NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/10/14
NFL Updates: Bears, Steelers, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 10, 2014
Even though it may not feel like it at times, we’re getting pretty close to the start of the 2014 NFL season. There’s less than three months left until the opening week, which will conclude the long, agonizing annual off-season. That said, let’s keep things going with our daily look around the league at some of the notable players and storylines out there. Here’s the latest.
Steelers Offense Outlook: We may be seeing a new dimension to the Steelers offense this season. According to recent reports from the OTA sessions, the team has been running a lot of no-huddle plays, similar to what they were doing toward the end of last season. The expectation here is that they’ll be following suit when the 2014 campaign begins.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger seems to thrive in the no-huddle system. When they ran it in 2013, he completed 102 of 163 throws for 1,221 yards and 10 scores.
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Bears Offense Outlook: Speaking of offense, the Bears certainly had their share of it in the 2013 season. That unit far outplayed their defense (which is the first time that’s happened in quite a while) and was the key to a largely successful but ultimately disappointing campaign.
Chicago certainly has no shortage of weapons at their disposal. They boast one of the top receiving tandems in the league in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and are bringing along second-year man Marquess Wilson, who is likely to take a big step forward this season. Anchoring the running game is the ever-reliable Matt Forte, who is just as much a threat with his hands as he is his feet.
The big question the Bears’ offensive unit has is QB Jay Cutler--or more specifically, his health. If he can remain upright for a full 16 games, we may see the Bears offense reach heights no fan ever dreamed of them hitting.
Fantasy Corner: This week, we’re looking ahead to the 2014 fantasy football season. Today we’ll continue with a crucial slot on your roster, which is the RB position. The consensus No. 1 pick here is Jamaal Charles, and you won’t get too many arguments there. He’s backed up by LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte (not necessarily in that order) on the next tier.
The Nos. 4 and 5 slots are occupied by Eddie Lacy and Adrian Peterson, with neither offering too big of an advantage over the other at this point in time.
We like DeMarco Murray in 2014, and think he’ll provide nice value at No. 6; Montee Ball should do well in Denver as well. Just behind them are Le’Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard, two young runners who should have nice seasons.
We debated on whether or not to put Arian Foster in the top 10, but bumped him in favor of Doug Martin. Both should provide pretty good value as lower-end No. 1 RBs on your roster.
Realistically, it’ll be another all-out grab-fest on running backs in the first couple rounds of your fantasy draft. There’s always a breakout player at this spot every year, though, so we’ll all keep an eye out for that.
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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