NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/26/14
NFL Updates: Packers Backfield, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 26, 2014
We’ve crested the proverbial hill of this week, which means we’re that much closer to another off-season weekend in the NFL. There’s still plenty to talk about as we inch our way closer to Saturday and Sunday, so let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Packers RB Outlook: After last week’s crushing news that Packers running back Johnathan Franklin had suffered a career-ending neck injury, Green Bay is certainly in need of some good news at the position. On the positive side, they’ve got the depth to handle such a devastating blow, and should be okay heading into the season.
Here’s how the Packers backfield will likely shake out: Eddie Lacy will of course shoulder the bulk of the workload; Look for him to register another 280-ish carries during this upcoming campaign. That said, the team will try to keep him fresh down the stretch and will increasingly lean on his backups.
That means both James Starks (who signed a two-year deal in the off-season) and DuJuan Harris will both get work, but both guys will need to stay healthy--something they’ve both had issues with--in order to keep the situation running at maximum efficiency. We’ll see what happens.
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Lance Moore, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Let’s head to Steel Town and check out their new toy Lance Moore, the former Saint who signed a two-year, $3 million contract with Pittsburgh all the way back in March.
According to reports out of the Steelers organization, the team is very impressed with Moore thus far, and sources close to the team praised him for his work ethic and quick-learning abilities.
We could be seeing a dark horse candidate for a big season here, as Moore comes in under the radar as the team’s No. 3 guy. Antonio Brown will carry the headlines, but Moore could quietly rack up another 1,000 yard season pretty easily.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: After a disastrous inaugural season in Indianapolis, the Colts have gone into full damage-control mode when it comes to Richardson this off-season. They’ve got to stay positive, obviously, given the fact that they surrendered so much to Cleveland in order to land him.
The latest comments coming out of Indianapolis say Richardson could be a three-down back, and he just might have to be whether he’s capable of it anymore or not. His fellow running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard have both had major surgeries and come into the season surrounded by question marks.
The team will be leaning heavily on Richardson, but at least he appears to be up to the task. He’s shed some weight in an effort to regain some of his lost burst, and is now more familiar with the playbook and shouldn’t have to hamper his natural instincts by thinking so much. It should be a season of revival for Richardson if everything goes as planned, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
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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