NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/31/14
NFL Updates: Texans, 49ers, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 31, 2014
We’ve finally reached the weekend, and it’s been a pretty productive week as far as NFL news. Even though the season is still pretty far off, we’re already getting a good idea of what to expect from our teams when September finally rolls around. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the latest headlines.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: There’s a standoff brewing in San Francisco, and at the center of it all is their athletic tight end Vernon Davis. He’s staying away from the team’s voluntary off-season workouts in order to draw attention to his desire for a new deal, according to reports that emerged this week.
The Niners apparently already knew he was disgruntled and wanting a new contract, and following this move they’ll avoid paying him his $200,000 workout bonus.
Davis signed a six-year, $42.7 million deal in 2010; He’s still got two years left on it at $5.1 million and $4.95 million over the next two seasons.
Davis notched 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013. He’s but one of the potential issues the 49ers will have with their finances in the near future. Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree and a handful of others will also need new deals very soon down the road.
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Broncos RB Situation: Yesterday, we got a little clarity on the Denver backfield, courtesy of Broncos OC Adam Gase. He reiterated the fact that Montee Ball is the clear-cut starter for the team, and also that the No. 2 position behind Ball is wide open.
Who could we potentially see in that role? Well, the two prime candidates to spell Ball include C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, though there are dark horse players Jerodis Williams, Juwan Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Brennan Clay on the roster as well.
Gase gave Ball a glowing review this week, saying he’s the most improved player from his 2013 campaign. It should be interesting to see how he develops this season, and if the Broncos can create a consistent rushing attack to complement Peyton and company.
Houston Patriots?: This year, you may not be able to tell the difference between the Texans and the Patriots--if the team is successful at achieving its off-season goals, that is. They’ve got Bill Belichick disciples on both sides of the ball, with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and the offensive-minded head coach Bill O’Brien.
The team is reportedly studying old Patriots game tapes to try and “mimic” the New England formula from O’Brien’s days with the team and get a feel for what the new Texans offense will look like.
That’s a tall order for any team without Tom Brady, let alone one with so many question marks at the QB position. Still, it could be interesting to see how the Texans evolve the Patriots’ style--they’ve already said they’ll be installing more no-huddle looks in an attempt to alter the pace of the offense.
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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