- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Aaron Rodgers kept the same expression throughout his postgame talk with the media and maintained the same monotone voice. After answering a few questions seriously, Rodgers was asked if he worried at all whether his Green Bay Packers offensive teammates could handle running the up-tempo offense as a full-time speed.
"I am worried about our offensive line," Rodgers said. "There’s a couple of guys who are a little overweight. They have to work a little harder, be a little smarter with their eating habits this week to get ready for a long game."
Rodgers didn't laugh, smile or wink. But everyone knew he was kidding. He then turned serious.
"But this is how we run our offense," he said. "We’ve been doing it in practice, and they have to keep up. And they will."
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The biggest problem with the New York Jets the past few seasons has been a lack of playmakers on offense.
They added a few this offseason, and on Friday night at least, the offense looked a lot better. The new supporting cast has helped quarterback Geno Smith, who officially won the Jets' starting job on Friday.
Chris Johnson has added a positive dimension to the running game. The former Titan has looked sharp this preseason. He had a nice 17-yard run in the first half against the Giants, and a 12-yarder in the second half. Eric Decker was signed from Denver to be the Jets' No. 1 receiver, and he had a nice 27-yard catch in the first half and a short touchdown from Michael Vick in the second half. Rookie tight end Jace Amaro also showed up, with three first-half catches for 28 yards and a touchdown.Fri, Aug 22NY Giants35 - 24NY JetsGame Recap
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – "Dancing with the Stars" is likely not in the future of New York Jets third-string quarterback Matt Simms.
After a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in a preseason game against the Giants, Simms engaged in a brief salsa dance, mocking the touchdown celebration of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. On the replay, the official in front of Simms tried holding it together for a moment, then bowed his head as he cracked up laughing.
You don't see officials often laugh on the field. It was that bad.
“The ref just looked at me and started shaking his head, he was like 'C'mon man, really?' So, I couldn't help it, was like 'Sorry' and kept walking by,” Simms said.
Simms insisted it wasn't a dig at Cruz.
“Not at all, I was just having some fun, nothing personal. I actually worked out with Victor in the offseason this year. I know him personally,” Simms said. “I didn't take a jab at him or anything like that. I was just having some fun with something that everyone knows in the stadium.”
He told the quarterback group earlier this week that he might bust out with the dance move if he threw a touchdown.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The Jacksonville Jaguars wanted to sit Blake Bortles this season. All year, they said. That was that.
Well, if you've seen the Jaguars play this preseason you understand this one fact: Bortles is the team's best quarterback. Not the best for the future or for 2015 or even for Week 8. Right now.
This preseason, Bortles has shown off every physical skill that caused the Jaguars to take him with the third pick of the draft. He has a fantastic arm, great size and moves well. His touchdown throw against the Lions on Friday night, a 13-yarder to Allen Hurns, was a major-league fastball. He was 10-of-16 for 158 yards against Detroit. Even if you were skeptical of Bortles coming in, you have to admit he definitely passes the eye test. He has looked really good.
Now what?Fri, Aug 22Jacksonville12 - 13DetroitGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
TMZ had revealedthat Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was in the middle of a violent outbreak at a Miami nightclub back in March, prior to the Bucs drafted him.
Now Evans and the Buccaneers have issued statements about the incident. Evans apologized for the incident and head ocach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are ready to move on, convinced that Evans has good character.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore attempted to make a tackle early in the second quarter against the Gren Bay Packers but fell motionless after suffering a neck injury.
Moore was taken off the field on a gurney, and he was seen on the television broadcast giving the Lambeau Field crowd thumbs up as he went into the locker room.
The injury appeared serious, and Moore was taken to a local hospital, but X-rays were negative and he'll travel back with the team to Oakland.
Head Coach Dennis Allen says LB Sio Moore's X-rays are negative.
Moore, one of the Raiders' most promising defenders, hit Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on a blitz in the first quarter, forcing an incompletion in the Raiders' 31-21 loss to the Packers.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The scuffle between Jaguars rookie receiver Marqise Lee and Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis in Friday's preseason game looked like most football dust-ups, with a big difference a few seconds after it got broken up.
Toby Gerhart ran left, Lee was blocking, he and Mathis started to lock up and refused to let go. There was some shoving and then they got separated. Then as two officials led Lee away, both suddenly grabbed their flags and threw them.
The abusive language rule.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have Yahoo Sports fantasy expert Andy Behrens discussing all you could possibly want to know about fantasy football. Well, maybe not ALL, but today's topics include:
• What to do if you don't have one of the top four picks
• How to zig as others in your league zag
• What to do about bye weeks
• How to properly value every player in your stable, week to week
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's a good thing New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got his contract situation figured out, because the NFL just took a decent chunk of it away.
Graham was fined $30,000 by the NFL for dunking the football over the goal post twice in last Friday's preseason game, according to numerous sources including the New Orleans Advocate. The NFL actually took it easy on him. As the Advocate pointed out, he could have been fined a little more than $33,000 based on the league's rules for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The cliche that the preseason doesn't matter is true, unless it's the annual exhibition game between the New York Giants and the New York Jets. There's plenty of trash talk between the two sides for what is supposedly a meaningless game.
They even have a trophy for the winner.
It should come as no surprise that these two teams don't like each other. They share the same New York market and both play at MetLife Stadium, making things too close for comfort. The Giants are the historically better team but the Jets have found confidence in recent years and now have rebuilt with a strong, young core. There is nothing but differences between these two organizations, their fans and even how they conduct business. Apparently, the players and coaching staff don't like each other much either.
The latest shot fired came on Wednesday when Jets center Nick Mangold tweeted a picture of the "Snoopy Bowl" trophy given every year to the winner of the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game last year and got the trophy. Mangold was clearly trolling Giants fans: