NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/15/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 15, 2014
We don’t have too much longer to wait before training camps around the NFL will officially open up, and the anticipation is building with each passing day. Let’s take this brief downtime to check in with some of the key players and storylines around the league. Here’s the latest.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Bills fans have long waited for some success from their team, and they might be getting some this season in the form of Spiller. He’s expected to be the bell-cow back in a pretty potent rushing system, and we’ve now got some new information on how the carries will be divvied up.
Spiller will receive around 20 touches per game, according to the Bills’ official website. The team may very well be playing around with the way he lines up in an effort to get him more involved in the offense.
Even if Spiller isn’t making an impact, Buffalo can still lean on Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, who make up the remainder of their talented RB depth chart.
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Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: We got a little tidbit of information on Harvin yesterday, and depending on how you look at it, it could mean big things for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Harvin is set to be the team’s kickoff returner this season, which is great news for the Seahawks’ special teams unit, but not so much for the offense. If he’s returning kicks, we probably won’t see as big of a role for him as a wide receiver, which could impact Seattle’s big-play abilities.
Harvin is probably the most dynamic and exciting player on the entire Seahawks roster, and he’s healthy now after missing quite a bit of time in 2013. The team will certainly welcome his 28.2 yard average on kick returns this season.
Steelers WR Notes: While we’re on the subject of wide receivers, let’s head on over to Pittsburgh and check out a couple of news items on their receiving corps.
The team hasn’t officially figured out who will be filling in for the departed Jerricho Cotchery in the slot, but the smart money right now is on ex-Saint Lance Moore. Receivers coach Richard Mann says the team is looking at “a couple of other guys” along with Moore, so nothing is set in stone just yet.
Also, Mann reported that the team is working on building up Darrius Heyward-Bey’s confidence. He’s reportedly feeling bad about his game, and it’s pretty easy to see why. DHB has only posted one above-average season since being drafted in 2009. That said, a new system and a new outlook could be exactly what he needs to succeed.
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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