- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner34 mins ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Chris Owusu is certainly not short of options. The New York Jets wide receiver has a degree from Stanford, after all. He's from a family of high achievers with a brother at Stanford, another at Harvard and a sister at Columbia. But Owusu realizes that his NFL career might go at any moment because of his history of concussions.
He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, bypassed by all 32 teams despite his strong college career and a good showing at the NFL combine. One possible reason was a history of concussions, and it was something that happened to him again just a couple weeks ago.
Owusu has had a total of four concussions since he started playing college football, three while at Stanford including two his senior year and then one this August in training camp. At 25 years old, he should be entering the prime of his NFL career, especially after a camp where he was the best wide receiver on the Jets' roster after Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.Sat, Aug 29NY Jets28 - 18NY GiantsGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
It's been almost 72 hours since the last weird Robert Griffin III saga, so it's about time we had a fresh one.
You'll remember the Washington Redskins announced Griffin was cleared of concussion symptoms on Thursday to play in this weekend's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, and then not cleared upon further review "by neuropsychologists" on Friday. Just another 24 hours in the life of the Redskins.Sat, Aug 29Washington31 - 13BaltimoreGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
It has become fairly obvious based on training-camp reports and preseason performances that Trent Richardson has an uphill climb to make the Oakland Raiders' 53-man roster.
The former No. 3 overall pick has struggled, rushing 15 times for 42 yards. Yes, he burst through the hole, just like the salad days at Alabama, for a 15-yard gain late against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night. But it was a glimpse of what was, not what is.
Latavius Murray is the Raiders' starter, and it appears that Roy Helu, Taiwan Jones and even Michael Dyer, Richardson's former rival and counterpart from Auburn who has taken the roundabout way to the NFL as an undrafted rookie, look like better options in the backfield. Throw in versatile fullback Marcel Reece, and Richardson is a candidate to be slashed from the roster as early as Tuesday.Sun, Aug 30Arizona30 - 23OaklandGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
In a move that could kickstart the Chicago Bears' identity shift on defense, the team has released cornerback Tim Jennings.
The 31-year-old Jennings had started 74 of the past 80 games for the Bears at corner and had four- and nine-interception seasons for them in 2013 and 2012, respectively. He has played nine years in the NFL, with his first four seasons coming with the Indianapolis Colts.
Jennings is not considered an ideal fit with the Bears' new defensive scheme, which promises to be more man-coverage heavy. His best skill is in zone coverage, and he might be able to fit a number of teams that play that as their primary coverage.
Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith is running the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense and could convince Jennings to sign there. The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys also are possibilities, with both teams perhaps seeking more secondary depth.Sat, Aug 29Chicago10 - 21CincinnatiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
San Diego Chargers offensive players were unhappy with Seattle Seahawks rookie Frank Clark after they believe he tried to punch quarterback Philip Rivers on Saturday night, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
After a sack by Jordan Hill, Clark was seen scrapping with Chargers offensive players. Left tackle King Dunlap yanked Clark out of the scrum and received a 15-yard penalty, but it's one Dunlap said he'll take to protect his quarterback, whom his Chargers teammates believed was being mistreated.
The U-T story quotes an unnamed Chargers player with the punching claim. Those who put their name to the story:
"That guy was on top of Philip, and that's our quarterback," Dunlap said. "I protect the quarterback at all costs."
Added right guard D.J. Fluker:
"That's our quarterback. We're going to protect the jewel of our offense."Sat, Aug 29Seattle16 - 15San DiegoGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
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One of the thoughts when the Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Tim Tebow was that Chip Kelly could use him as a two-point conversion specialist.
It made sense. Tebow is a great goal-line option because he's big and athletic. And if preseason is any indication, there will be many more two-point tries throughout the NFL with the new extra point rule. On Saturday night, Kelly rolled out that plan, sending Tebow in for the first two two-point conversions of the game.
It didn't go well, though it was a very tiny sample. On the first attempt, Tebow was stuffed on a run. On the second, he fielded a low snap, tried to hit a quick slant to Nelson Agholor but Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward almost intercepted it. The pass fell incomplete. The Eagles kicked extra points after that. Tebow was 2-of-2 for 15 yards and rushed for 4 yards on three attempts in limited playing time late in the game.Sat, Aug 29Philadelphia39 - 26Green BayGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Green Bay Packers had to be holding their breath at the sight of yet another wide receiver going down.
Randall Cobb suffered a shoulder injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, the severity of which is unknown. Just last week the team lost No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson to a season-ending torn ACL and cannot afford to lose Cobb to a major injury. The good news (for now) is that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said a broken collarbone has been ruled out for Cobb and that it appears to be relatively minor, although Cobb's Week 1 availability against the Chicago Bears remains a question.
The Packers suffered two other notable injuries — starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and safety-corner-return man Micah Hyde (neck) also left the game.
There were other notable injuries around the NFL Saturday night:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
You knew Steve Smith wasn't going to leave football without one last scrap with DeAngelo Hall.
Smith, the Baltimore Ravens receiver who said he plans to retire at season's end, has a long, sordid past with the Washington Redskins' Hall dating back to their days facing each other twice a season in the NFC South.
In Saturday's preseason game, tensions grew between the Ravens and Redskins after Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson gave an extra hard tackle to Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken, essentially body slamming him at the end of the hit.
Both sides started scrapping and — yep — Smith and Hall found each other staring eye to eye. Naturally, they tussled. Smith grabbed Hall's jersey, and Hall did the same to Smith. No obvious punches were swung, but Smith was ejected from the game, saluting the crowd with a nice bow and brilliantly getting himself out of a night's work that really doesn't matter all that much.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Well now, this Buffalo Bills quarterback battle just got a little more interesting.
Matt Cassel started the preseason opener. Tyrod Taylor got his crack in the second game. And it was EJ Manuel's chance to start Saturday's third preseason game.
All have performed almost stunningly well. But it has been fascinating to see how the playing time has been divvied up recently, with that division of labo
r a better indication of who might actually win this job.
Manuel, Cassel and Taylor ping-ponged in this game, and Manuel and Taylor combined to complete 19-of-21 passes for 292 yards and two TDs. On the Bills' second drive, Manuel found a wide-open Charles Clay to the post for a 67-yard touchdown.Sat, Aug 29Pittsburgh19 - 43BuffaloGame Recap
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Last weekend, Mangold was awakened in his north Jersey home about 10 minutes from the team's training facility when his car alarm went off. After finding his garage door open, Mangold then phoned the police with the information about the break-in.
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