NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/21/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 21, 2014
With training camps getting going around the NFL this week, it’s a very exciting time for football fans. While we’re waiting for our favorite teams to hit the practice field, let’s take a look at some of the headlines and notable happenings from around the league in our daily update.
Clowney Status: Today, we’ll get our latest glimpse of hotshot rookie Jadeveon Clowney when the Texans’ rookies report for training camp. When we’ll get to see him in action, however, is another story all together.
Clowney is still recovering from last month’s surgery to correct a sports hernia, and it’s unclear exactly when he’ll be able to get back to practicing at full speed. For the record, he himself believes that he’ll be able to dress when the team starts in on practice on July 26, but we’ll have to wait and see if his prediction comes true or not.
Assuming Clowney sticks to his timetable and doesn’t experience any setbacks, he should have enough time to learn the defense and be effective when the season begins. All things considered, the Texans should look pretty good on that side of the ball. The offense, however, will be another story.
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Cleveland Browns RBs: There’s an interesting little storyline developing in the Browns’ backfield, and it’ll be playing itself out during training camp and the preseason. There’s a heavy buzz surrounding rookie running back Terrance West, and some are already predicting big things for the youngster.
Sources close to the team are even going so far as to say that West could oust current No. 1 RB and new Brown Ben Tate from the starting role--and do it by the beginning of the season. Even if Tate does manage to hold onto the job in training camp, West figures to have a pretty sizable contribution to the running game as a whole.
West destroyed opposing defenses at his small school Towson last season, posting 2,509 yards rushing with a whopping 41 touchdowns.
Snee Retiring: Today will be an important day in the career of longtime Giants guard Chris Snee. He’ll reportedly be announcing his retirement today, following one last meeting with the team to discuss his potential options.
Snee was drafted by the Giants in 2004 and has been one of New York’s most consistent and reliable picks since then. He’s made the Pro Bowl four times and been selected as a first-team All-Pro. He’s also a two-time Super Bowl winner.
Snee would likely still be playing if not for a slew of injuries he’s battled over the past couple of years. He’s been plagued by hip and elbow issues in the last two seasons, both requiring surgery. Still, he’s only missed a half-dozen starts in his lengthy career.
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 16: First Rookie Training Camp Reporting Date
July 19: First Veteran Training Camp Reporting Date
July 23-27: Training Camps Open
September 4: First Game of the 2014 Season
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