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NFL Cutdown Day Starts Roster Changes

Calendar for the 2014 NFL Season and Postseason

August, 2014

NFL 2014 Season Dates

NFL 2014 Schedule
Key NFL Dates

Date Event
Aug. 26 - 75-man roster limit deadline (4 p.m. ET)
Aug. 28 - Preseason ends
Aug. 30 - 53-man roster limit deadline (4 p.m. ET)
Sept. 4 - 2014 NFL Regular Season Begins: Green Bay at Seattle (8:30 p.m. ET)
Oct. 7-8 - Fall league meeting (New York)
Oct. 28 - Trade Deadline (4 p.m. ET)
Dec. 28 - Regular season ends

2015 NFL Date
Jan. 3-4 - Playoffs begin -- Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 10-11 - Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 18 - Conference Championships
Jan. 25 - 2015 Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Feb. 1 - Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 6 p.m. ET, NBC)

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NFL Draft 2014 NFC Teams - 49ers & Rams Earn Top Grades

NFL Draft 2014 – Grades
NFC Teams

49ers & Rams Earn Top Grades

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - LSU

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ARIZONA: B+
Cards continue to draft well and deep
1 (27) Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.
2 (52) Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
3 (84) Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
3 (91) John Brown, WR, Pittsburg St.
4 (120) Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
5 (160) Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
6 (196) Walter Powell, WR, Murray St.

ATLANTA: B
Four backers for new defensive scheme
1 (6) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
2 (37) Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
3 (68) Dezmen Southward, DB, Wisconsin
4 (103) Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida St.
4 (139) Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame
5 (147) Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
5 (168) Marquis Sprull, LB, Syracuse
7 (253) Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn
7 (255) Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota

CAROLINA: D
Looks like a risky draft class
1 (28) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.
2 (60) Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
3 (92) Trai Turner, OG, LSU
4 (128) Tre Boston, S, North Carolina
5 (148) Bene’ Benwikere, CB, San Jose St.
6 (204) Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

CHICAGO: C
Bears looking to improve their D
1 (14) Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
2 (51) Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
3 (82) Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St.
4 (117) Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
4 (131) Brock Vereen, DB, Minnesota
6 (183) David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
6 (191) Patrick O’Donnell, P, Miami
7 (246) Charles Leno, OT, Boise St.

DALLAS: C
Focus on D after top pick, might not be enough
1 (16) Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
2 (34) Demarcus Lawrence, LB, Boise St.
4 (119) Antony Hitchens, LB, Iowa
5 (146) Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
7 (231) Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
7 (238) Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech
7 (248) Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
7 (251) Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
7 (254) Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

DETROIT: C+
Where’s the secondary help???
1 (10) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
2 (40) Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
3 (76) Travis Swanson, OC, Arkansas
4 (133) Nevon Lawson, CB, Utah St
4 (136) Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
5 (158) Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
6 (189) T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
7 (229) Nate Freese, PK, Boston College

GREEN BAY: B
Safety and receivers were fine additions
1 (21) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
2 (53) Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.
3 (85) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi
3 (98) Richard Rodgers, TE, California
4 (121) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St.
5 (161) Corey Linsley, OC, Ohio St.
5 (176) Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
6 (197) Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
7 (236) Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley St.

MINNESOTA: B
Hoping for scores with top two selections
1 (9) Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
1 (32) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
3 (72) Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St.
3 (96) Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
5 (145) David Yankey, OG, Stanford
6 (182) Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech
6 (184) Kendall James, CB, Maine
7 (220) Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn
7 (223) Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech
7 (225) Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina

NEW ORLEANS: C+
Cooks is a home run hitter in this offense
1 (20) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
2 (58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
4 (126) Khairi Fortt, LB, California
5 (167) Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
5 (169) Ronald Powell, LB, Florida
6 (202) Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas St.

