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  • Peyton Manning looks just fine as Denver Broncos camp opens

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning dropped back, the pass rush got in his face in a hurry, but he still got the ball out.

    Without any time or space to set up, he still got enough on the pass to get it to receiver Cody Latimer right after Latimer turned on his out route. There wasn't a ton of velocity on it, but Manning knew exactly where and when to go with the ball. It wasn't a play made based on physical ability, but smarts and anticipation. Just another completion.

    In other words, Manning looked exactly like he has since he got to Denver. He was sharp the whole practice.

    "He looked great to me," Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas said.

    Broncos camp opened on Friday with a light practice, and everything revolves around Manning. And, more specifically and humorously enough, all the talk about Manning is about how much less we might see of him with the Broncos this season.

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    "More work. A lot more work. A lot more reps," running back C.J. Anderson said.

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  • Brady won't ask for injunction, wants case resolved by start of season

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    One theme of deflate-gate has been that everything has dragged on too long. The investigation took months, Roger Goodell took five weeks to rule on Tom Brady's appeal, and now we're almost to August and the NFL and NFLPA are going to court.

    Both sides finally agree on something: This needs to get resolved by the time the regular season starts.

    According to the Boston Herald, Brady's NFLPA-appointed lawyer Jeffrey Kessler wrote a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman asking him to resolve the case by Sept. 4. The Patriots start the season on Sept. 10. Brady is fighting a four-game suspension in the deflate-gate scandal that was upheld by Goodell on Tuesday. 

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  • Hall of Fame profile: Raiders-Bucs-Jets-Packers executive Ron Wolf

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 gets inducted on Aug. 8. Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.

    Ron Wolf Oakland Raiders 1963-74, 1979-89 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-78 New York Jets, 1990-91 Green Bay Packers, 1991-2001 Contributor

    Greatest moment

    Late in Super Bowl XXXI, Wolf was shown on the television broadcast and on the video board at the Louisiana Superdome, and gave an emphatic thumbs up as Packers fans cheered. That was the moment when all of Wolf's work with the Packers came to fruition.

    Wolf arrived to an absolute mess in Green Bay. The Packers won just one playoff game from 1968-1991, and that win was in the strike-shortened season and tournament of 1982. It was a terrible organization. Then Wolf built a champion.

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    Impact on the game

    Case against his bust in Canton

    Case for his bust in Canton

    Notable quote

    Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 profiles

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  • Shutdown Countdown: With Suh in place, here come the Dolphins

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.

    NO. 9: MIAMI DOLPHINS

    If you don't think of the Miami Dolphins as one of the NFL's sad-sack franchises this century, maybe you should start.

    On Dec. 30, 2000, the Dolphins beat the Indianapolis Colts in overtime of a wild-card playoff game. And that's it. That's their last playoff win. They've played in three postseason games since then and lost all three by a combined score of 74-12.

    That's what makes it so hard to say this: I believe in the 2015 Dolphins.

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  • Broncos still Super Bowl contenders, even if it'll look a little different

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo — Welcome to training camp of the contender that everyone has forgotten about.

    Pick up a magazine or find an early Internet preview and let me know if any picked the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl. I haven't seen one yet.

    "We're here to win a championship," said Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who got the job because John Fox won four straight AFC West titles but no Super Bowl titles. "That's our goal as a football team."

    That's training camp talk. Roughly 32 teams will say that if pressed. About 15 or so should realistically think they're telling the truth. Maybe six or seven have a good reason to be angry if it doesn't come true.

    The Broncos haven't dropped out of that group of six or seven. They're still a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They'll just chase that goal with a much different approach.

    "He'll never feel it. But you get to December, you get to January, if we haven't taken care of it in August, September, October, that can hurt him and us."

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  • Jets DE Sheldon Richardson busted for allegedly driving 143 mph, resisting arrest

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Sheldon Richardson is becoming a headache for the New York Jets. A talented headache, but a headache nonetheless. 

    Richardson was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, reportedly for marijuana use. On Thursday, as the Jets started training camp, there was a story out of St. Louis that Richardson was clocked for allegedly driving 143 miles per hour and then resisting arrest via a high-speed chase on July 14.

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    The Post-Dispatch said Richardson was charged with resisting arrest, exceeding the speed limit, following too closely, failing to use lights and failing to obey a traffic signal. Richardson is from St. Louis, and the incident happened in that area.

    Before news of the traffic arrest was brought to light, Richardson was explaining his reasons for his other off-field issue, the four-game suspension.

  • Giants co-owner in dark on JPP: 'I don't know how many fingers he has'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    A month ago, I never, ever thought I'd be writing that headline about an NFL player.

    The Jason Pierre-Paul story with the New York Giants is terrible and weird. Pierre-Paul injured himself in a July 4 fireworks accident. ESPN said Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, which was reportedly the first time the Giants heard about it. Pierre-Paul would not let the Giants see him in the hospital.

    None of this is sitting well with Giants co-owner John Mara, who sounded off Thursday as the Giants reported to training camp without Pierre-Paul.

    "We don't know how extensive the damage is right now," Mara said, according to NJ.com. "That is the problem.

    "I don't know how many fingers he has. We know what we've read and what we've been told, but until we actually see him and the extent of the damage, it's hard to make any sort of prediction as to what kind of condition he's in."

    "Until we see him for ourselves, that doesn't give us any comfort," Mara said, according to NJ.com.

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  • Let's watch Tom Brady's one-handed catch from Julian Edelman

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Nothing like starting off training camp with a Julian Edelman-to-Tom Brady trick play, in which the soon-to-be 38-year-old Brady makes a nifty one-handed catch.

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    This is from Thursday's New England Patriots practice, with good camera work from the stands by @beecee5 on Twitter:

    @scottzolak @Marc_Bertrand Brady to Edelman to Brady pic.twitter.com/7xoPs2LXnr

    Soak it in, football is back. (Now commence with the deflated football jokes.)

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

  • Shutdown Countdown: Can the Arizona Cardinals beat regression?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.

    NO. 10: ARIZONA CARDINALS

    If you believe in statistics and regression to the mean, the Arizona Cardinals are an interesting case. Because they were nowhere as close to as good, statistically, as their 11-5 record last season.

    The Carson Palmer injury doesn't explain it all either. The Cardinals were 8-1 when Palmer was lost for the season, but just 15th in DVOA at that point with only 5.4 estimated wins, according to Football Outsiders.

    So with all of that said, why are the Cardinals so high, if they're such a candidate to regress? I believe in stats, but I also believe in what I see as well. And Arizona is a well-coached team with a lot of talent.

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  • NFL wins first round, as Brady court battle sent to New York

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The NFL Players Association wanted to argue its appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension in federal court in Minnesota, presumably with Judge David Doty, who has ruled against the NFL in the past.

    The NFL wanted to avoid Doty so badly that it filed its own case in New York, asking the court to uphold the ruling, immediately after Roger Goodell upheld Brady's suspension on Tuesday.

    That tactic worked for the NFL, at least in terms of getting the venue it wanted. The case will be in New York.

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    And U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle in Minnesota, who made the ruling, seemed perturbed that the union tried to bring the case to Minnesota, seemingly only because of favorable decisions there in the past.

    Here's Judge Kyle dropping the hammer on the Brady/NFLPA bid to have this heard in Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/cRId80PeQT

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