NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/18/14
NFL Updates: Steelers, Bengals, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 18, 2014
We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, and the NFL news is running strong as we cruise toward the 2014 season. There are all sorts of headlines out there from across the league, so let’s peruse a few of them in our daily check-up on the league action. Here’s the latest.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The rookie Bryant is definitely a player to watch in Pittsburgh this season, and he’s already impressing the coaching staff. The fourth-rounder has garnered praise from offensive coordinator Todd Haley thanks to his size and speed, which should lead to him having a legitimate shot to make an impact as a rookie.
Bryant has all the makings of a star receiver on a Pittsburgh team that could use a couple more, so this should be good news to Steelers fans. Look for the youngster to emerge as a red zone target if he can develop some good chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger before the season begins.
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Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Let’s take a moment to check in on the Johnson situation down in Houston, as it’s been making headlines for quite some time. The veteran receiver is sitting out this week’s minicamp (from yesterday through tomorrow) as expected. According to reports, he’s currently disgruntled with the Texans and the direction the franchise is heading.
It’s not known whether or not Johnson will officially hold out this summer, or what his potential demands would be if he does. As it stands right now, he’s making $10 million in base salary this year and is under contract through the 2016 season. We suppose a trade scenario is possible, but it’s hard to imagine another team volunteering to take that sort of financial hit.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Let’s go ahead and make it a wide receiver trifecta today and check out Sanu. There’s a healthy buzz surrounding him in Bengals camp this week, as his teammates can’t stop raving about how much faster and more explosive he looks this summer compared to last season.
It’s looking like Cincinnati will be putting Sanu in at least a few different roles this summer to see where he’s most effective. We doubt he’ll end up being a traditional-type WR this season, and alongside Marvin Jones and A.J. Green, the Bengals will have a very potent and versatile top three at their disposal.
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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