NEW YORK GIANTS: B+
Beckham can be a difference maker here
1 (12) Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
2 (43) Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado St.
3 (74) Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
4 (113) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
5 (152) Nat Berhe, S, San Diego St.
5 (174) Devon Kennard, LB, Southern Cal
6 (187) Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame

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NFL Draft 2014 AFC Teams - Steelers, Texans & Raiders Earn Top Grades

NFL Draft 2014 – Grades
AFC Teams

Steelers, Texans & Raiders Earn Top Grades

Photo – LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio St. (Steelers #1 pick)

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BALTIMORE – C+
Continue to rebuild defense thru the draft.
1 (17) C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama.
2 (48) Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.
3 (79) Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.
3 (99) Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St.
4 (134) Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
4 (138) Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
5 (175) John Urschel, OL, Penn St.
6 (194) Keith Wenning, QB, Ball St.
7 (218) Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest

BUFFALO – C+
Paid a huge price to land Sammy Watkins
1 (4) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
2 (44) Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
3 (73) Preston Brown, LB, Louisville
4 (109) Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
5 (153) Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
7 (221) Randell Johnson, LB, FAU
7 (237) Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

CINCINNATI – C+
Bengals need Dennard to plug in to this struggling secondary
1 (24) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
2 (55) Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
3 (88) Will Clark, DE, West Virginia
4 (111) Russell Bodine, OL, North Carolina
5 (164) A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
6 (212) Marquis Flowers, LB, Arizona
7 (239) James Wright, WR, LSU
7 (252) Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern

CLEVELAND – A
Johnny Football but where’s the wide receivers???
1 (8) Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
1 (22) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
2 (35) Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada
3 (71) Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa
3 (94) Terrance West, RB, Towson
4 (127) Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

DENVER - B
Added developed players at need positions
1 (31) Bradley Roby, CB. Ohio Ste.
2 (56) Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
3 (95) Michael Schofield, OL, Michigan
5 (156) Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU
6 (207) Matt Paradis, OC, Boise St.
7 (242) Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

HOUSTON – A
Excellent value top to bottom
1 (1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 (33) Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
3 (65) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
3 (83) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
4 (135) Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
6 (177) Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
6 (181) Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
6 (211) Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
7 (216) Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
7 (256) Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis

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NFL Team Report - Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys - 8-8 - Head Coach - Jason Garrett - 5th Year

Key Team Needs: 1. DL 2. S 3. WR 4. LB 5. RB
1st Round Pick - 16th selection - 11 total picks

Photo – Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama

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Short List Players - Cowboys
1st Round (16th overall) Prospects

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Safety - Alabama
Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida St

2nd Day Prospects
2nd Round

Kareem Martin - DE - North Carolina
Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon St
Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
Jimmie Ward - Safety - Northern Illinois
Jarvis Landry - WR - LSU
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3rd Round
Chris Smith - DE - Arkansas
Will Sutton - DT - Arizona St
Tre Mason - RB - Auburn
Anthony Johnson - DT - LSU

1. Defensive Line - The Cowboys parted ways with perennial Pro Bowl end DeMarcus Ware. They lost DT Jason Hatcher in FA, though they signed DT Henry Melton. Melton might be out till midseason rehabbing knee surgery. They need both ends and tackles for their 4-3 set and could use their top two picks on those positions. They resigned DE Anthony Spencer to a one year deal, though he is coming off knee surgery that cost him the 2013 season. They like DE Kony Ealy and tackles Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan in the mid first round. They will probably address their line with multiple selections. DEs Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton and DT Ra’Shede Hageman and Ego Ferguson are possible 2nd round picks. They like DE Chris Smith and DT Will Sutton in the 3rd round. Expect the Boys to explore trading up for linemen in the early rounds.

2. Safety - The Cowboys had major problems in the secondary last season and could address the safety spot in the early rounds. They added starting corners, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in recent years, though both struggled in a new coverage scheme. They like safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor and will consider them at the 16th overall pick in the 1st round. They like safety Jimmie Ward in the 2nd and Terrence Brooks and Craig Loston in the 3rd rounds.

