- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Brandon Marshall has only been with the New York Jets for a few months, but he has gone the extra mile to establish a connection with Geno Smith, his new quarterback.
According to the New York Post, Marshall and Smith have been living together at Smith’s home in New Jersey for the past month.
From the Post:
To help accelerate the chemistry between he and Smith, Marshall moved in with Smith in New Jersey. The two have been living together for the past month. Marshall said he and Smith first met a few years ago and they bonded. The duo got together in South Florida shortly after the trade in March to work out.
Marshall has been impressed with Smith, who is entering his third season as a pro.
“I was just blown away by his maturity and how much he knows,” Marshall said. “This kid is really smart. The sky is the limit for him.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
There are more than a few troubling stories of NFL players struggling to find their way once their football careers are done, but there are also many great stories like Kareem McKenzie's tale.
A fantastic story from the NFL's player engagement site tells of how McKenzie, who played in 161 games over 11 seasons with the New York Jets and New York Giants, needed something to do when his playing career was done after the 2011 season. McKenzie was just 32 and even though he had made plenty of money (including a $37 million deal in 2005) and was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, he was really just beginning his life.
So he decided to become a psychologist.
Los Angeles NFL team update: St. Louis officials sue over stadium, San Diego negotiates with ChargersJay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Conventional wisdom holds that three teams -- the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and the St. Louis Rams -- are in the mix to move to Los Angeles. How true, or likely, that scenario is depends on whom you ask, but what's indisputable is that the threat of moving to L.A. is spurring action in each city ... which, of course, is what the NFL has wanted all along.
Start in San Diego, where the possibility of losing the Chargers has, at long last, galvanized the city into action. The Chargers are meeting with city and San Diego County officials in the coming weeks to discuss a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Ray McDonald and the Santa Clara Police Department must be quite familiar with each other by now.
McDonald, the NFL defensive lineman who was arrested on Monday for an alleged domestic violence incident, was arrested again on Wednesday. This time McDonald was arrested for violating a restraining order that was issued as a result of Monday's incident, the Santa Clara Police Department said. At least this time around there's no NFL team embarrassed by him, considering he was cut on Monday by the Chicago Bears.
McDonald spent his first eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before the team cut him last December, following an arrest for domestic violence (he wasn't charged) and an accusation of sexual assault.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
That smell of body spray and tanning lotion can only mean one thing: "Entourage" is back. For those not in the know, "Entourage" was an HBO series, now a movie, about a Hollywood star and his best pals trundling through a five-star life.
As the movie nears its debut, series creator Doug Ellin sat down with Graham Bensinger to discuss many aspects of "Entourage"'s creation, including all the athlete cameos. What burns Ellin, though, is one that didn't come to pass: Eli Manning, who said he wanted to be on the show and then stood everyone up. Not cool, Eli. Not cool. But in this instance, Tom Brady would get the best of Eli, subbing in at the last second.
You can see the clip of Brady's appearance right here (language warning for the tender-eared). And according to Ellin, Brady almost aced the hole:
"Entourage" opens June 3. And if Eli wants to see it, he'll have to buy his own ticket.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
When you sign a player with off-field red flags, publicly rationalize the move with bad logic and then the player gets in trouble, you end up in a mea culpa press conference to explain what went wrong.
Will the Chicago Bears, and specifically chairman George McCaskey, learn anything from the Ray McDonald situation? Maybe. McCaskey certainly spoke like he would, two days after the Bears cut McDonald following an arrest over a domestic violence allegation.
But, many executives talk like character matters, until they need a pass rusher or red-zone threat.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The Adrian Peterson saga is leading to one of two conclusions, no matter how many alternate paths are suggested.
And if there was any ambiguity about the situation, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer laid them out very simply.
"Adrian really has two choices: He can either play for us or he cannot play," Zimmer told reporters on Wednesday, via the NFL Network. "He's not going to play for anyone else, that's just the way it's going to be."
That's it. That's the list. And the "he'll retire" part of that equation seems like the emptiest of threats.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The show gives viewers a behind the scenes look at training camp and what it takes to make an NFL roster. Beyond the usual storylines focusing on players on the edge of the final 53-man roster, the show highlights the personalities of some of the league’s high-profile players.
The Texans reportedly edged out the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins as HBO’s selection. While some may be disappointed they won’t get some new Rex Ryan soundbites, the Texans have plenty of fun storylines that will make for engaging TV.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
This offseason, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end George Johnson has been engrossed in film study. It isn't film from last season, when he had six sacks with the Detroit Lions, or even clips from other defensive ends around the NFL.
Johnson has his DVR set for something entirely different than football. He watches dog shows.
It may be the most unusual off-the-field interest for any player currently in the NFL. Johnson, who is entering his sixth NFL season and first with Tampa Bay, loves competing on the dog show circuit. He is involved in a local kennel club near his home in Florida and he spends time in the offseason watching dog shows such as the Westminster Kennel Club and other videos online to pick up some tips.
Johnson has two American bullies — like a pit bull, he says, but with more density. His girl, Pepper, has competed in and won several shows and his voice speeds up when talking about her accomplishments. Mambo is a boy and will start competing this summer. Johnson has high hopes for Mambo, and people at the kennel club have begun asking when Mambo will compete.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
DeSean Jackson was noticeably absent on the first day of the Washington Redskins’ organized team activities Tuesday. Later that day, we found out why.
Pictured above is Jackson sitting courtside at Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland alongside Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe and NBA draft prospect Montrezl Harrell.
Jackson also posted a photo of himself with LeBron James after the Cavs clinched a spot in the NBA Finals.