NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/19/14
NFL Updates: Minicamp News, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 19, 2014
With minicamps happening all across the league this week, it’s been a good time to gain some interesting information on our favorite NFL teams. With that in mind, 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.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Houston Texans: So far this off-season, the Houston Texans have been one of the most talked-about teams--and not for any good reasons. One of their concerns is their lack of talent at the quarterback position, which is something they officially addressed yesterday.
Fitzpatrick will enter the season as the team’s No. 1 QB, and won’t have to compete with Case Keenum and T. J. Yates in training camp next month. The decision makes sense; Although Keenum and Yates offer some upside, the veteran Fitzpatrick is by far the safest choice for the position, and it’s good press for a Texans team in desperate need of some stability right now.
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Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s head over to one of Fitzpatrick’s former teams and check out their QB situation. Locker is participating in Tennessee’s minicamp this week and is reportedly looking pretty good. He’s not completely healthy following a Lisfranc (foot) injury that ended his 2013 season, but he’s getting closer.
Under Ken Whisenhunt’s new offense, Locker is expected to be in shotgun formation much more often, which should lead to a lot more throwing. He was having a pretty good run for the Titans last season when he was injured, so hopefully he’ll be able to pick things up where he left off there.
49ers’ New-Look Offense: Let’s put the 49ers’ contract issues with Vernon Davis on hold for a moment and check out something positive in their offense. Greg Roman, who calls the plays in San Fran, recently spoke about his team’s new look, saying that during the off-season they stripped down their game plan and reworked the offense, which should lead to a more streamlined, focused approach on that side of the ball.
The Niners’ major issue last year was their health (or lack thereof) at the WR position, but they’ll be going into the 2014 campaign with some new life. Both Stevie Johnson (trade) and Bruce Ellington (draft) now on board, we should see some additional focus put on the passing game. That will only benefit young QB Colin Kaepernick as he enters his second full campaign under center.
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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