- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 mins ago
Amid the news that Kirk Cousins has been named the Week 1 starter for the Washington Redskins and that the team might be preparing an exit strategy for Robert Griffin III now comes this, one lasting reminder of the mess in D.C. that still lingers.Sat, Aug 29Washington31 - 13BaltimoreGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Even with the history of dysfunction surrounding the Daniel Snyder-era Washington Redskins, it's still confusing how we've gotten to this point with Robert Griffin III.
Griffin is out as the Redskins' starter. Kirk Cousins will start Week 1 and beyond, as Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. Dianna Marie Russini of ESPNbroke the news.
Gruden confirmed at his Monday press conference that Cousins will start, and it's not a short-term thing. Gruden said Cousins in the starter "for 2015, moving forward."
"It's Kirk's team," Gruden said.
Gruden said that Cousins opened the organization's eyes with his work through the offseason and training camp, and complimented Griffin too.
"We believe in Robert," Gruden said. "It's a good problem to have, to have three quarterbacks who are competing."
Gruden said Snyder had nothing to do with the decision and hasn't stumped for Griffin at all. Gruden made the announcement more about what Cousins has done in practices, and not about any of Griffin's failings.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Jane Rosenberg became famous, or at least her artwork did. If having your work dissected and laughed at by instant social media art critics counts as being famous.
Rosenberg was the Tom Brady courtroom sketch artist. You know the drawing. She drew it in a style that ended up making Brady look unlike the famous celebrity we're used to seeing. And, as folks on Twitter enjoy doing at times, people shamed her over it. Some turned it into a lighthearted thing, taking the sketch and photo-shopping it on famous images; others were downright mean. Rosenberg told the media to tell Tom Brady she was sorry, though that clearly was unnecessary. Gotta love America in 2015.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Monday was billed as a significant day in court for both sides in the deflate-gate case, as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared at Manhattan Federal Court, but the session came and went with little progress in the proceedings.
The most significant news to come out of the brief hearing was Judge Richard M. Berman's announcement that he will rule on the case in the next 48 hours after the two sides failed to reach a settlement for the last time. New York Daily News court reporter Stephen Brown, as always, chronicled the proceeding on Twitter.
Final push by both sides yields no settlement in#deflategate case. Berman to rule in next day or two.Fri, Aug 28New England17 - 16CarolinaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The Buffalo Bills are pinning their playoff hopes on a quarterback who has completed one pass in the past two years, as Tyrod Taylor will finally get his shot.
Taylor won the Bills' starting quarterback job after impressing through the summer and then playing well in the preseason. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported the Bills have picked Taylor to be their Week 1 starter. He passed veteran Matt Cassell and held off EJ Manuel, a 2013 first-round pick who gave him a spirited run by playing well in the preseason.
What should we expect out of Taylor? It's hard to say since he has almost no track record in the NFL regular season.Sat, Aug 29Pittsburgh19 - 43BuffaloGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Monday was a busy day in the NFL for trades, even if none of them involved major players.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Tim Wright to the Detroit Lions to give them another pass-catching tight end. But isn't that what Eric Ebron, the 10th overall pick of the 2014 draft, was supposed to provide?
Wright got off to a nice start early last season with the New England Patriots after coming over from Tampa Bay in the Logan Mankins deal but was an afterthought down the title stretch. He was waived and claimed by the Bucs, who originally signed Wright after he went undrafted in 2013.
Ebron isn't in any trouble for a roster spot, but there is growing concern that he might never fulfill his massive potential — even a little more than a year into his tenure there. But Ebron seems rather unaffected by the news of the Wright deal or his status on the team.
Lol.. People So Concerned About MeSat, Aug 29Cleveland31 - 7Tampa BayGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
As if the NFL didn't have enough controversy 10 days from the 2015 season opener between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, Sony Pictures just released the trailer for "Concussion," a movie based on the true story of the doctor who discovered the link between football and head trauma.
On the same day NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared in court opposite Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Sports Illustrated's Peter King unveiled the two-minute trailer in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, and it doesn't exactly shine a favorable light on the league.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Nothing lasts forever in the NFL, not even Fred Jackson playing running back for the Buffalo Bills.
Jackson, who was with the Bills since 2006 and became a fan favorite, was cut when the team sliced the roster to 75 players, according to Yahoo's Charles Robinson. Jackson just returned from a hamstring injury for the Bills' third preseason game. He had a 41-yard run in what would be his last action with Buffalo.
The Bills had plenty of depth at running back, as they get ready to run Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound plan, and the 34-year-old Jackson didn't fit the plans anymore. Jackson's Bills career ends with 5,646 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns.
Jackson was undrafted out of Coe College, and played in indoor football and NFL Europe before finally getting a shot with the Bills. Given his humble beginnings and his productivity into his 30s, he was very popular in Buffalo.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner5 hrs 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 Corner6 hrs 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.