to add some depth at the receiver position ahead of Gordon’s exit.
Austin, Also, to Browns: In a related story, let’s check out another former free agent wide receiver in Austin--the similarity with him is that he was also signed by the Browns yesterday. He was cut by the Cowboys in March so that they could eliminate $5.5 million in cap space, and it took him a while to catch on with a new team, but here he is. Dallas never did rule out the possibility of bringing him back (though a reunion seemed unlikely given the fact that they drafted a WR and added one more via free agency).
In eight years of NFL action (all in Dallas), Austin has 301 receptions for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns. His name was attached to a handful of teams this off-season, but given the deep market for WR out there--not to mention his injury history--it took a while for him to find a new home. This signing adds even further fuel to the speculation that Cleveland will be without Josh Gordon for the entire 2014 campaign.
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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