NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/27/14
NFL Updates: Pats QBs, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 27, 2014
Now that the long holiday weekend is over, it’s (unfortunately) time to get back to the daily grind. That shouldn’t stop us from looking forward to the upcoming NFL season, though, so with that in mind let’s take our daily glance around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Patriots QB Situation: Yesterday, some comments emerged courtesy of longtime Patriots QB Tom Brady, and they’re pretty telling when it comes to determining the future of the New England roster. Even though Brady says he feels better today at age 36 than he did at age 25, he also said he had the feeling the team would draft a quarterback this year (they did; Jimmy Garoppolo, who will be the heir apparent when Brady eventually retires).
The Pats also have perpetual backup Ryan Mallett on their roster--at least for the time-being. Although it’s notoriously difficult to predict anything the grumpy Bill Belichick will do, the recent moves indicate change is coming--eventually--in New England. We can see Garoppolo being groomed for the starting position over the next 2-3 years, and Mallett being traded away to a team that has more of a chance at starting him. Only time will tell, however.
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“Hard Knocks” Coming: The HBO documentary series “Hard Knocks” focuses on the behind-the-scenes happenings surrounding an NFL team as they move through training camp and get ready for the season. We haven’t received an announcement yet as to who the 2014 subject will be, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation.
There are a few scenarios in which a team can decline to be followed by the HBO cameras (specifically a first-year head coach, a playoff berth in the prior two seasons or an appearance on the show in the last 10 years), but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a repeat performance.
Early speculation has names like the Bears, Giants, Rams, Cardinals and Bills being thrown out there, but we’d imagine it’ll end up being a team in need of some press, like the Raiders, Jaguars or Titans. We’ll find out soon who this year’s subject will be. Regardless, it’s sure to be another interesting season.
Brandon Flowers, CB, Kansas City Chiefs: Let’s finish up today by visiting with Flowers, who has had some rumors attached to his name pretty much constantly this off-season. Prior to the draft, it was well-known that the Chiefs were willing to deal the talented veteran corner for picks, but a deal never materialized. It’s likely that his bloated salary ($5.25 million) didn’t help matters.
We’d imagine he’s still up for grabs if there’s any team out there willing to put up the money, and KC is probably more than willing to deal, given the fact that he doesn’t fit all that well into their new defensive scheme. He’s a player to watch heading up to training camp--which, for him, might be in a new city.
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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