NFL News: Player News and Updates for 5/19/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
May 19, 2015
We’ve begun another NFL off-season workweek, and the news keeps trickling in from around the league as Week 1 creeps closer. While we’re waiting, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there in the league.
The Patriots are going to look a lot different at the cornerback position this season. They cut another player there yesterday--Chimdi Chekwa.
Chekwa was signed just two months ago after a four-year stint in Oakland. He hasn’t been able to log an interception in his career yet, giving him an underwhelming history as a pro.
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Speaking of the Patriots, let’s move on to another position they’re set to be looking pretty different at. We’re of course talking about quarterback--with Tom Brady suspended for four games (as of right now), the team will have to rely on relatively untested commodity Jimmy Garoppolo.
He’s a 24-year-old QB who has just 27 NFL passes on his résumé, so no one--including team owner Robert Kraft--has any idea how he’ll fare if he has to carry the team in the early-going.
It goes without saying that the Patriots are hoping the Brady suspension will be overturned and he’ll be able to take the field. We’ll have to wait and see how that goes.
Let’s stick in the AFC East and check out some good news for the Dolphins. Left tackle Branden Albert will reportedly be ready by Week 1 if all goes well--he’s currently recovering from knee surgery.
Albert had to sit out the final seven games of the 2014 campaign; he tore his ACL and MCL.
As soon as the Jets picked up speedster Devin Smith in the second round of this year’s draft, the speculation began on whether or not they’d be using him as a kick returner in 2015.
The team squashed those rumors yesterday, saying that Smith won’t be thrust into the position with such little experience--he returned only six kickoffs for Ohio State.
That doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t be seeing Smith as the Jets’ return man at all this year; he’ll just need a little seasoning first.
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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