NFL News: Player News and Updates for 6/5/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 5, 2015
As we cruise into the weekend, there’s a lot of NFL news to cover. That seems a little strange for the off-season, but realistically there’s not a whole lot of time left until training camps and the preseason begin. That said, let’s check out our daily headlines.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Steelers ultimately do with newly-acquired waiver find Devin Gardner. The team picked him up after he was dropped by the Patriots.
Gardner played as a quarterback during his final two seasons at Michigan, but entered the NFL Draft as a wide receiver. The Steelers are testing him out at QB this week at OTAs, which indicates at least a little bit of interest in putting the youngster at that position. We’ll see how things shake out.
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Speaking of teams toying with players in different roles, the Chiefs are going to give their rookie wide receiver Chris Conley a chance to earn the job as the team’s kick returner.
Conley has size as well as speed on his side, and seems to have impressed the coaches with his timing abilities in the return game.
The strange thing is that Conley never returned kicks in college, but if he takes to it naturally we could see him in that role once preseason gets here. He’ll certainly have the opportunity.
The Jets have had quite the soap opera situation going with disgruntled DE Muhammad Wilkerson this off-season. He’s been absent from the team’s voluntary OTAs as a signal that he wants a new contract.
The latest on Wilkerson is that he’s planning to attend the mandatory portion of the team’s sessions next week, so we’ll see if he plays nice with the organization and shows up.
Wilkerson posted 56 tackles, six sacks and a fumble last year in 13 appearances.
One burning question concerning the Eagles this off-season is the new look in the backfield heading into 2015. The latest word is that the team plans on splitting carries between their new backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
It’ll probably take a little time before Philly finds a good balance between the two players, so it makes sense that they’re remaining noncommittal with the talk of carry opportunities at this point.
Murray is signed for five years at $40 million, while Mathews’ deal is for three years and $11 million.
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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