Frank Schwab

  • Jameis Winston explains why he might not be in Chicago for NFL draft

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    If Jameis Winston doesn't attend the NFL draft in Chicago, and he goes No. 1 as expected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it will be a rare occurrence.

    It seems like every first overall pick – and this isn't just NFL, we're talking NBA and NHL too – is on hand, and walks across the stage and greets the commissioner and gets the photo op that will live on forever. But there have been reports that Winston won't attend the draft.He is widely expected to be the first overall pick on April 30.

    After his pro day workout on Tuesday, Winston appeared on NFL Network and said that he hasn't made a final decision.

    "We really haven’t made that decision yet, because there’s been a lot of pressure for people trying to get me to come to the draft," Winston said with a smile. 

    It had been speculated that he wanted to stay home to be with his family for such a big moment, but it's a little more specific than that, he said.

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  • Path to the Pros: Melvin Gordon says, 'I want to be the best back'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    With a month left before the draft, one of the more interesting prospects is Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

    There has been a ton of talk about running backs not going in the first round for consecutive years, a lot of talk about Georgia back Todd Gurley's ceiling (and his knee injury), and there sits Gordon, coming off a phenomenal near-Heisman season at Wisconsin.

    In a "Path to the Pros" interview with Stack.com, Gordon lays out his goal, and that's to outdo every other back in the 2015 class.

    "I want to be the best back, that's my goal," Gordon said.

    Gordon is known for his big runs, and his speed, but in the video above he looks pretty strong and he's not a small back at 215 pounds. To get into the first round, teams will have to be convinced that he is more than a home-run threat.

    Gordon has another goal, and that's to be a part of a winner. He didn't win a state title in high school or a national championship in college and he wants to experience being a champion.

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  • Jameis Winston's appearance at FSU pro day weigh-in gets attention

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    In the history of the NFL, no quarterback has ever played with his shirt off.

    So really, it doesn't matter much what Jameis Winston looked like at his weigh-in at Florida State's pro day on Tuesday. Yet some heads turned when Winston was shown on NFL Network and he wasn't looking like what we'd expect from the presumptive first pick of the draft.

    Jameis Winston after his weigh-in on @nflnetwork. #FSUProDay pic.twitter.com/DYysXjSn6N

    Jameis Winston has a flabby physique for a pro athlete pic.twitter.com/Ex01pgYHdD

    Another shot of Jamieis Winston after his weigh-in, courtesy of @nflnetwork. #FSUProDay pic.twitter.com/wi6D0POr1f

    This isn't the first time Winston has dealt with questions about his conditioning or weight. Before the NFL scouting combine, a photo of him working out went viral:

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  • Other side of concussion issue: Austin Collie can't find NFL work

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    When linebacker Chris Borland walked away from the NFL, he said it was because he was aware of the concussion risks and decided that wasn't for him anymore.

    Receiver Austin Collie presumably knows all the risks too. But he can't land an NFL job, even though he wants to. He thinks his concussion history is the reason.

    Collie signed with the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions earlier this year as he attempts his comeback. His NFL story is a tough one: A fourth-round pick with the Colts in 2009, Collie was off to a great start with 15 touchdowns and more than 1,200 yards in his first 25 career games through two seasons. Then he suffered three scary concussions. He played one game in 2012, seven in 2013 and none in the NFL last season.

    And Collie thinks that his concussion history is the reason he has had a hard time getting a chance to further his career, given the NFL's recent sensitivity to it.

    Either way, Collie is playing in Canada now, and he believes it's because the NFL is being more careful about concussions.

  • OMG, Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy stands on a moving plane

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It makes sense that NFL players are thrill seekers. You don't go through the adrenaline rush of playing on Sundays in the fall and then sit at home all offseason and watch old movies.

    That's why Tom Brady was giving New England Patriots fans a heart attack by cliff diving. But Brady's rush looks like playing in the kiddie pool compared to Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy's mode of offseason relaxation.

    Someone turned off the "Fasten Seat Belts" sign on Levy's flight, so he went up to the top of the old Red Baron propeller biplane and took in the flight from there. Here's what he posted to his Instagram account:

    Whoa. I don't think the flight attendant would approve of that.

