NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/7/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 7, 2014
Now that we’ve finished up with the first weekend of the month, the NFL training camp season seems close enough to touch. Pretty soon, we’ll get an up-close look at faces new and old as teams around the league prepare for the 2014 campaign. In the meantime, let’s check out some of the latest news.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the progress of Detroit’s Ryan Broyles, so let’s see how he’s doing. The Lions WR is immersed in rehab this off-season yet again, thanks to a torn Achilles last season.
Broyles reports that he’s feeling good and is further along in his rehab process than he was after ACL injuries in 2011 and 2012. That’s encouraging news before what will be a very important season for him.
Broyles is in a heated off-season battle for the third spot on Detroit’s WR depth chart, but he’s got some work to do if he’s going to gain the trust of the coaching staff. That said, if he can prove he’s healthy and display some explosiveness in training camp, the Lions receiving corps will be looking downright deadly heading into the 2014 campaign.
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Drew Davis, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Now let’s head down to Atlanta and check in on another recovering WR in Davis. This weekend, it was announced that he’d experienced some discomfort in his foot toward the conclusion of the Falcons’ minicamp. After evaluation, Davis had a “procedure” and would be missing around six weeks as he recovers.
Davis is currently on the Training Camp PUP, and we won’t be seeing him until around the third week of camp at least. That won’t give him much time to catch up to the rest of the receiving corps, but with the talent the Falcons have at WR we don’t expect a huge impact. Davis’ absence will be felt mostly on special teams, where he’s been a key contributor.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Gore has been the focal point of the 49ers’ running game for quite a while now, but that could be changing if recent reports are true. Sources close to the team are speculating that Gore’s carries will take a significant dive in the 2014 season as the other RBs on the depth chart gain prominence.
Fighting for carries will be the team’s No. 2 Kendall Hunter, as well as rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year vet Marcus Lattimore. All three figure to have a noticeable impact on the running game.
So what’s that mean for Gore’s workload? Well, he’s averaged around 272 carries over each of the past three seasons, but the new report says it’s more likely he’ll get about 220 or so carries in 2014. Whether or not that’s a good thing for the Niners remains to be seen.
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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