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Ahead of the Curve is a syndicated football column by Frank Coyle that covers NFL and College football year round. It appears in different national publications and on web sites throughout the season and postseason each year.

NFL Training Camp 2014 Reporting Dates

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2014 NFL Training Camp Reporting Dates

Here are NFL training camp reporting dates and locations for all 32 teams. The information below was announced by the NFL commissioner’s office in mid July

Photo – QB Russell Wilson – Seahawks

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Arizona Cardinals: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 25

Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24

Baltimore Ravens: Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.
Rookies: July 16. Veterans, July 23

Buffalo Bills: St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, N.Y.
Rookies: July 16. Veterans: July 19

Carolina Panthers: Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
All players: July 24

Chicago Bears: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
All players: July 24

Cincinnati Bengals: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati.
Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 23

Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio.
Rookies: July 23. Veterans: July 25

Dallas Cowboys: City of Oxnard Fields, Oxnard, Calif.
All players: July 23

Denver Broncos: Paul D. Bowen Memorial Centre, Englewood, Colo.
All players: July 23

Detroit Lions: Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mich.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 27

Green Bay Packers: St. Norbert College, Green Bay.
All players: July 25

Houston Texans: Houston Methodist Training Center, Houston.
Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 25

Indianapolis Colts: Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.
All players: July 23

Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24

Kansas City Chiefs: Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 23

Miami Dolphins: Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Fla.
All players: July 24

Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minn.
All players: July 24

New Orleans Saints: The Greenbrier, White Sulpher Springs, W.V.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 24

New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 23

New York Giants: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
All players: July 21

League Announces 32 Compensatory Picks for NFL Draft

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NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Selections
NFL announced this week that 13 teams were being awarded a total of 32 compensatory selections to use in the 2014 draft.

Photo - DE Jackson Jeffcoat - Texas

The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets were the big winners with four selections each. The Ravens were especially well compensated for the free agents losses a year ago of linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, and defensive backs Ed Reed and Cary Williams. Three of Baltimore's picks are within the first 10 selections the NFL awarded.

The Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams were each given three extra picks. The full list of teams and the picks awarded is below.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. The picks this year were spread over the 3rd-7th rounds. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

The Steelers will get the first extra pick of the 2014 draft at with the 33rd selection of the third round at No. 97 overall. The Green Bay Packers, Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were awarded the next three picks to finish the third round.

Full list of 2014 Compensatory picks:

ROUND / OVERALL SELECTION /TEAM

3rd Round
33-97 - Pittsburgh
34-98 - Green Bay
35-99 - Baltimore
36-100 - San Francisco

4th Round
33-133 - Detroit
34-134 - Baltimore
35-135 - Houston
36-136 - Detroit
37-137 - New York Jets
38-138 - Baltimore
39-139 - Atlanta
40-140 - New England

5th Round
33-173 - Pittsburgh
34-174 - New York Giants
35-175 - Baltimore
36-176 - Green Bay

6th Round
33-209 - New York Jets
34-210 - New York Jets
35-211 - Houston
36-212 - Cincinnati
37-213 - New York Jets
38-214 - St. Louis
39-215 - Pittsburgh

7th Round
33-248 - Dallas
34-249 - St. Louis
35-250 - St. Louis
36-251 - Dallas
37-252 - Cincinnati
38-253 - Atlanta
39-254 - Dallas
40-255 - Atlanta
41-256 - Houston

March Madness - NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –

NFL Team Salary Cap Space - at press time
The new NFL salary cap provided clubs with another $10 million dollars that has been factored into the individual team rosters. This new money boosts many clubs into a higher bracket that could produce a buying frenzy in the opening weeks starting March 11th. The salary cap per team below is a fluctuating total according to ongoing roster moves - resignings, releases and restructuring of current players. The new totals should guarantee a heavily active Free Agent market thru the spring.

2014 Salary Cap By Team

TEAM / 2014 CAP SPACE
Raiders - $63.7
Jaguars - $56.3
Browns - $49.2
Jets - $39.1
Colts - $37.5
Dolphins - $30.3
Vikings - $30.3
Packers - $29.3
Bengals - $26.8
Broncos - $24.9
Ravens - $24.4
Buccaneers - $23.6
Eagles - $23.5
Bills - $22.4
Redskins - $21.9
Giants - $19.2
Falcons - $18.0
Cardinals - $17.6
Seahawks - $13.1
Patriots - $12.2
Lions - $10.6
Titans - $10.1
49ers - $9.7
Chiefs - $9.4
Texans - $8.3
Bears - $8.2
Panthers - $6.6
Rams - $6.4
Chargers - $6.2
Steelers - $3.1
Saints - $2.1
Cowboys - $1.6

Offensive Tackles Head NFL Combine Warriors

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NFL Combine 2014 - Top Winners and Losers From NFL Combine
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Offensive Tackles Head Workout Warriors

Photo – OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan

Winners
Running Backs

*Bishop Sankey, Washington
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

Receivers
*Sammy Watkins, Clemson
*Odell Beckham, LSU
*Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
*Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State

Tight Ends
*Eric Ebron, North Carolina

Tackles
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
*Greg Robinson, Auburn

Defensive Players
Ends

*Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Tackles
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Linebackers
Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

