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  • Greg Cosell's NFL draft breakdown: Accomplished Deshaun Watson has areas to work on

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    Because Deshaun Watson was a successful shotgun, speed/tempo spread quarterback in college, he’ll draw some comparisons to Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott.

    Watson might need an advantageous situation in the NFL, especially early on (like Prescott had with the Dallas Cowboys last season). In watching Watson’s film at Clemson, nothing in his game suggests he’s a big-time NFL prospect like Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck or Matthew Stafford when they came out of college. Watson is probably best suited as an orchestrator and distributor in a quick-game offense with quality skill position weapons. His ability to make plays out outside of the structure will enhance his value, though because of his size he’s probably not going to run a lot of read option or quarterback power/counter plays.

    Here’s what I see as Watson’s strengths and weaknesses after watching his 2016 film:

    STRENGTHS

    One thing that has to be noted about Watson – and will be a factor for some NFL teams – is he is a very poised and composed player who has played in many big games and has experienced many big moments. His performance in the national championship game against Alabama will be remembered for a long time.

    WEAKNESSES

  • Jack Del Rio got a bit nervous watching All Pro Raider seeking thrills overseas

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    By and large, NFL players can do almost whatever they’d like in the offseason, provided it’s not 1. illegal, 2. banned by the NFL, or 3. prohibited by their contracts.

    Apparently, Oakland Raiders All Pro offensive guard Kelechi Osemele has no stipulation in his deal preventing him from thrill seeking in far-off places because that’s what he’s doing right now. Nothing like some category-4 rapids to keep the pulse pumping in February.

    It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand pic.twitter.com/YNe0mJYbZs

    — Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017

    Healing time? That’s over. It’s thrill-seeking season, apparently. And Osemele gave his head coach, Jack Del Rio, a bit of a grabber at first, too.

    Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!????#ReturnToWork ???? https://t.co/8IV0P8PoLy

    A post shared by Kelechi Osemele (@k.o.seven0) on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:04pm PST

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  • Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl LI jersey is worth a small fortune

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Someone apparently took New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey from his locker after the game, and whoever did it stole something Houston police say is worth a half a million dollars.

    According to Syan Rhodes of KPRC2 in Houston, the police report for Brady’s missing jersey values the “Shirt/Blouse/T-Shirt” at a cool $500,000. More than two weeks after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, the jersey is still missing.

    Newly released @houstonpolice report values Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey at $500,000. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/ZNJCcobYSD

    — Syan Rhodes (@SyanRhodes) February 21, 2017

    HPD report on Brady's #SB51 jersey value. pic.twitter.com/DjZmS354t0

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  • Steelers assistant Joey Porter will plead guilty following playoff bar dustup, faces NFL discipline

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter reportedly will plead guilty to a reduced charge following an incident with a bar bouncer and a police officer following the team’s wild-card victory over the Miami Dolphins last month.

    The Associated Press is reporting that Porter will plead guilty to citations for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness on Tuesday after he allegedly grabbed an officer’s wrists outside a Pittsburgh area bar following an argument with a bouncer who denied him entrance back on Jan. 8.

    The Steelers had defeated the Dolphins, 30-12, the day of the alleged incident.

    Porter had initially been charged with aggravated assault and other more serious charges, but the district attorney reviewed the surveillance tape and determined that charges should be reduced. The police union, however, has said that the initial charges were warranted.

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  • Reports: Dolphins acquire TE Julius Thomas from Jaguars

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    A couple of days ago, reports began to circulate that the Miami Dolphins would be releasing offensive tackle Branden Albert. But as happens in situations like this, another team stepped forward, interested in acquiring Albert rather than take its chances via the waiver wire.

    Oddly enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dolphins haven’t yet agreed on a deal to send Albert to northern Florida – but their discussions have yielded a different trade: Jacksonville is sending tight end Julius Thomas, a big free-agent signing in 2015, to the Dolphins. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports Miami will send a late-round pick in this year’s draft to Jacksonville in the deal.

    The move is not official until March 9, the first day of the new league year.

    The trade means Thomas will be reunited with Adam Gase. Gase, now the Dolphins head coach, was the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013-14, the only two years Thomas was a Pro Bowler. Over those two seasons, Thomas recorded 108 catches for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns.