3. Wide Receiver - The Boys’ hope to address their receiving corps with a top 100 selection. Veteran Miles Austin is unsigned and may not be back. Veteran Dez Bryant is a top #1 receiver and works opposite fast Terrance Williams who has a future here. The talent drops significantly from there and they could address this unit twice with 11 overall picks and little depth overall. They love WR Jarvis Landry and Donte Moncrief in the 2nd round and Brue Ellington in the 3rd round. They also like Marqise Lee in the 1st round.

4. Linebacker - The Cowboys switched to the 4-3 set last season and is a good fit for young LBers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Lee is a leader and playmaker in the middle, though struggles staying healthy. They have little depth overall and will hope to add an outside backer to complete the unit. C.J. Mosley would be a great value addition. OLB Ryan Shazier would be a surprise 1st round addition. They like Kyle Van Noy and have him earmarked for the 2nd round. They are looking at LB Trevor Reilly in the 3rd round.

5. Running Back - There is little depth and experience behind starter DeMarco Murray. Best value could be prospects Tre Mason and Ka’Deem Carey in the 2nd/3rd rounds. They like Charles Sims in the middle rounds.

Insiders’ Insights
The Cowboys finished .500 once again and have won only one playoff games since 1997. They hope to address their struggling defense with most of their top selections. Also, they still need playmakers for Tony Romo, though will most likely wait until the middle rounds. Their highest priority though, will be at defensive tackle, safety and linebacker. They have safeties Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on their 1st round list and one should be available. They like DT Aaron Donald, but will have to move up to get him probably in the top dozen selections. They could select multiple defensive linemen after FA losses. They will add a defensive end in the top 100 and like Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton in the 2nd round. They are interested in a starting receiver and players like Odell Beckham and Marqise Lee could be the best 1st round value on the board. They would like to add a 1A type of runner though most likely not before the 3rd round. They like Tre Mason and see him as a fine compliment to Demarco Murphy. With 11 overall picks, they have the leverage to move up in the early rounds for the right player.

1st Round Pick - DT Timmy Jernigan - Florida St. -
Explosive interior defender with big play potential.

Alternate Pick - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama -
Centerfielder is a high Cowboys priority.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Offseason Workout Programs

NFL Offseason Workout Programs

Each offseason, all 32 NFL teams hold a series of voluntary offseason workout programs.
These nine-week programs are conducted in three phases, per the collective bargaining agreement:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program, with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense versus team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Additionally, clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

NFL team comprehensive schedule for this offseason workout programs:
Team / First Day / OTA Offseason Workouts / Minicamp Mandatory Minicamp

Arizona Cardinals
April 21 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Atlanta Falcons
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Baltimore Ravens
April 21 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Buffalo Bills
April 22 / May 28-30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Carolina Panthers
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Chicago Bears
April 22 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Cincinnati Bengals
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-18 / June 10-12

Cleveland Browns
April 7 / May 20-21, May 23, May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5-6 / June 10-12

Dallas Cowboys
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Denver Broncos
April 21 / May 28-30, June 2-4, June 16-19 / June 10-12

Detroit Lions
April 7 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Green Bay Packers
April 22 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Houston Texans
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Indianapolis Colts
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Jacksonville Jaguars
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Kansas City Chiefs
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Miami Dolphins
April 21 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Minnesota Vikings
April 7 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

New England Patriots
April 21 / May 27, May 29-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

New Orleans Saints
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-19 / June 10-12

New York Giants
April 21 / May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

New York Jets
April 21 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Oakland Raiders
April 22 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Philadelphia Eagles
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Pittsburgh Steelers
April 22 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

St. Louis Rams
April 21 / June 3, June 5-6, June 9-10, June 12, June 16-17, June 19-20 / None

San Diego Chargers
April 22 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

