NFL News: Player News and Updates for 7/29/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 29, 2014
With the preseason fast approaching, it’s pretty easy to get excited about the NFL right now. While we’re waiting on those all-important kickoffs to the 2014 campaign, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Mike Tolbert, RB, Carolina Panthers: It’s looking like big RB Mike Tolbert is going to be reprising his role with the Panthers this season. Carolina coach Ron Rivera made some comments about Tolbert yesterday, calling him the team’s “go-to…crunch-time guy.”
Rivera also commented on the fact that he doesn’t want Tolbert to lose too much weight (he’s down 13 pounds to 250 now) so that he can remain effective in his fourth-down role.
Tolbert has 12 touchdowns to his credit in the past two seasons with Carolina. We’ll likely be seeing him get the ball in short-yardage and goal-line situations once again in 2014.
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Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions: Here’s some interesting news out of Detroit. The Lions have officially shelved contract discussions with uber-talented DT Ndamukong Suh, meaning they won’t be getting back to it until after this season.
Here’s the situation the Lions are in with Suh: He’ll be a free agent after the 2014 year, and Detroit needs to re-sign him to a contract if they want to retain his services. Suh would cost $26.7 million to franchise during the 2015 season, which is a number that no team would be willing to shell out for one player during one year.
Suh posted 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and a half-dozen pass deflections in the 2013 season.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Before the season began last year, most folks who follow the NFL had Baltimore TE Dennis Pitta pegged for a huge season. All of those hopes were dashed when he injured his hip last year, however, which put a major damper on all those expectations.
This season, however, we’re going through that same high expectation for him. If he stays healthy, there’s no reason why he won’t be a huge part of the Ravens offense.
In 2011 and 2012 combined, Pitta posted 10 red-zone scores, which is more than any other Baltimore player during that time frame. We can expect to see a similar pattern emerging this season, so remember that when you’re drafting for your fantasy league.
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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