Eric Edholm

  • Panthers acquire Browns punter who dogged it on touchdown return

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers, but this isn’t your everyday punter trade.

    First of all, the timing is fascinating. Not on the Panthers’ end; their expected punter, Mike Scifres, suffered a knee injury against the New England Patriots and had to leave the game. But for the Browns, they could not have enjoyed watching Lee, their former Pro Bowl punter, completely dog it on a 73-yard punt return touchdown by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Adam Humphries.

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  • Jim Harbaugh has a very interesting take on Colin Kaepernick's protest

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    The Colin Kaepernick controversy has stirred up quite the discussion. Even two brothers, one of whom coached Kaepernick, took slightly different tacks on the matter.

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem on Friday and his intention to continue doing so. Harbaugh then went all Age of Enlightenment on us, via ESPN.com.

    “Voltaire so eloquently stated, ‘I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend it until death your right to say it,'” Harbaugh said. “That’s a principle that our country is founded on. I don’t think you cannot deny someone the right to speak out or mock or make fun or belittle anybody else’s opinion.”

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  • Cowboys will seek veteran backup to Dak Prescott, so who makes sense?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    The Dallas Cowboys say they’ll look for veteran quarterback help to back up Dak Prescott while Tony Romo is out.

    Prescott will be a Week 1 starter after Romo was knocked out of the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with a broken bone in his back. It’s not known how much time Romo will miss, but estimates say it could be half the season. The Cowboys have yet to decide whether to place Romo on injured reserve, with the option to bring him back later in the season.

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  • Broncos to defend their Super Bowl title with Trevor Siemian at QB

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    The defending Super Bowl champions will open the season with a quarterback who has one regular-season snap’s worth of experience.

    Trevor Siemian has beaten out Mark Sanchez and first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the Denver Broncos’ starting job, the team announced on Monday. It will be Siemian against league MVP Cam Newton in a Super Bowl rematch of the Broncos and Carolina Panthers on opening night of the NFL’s regular season.

    The writing appeared to be on the wall after Siemian started the team’s third preseason game and did nothing to lose the job. Sanchez’s snaps and play were in decline after a two-fumble performance in the Broncos’ second preseason game.

    Siemian was the 250th overall pick in the 2015 draft and earned a Super Bowl ring as the No. 3 quarterback behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. When Manning got hurt last November, Siemian was elevated to No. 2 — and earned one end-of-half kneel-down snap against the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the regular season.

    Siemian has the job for now and will be the first Northwestern quarterback to start an NFL game since 1979.

  • Browns cut pass rusher Paul Kruger, who criticizes how team used him

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    Paul Kruger likely knew his time was coming with the Cleveland Browns when he saw the flurry of moves the team made in the offseason that directly affected his livelihood. That gave him ample time to craft a proper goodbye to the team that has employed him the past three seasons.

    Kruger, 30, was released by the Browns on Monday as the first big wave of roster cuts started. He signed a big-money deal prior to the 2013 season and never fulfilled his expectations.

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    Here’s what Kruger had to say on his way out of town:

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    — Paul Kruger (@pkruger99) August 29, 2016

    So there you have it — thankful but disappointed in how he was used. Cutting Kruger saves the Browns (and likely costs Kruger) millions, so that could have a lot to do with his disappointment.

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  • NFL Preseason Blitz: Victor Cruz quiet in long-awaited return to field

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The preseason is meaningless, right? That is, unless you haven’t played an NFL game in 22 months and your career has stopped and started more than a washer-dryer at a nursery.

    Victor Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon in November 2014 and since has battled calf and groin injuries with constant setbacks, false starts and, worse yet, false hope. But the New York Giants wide receiver, who set the NFL on its ear in 2011 and kept it going with a Pro Bowl season in 2012, finally made it back to the field — his first game in 685 days — in game action on Saturday night. As the “Cruuuuzzzz” chants rained down on MetLife Stadium, it was clear how big the moment was.

    “It felt great just to be with my teammates and put this 80 jersey back on and to get the love of the crowd and the people again and go out there and be in position to make a few plays as well,” Cruz said via NJ.com. “It was a great feeling.”

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  • With Tony Romo hurt, it's now Dak Prescott's show with Cowboys

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    And your first rookie starting quarterback for the 2016 season is not named Goff or Wentz.

    Those guys were drafted Nos. 1 and 2 this spring. But No. 135 overall — 76 picks after a kicker was taken, 75 before a long snapper went — will be the first to see the field. (Of course, Paxton Lynch could beat Prescott by a few days if he wins the Denver Broncos’ starting job, but that’s not expected right now.)

    Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott had a decorated college career, carrying Mississippi State on his back most of the past two seasons to almost unseen heights, and now the fourth-rounder will be thrust into the Dallas Cowboys’ starting lineup right away as a rookie with Tony Romo’s back unable to bear that weight.

    Dak Prescott will open season as starter. There is no debate there. Jerry and Stephen Jones say they will look for veteran backup.

    — David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) August 27, 2016

    But it had not yet brewed to a controversy — until now.

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  • Colin Kaepernick explains why he won't stand during national anthem

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod for attention in his career, and his latest statements surely could make him an even more polarizing figure.

    Kaepernick explained his unwillingness to stand for the playing of the national anthem, which of course happens before the kickoff of every NFL game. It happened in last night’s preseason game at Levi’s Stadium against the Green Bay Packers, one in which he struggled in his first action since last season.

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    The 49ers issued a statement on the matter after Kaepernick made his statement:

    The NFL added its own statement on standing during the anthem:

    .@NFL comment on Kaepernick's anthem stance: "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem."

  • Browns punter gives hilariously bad effort on non-tackle attempt

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    You can call the third preseason game the dress rehearsal for NFL teams if you wish. But Andy Lee might just laugh at you. And we’re going to laugh at him.

    It’s clear tat the Cleveland Browns punter is directionally kicking to the regular-season opener, if you know what we mean. Check out the effort — rather, the lack of — as Tampa Bay Buccaneers punt returner Adam Humphries flies by Lee to give the Bucs a 17-3 lead in the first quarter Friday night.

    There's nobody there!@adamhumphries13 takes the punt back 73 yards TO THE HOUSE! #CLEvsTB https://t.co/eLe5ZyPixY

    — NFL (@NFL) August 27, 2016

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    Naturally, the reaction on Twitter was mostly hilarious.

    Andy Lee just ran slower than a 3rd grader coming in from recess.

  • Bengals' A.J. Green says he'll skip regular-season game if baby born that day

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Cincinnati Bengals’ schedule has them playing the Miami Dolphins in Week 4 on Sept. 29. The following day, star wide receiver A.J. Green’s first baby is due.

    Green says he’ll skip a game if the baby arrives on a Bengals game day, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. The baby, which is officially due Sept. 30, would be the first born for Green and his wife.

    “I can’t play,” he said. “First one, definitely. I want to be there.”

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    For Green, who skipped Thursday practice to attend a doctor’s appointment with his pregnant wife, it was a non-starter; he’s going to be at the birth no matter what. And for the Bengals, it’s apparently more than fine, too.

    “It was good for Coach [Marvin] Lewis,” Green said. “I didn’t even ask him, he just said I could go.”

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