NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/17/14
NFL Updates: Davis, Young, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 17, 2014
Even though we’re still deeply mired in the NFL off-season, we’ve still got some good information coming in this week as teams around the league up their activities. That said, let’s take a look at some of the headlines and notable players out there who everyone’s talking about.
Vince Young Officially Retires: Yesterday’s big story revolved around the one-time can’t-miss prospect Young, who officially announced his retirement after a tumultuous career of lost opportunity. He hadn’t played a down in the league since 2011, so his announcement was a mere formality, but had showed signs of being able to catch on somewhere as a backup in recent years.
Young was drafted by the Titans way back in 2006 as the No. 3 overall pick. He posted a Rookie of the Year season initially, and showed early promise with Pro Bowl selections in 2006 and 2009. His downfall was equally spectacular, as he was never able to recapture that initial glory.
Young says he’ll go to work for the University of Texas as an ambassador at his alma mater.
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Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets: One of the most intriguing storylines to develop around the league this off-season has been the Jets’ addition of Johnson to an already potent rushing attack. The team is as high as can be on the veteran RB, and he’s been impressing the coaching staff this off-season.
New York running backs coach Anthony Lynn made some encouraging comments about Johnson yesterday, praising his work ethic (and commenting on how he played hurt last season) and saying that he’s “definitely” going to get a lot of opportunities to shine.
The Jets say they’re going to go with a committee approach and lean on whichever one of their backs is most effective. Whether or not that strategy will work--or if Johnson will emerge from the pack as the clear bellcow--remains to be seen.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Let’s check out the Vernon Davis holdout situation, as it’s another hot topic of conversation this week. The veteran tight end is sitting out of minicamp this week (sessions start today) in an effort to build some leverage for a contract renegotiation.
He’s got two years left on a six-year, $42.7 million deal and says that the situation is “all about getting paid what you deserve.” Davis believes he’s outplayed his contract and would like a raise, but also went on to say that he wants to be on the field this summer and working toward a Super Bowl.
Whether or not the tactic will work remains to be seen. We’ll keep you posted as this situation develops.
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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