NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/28/14
NFL Updates: AFC East Updates, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 28, 2014
Now that we’re a couple of days removed from the long holiday weekend, we’re getting back to our regular routines. The NFL is much the same way, as there’s an increasing amount of information out there as teams readjust themselves toward the upcoming season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Dolphins WR Returns: A couple of previously injured Dolphins were able to rejoin their teammates at OTAs yesterday. Both Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson were present and participating, with each coming off his own knee injury last season.
Hartline tore a PCL but didn’t require surgery and just rehabbed in the off-season. Gibson, meanwhile, tore a patella tendon. That injury caused him to miss nine games in 2013.
The Dolphins are looking to bolster their aerial assault this year, so both Hartline and Gibson will need to be on point. There’s already been a lot of talk this off-season about the team’s troubles with deep passes last season, and they’ve been making a point of working on that aspect of their offense over the last few months. We’ll have to wait and see if the hard work pays off.
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C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Let’s stick in the AFC East now as we move on up to Buffalo and check out Spiller. According to some recent reports, he’s in for an expanded role within the offense in 2014, and it sounds like the team is designing some looks around him.
Even though he’ll share the stage and workload with both Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown this year, Spiller’s game-breaking play abilities will keep him knee-deep in touches, and we may see some creative lineups and looks from the Bills offense. It appears that Buffalo OC Nathaniel Hackett has a very clear idea of how he wants to utilize Spiller, so if that comes to fruition we should see an improved Bills offense in 2014.
Jets RB Situation: Let’s just go ahead and make it an AFC East triple-dip this morning and move on out to Jersey to check out the Jets. It’ll be interesting to see what they do in their backfield this off-season, as they’ve currently got a plethora of running backs to choose from and a limited number of carries to hand out.
Gang Green currently has Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Daryl Richardson, Alex Green and Mike Goodson on their roster as RBs. In all likelihood, at least two of them won’t even make the team (our money is on Goodson and Green to get cut), and the remaining guys will have to divvy up the 25 or so carries the team attempts each week.
All of this is beginning to look like a “go with the hot hand” rushing attack, which could work--then again it could turn ugly if no one is producing out of the backfield. Add that to a questionable quarterback situation (Geno or Vick?) and a shoddy receiving corps (aside from new arrival Eric Decker), and we just plain don’t know what to make of the Jets offense right now.
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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