San Francisco 49ers
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Seattle Seahawks
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
April 7 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Tennessee Titans
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Washington Redskins
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

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NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Ranked Players

NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’ - No Franchise or Transitional Players listed

Photo – WR Eric Decker - Broncos

Top NFL Unrestricted Free Agents 2014:
Rank / Players / Position / Team

1. Jairus Byrd - S - Buffalo Bills
2. Lamarr Houston - DE - Oakland Raiders
3. Eugene Monroe - OT - Baltimore Ravens
4. Michael Johnson - DE - Cincinnati Bengals
5. Alterraun Verner - CB - Tennessee Titans
6. T.J. Ward - S - Cleveland Browns
7. Jared Veldheer - OT - Oakland Raiders
8. Branden Albert - OT - Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Decker - WR - Denver Broncos
10. Vontae Davis - CB - Indianapolis Colts
11. Randy Starks - DT - Miami Dolphins
12. Linval Joseph - DT - New York Giants
13. Brandon Browner - CB - Seattle Seahawks
14. James Jones - WR - Green Bay Packers
15. Aqib Talib - CB - New England Patriots
16. Jason Hatcher - DT - Dallas Cowboys
17. Jermichael Finley - TE - Green Bay Packers
18. B.J. Raji - DT - Green Bay Packers
19. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB - Broncos
20. Rodger Saffold - OT - St. Louis Rams
21. Henry Melton - DT - Chicago Bears
22. Golden Tate - WR - Seattle Seahawks
23. Karlos Dansby - LB - Arizona Cardinals
24. Donte Whitner - S - San Francisco 49ers
25. Michael Vick - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
26. Walter Thurmond - CB - Seattle Seahawks
27. Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
28. Josh McCown - QB - Chicago Bears
29. Anthony Collins - OT - Cincinnati Bengals
30. Arthur Jones - DT - Baltimore Ravens
31. Hakeem Nicks - WR - NY Giants
32. Robert Ayers - DE - Denver Broncos
33. Brian De La Puente - OC - New Orleans Saints
34. Brandon Pettigrew - TE - Detroit Lions
35. Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
36. Zane Beadles - OG - Denver Broncos
37. Ben Tate - RB - Houston Texans
38. Dexter McCluster - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
39. Austin Howard - OT - New York Jets
40. Zach Strief - OT - New Orleans Saints
41. Jon Asamoah - OG - Kansas City Chiefs
42. Darren McFadden - RB - Oakland Raiders
43. Tarell Brown - CB - San Francisco 49ers
44. Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
45. Andre Roberts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
46. Knowshon Moreno - RB - Denver Broncos
47. Anthony Spencer - DE - Dallas Cowboys
48. Travelle Wharton - OG - Carolina Panthers
49. Jacoby Jones - WR - Baltimore Ravens
50. Tony McDaniel - DT - Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags

NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags
The deadline for NFL teams to designate veteran free agents with either the franchise or transition player tags passed on Monday with a total of 6 players receiving labels.

Photo – TE Jimmy Graham - Saints

Franchise Tags
All Players were non-exclusive Franchised players

TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans
DE Greg Hardy - Carolina
DE/LB Brian Orakpo - Washington
PK Nick Folk - Jets

The cost for any signing club for a franchised player with the non-exclusive tag would be two first-round picks, and the current club would hold the right to match the offer.

Transitional Players
C Alex Mack - Cleveland
LB Jason Worilds - Pittsburgh

Meanwhile, Mack and Worilds are able to sign offer sheets with other teams which the Browns or Steelers can match respectively to keep the player. However, if the offer sheets aren’t matched there is no compensation for their clubs. The transition designation gives teams five days to match any prospective offers. The salary cap numbers for Transitional players is approximately 20% lower than a Franchise tag at the same position.

NFL Free Agency begins March 11th. New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap will be part of March NFL Free Agency Report – out this weekend.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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