NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/8/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 8, 2015
We’ve almost reached the weekend, and pretty soon we’ll be getting all that Saturday-Sunday NFL gossip. While we’re waiting on the new headlines, let’s take a look at a few news items everyone’s talking about this morning.
Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is calling it a career. He made the announcement official yesterday and will be retiring.
Wimbley spent nine years in the NFL, the last three coming in Tennessee. In that three-season span he posted 73 tackles and 11 sacks in 45 games. He had a career-high of 11 sacks in his rookie year.
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Here’s an interesting tidbit out of Dallas. WR Dez Bryant could be returning punts for the Cowboys this season, according to sources close to the team. With regular returner Dwayne Harris absent, that makes sense.
Bryant is likely rusty in that department, however. He hasn’t returned a punt since the 2012 season. We’ll have to wait and see how Dallas ultimately handles things.
Speaking of the Cowboys, there have been some rumblings lately of former Titan and Jet Chris Johnson possibly joining the roster.
Johnson recently said he’d love to play in Dallas, and he might get the chance. The team reportedly isn’t in much of a hurry to add any more backs to the roster, but Johnson is on their “short list” according to team executive vice president Stephen Jones.
Johnson put up 2,006 yards in 2009 but has been disappointing since then, totaling just 663 yards on the ground in New York during 2014.
The Raiders inked top-WR prospect and fourth overall draft pick Amari Cooper to his rookie deal yesterday.
Cooper put up 124 catches for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns with Alabama in 2014.
The Texans also signed a receiver yesterday in third-round pickup Jaelen Strong.
Strong put up some nice numbers at Arizona State, managing 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. It was something of a surprise that he fell to the third round.
Off-Season Key Dates: Now let’s check out a few of the notable dates on the NFL’s off-season calendar. Here’s a quick overview.
April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago)
May 8-11: Rookie mini-camps begin
NFL Weekly Schedule: Now that the schedules have been released, we can start looking forward to the official start of the 2015 NFL season. Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games.
Thursday, September 10, 2015:
8:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (NBC)
Sunday, September 13th, 2015:
1:00 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos (CBS)
8:30 PM ET:
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)
Monday, September 14th, 2015:
7:10 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)
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