NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/25/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 25, 2014
It’s good to see the NFL’s training camps off and running, because that’s a sure sign of the upcoming 2014 season. We don’t have too much longer to wait now, and in the meantime there will be plenty to talk about. Let’s start things off by taking a look at today’s headlines. Here’s the latest.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: More bad news for suspended Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Early yesterday, word broke that he’d been arrested for possession of marijuana on Wednesday night in Edmond, Oklahoma. He was initially stopped for a traffic violation.
Currently, Blackmon is under indefinite suspension by the league for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. This latest arrest certainly won’t help his chances for a reinstatement.
Blackmon last played in 2013, when he posted 29 receptions for 415 yards and a touchdown in four games. He’s currently banned from all team activities, but the Jaguars have said they’re not going to cut him.
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Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: While we’re on the subject of troubled wide receivers, let’s check out the latest news on uber-WR Josh Gordon. An official date for his appeals hearing has been set, and it appears now we’ll be getting some closure on his status for the 2014 season.
Gordon’s hearing will be August 1 in New York City, and once that’s taken place we should have some idea as to whether he’ll be able to play at all after his multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
In the meantime, Gordon is expected to show up to training camp today, so we’ll get an early look at what might have been. Keep in mind the fact that he’s also got a DWI charge from this month to add to his potential troubles.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: And now let’s move on to a happy story involving an NFL wide receiver. The Falcons and veteran WR Roddy White agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension yesterday, which will keep him in an Atlanta uniform for the next four years. The new deal is worth $30 million with escalators.
White dealt with injury for most of the 2013 season but looked much closer to his old self over the final five games. He averaged 12 targets and 100.4 YPG over those games.
Next up for the Falcons will be tying up their other top wide receiver Julio Jones. He’s also coming off an injury, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens there.
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 This Month:
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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