  • Emmanuel Sanders' wife says in divorce case that he skipped a Broncos practice to party

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The gloves are off in the divorce case between Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and his soon-to-be ex-wife, and she might even get him in trouble at his job.

    According to TMZ, among the claims by Gabriella Sanders is that her husband told the Broncos he had to skip practice last November to be in Houston for the birth of his child, but it “was a a lie so he could go out partying.”

    Sanders’ wife also claimed he committed adultery with numerous women and spent “thousands upon thousands of dollars on girlfriends” including buying one a car, according to TMZ. Gabriella Sanders filed for divorce last October, TMZ said.

    The Broncos are unlikely to care what Sanders spends his money on, or even if he’s getting a divorce. But they might have a question or two for him about that practice he missed.

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  • Jared Odrick keeps a sense of humor about release from Jaguars with funny picture

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It can’t be fun to get fired from a job that pays $6.5 million a year, especially a few weeks before a $2 million bonus kicks in, but Jared Odrick didn’t let it bother him.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars cut the veteran defensive end on Monday. He signed a five-year, $42 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015 and like many NFL deals, it kind of ran its course. The Jaguars could save $8.5 million on the cap by cutting Odrick, so they did.

    That’s one way to ruin a vacation to Cabarete Beach in the Dominican Republic, which is where Odrick said he was when he got the call that he was cut. But he posted this smiling picture of himself getting the news to Instagram with the caption, “This is me getting released by the @Jaguars.”

    This is me getting released by the @Jaguars

    A post shared by Jared Odrick (@maxbaer75) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:17am PST

    Doesn’t look like he’s too depressed about it.

    Until then, he’ll probably keep enjoying his tropical trip.

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  • Jake Plummer hoping interactive tool will be Rosetta Stone of football X's and O's

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer is involved with a project that can help make the sometimes complicated language of football more easily understood.

    According to sporttechie.com, Plummer is involved with ReadyList PRO — a resource that he thinks could be the Rosetta Stone of football terminology.

    “There had to be a better way to digest a four-inch playbook,” Plummer told the site.

    The software can be used on almost any device — phone, tablet, laptop, etc. — and can work as acts as both an interactive football playbook and a coaching tool to test players’ understanding of plays. Practice and game film can be uploaded onto the cloud-based software and studied anywhere away from the team facility.

    Although they have not built up a client list that includes NFL teams yet, that’s the goal for Plummer and Friehauf. And if it proves to be useful in testing, it might not be long before that happens.

  • Redskins free agent-to-be hints he could be open to playing elsewhere next season

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    We try not to read into nebulous social media posts too much this time of year because, well, they can be a little misleading. But it’s hard not to read what Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon wrote on Instagram and wonder what he meant.

    #YallHiring?

    A post shared by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Feb 20, 2017 at 5:29am PST

    Garcon, coming off a big season, is set to hit free agency in a few weeks. The Redskins have a lot of pending free agents and likely can’t or won’t keep them all. He might be turning 31 during training camp, but Garcon caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards last season and surely still has some very good value to some team out there.

    The Redskins’ most important free-agent decision is what to do with quarterback Kirk Cousins. He was franchised last season and would be due more than $24 million this season if he’s tagged again. After that, wide recevier DeSean Jackson also is sure to command a lot of attention and is expected to test the market. Could the Redskins allow both Jackson and Garcon walk? That would feel like a large risk to take with so few reliable option after them.

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  • Darrelle Revis' attorneys believe TMZ video shows their client is innocent

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    TMZ released a video over the weekendof two unconscious men, saying it was video of the aftermath of the altercation that led to New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis being charged with four feloniesin Pittsburgh.

    The video seems to be a positive for Revis’ lawyers though, because they believe it helps them show their client is innocent.

    The voice on the video – it’s a short clip, and whoever is speaking is not shown – brags about knocking both men out and he tells someone, “Shut up before I knock your [expletive] out next.” Revis’ lawyers claim the voice isn’t of the Jets cornerback.

    Just because someone is bragging about doing something doesn’t mean he did it, and the lawyers will have to prove that the voice on the video doesn’t belong to Revis. But this is clearly going to be a big part of their defense, based on the statement.

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