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  • Sam Bradford considered quitting football after second ACL tear

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    When Sam Bradford went down with a second torn ACL in less than a year last preseason, it would have actually been odd if the thought of retiring hadn't crossed his mind.

    The road back from a major injury like that is not a ton of fun. When Bradford re-injured his ACL in a preseason game at Cleveland last season, the thought of doing all that rehab again had to be devastating.

    It's really no surprise that the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that Bradford, who was traded from the St. Louis Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, needed to be talked out of retirement by Josh Heupel, his former quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma.

    But Bradford is back and in a new environment, thanks to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's faith in his talent, which never translated to much production with the Rams. But the Inquirer story is a good reminder that Bradford still has plenty of physical hurdles, and probably a few mental blocks, to work through as he tries to establish himself as a top NFL quarterback. 

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  • Michael Sam says other NFL players came out to him as being gay

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    It has been widely assumed, as it should be, that Michael Sam was not the only gay player in the NFL when he was with the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys last year.

    Sam confirmed that, saying several NFL players contacted him after he was drafted and told him they were gay. The difference, of course, is that Sam was the only one who was openly gay.

    “I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

    “' Dancing with the Stars ' is my employer,” Sam said. “That’s my main source of income. … I’m unemployed, and I don’t believe I’m out of the NFL because I’m gay. But if it was a reason, it can hurt their livelihood, and you don’t want to take that chance.”

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  • Jets owner Woody Johnson sells N.Y. apartment for unbelievable record price

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    What was your first apartment worth?

    I shared mine with three roommates at the University of Wisconsin (Coyne Court!) and it was so cramped that you couldn't flush the toilet or the neighbors' shower would jump to like 200 degrees. I think my share of the rent was $150 or so.

    I don't think many of us live in the same world New York Jets owner Woody Johnson lives in. I'm about to relay a tale that is absolutely stupefying.

    Let me recap: A man just spent $77.5 million to buy an apartment he may never live in from another man who never lived in that $77.5 million apartment. More than 3.5 million Americans are homeless, by the way.

    The building is a famous one in New York, with 24 apartments over 16 stories, ranging from 4,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet, according to CityRealty.com. It overlooks Central Park and has a doorman and 24-hour concierge service. Sounds like some great digs, and maybe Johnson will regret giving the apartment up.

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  • Jonathan Martin, Dolphins bullying scandal victim, cut by 49ers

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    As it turns out, Richie Incognito has a job in the NFL, and Jonathan Martin now doesn't.

    The two will forever be linked, as the main characters in the Miami Dolphins locker room bullying scandal of 2013. According to the reports, Incognito was the main agitator to Martin, who left the team as a result. Martin never returned to the Dolphins but got a second chance when the San Francisco 49ers, coached by Martin's old college coach Jim Harbaugh, traded a seventh-round pick for him.

    After one year in San Francisco, Martin is looking for another team. Martin was cut by the 49ers, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. Martin started nine games last year as an injury replacement, struggled, and the 49ers save his $1.042 million salary by cutting him according to Maiocco. 

    Without Harbaugh, who left for the University of Michigan this offseason, there apparently wasn't a lot of support to keep Martin around. His release comes a couple of months after Incognito, who was out of football all last season, was given another chance by Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.

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  • Vikings sign absolute behemoth Polish tackle from German Football League

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    There's a template for making it to the NFL: Grow up in the United States watching and playing football, move on to play college football to get noticed, get drafted or signed by a pro team.

    It's not often you hear about a story like Babatunde Aiyegbusi .

    The Minnesota Vikings signed Aieygbusi, an offensive tackle who played in the German Football League last season, seven days after he got his travel visa to the United States. Aiyegbusi is – are you ready? – 6-foot-9 and 351 pounds. He's the fifth Polish-born player in NFL history. Three of the other four are kickers.

    Aiyegbusi never played college football. In 2013 he was playing in the Polska Liga Futbolu Amerykanskiego (the Polish American Football League if you need the translation). But when you're the size of an airport hangar and can move, you're going to get noticed if you're playing football on the moon.

    Ahhhh, you want more Babatunde highlights, don't you? I know I do: