NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/21/14
NFL Updates: Seahawks, Marshall, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 21, 2014
We’ve reached the middle of the week, and the NFL news is coming strong from all across the league. Even though we’re still knee-deep in the off-season, there’s still plenty to talk about. Here’s a look at some of the notable headlines dominating the front pages this morning.
Seattle Rookies Doing Well: If there’s one thing the Seahawks can stand to improve after their dominant Super-Bowl-winning season, it’s the receiving corps. It looks like they’ve taken a big step in that direction, based on the early performances of their rookie wide receivers.
Both Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood impressed their coaches during the team’s weekend rookie minicamp, prompting praise for their speed and hands.
These two will be a pair to watch as the season draws closer. Richardson is out of Colorado, and he snagged 21 touchdowns during his tenure there. Norwood posted 12 of his own at Alabama.
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Marshall’s Deal: Let’s take a moment to talk about Brandon Marshall’s new contract extension, since we haven’t visited this topic just yet. He signed a three-year, $30-million deal Monday (on “The View” of all places), shoring up another piece of the Bears’ now-potent passing attack.
Marshall’s deal contains a reported $23 million in guaranteed money, with $15 million going to him in his first year. He’ll also be donating $1 million to charities supporting mental health awareness, a cause which as been dear to him over the past few years.
Marshall’s old contract expires after this season. He’s coming off two straight years with at least 100 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and should remain a key cog in the Bears rejuvenated offense.
Bengals No. 2 Job Up For Grabs: There’s an interesting race shaping up in Cincinnati. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will be battling it out to see who will serve as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green.
Early reports are giving the edge to Jones, which makes sense following his 51-catch, 712-yard, 10-touchdown campaign last year. Sanu, meanwhile, had 47 receptions for 455 yards and two scores, but still has a chance to earn his way into the No. 2 slot before the season starts.
It will be an interesting dynamic to watch as we get closer to the season.
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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