NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/12/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 12, 2014
The anticipation for the upcoming NFL season continues to build with every passing day. We’re very close to the training camp period, and this is the time of year when the off-season news begins to build up to a frantic pace. That said, let’s take our daily look at the headlines and see who’s making news out there.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: We got some interesting information from the Packers’ official website yesterday, and it’s an early indication of where their priorities lie. Nelson was listed as the team’s No. 1 receiver over fellow WR Randall Cobb, who was designated as the flanker or slot guy.
Nelson is coming off a 16-game season in 2013, posting 85 receptions for 1314 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cobb, on the other hand, was only able to participate in six regular-season games, racking up 31 grabs for 433 yards and four scores of his own. The Packers can’t really lose with that duo--and some guy named Aaron Rodgers throwing them the ball.
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Pats No. 2 TE Battle: There’s an interesting competition brewing in New England when it comes to the backup tight end slot. There are no less than four players competing for the honor to serve as second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski, and those players are Asa Watson, D.J. Williams, Michael Hoomanawanui and Justin Jones.
Sources close to the team are giving the early inside track to Hoomanawanui, who is a five-year NFL veteran. His strengths lie in routes over the middle, however he doesn’t possess enough speed to factor much into the vertical game. He’s got 20 catches over the last two years combined.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans: Let’s take another look at the Andre Johnson situation down in Houston, as that’s been making headlines quite a bit over the past few weeks. The media following the team are reporting that Johnson will not be traded before the season, which has got to be bad news to some other WR-needy teams.
Johnson has made it known that he wants to get out of Houston via a trade, but the team isn’t complying because they don’t want this situation to develop in the future whenever a player is disgruntled with the direction of the franchise--that and he’s still one of the best receivers in the game. There’s some interest out there, though--at least four teams have reached out to the Texans concerning a possible deal.
Johnson will either hold out or report to the team this month, so it looks like the ball’s in his court. We’ll have to wait and see what he does.
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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