NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/4/14
NFL Updates: Falcons, Seahawks, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 4, 2014
We’re only a couple of days into the workweek, and already the NFL off-season news has been coming in strong. Before we get moving today, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players and situations are making headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Seahawks Receiving Corps: Let’s head over to Seattle and check out the defending champions’ off-season preparations. QB Russell Wilson says he’s already impressed with his receivers thus far, calling them the “best-looking position” on the team.
The big difference here is the fact that Percy Harvin is back on the field and practicing without issues, since he missed the majority of 2013 thanks to a hip injury. When he’s at 100 percent (or close to it) there is no other player on the team who can match his playmaking ability.
Also new to the team are Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson (rookies) as well as Chris Matthews and Taylor Price (free agent arrivals). It remains to be seen what the passing game will look like without Golden Tate this season, but rest assured the Seahawks won’t be switching up their winning strategy too much.
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Falcons Backfield: Speaking of not changing up their strategy, we got some news nuggets on the Falcons yesterday. The team reports that they’re not making big changes to their running game, which is somewhat surprising after they finished 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards this past season.
We may see some flip-flopping on the offensive line but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be any change in philosophy. The team will be rolling with Steven Jackson as the starter with Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman spelling him.
Granted, a healthy receiving corps will certainly help out the run game in Atlanta. The team wasn’t able to do much on the ground last year, with all the injury issues they had with their big-name wide receivers.
Panthers Receiving Corps: While we’re looking at specific units on a team-by-team basis today, let’s cruise on up the Eastern Seaboard and check out the Panthers. The general consensus there is that their receiving corps will be leaving much to be desired this season, thanks to the fact that they lost their top three guys this off-season.
Steve Smith, Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell won’t be back with the team this year, and Carolina is trying to fill in the gap with Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant. Whether or not that pans out remains to be seen, so we may end up getting some strong participation in the passing game coming out of the backfield as well.
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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