NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/25/14
NFL Updates: Patriots RBs, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 25, 2014
We’re churning through a long Memorial Day weekend, and the NFL news continues to trickle in. While we’re kicking back and relaxing, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals: At this time last year, we were high on Cardinals TE Rob Housler, touting his promise and declaring that he’d be having a career season in 2013. He did indeed have a career season, with 39 catches for 454 yards and a score, but didn’t quite break out in the way we figured he would.
Now it seems that Housler will have to work his tail off to simply stay atop the Cardinals’ TE depth chart. The team has made some noticeable moves at that position this off-season, including signing John Carlson and drafting Troy Niklas. Veteran Jake Ballard is also getting a lot of reps in workouts. Who will be the odd men out? That remains to be seen, but it looks like Housler’s promise isn’t working out to be what it was supposed to have been.
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Patriots RB Situation: Here’s an interesting scenario to keep an eye on for fans of the AFC East. The Patriots backfield may end up having a very different look in 2014, if the early indications are correct.
Stevan Ridley led the way in snaps last year, as he did the year before, but some pundits are suggesting that Shane Vereen will overtake him for the lead role this year--if he can stay healthy, that is.
Here’s the most educated guess on how things will shake out. Ridley and Vereen will work in tandem, with Vereen getting slightly more touches. If either is injured or plays poorly, waiting in the wings will be Brandon Bolden and James White, who could have a strong impact this season as well.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: While we’re on the subject of running backs, let’s take a look at Wilson, since we haven’t visited with him for a while.
In all honesty, his status for the 2014 season is still up in the air. No one really knows if he’ll be able to return from neck surgery, and it’s quite possible that he’s played his final NFL down. The early indications have been positive, but we won’t know anything for a while.
Even if Wilson isn’t able to return to the field, the Giants are doing okay at the running back position. They signed Rashad Jennings this off-season, drafted Andre Williams and retained Peyton Hillis. Wilson’s presence--or lack thereof--will have a heavy impact on how each of those guys is used this year.
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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