Charles Robinson

  • Robert Kraft just hoisted a flag signaling that Roger Goodell and the NFL office cannot be trusted

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 19 hrs ago

    The NFL is on a crusade to destroy its best player and ambassador. That is what one of the league's most powerful owners has asserted.

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    This is powerful stuff from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He has built a reputation for being shrewd but fair, an old-school negotiator who looks you in the eye, squeezes your handshake and wants to know your word means something. When he airs a grievance, his fellow owners listen. That's the guy who calmly and surgically struck at the NFL's league office on Wednesday.

    Not since Al Davis have we seen an owner so boldly announce his wavering belief in the league's integrity. And buried within that message, he exposed an ugly belief about a smear campaign.

    "It intentionally implied nefarious behavior and minimized the acknowledgement that Tom provided the history of every number he texted during the relevant time frame."

    As Kraft said Wednesday, "I was wrong to put my faith in the league."

  • Some of Tom Brady's staunchest defenders didn't know of cell phone allegation

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    The New England Patriots are in an awkward spot. And Tom Brady put them there.

    So now what?

    On the eve of training camp starting, all of this puts the Patriots in an uncomfortable place. Franchise leaders have been defending Brady, saying there isn't any evidence. Now they have to defend him while knowing he allegedly destroyed his phone … which in most quarters looks an awful lot like someone trying to make sure there wasn't any evidence.

    Of course, Brady's most ardent defenders will insist this proves nothing. The Patriots on Tuesday issued a strong statement condemning Roger Goodell's decision to uphold the suspension, saying, "We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. ... [It] is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives."

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  • Big Ben expects Steelers to average 30 points a game; QB in full command of offense – 'It's what Ben wants'

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    LATROBE, Pa. – At one point Monday, Ben Roethlisberger barked at a wide receiver and gave him the "come HERE" eyes – a pair of wide, angry dish saucers. A route was cut off, or rounded, or wasn't exactly where the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback wanted it. He made some hand gestures and gave a half-tilted look that read something like "don't make me tell you again."

    After three Super Bowls, two championship rings, multiple Pro Bowls and 251 touchdown passes, this has become a very comfortable space for Roethlisberger. He is 33 years old, commandeering what should be one of the best offenses in football in 2015, and entering the home stretch of a Hall of Fame career. All of this generates a certain vapor of seriousness, an attitude really, associated with guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.

    "I want the guys to know exactly what I want them to do," Roethlisberger said Monday. "The running backs, the tight ends, the wide receivers, it doesn't matter what the coach wants them to do. The coaches will tell them the same thing, 'It's what Ben wants.' That's what matters when we're out there."

  • 2015 NFL training camps: 32 intriguing rookies to watch

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    When the Dallas Cowboys' first rookie minicamp practice broke in May, cornerback Byron Jones found himself oddly unaccompanied. The franchise's first-round pick stood with only a small smattering of reporters at his locker, many of whom were still pivoting their heads to an opposite wall, where a massive group of microphones and cameras encircled one man.

    Inside it? Randy Gregory, one of the most anticipated defensive rookies in the NFL this season.

    Of all the rookies I'm itching to see in camp and a live game, Gregory is easily near the top. Dubbed the purest pass rusher in this draft, it will be intriguing to see how Gregory responds to a spotlight that has bumped all other Dallas rookies – including potential 2015 starters Jones and offensive lineman La'el Collins – into second class.

    The hype machine started immediately when Dallas scooped up Gregory in the second round. It was billed as a worthwhile gamble on a player who could have been a top-10 pick. With defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli having a history of getting results from guys like Gregory, we should see flashes (and maybe more) quickly.

    NFC East

    Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

    NFC West

    NFC North

  • This is how Vikes, Adrian Peterson struck new deal after overcoming hard feelings and alleged 'fight'

    Charles Robinson at Shutdown Corner 8 days ago

    When Adrian Peterson showed up for offseason workouts with the Minnesota Vikings on June 2, the next two years of his career with the franchise were essentially cemented. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!] Up until that date, Peterson didn't know exactly what he wanted. He thought at length about a trade. He thought about retirement. He even thought – maybe dreamed – about returning to his sprinting roots and aiming for the 2016 Olympics. But at the end of every day, Peterson still felt he had unfinished business. He still wanted to be with his Vikings teammates. And he still wanted to play for head coach Mike Zimmer. So after an icy offseason – which saw the Vikings and Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, digging into opposing trenches – the running back decided to take what he thought was a necessary step. He would show up for offseason workouts, step out of his entrenched position and try to move the relationship forward.

  • Tom Brady's appeal: 3 things the QB must answer, explain before Goodell

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    When this whole deflation mess started in January, New England Patriots star Tom Brady called it "ridiculous." Five months later, he has another chance to prove that.

