NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/13/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 13, 2014
We’ve officially reached a new week in the NFL off-season, and with each passing day we’re getting closer to the 2014 campaign. We don’t have much longer to wait now, so let’s fill some more time by taking our daily look around the league and see which players everyone’s talking about. Here’s the latest.
Jets CB Situation: If there’s a major fault in the Jets’ defensive scheme this year, it’s going to be at the cornerback position. Gang Green couldn’t land a big-name player in free agency to try and fill the void left by Darrelle Revis a year or so ago, which has left them with a less-than-ideal depth chart at the position.
Starting as the team’s No. 1 will be Dee Milliner, who started out his NFL career on shaky ground but has since improved his game enough to hint at what he could potentially develop into down the road. Below him is where things start getting a little sketchy.
The Jets are stuck with Dimitri Patterson as their projected No. 2, and though he’s a veteran and should hold his own in most situations, it remains to be seen what he’ll bring to the table as far as the team’s aggressive sets.
We could also see third-rounder Dexter McDougle getting some significant playing time as well this season.
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Bills RB Situation: Let’s stick in the AFC East for a moment and check out the Bills and their running back group. It’s a crowded backfield in Buffalo, with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller now sharing the stage with new arrivals Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.
It’s a little early to tell how the carries will be divvied up, but most projections have Jackson getting the short end of the proverbial stick. He’s coming off a 207-carry year in 2013 and should see that number take a nosedive this season.
We see Jackson coming in as more of a situational-type back, with the team getting as many miles as they can out of C.J. Spiller while he’s still on the team. Bryce Brown should start to see an emergence as the year wears on as well; He’s potentially the Bills’ back of the immediate future.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Let’s finish up today by checking out Richardson, who has been the subject of much conversation around the Midwest this off-season.
Here’s the situation with T-Rich as he enters the 2014 campaign: He averaged a paltry 2.9 YPC last season and will see the bench if he looks like he’s duplicating that this fall. Richardson will have a pretty short leash with the Colts in 2014, so if he struggles early look for the team to turn to Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard without much hesitation.
Here’s the good news, though: Richardson understands the playbook much better this year and should be able to utilize his natural talents much better. He’s also coming into the year in better shape and should look like a completely different back than he did in 2013.
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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