NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/9/14
NFL Updates: Buffalo Bills, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 9, 2014
With the weekend in the rearview mirror, it’s a little tough not to get depressed on a Monday. That said, we can all take solace in the fact that the NFL is on its way again, and the season is actually getting pretty close. Let’s take a look at some of the recent headlines from around the league and see what everyone’s up to right now.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: Watkins just got to Buffalo by way of last month’s draft, but there’s reason to believe he could be a significant contributor in his first year of action with the Bills.
Team OC Nathaniel Hackett sounds impressed with the rookie so far, complementing his work ethic and natural abilities. He was also quoted as saying that he desires to call Watkins’ number “a whole bunch” which sounds to us like the youngster will have a big role in his inaugural season. With another step forward for young QB E.J. Mauel, we could be seeing the beginnings of an offensive revival in Buffalo.
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Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Now let’s head out to Oakland and touch on a storyline that’s gained some traction in the past few days. Even though Matt Schaub arrived with the Raiders touted as a permanent fix to the team’s QB issues, there seems to be some trouble brewing within the organization.
Second-round draft pick Derek Carr has thoroughly impressed the coaching staff during off-season activities thus far, displaying smarts and abilities exceeding his young age. There’s already a sentiment brewing within the management that he will be able to overtake Schaub for the starting QB gig in his rookie season.
If Oakland doesn’t show some early success in 2014, you can count on a QB change, and we may be seeing the Carr era starting earlier than just about anyone expected.
Fantasy Corner: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the upcoming 2014 fantasy football season, so let’s begin our week of position-by-position checkups with the QB slot. There’s really no mystery here who the three big dogs are at quarterback; The list goes: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees (with Rodgers and Brees getting flip-flopped in a few rankings).
After that top three, the list gets a little muddier. There’s a definite drop-off before getting to Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick, with both of those guys offering a completely different style of game-play.
The third tier will differ according to opinion, but we’ll throw Tom Brady in at No. 6, with Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck behind him. Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo round out the top 10, but you could make a legitimate case for picking up a Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler or Nick Foles in that area and not get too many dissenters.
It’s a deep QB class once again, and realistically you can’t go too wrong with any of the top 12 names.
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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