    That's essentially what Tuesday is all about, when Brady will arrive in New York and settle into a room with a herd of lawyers and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Suspended four games and standing to lose $1.88 million, Brady will have his opportunity to mount a vigorous appeal. On what exactly does Brady's future hang? It's chiefly going to be a high-stakes edition of show-and-tell for the quarterback, according to multiple sources familiar with the case.

    Show the NFL the communication records that it previously requested. Tell the NFL about his relationship with Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski, and why it suddenly became so intense after the AFC championship game. There will be many points that Brady and the NFL will argue, but the consensus among sources is that these two will be at the top of the agenda.

    With that in mind, sources say the crux of the appeal will be argued on a handful of key points. Among the most important …

    Brady's failure to comply with records requests

    Why?

  • Chip Kelly's biggest summer decision for Eagles: Bradford or Sanchez?

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    PHILADELPHIA – When the last Philadelphia Eagles minicamp practice of the offseason ended Thursday and a line of media members curled toward quarterback Sam Bradford, he looked as nimble as anytime on this rainy afternoon.

    Jogging through cameras and notepads without breaking stride, he trotted through double glass doors and left the final pressing June questions hanging in the air.

    What's next for you this offseason? When you come back, are you competing for the starting job?

    Caught in Bradford's wake, training camp rival in-waiting Mark Sanchez slid in from behind and answered both.

    1. What now? More work and more film.

    2. Ready to fight for the starting job? "Absolutely. 100 percent."

    That second answer – the fight – is the main event for these Eagles over the next 10 weeks. Yes, the defense has been retooled, the offensive line is in flux and there is a dizzying combination of running backs. But in terms of pointing the franchise compass, those are all sub-coordinates.

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    What does that mean?

  • Rex Ryan's defense promises to dominate, but will Bills' QB situation hold Buffalo back?

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – This all felt familiar, watching Rex Ryan circle a nasty, terrorizing swarm of defenders and think, that might be the best defense in the NFL – then look across the field and wonder, which quarterback is going to screw this up.

    Blame Josh McCown. He is not on the Buffalo Bills' roster, and that might be the biggest problem this franchise currently has. We'll get to this issue in a second. Let's spin it back for a moment to that defense, and, well, film sessions in the rest of the AFC might convene in panic rooms this season.

    Watching the Bills unit Wednesday, even without its three best defensive backs, summoned these thoughts: Buffalo's defensive line will get as much quarterback pressure as anyone in the NFL; Ryan is working with a better unit than anything he ever molded with the New York Jets; and if healthy, this defense should turn offenses over a lot.

    As Ryan said Wednesday with a long smile: "It's going to be fun."

    When the question was posed on Wednesday whether this was a team built to hand the ball off a lot and win a lot of 14-10 games, Ryan raised an eyebrow.

  • Encore? Odell Beckham Jr.'s stardom faces hurdles in form of hamstring issues, more sophisticated defenses

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Since the champagne corks in Odell Beckham Jr.'s rookie season started popping, it has been hard to hear anything else. Whether it's the historic rookie receiving numbers, Pro Bowl, offensive rookie of the year or "Madden" video game cover, you can't go far without finding someone toasting one of the greatest rookie receiver seasons in league history. And there's the signature career moment: Beckham's spine-bending catch against the Dallas Cowboys, which has sparked an onslaught of one-handed homages on the Internet, each seeking to outdo the last.

    This is the Odell Beckham Jr. upside. And it was a fun ride. But this June has seemingly given us a closer look at the price of that rare athleticism. On Tuesday, that look was through a glass window of the New York Giants' practice facility, as Beckham ran light sprints on the first day of minicamp.

    As Giants head coach Tom Coughlin put it, "We don't have our head in the sand. We know the guy has an issue. I think the training room is well aware of that."

     

    "Whatever the medical people tell me is what we do," Coughlin said.

  • AFC 16 in need of sophomore season reboots: Manziel feels most heat, followed by No. 1 pick Clowney

    Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    As rookie seasons go in the NFL, it was something like a teenager flunking a driving test by sideswiping every car in a DMV parking lot. Only after the wreckage comes to a halt do you realize the keys should have never been handed over in the first place.

    This was Johnny Manziel's 2014 season. And his offseason, for that matter. This is why the Cleveland Browns quarterback needs a sophomore reboot more than any other second-year player in the NFL.

    Looking back, Manziel's accomplishment last season has amounted to little more than a highlight reel for those who were thirsting for his failure. If you didn't like the cocky "money" gesture, or the high-profile social life or his arrogant "wreck the league" boast, Manziel's failure was a karmatic gift. But if you are the Browns, last season was a monumental letdown best swept away and forgotten forever.

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    Here are the rest of the AFC players looking for a sophomore reboot this season: