- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
You can make an argument that Jameis Winston is a similar player to Matt Ryan.
That's theoretical, of course, because Winston hasn't played in the NFL yet. But physically and stylistically there are similarities, especially to Ryan when he was coming out of Boston College.
And that's good, because we can get a better idea how Winston will transition to the pros seeing as how he'll be with the same offensive coordinator Ryan had the past three years.
This offseason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Dirk Koetter to be their offensive coordinator. I like that fit between him and Winston, because I think Koetter is a very good offensive coach.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
The Chicago Bears could have said that they were signing Ray McDonald because he was a good defensive end and they didn't care at all about his past. That would have been the truth, right? Instead they tried to spin it, and that looks pretty dumb after McDonald was arrested again on Monday.
CSN Bay Area confirmedthat McDonald was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Areafirst broke the news, and he said McDonald was arrested for domestic violence and possible child endangerment. The Santa Clara Police Department, in a news release, said McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a female while she was holding a baby.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Tennessee Titans' draft was fascinating.
They had a conviction in quarterback Marcus Mariota and took him with the second overall pick in the NFL draft. I won't knock them for that, and for the most part I like Mariota. But the rest of their draft showed they want to play a certain way that you don't necessarily think of when you think of Mariota.
Mariota comes from a spread shotgun offense at Oregon. There has been a lot of talk of how coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff will incorporate some spread concepts for Mariota, and they likely will, but they don't appear to be trying to build a spread-based offense over the long haul. Two of the Titans' picks tell us that.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Randy Moss obviously took a friendship forged with a young fan early in his career pretty seriously. That's why he was at her high school graduation this week.
Moss reportedly promised Kassi Spier, who he reportedly met during his rookie year of 1998 at an autograph signing, that he'd be at her high-school graduation. Spier, who according to the Forum of Fargo-Moorheadbattled leukemia when she was young and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013, graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in Minnesota. On Friday, Spier was one of 72 graduates to walk across the stage, according to the Pelican Rapids Press, and Moss handed Spier her diploma.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
The NFL Players Association isn't happy with Roger Goodell, and the NFL's refusal of the union's request that Goodell recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal won't help.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that the NFL unsurprisingly denied the NFLPA's request that Goodell be recused from hearing Brady's appeal for his four-game suspension stemming from deflate-gate. Other reports, such as from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, say that the NFL said late Friday it had not made an official decision on the matter.
Relations between the union and the league were clearly strained before that announcement. It was easy to see that during NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith's interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines, in which the union chief criticized Ted Wells' report and Goodell, and laid out his reasons why Goodell should not oversee the appeal. That interview came before the NFL's official rejection of the request.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
The Canadian Football League wasn't defensive end Michael Sam's first choice, but it was his best one right now as he tries to establish a professional career.
Sam, the former co-SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri, was the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL when the St. Louis Rams took him in the seventh round in 2014. Despite a productive preseason, the Rams cut him before the regular season started. The Dallas Cowboys added Sam to their practice squad, but cut him before the regular season was done. That was Sam's last NFL job.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
It seems like our list of "Hard Knocks" candidates is down to three, and no, the Cleveland Browns aren't on the list.
The Browns did not want to be on the HBO reality show that follows a team through training camp, because quarterback Johnny Manziel is returning from a stint in rehab and he doesn't need that kind of spotlight on him. That's fair. But ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossiseemed to come up with our list of three candidates: Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
Aaron Hernandez appeared in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., on Thursday, this time featuring a large new neck tattoo that reads "LIFETIME" over a star design. The photo below on the left was taken in court on April 15, the day Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd; the photo on the right was taken Thursday:
In superior court Thursday, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted witness intimidation. Hernandez is charged with trying to silence a witness in a double-murder case against the former New England Patriots player.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
We’re still four months away from the season, and the New York Giants are already down an offensive lineman.
The team announced Thursday that starting left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights on Tuesday. The injury required surgery, which will keep him out of action for “five to six months.”
Beatty, entering his seventh season, has played in 82 games and started 63 for the Giants since the team selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
The best thing about Bud Grant holding a garage sale is not that an NFL icon is selling some old stuff, it's that he's having a freaking garage sale .
Grant's garage sale, in which he's tweeting out his home address to come on by, includes old Vikings stuff, fishing and hunting gear and now we're a backyard hockey rink and some lutefisk from this being the most Minnesota thing that has ever happened.
Grant is a legend in Minnesota in just about every way. He won nine letters as an athlete at the University of Minnesota, played for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers in addition to an NFL playing career. He then coached the Minnesota Vikings to four Super Bowls. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And now Grant is inviting everyone to his house for some deals on his used stuff. There are dozens of tweets chronicling the event @HPBudGrant, but here are some highlights: