Eric Edholm

  • Anthony Davis tells 49ers he's retiring for second time in 15 months

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 46 mins ago

    Once again, Anthony Davis has informed the San Francisco 49ers that he no longer wants to play football.

    Davis, 26, considered retirement prior to the 49ers’ first game this season after initially stepping aside from the game in June 2015, citing health reasons. On Monday, he did not waver — he no longer plans to play.

    After telling the team he felt great this summer and wanted to continue his career, it appeared the 49ers would have more depth at tackle. The former first-round pick had been a promising young player, starting 16 games at right tackle in each of his first four NFL seasons.

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    But Davis started having doubts this season and suffered a concussion. Davis played three of a possible 81 snaps on offense in the 49ers’ opener against the Los Angeles Rams and was inactive Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks while dealing with the concussion.

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  • Redskins' DeAngelo Hall done for season with torn ACL

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    The Washington Redskins finally had something go their way this season when they beat the unbeaten New York Giants and earned their first victory of the season. But some bad news was close behind.

    DeAngelo Hall, one of their defensive leaders, is reportedly done for the season with a torn ACL. The ligament was completely torn when he went down in a bad-looking fall in the first half of Sunday’s game. He was ruled out shortly afterward, and though he returned to the sideline to watch the victory Hall said after the game that he feared he had torn his ACL.

    An MRI on Monday confirmed those fears. The Redskins have not placed Hall on injured reserve yet but are expected to.

    Hall is the NFL’s active leader in interceptions with 43 but actually had gone 18 straight games without a pick. Still, he had played an important role for the Redskins as the starting free safety, playing all but two defensive snaps in the team’s first two games. Hall, 32, also has had a remarkably long career — this is year No. 13 — after entering the league at age 20 as a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004.

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  • Carson Wentz’s coach compared the rookie QB to Peyton Manning in one way

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    Peyton Manning has been out of the NFL less than a year, and already his replacement apparently already has arrived. We’re only sort of kidding.

    (No, not Trevor Siemian, although he’s good too.)

    It was shocking Monday morning to hear Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compare Carson Wentz and the future Hall of Fame quarterback at least in one way.

    Pederson said that Wentz’s preparation and obsession with film study was “Peyton Manning-ish,” which, if you think about it, is about as high a compliment as a rookie QB can get. Don’t believe Pederson? Well, Wentz’s girlfriend did once catch him watching game film under the dinner table while they were out on a date. That’s pretty obsessive.

    Wentz reportedly was watching game tape early before the Eagles’ destruction of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and back doing the same Monday. That’s a good work ethic, we’d say. Is there a new sheriff in town?

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  • Aaron Rodgers and Steve Young have some remarkable similarities, career-wise

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    It’s tough to compare the career of Steve Young to any other quarterback considering the odd path he took. From the USFL to under-fire Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter to Joe Montana’s backup to Super Bowl winner whose best years were in his mid-30s, Young pretty much took a unique road to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    So it’s striking to look at the career totals of Young vs. another player who will end up in Canton one day. Through three weeks, Aaron Rodgers is off to a good start — despite everyone wondering what was wrong with him after a tough game against maybe the best defense in football.

    Thanks to the terrific statistical tools of Pro Football Reference, we can put the career totals of Young and Rodgers side by side and note some stunning similarities — even accounting for the different eras in which they played.

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  • Bears fall to 0-3, really have very little to get enthusiastic about

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    If you’re Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, what can you hang your hat on with your 0-3 team that now has been beaten badly in prime time two weeks running?

    Your starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, is out. Your starting running back, Jeremy Langford, left Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a cart. You can’t get your best receiver, Alshon Jeffery, the ball enough.

    Your defense has now lost to quarterbacks making their eighth, second and third NFL starts, respectively, two of them rookies. Those quarterbacks threw one interception between them in 97 attempts. The Bears face quarterbacks who were top-three picks in eight of the next 10 games, all of them with 20 or more starts.

    The offense has scored 14, 14 and 17 points. The defense has allowed 23, 29 and 31. It’s getting worse on the field, not better.

    Maybe the Bears will rebound the next three games against teams with a combined 2-7 record; two of those games are at home, too. Maybe Cutler comes back. Maybe White comes on. Maybe Jeffery’s knee holds up and he gets going again. Maybe Jordan Howard, one of the few bright spots Sunday night, runs with his new opportunity …

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  • Jalen Ramsey tries to take down Steve Smith Sr., 'old man' gets last word

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It figures that the NFL’s oldest wide receiver and one of the youngest cornerbacks didn’t see eye to eye. (And never mind the height difference, either.)

    Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is doing a lot of talking for a talented rookie, but also one who has yet to win an NFL game. His team dropped to 0-3 when Steve Smith Sr. and the Baltimore Ravens won, 19-17.

    Ramsey spat fire early in his first season. Following the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Ramsey went after Aaron Rodgers. Then this Sunday, Smith was his target. The two scrapped on the field and jawed as well, and Ramsey wanted nothing to do with it when Smith came over to have a postgame chat.

    “Ain’t nobody worried about him. He came up to me, you know what I’m saying, on some disrespectful stuff. The game’s over with. You still mad ’cause I was locking you up? All right, go sleep on that. I ain’t trying to hear that after the game.”

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  • Who did it better: C.J. Mosley INT or Patrick Peterson INT? (Video)

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    We love highlighting great catches. But there’s something even more novel when they are delivered by defensive players.

    In this edition of “Who did it better?” we present you two fairly incredible athletic displays by guys who are not supposed to be great at catching the ball. Well, one guy anyway.

    The first terrific pick is from Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, who dropped way back into coverage and snared the Blake Bortles pass with one hand. Watch, in the video above, this one-handed effort.

    The second great INT comes from a player who should have good hands. After all, Patrick Peterson has had the ball in his hands a lot in his young NFL career. So it’s no shock he can track down the Tyrod Taylor pass over his shoulder all while staying inbounds on the sideline. Impressive concentration and body control.

    You be the judge! Who did it better?

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  • Can't blame Beckham: Giants blow lead, lose cool in loss to Redskins

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Everyone got caught up in the Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. hype. It created an atmosphere fraught with nerve, but it turned out that the previously winless Washington Redskins were more prepared to handle it than the unbeaten Giants.

    In a wild, see-saw affair — which feels like every Redskins game — the Redskins overcame a 14-3 deficit early and held the Giants out of the end zone for the final 34 minutes in a 29-27 win on Sunday.

    The Redskins had watched the Pittsburgh Steelers dissect them at home in Week 1 and the Dallas Cowboys make all the big plays close to the end zone in Week 2. Head coach Jay Gruden had called out Kirk Cousins. It felt like a runaway train of a season after a shocking playoff appearance in 2015.

    Meanwhile, the Giants had been the poised team of the two coming in. They had made all the big plays late against the Cowboys Week 1 and had gutted out a close, tense Week 2 win against the New Orleans Saints.

    Those roles flipped with the Giants and Redskins met at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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  • How brilliant are Browns? They unleashed Terrelle Pryor at QB in another tough loss

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Robert Griffin III era in Cleveland lasted all of one game before he got hurt. His replacement, Josh McCown, barely gutted out Week 2 while suffering multiple injuries. Plan C, rookie Cody Kessler, opened his first career start on Sunday with a false start.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

    Full disclosure: The original headline of this story harped on that desperate theme. But we can admit that the move to insert Terrelle Pryor, the QB-turned-WR, back at his former position was a masterstroke by Browns head coach Hue Jackson. Yes, he was semi-forced to do so against the Miami Dolphins with Kessler forced into starting Sunday’s game. Pryor had a few shaky moments early but was mostly brilliant.

    The Browns lost in classic Browns fashion. After strip-sacking Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill in the final minute, Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation — why not let Pryor kick it, for crying out loud? Then the Browns deferred in overtime and eventually watched the Dolphins finish them off in OT. Of course.

    Terrelle Pryor is the first player with 14+ pass yards, 14+ rush yards, and 14+ receiving yards in a game since…

    Tom Brady.

  • Cam Newton wears MLK shirt, Prince shoes during pregame warmups

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    These are tense times in Charlotte after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, with pregame protests lingering into Sunday prior to the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It has affected many around the NFL — but certainly the Panthers, many of whom reacted to the news this week with sadness and disappointment.

    Naturally, all eyes have been drawn to Cam Newton, the team’s superstar quarterback and weather vane. People wanted to know what Newton thought, and he offered up his perspective earlier this week. On Sunday, he took the message a step further with his pregame fashion choice.

    Newton came out during warmups prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings with a shirt that had a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King.

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