NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/27/14
NFL Updates: Falcons, Giants, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 27, 2014
The NFL off-season continues to chug along, and with each passing day we’re getting closer and closer to the training camp period. There’s plenty to do in the meantime, however, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the latest news and see what’s happening out there right now.
Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets: This week, we got some insight as far as what the Jets plan on doing with their new RB Chris Johnson. The team’s running backs coach admitted that Johnson has some “miles on him,” and the feeling is that he won’t be a workhorse-type back.
The Jets will likely be using a committee-style approach at the RB position this year, and will lean on whichever back is having the most success against an opposing defense. Johnson will work together with both Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, and all three backs are more than capable of explosive plays.
Of course, New York’s passing game will have to take a step forward in order for the run to work, so we’ll see what happens on that front.
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Falcons WR Outlook: Down in Atlanta, the Falcons have a lot of work to do in reclaiming their spot among the elite teams in the NFL. The 2013 season was marred by injury and underperformance, resulting in a largely forgettable record. The team will be looking to bounce back this season, however, and with their top two wide receivers healthy, they just might be able to do that.
Julio Jones and Roddy White were thought of as the best one-two WR tandem in the NFL a couple of seasons ago, and they’ve got some pretty stiff competition if they want to reclaim that spot. The Bears’ Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery top most people’s lists of the best wide receiver duos in the game, but the Falcons pair isn’t far behind.
With White advancing in age and not having quite the burst he used to, we probably won’t see a 2012-type year anymore (the pair posted 2,549 yards combined in that season), but the Atlanta two could come reasonably close in 2014. They’re both healthy, which is the biggest obstacle, so regardless we’ll see a step forward in the coming months.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: Before we sign off for the day, let’s check out the Giants’ David Wilson, who has frequently made news this off-season thanks to his serious neck injury.
After months of waiting and speculation, it appears we’ve got a target date for Wilson to finally get clearance for contact. He’s got a doctor appointment on July 21, and the hope is that he’ll get the okay during that session.
Even if Wilson gets clearance during his visit, the Giants will most likely be very timid in placing a heavy workload on his shoulders. Best-case scenario, look for a timeshare situation between him, Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Wilson obviously has the highest ceiling of the three, but the injury and the timid reaction surrounding it could hold him back significantly in 2014. Still, it’s a victory if he’s even on the field.
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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