NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/15/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 15, 2014
Now that we’re firmly planted into the second week of preseason action around the NFL, it’s a good time to take a look around the league and check out some of the notable happenings out there right now. Here’s a look at a few headlines and hot-button players everyone’s talking about.
Pats RB Reps Split: Yesterday, much was made of the way the Patriots split up their RB reps during their joint practice with the Eagles this week, so let’s visit that and see what we can make of it. Rookie running back James White was able to work with the first team for an extended period, which relegated veteran Stevan Ridley down to second-team duties.
White has reportedly had a very good camp and has looked quite impressive. It’s conceivable that he’s done enough to impress the coaching staff into getting him some extra looks which may translate to an expanded role during the regular season.
That said, Ridley hasn’t looked bad during camp either (and hasn’t fumbled), so he should get back to full first-team duties soon.
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Crabtree Status: 49ers fans were able to exhale in a sigh of relief yesterday as star WR Michael Crabtree returned to the practice field. He had been out of commission for the past two weeks due to a sore hamstring.
As long as Crabtree doesn’t tweak his injury again, he should be just fine for Week 1. That’s a good thing; The Niners missed him during most of the 2013 season, as he was only able to play five games. During that span, he racked up 19 catches for 284 yards and a touchdown. He’ll be in line for a huge role during this campaign, so the team will need him to remain healthy.
Dwayne Bowe Status: This week, a report came out questioning the logic of the Chiefs’ big payday to their No. 1 WR Dwayne Bowe--and whether or not it was a big mistake.
Prior to the 2013 season, KC inked Bowe to a five-year deal worth $56 million. All those dollar signs didn’t exactly translate into inflated stats, however, as he came up with just 57 grabs for 673 yards and five touchdowns during 15 games.
2014 will be a make-or-break campaign for Bowe, and things aren’t starting off too well. He’s reportedly had a pretty bad camp, and there’s not a lot of optimism among sources close to the team that he’ll have a bounce-back year. The good news is that he’s looking thinner and healthier, so hopefully that will help translate to the regular season.
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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