NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/27/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 27, 2014
We’ve got a slew of NFL games headed our way tomorrow as we start wrapping up the preseason and getting ready for Week 1. In the meantime, there are plenty of storylines and happenings to go over, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s going on out there. Here’s the latest.
Rams QB Outlook: Once Rams starting QB Sam Bradford went down with yet another knee injury, the speculation began on who the team could potentially tab to replace him.
The coaching staff, however, quickly put the brakes on any talk about a big-time trade, as head man Jeff Fisher remarked this weekend that the team was “sticking with” backup (and now No. 1 starter) Shaun Hill.
Even though he doesn’t carry the name recognition of some of the other guys out there, Hill should be a serviceable signal-caller. He’s got a 13-13 record in his career and owns a decent 85.9 passer rating, which right off the bat puts him at or higher than the level of potential fill-ins (Mark Sanchez, Ryan Mallett, etc.).
As for Bradford, his days as a Ram could be numbered. We’ll find out next season.
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Mankins Deal: Here’s a pretty unexpected trade courtesy of the always-interesting New England Patriots. This deal went down yesterday: The Pats will be sending Logan Mankins (who is a six-time Pro Bowl guard) to the Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick.
On the surface, this deal looks good on both sides. The Patriots are adding tight end depth behind oft-injured star Rob Gronkowski (not to mention a later-round pick--which the Pats tend to love), and the Buccaneers add a very nice piece to their sieve of an offensive line. That said, it’s hard telling how long Mankins will hold up; This seems more of an immediate-gratification move for the Bucs. We’ll see.
New Deal for Dez?: Let’s finish things up today by talking about the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant--more specifically, about his potential new contract.
According to new information that emerged yesterday, the two sides seem to be getting pretty close to an extension. Bryant himself said that there’s a “big chance” he gets a new deal, as he and the team seem to be inching toward an agreement.
We’ve been yapping about Bryant’s potential extension for what seems like forever now, and though nothing is likely to happen right away, it’s looking like it’s not too far off. This might even go down before the season begins. We’ll keep you posted.
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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