NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/5/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 5, 2014
With the NFL preseason humming right along this week, it really feels like we’re getting back to a football mindset. There’s plenty to look forward to over the coming days, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there right now.
Bills Backfield: We know it’s just one preseason game, but we’re getting pretty optimistic about the Buffalo Bills’ rushing attack. Specifically, the squad should see a big lift this year from new Bill Bryce Brown, who posted 40 yards on seven carries in Buffalo’s preseason debut this past Sunday. (Brown also snagged a pair of passes for 12 yards.)
Making matters even more favorable for Buffalo is the fact that they’ve got both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson ahead of Brown. That trio should provide a potent 1-2-3 punch that can carry the Bills to a better record in 2014 than most people expect (which isn’t much, admittedly).
With hotshot rookie Sammy Watkins in the fold as well, things are certainly looking up in Buffalo.
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Other AFC East Notes: Let’s stick in the AFC East for a moment and check out a couple of the other notable happenings on the Eastern Seaboard.
The Dolphins’ No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace was able to return to practice yesterday, just a handful of days after he sustained a hamstring injury. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s healthy enough to play in Friday’s preseason game, but overall this is a very good sign for the Dolphins.
Also, the Jets released their initial depth chart yesterday, and the RB slot caused a few raised eyebrows. The team listed Chris Ivory as the No. 1 back, with new Jet Chris Johnson at No. 2 and Bilal Powell filling out the top three. Granted, this is just the opening chart and will likely flip-flop around before the season. We expect to see Johnson in the No. 1 spot, but all three backs should see some significant touches.
Dalton Deal: Now let’s check out the big news out of Cincinnati yesterday. The Bengals agreed to terms with their QB Andy Dalton on a six-year, $115 million contract, which puts to rest the speculation that the two sides would agree to a deal before the year started. He gets $17 million guaranteed, with a $12 million signing bonus and a $5 million roster bonus. That locks him up through the 2020 season.
Dalton is coming off a pretty solid season statistically (61.9 completion percentage; 4,293 yards passing; 33 touchdowns; 20 picks), but is heading into a pretty crucial season under center. The division seems to be up for grabs once again and the Bengals need to assert themselves early to show they’ve still got it.
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)
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