Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago
LONDON – The most popular footballer in London right now is a lad by the name of Beckham.
His mug is all over social media and TV advertisements. Local schoolchildren jump for joy at the chance to meet him. His jersey is flying off of shelves. He’s been involved in his fair share of celebrity drama.
No, not that Beckham and not that football either.
This Beckham, the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is across the pond for a Sunday contest against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. And, though his recent elaborate post-touchdown celebrations have drawn the ire of his coach, his quarterback and the league, Beckham, to quote another budding global superstar, is just having fun with it.
“You have to live life,” Beckham said at a Friday news conference. “You have to enjoy it and have fun. No matter what I do it’s going to bring extra attention, good and bad. If I dye my hair, if I wear some funky shoes, there’s going to be extra attention.”
“It’s going to be like a dream come true,” Beckham said of playing in front of the UK crowd. “Hopefully I can get out there and just have fun and just embrace it and enjoy the moment. You don’t get too many like that.”
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Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago
The Tennessee Titans are being very prudent in quarterback Marcus Mariota’s development.
While there have been more read-option elements in the offense lately, and Mariota is good when he scrambles, the Titans don’t rely on his running ability. When you rely on that, you end up with a quarterback who can’t play from the pocket. Maybe the Titans would get some better results immediately by asking Mariota to run more, but they are developing Mariota to be a pocket passer. And there are ups and downs that go along with that.
Mariota has made 18 NFL starts. Although we’re living in a world of instant gratification, Mariota is right where he should be in his development. That means there are some good things about his play, and some things he needs to work on too. He is still a beat late on some throws, and can struggle with consistent accuracy. He’ll perceive pressure that isn’t there, something else you’ll find in many young pocket quarterbacks. The Titans aren’t living with extreme ups and downs, because there is a certain stability to Mariota’s game, but he has to get better in some areas. That’s normal.
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Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago
As they’ve tried to ignore the tempest brewing around them over the past 36 hours or so and seemingly done whatever they could to make the situation worse (“We’re not worried about the outside noise,” Ben McAdoo? Really?), the New York Giants, at some point, had to do something about kicker Josh Brown.
The team left Brown home on Thursday as it traveled to London for Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Rams, and on Friday morning, McAdoo professed that the Giants weren’t going to turn their backs on Brown.
And now Brown has been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The commissioner’s exempt list was likely the only option the Giants had; if the team or league tried to suspend him again (he was suspended for the first game of this season), it probably would have been overturned.
Dear Mr. Brown:
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago
WARNING: In the following post I will desperately try to squeeze in a lot of jokes you will not get if you haven’t seen “The Big Lebowski,” the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult hit that is also the funniest movie ever made. And if you haven’t seen the movie … what are you thinking?
Aaron Rodgers wins. Cam Newton can dress like Willy Wonka or whatever he has planned this weekend and it will not beat Rodgers – or Aaroner, or El Aaronerino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – coming to his postgame press conference wearing the same sweater as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”
There’s a Green Bay Packers quarterback I want to tell you about. Quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers. Now this here story I’m about to unfold took place on Thursday night, just after the time the Packers won their conflict with John Fox and the Bears. I only mention it because sometimes there’s a quarterback … I won’t say a hero, because, what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a quarterback – and I’m talking about Aaron Rodgers here – sometimes there’s a quarterback, well, he’s the quarterback for his time and place.
The quarterback abides.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago
I still believe the Arizona Cardinals are a good team. I think the Seattle Seahawks have the potential to be a great team, yet again.
Finally, a good prime-time matchup.
The NFL’s prime-time television ratings are down and we can blame a thousand reasons, but the most important is that the prime-time matchups haven’t been good. In other words: Chicago Bears, please quit ruining our night games. The one on “Sunday Night Football” this week should be our best one so far this year. It could be one of the best games all season.
The 3-3 Cardinals are slowly digging out of a 1-3 hole, and their season will take a big turn on Sunday. A 4-3 record with a win in hand against the best team in the NFC West would be a lot different than 3-4 and trailing the Seahawks by three in the loss column.
I think the Cardinals take a big step and get a win on Sunday. The Seahawks might be the better team, but the Cardinals have the urgency and they’re at home. Either way, let’s just get one great prime-time game this season, OK?
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Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago
Annie Apple, the mother of cornerback Eli Apple, was one of the darlings of the run-up to this year’s NFL Draft for her way of keeping it real: she wouldn’t let her son accept an offer of a pricey Rolex before the draft because, as she said, he was an“unemployed college dropout” at the time.
Eli Apple wasn’t unemployed for long. The New York Giants made him the 10th overall pick, and he’s played in four of the Giants’ games this season, with one start. Annie Apple has remained in the public eye, not just through her funny and informative Twitter feed, but also was hired as a contributor to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
Appearing on WFAN on Thursday after the Brown situation, well, hit the fan, owner John Mara inexplicably said, “(Brown) admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past. What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”
Jackie Bamberger at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago
LONDON – New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo continued to voice support for Josh Brown in the face of newly released police documentsin which the kicker admitted to abusive behavior toward his ex-wife.
Brown was left off the team’s flight to London following the release of the documents Wednesday, but McAdoo stuck by his player in a Friday news conference as the team preps to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium.
“It was a tough conversation with Josh,” McAdoo said. “We’re not going to turn our back on Josh. He’s our teammate.”
McAdoo said he went to each position group personally to inform them of the decision to leave Brown at home for the trip.
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago
When more information was released in the Josh Brown case this week, including admissions by Brown that he abused his ex-wife, the New York Giants and National Football League said they did not know about it. The Giants left Brown home from a road game in London after the latest information became public.
The NFL specifically said it tried to request the information from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was denied. Technically, that’s true, Sheriff John Urquhart said. But, with the NFL placing the public blame on his office, he shot back at the league for its investigative work.
Urquhart said that his office did get an email from Rob Agnew requesting documents. The message was from a Comcast email address. The sheriff’s office didn’t know Agnew was a security representative for the NFL in Seattle, because Agnew never told them.
“’NFL, National Football League,’ he could have (said) any of that,” Urquhart told KIRO. “Robert Agnew, Comcast.net, post office box in Woodinville. We had no idea who this yokel is.”
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Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
At their most desperate time, the Green Bay Packers leaned on two overlooked receivers to bail them out of their offensive struggles in a 26-10 winover the Chicago Bears on Thursday to improve to 4-2. Well, one receiver and one hybrid player.
Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery, second- and third-round picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, had done little in their careers to justify their draft statuses. Adams spent most of this week in the concussion protocol and had been plagued by drops, which subjected him to the wrath of Packers fans everywhere. Montgomery had 15 catches in 10 career games prior to last week before injuries forced him into the lineup.
But out of necessity, both were pressed into expanded duty — and both responded in the win. Adams finished with a career-high 13 catches (one short of the club record, held by Don Hutson) for 132 yards and his first two-TD game, outshining the Packers’ highly paid duo of Jordy Nelson (one catch) and Randall Cobb (two dropped TD passes). Adams previously had only one 100-yard game and seven touchdowns in 34 regular-season games coming in.
Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
The Chicago Bears less-than-desirable quarterback situation found a way to get worse.
Early in the second quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, replacement starter Brian Hoyer landed hard after being hit by the Packers’ Julius Peppers — a former Bear — and Clay Matthews and was taken to the locker room with a broken left arm.
It did not look good. Hoyer immediately yelled out in pain, and he immediately was taken for X-rays. He later was seen being carted out grabbing his arm near his wrist and forearm and was ruled out for the game.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 21, 2016
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