Eric Edholm

  • Is Jimmy Garoppolo ready to be the Patriots' starting quarterback?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    The quarterback who grew up with Tom Brady posters on his wall appears likely to be replacing him as the New England Patriots' starter for the first quarter of the season.

    Unless the NFLPA and Brady's lawyers get an injunction, or perform some magic in federal court, Jimmy Garoppolo will be taking snaps from center — or via the shotgun, and he and the Patriots are most accustomed — and throwing live bullets against the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of the most highly anticipated season openers in years.

    Nothing but a chicken wing, eh?

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    Garoppolo's professional career (at least in games that count) is a 27-throw body of work — 17 in the meaningless regular-season finale, and the rest in mop-up duty as a rookie backup to Brady. You know, Brady, the quarterback everyone had dead to rights after four weeks of last season before he turned things so dramatically around to finish the season with a Super Bowl victory.

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  • No clear answers for when Bears first-rounder Kevin White might hit field

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears are five days into training camp, and the extent of first-round wide receiver Kevin White's activity has been limited to looking good in his No. 13 jersey (no pads) and floppy white hat.

    While White's teammates dig in for the preseason opener that hits in 10 days, the No. 7 overall pick in April's draft remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and awaits clearance to start running following a shin injury he suffered during OTAs nearly seven weeks ago.

    Head coach John Fox said on Monday that he had no timetable for White's training camp debut — or even whether he'll make an appearance during the Bears' practices at Olivet Nazarene University through late August.

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    At what point does White's absence become a problem?

    Otherwise, Marshall's assumed replacement will find himself another step behind in trying to live up to his billing and help improve this offense.

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  • Packers' Andrew Quarless reveals his newborn daughter died at birth

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless told the media on Monday that his baby daughter died at birth last week, ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde tweeted.

    Quarless had missed the start of training camp and head coach Mike McCarthy said on the first day of camp that the tight end was "dealing with a very difficult, extremely difficult family situation" and wasn't sure when he'd rejoin the team.

    More Quarless: “It’s the saddest day of my life. I thank this team for the type of support they have given me to help me get through this."

    Quarless got in trouble this offseason with an arrest in Miami on gun charges, firing a weapon outside a parking garage, and even though the Packers stuck with him, Quarless has yet to hear from the NFL on a possible suspension related to the matter.

    But right now, his thoughts have to be on family. He's back at practice — amazingly — but you certainly could understand if Quarless would need more time away in such a time of tragedy.

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  • Did Eric Weddle just hint that he's ready to leave the Chargers?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    Tight end Antonio Gates and safety Eric Weddle also are set to enter the final years of their respective contracts, and with the state of the franchise — this whole L.A. business and all that — up in the air, it's not clear if there's room for all of them to return.

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    Weddle seems to have realized this, and he's talking like a man who might already have come to the mental grips of playing for a new team in 2016. In an interview with NFL Network, Weddle made it sound like he might have packed a bag or two — and not just for training camp. 

    "I enjoy the game, I love this game," he said. "But when you look around, I do look at this differently, this being my last year. Just making the moment, enjoying the nights we have when we're talking and visiting. Those guys and I will be friends for ever, it just might be the last year we're playing together."

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  • Seahawks lock up Bobby Wagner with contract extension, but who might go?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It has been a big week for the Seattle Seahawks on the contract front.

    Team owner Paul Allen tweeted out the good news Saturday night: The Seahawks signed linebacker Bobby Wagner to a four-year, $43 million contract that will keep one of their defensive pillars in place.

    The team could not afford to allow Wagner — a standout tackler, coverage player and, in many ways, the defensive heartbeat of this team — to walk away after this season.

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    This came after Russell Wilson and the team came to a four-year contract extension earlier in the week, which prompted Wagner to tweet this out:

    Can't keep everyone

    And he's right.

    So, yeah, there will be collateral damage somewhere along the way. Someone isn't coming back after this season. More than likely more than one someone.

  • Sydney Seau will get chance to speak for father at Hall of Fame induction

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame has reversed field and allowed Sydney Seau to speak at the induction ceremony of her father, the late Junior Seau, after initially saying she could not, according to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez.

    The Hall had passed a bylaw in 2010, which prohibited a substitute speaker, such as a family member, for a deceased player being enshrined. Former Los Angeles Rams inductee Les Richter was the first posthumous member to be elected, and his family did not speak on his behalf — something they were fine with.

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  • Patriots release damning emails from NFL on leaks of false deflate-gate data

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The New England Patriots played a trump card on Friday, releasing a string of emails (on their wellsreportcontext.com site) between club counsel Robyn Glaser and NFL general counsel Jeff Pash that appears to implicate the league of failing to correct blatant misinformation that helped shape the public narrative in the deflate-gate case.

    Pash oversaw the investigation by Ted Wells, whose report clearly indicated that the PSI figures for the Patriots' footballs in the AFC championship were nowhere close to the bunk ESPN report that 11 of 12 balls tested by officials that night were 2 PSI or more under the legal limit.

    The NFL never set that record straight thereafter, and it was too late. The public already had decided that Tom Brady was a cheater — and a blatant one. By the time Wells' report came out, perception already had become reality, and minds were made.

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  • Photos show Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand heavily wrapped, arm in sling

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The New York Daily News landed the photo scoop of JPP’s damaged right hand, the result of a July 4 fireworks accident, and it certainly doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies about his ability to play anytime soon, much less effectively.

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First look at Jason Pierre-Paul after fireworks incident. http://t.co/GDZFp6XjKU pic.twitter.com/QqtccAqpEv

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    The franchise defensive end’s thoroughly wrapped right hand and arm supported by a sling (what’s that all about?) certainly change the narrative a bit. What's underneath that wrap? How bad is it exactly?

    A day after New York Giants owner John Mara surreally admitted that he had no idea how many fingers his unsigned player had, we know why: there are a few pounds of Ace wrap covering up the hand in question.

    All we have is a still-silent defensive end with an unknown number of digits and no clear path to a resolution in his contract — or playing — status.

  • Redskins gamble on Junior Galette with big character risk, small price tag

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Washington Redskins are taking a risk in signing troubled Junior Galette, who landed a one-year deal with the team, even though the reward could be significant.

    Galette was cut by the New Orleans Saints less than a year after he landed a massive contract extension from the team and was named one of its captains. Off-field issues, including a domestic violence arrest and a disturbing video from 2013 surfacing of Galette hitting a woman with a belt, proved too much for the Saints, who took a massive salary-cap hit before cutting him last week.

    The one-year deal, according to Galette's agent, is for the league minimum. That spells out how scared other teams were for a player who notched 22 sacks the past two seasons combined. 

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  • No hesitation: Lovie Smith names Jameis Winston Buccaneers' starting QB

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Bad news, Seth Lobato fans: Jameis Winston will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback, per head coach Lovie Smith.

    "Jameis Winston will be our starting quarterback," Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "He'll take first reps tomorrow. We're excited about that."

    “It’s what we already knew, what we saw in camp, what he has done on and off the field here.”

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    Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft, and the Buccaneers' only other quarterbacks on the roster are Mike Glennon (whom the Bucs have dangled in trade talks in the past) and the aforementioned Lobato, he of the zero career pass attempts.

    Smith said he wouldn't have made this move — especially this soon — if he didn't think Winston was ready. The early reports are that Winston has done everything he needs to, preparation-wise, and that he's winning over his teammates to date, which would back up Smith's quick decision.

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