Defensive Backs
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Keith McGill, Utah
Phillip Gaines, Rice
*Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Terrence Brooks, Florida State

Losers - Offensive Players
Running Backs

*Jeremy Hill, LSU
*James Wilder, Florida State

Receivers
*Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
*Jarvis Landry, LSU

Tackles
*Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Anthony Richardson, Tennessee

Defensive Players
Linemen

Will Sutton, Arizona State

Linebackers
*Yawin Smallwood, UConn

Backs
*Marcus Roberson, Florida
*Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
Dion Bailey, Southern California
Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

NFL Combine 2014 -Defensive Players To Watch at Workouts

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NFL Combine 2014
Defensive Players To Watch at Combine Weekend Workouts
Workouts – Feb 22nd Saturday thru Feb. 25th Tuesday

Photo – DE Kony Ealy - Missouri

Defensive Players
Ends

* Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Rare athlete looks to light up the sprints.

* Scott Crichton, Oregon State
Relentless edge rusher pushing into the early round.

* Kony Ealy, Missouri
Versatile athlete has impact talent.

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Tweener type needs to impress in agility drills.

Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Big athlete has impressed this offseason.

Tackles
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Big All-star efforts puts him in the first round discussion.

* Ego Ferguson, Louisiana State
Strong workout puts him in the first round

Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota
Top tackle entering the NFL Combine.

* Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Explosive interior defender hopes to solidify an early grade here.

* Anthony Johnson, LSU
Underachiever needs a strong performance here.

Linebackers
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Junior looks to impress in drills to move up charts.

Trevor Reilly, Utah
Tough tweener edge rusher needs strong agility drills to convert to playing up.

Devon Kennard, Southern California
Underrated tweener needs a big workout.

*Yawin Smallwood, UConn
Junior hopes to impress with his overall athleticism.

Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
Versatile defender has come on strong this season.

Pro Prospects - Pre-NFL Combine 2014 Rankings

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Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2014
Pre-NFL Combine 2014 Rankings * underclassmen

Photo – WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M

Offense
Quarterbacks:

1. * Teddy Bridgewater, 6-2, 200 - Louisville
2. * Blake Bortles, 6-3, 230 - Central Florida
3. * Johnny Manziel, 6-1, 210 - Texas A&M
4. Derek Carr, 6-3, 215 - Fresno St
5. Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 230 - LSU
6. Jimmy Garoppolo, 6-2, 215 - Eastern Illinois
7. AJ McCarron, 6-3, 220 - Alabama
8. * Brett Smith - 6-3, 215 - Wyoming
9. Tajh Boyd, 6-1, 220 - Clemson
10. David Fales, 6-3, 220 - San Jose St

Running Backs:
1. * Tre Mason, 5-10, 215 - Auburn
2. * Ka'Deem Carey, 5-10, 205 - Arizona
3. * Lache Seastrunk, 5-9, 210 - Baylor
4. * Carlos Hyde, 5-11, 240 - Ohio St
5. * Bishop Sankey, 5-9, 205 - Washington
6. Charles Sims, 5-11, 215 - West Virginia
7. Tyler Gaffney, 5-11, 225 – Stanford
8. Antonio Andrews, 5-11, 215 - Western Kentucky
9. * James Wilder, 6-1, 230 - Florida St
10. * Terrance West, 5-11, 225 - Towson St.

Fullbacks:
1. Jay Prosch, 6-0, 255 - Auburn
2. Ryan Hewitt, 6-3, 245 - Stanford
3. J.C. Copeland, 6-1, 270 - LSU
4. Chad Abram, 5-11, 240 - Florida St
5. Trey Burton, 6-0, 225 - Florida

Wide Receivers:
1. * Sammy Watkins, 6-0, 200 - Clemson
2. * Mike Evans, 6-5, 225 - Texas A&M
3. * Marqise Lee, 6-0, 195 - Southern Cal
4. * Kelvin Benjamin, 6-5, 220 - Florida St
5. * Davante Adams, 6-2, 210 - Fresno St.
6. * Odell Beckham, 5-10, 190 - LSU
7. * Brandin Cooks, 5-10, 185 - Oregon St.
8. Jordan Matthews, 6-2, 205 - Vanderbilt
9. * Jarvis Landry, 6-1, 195 - LSU
10. * Allen Robinson, 6-2, 205 - Penn St

NFL 2014 Offseason Schedule

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NFL 2014 Offseason Schedule
Free Agency and NFL Combine Head Key Upcoming Dates

February 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Methodist Center, Houston, Texas
February 15-16 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, New Jersey
Feb. 17: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Feb. 19-25: NFL Combine 2014 - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Feb. 22-25: NFL Combine - Workouts daily by position

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February 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California
March 1 - NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia March 8-11: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 11

March 11: New NFL League year, Veteran Free Agency begins

March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of free agency credit
March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET
March 11 - Trading period for 2014 begins , New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 15 - NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
March 22-23 - NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
March 23-26: NFL Owners Meeting - Orlando, Fla.
March 29 - NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 - NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 - Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft 2014 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
May 8th First round - May 9th Rounds 2&3 - May 10th Rounds 4 thru 7

May 10: Rookie Free Agency market opens
May 19-21: 2014 Owners Spring meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

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