NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/1/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 1, 2014
We’re just three short days away from the official start of the 2014 NFL season, and the anticipation is palpable. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about in the days leading up to Thursday’s kickoff, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the happenings out there.
Mallett Trade: After months of rumors, preening and speculation, the trigger has finally been pulled on Ryan Mallett. The Patriots traded the longtime backup to the Texans yesterday, in exchange for a sixth-round pick. That means the end of the line for Case Keenum (who was waived yesterday) as Mallett takes his place behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in the QB hierarchy there.
According to reports, the Texans followed through with this move out of necessity: Dallas was also reportedly in talks with New England about acquiring Mallett, and waiting for him to be put on waivers was simply too risky.
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Milliner Health: Casting a dark cloud of doubt over what’s been a relatively optimistic off-season for the New York Jets is the health of their secondary--or rather the lack of it. Already weak at cornerback, Gang Green suffered a crushing blow on August 10, when No.1 CB Dee Milliner sustained a high-ankle sprain. What’s worse for the Jets, the general consensus is that he won’t be ready in time for their season opener on Sunday against the Raiders.
New York has had all sorts of problems in their secondary this off-season; Dimitri Patterson is now gone after an unexcused absence and subsequent suspension, which led the team to pick up Leon McFadden from waivers this weekend.
If the Jets indeed have to go without Milliner on Sunday, they’ll be hoping that Oakland QB Matt Schaub continues to struggle.
Matthews Outlook: One of the pleasant surprises for the Eagles offense this preseason has been the performance of rookie WR Jordan Matthews. He’s shown flashes of greatness--not to mention some nice chemistry with the quarterbacks--during his time on the field, and we should end up seeing a lot more of him during the regular season.
Matthews will likely be seeing the lion’s share of the snaps in the slot, according to sources close to the team, which will put him as a nice No. 3 option behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.
It’s been a whirlwind summer for Matthews so far, and that will probably end up carrying over to the season. We could see great things from this dynamic rookie over the coming months.
Week 1 Schedule: The regular season is (finally) upon us, and we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we anticipate the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season.
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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