- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The quarterback who grew up with Tom Brady posters on his wall appears likely to be replacing him as the New England Patriots' starter for the first quarter of the season.
Unless the NFLPA and Brady's lawyers get an injunction, or perform some magic in federal court, Jimmy Garoppolo will be taking snaps from center — or via the shotgun, and he and the Patriots are most accustomed — and throwing live bullets against the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of the most highly anticipated season openers in years.
Nothing but a chicken wing, eh?
Garoppolo's professional career (at least in games that count) is a 27-throw body of work — 17 in the meaningless regular-season finale, and the rest in mop-up duty as a rookie backup to Brady. You know, Brady, the quarterback everyone had dead to rights after four weeks of last season before he turned things so dramatically around to finish the season with a Super Bowl victory.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Apparently, the healing between the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson is complete.
The Vikings decided to celebrate their "Family Day" at training camp this past weekend by tweeting out this photo:
It's hard to imagine that was done without knowing the context. Or that it would draw some attention.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears are five days into training camp, and the extent of first-round wide receiver Kevin White's activity has been limited to looking good in his No. 13 jersey (no pads) and floppy white hat.
While White's teammates dig in for the preseason opener that hits in 10 days, the No. 7 overall pick in April's draft remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and awaits clearance to start running following a shin injury he suffered during OTAs nearly seven weeks ago.
Head coach John Fox said on Monday that he had no timetable for White's training camp debut — or even whether he'll make an appearance during the Bears' practices at Olivet Nazarene University through late August.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless told the media on Monday that his baby daughter died at birth last week, ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde tweeted.
Quarless had missed the start of training camp and head coach Mike McCarthy said on the first day of camp that the tight end was "dealing with a very difficult, extremely difficult family situation" and wasn't sure when he'd rejoin the team.
More Quarless: “It’s the saddest day of my life. I thank this team for the type of support they have given me to help me get through this."
Quarless got in trouble this offseason with an arrest in Miami on gun charges, firing a weapon outside a parking garage, and even though the Packers stuck with him, Quarless has yet to hear from the NFL on a possible suspension related to the matter.
But right now, his thoughts have to be on family. He's back at practice — amazingly — but you certainly could understand if Quarless would need more time away in such a time of tragedy.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Taxpayers in St. Louis might end up partially funding a new NFL stadium for St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the 77th richest man in America at $6.3 billion according to Forbes, and have almost no say in it.
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley ruled that no public vote will be required to build a riverfront stadium for the Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The stadium is expected to cost $998 million, the Post-Dispatch said. The governor's task force broke down the costs for all parties as $250 million from team ownership, a $200 million National Football League loan to the owners, $187 million in tax incentives, $201 million in state and city bond proceeds and $160 million in seat license sales, the report said.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.
Junior Seau San Diego Chargers 1990-2002 Miami Dolphins 2003-05 New England Patriots 2006-09 Linebacker
Seau dragged the Chargers to their one and only Super Bowl appearance with one good arm.
Seau had a pinched nerve in his neck for most of the 1994 season, which meant he was basically playing without his left arm. And in the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh at the end of that season, he had a phenomenal 16-tackle game. It was the quintessential Seau performance, with him flying around everywhere on the field and disrupting the Steelers all day. He was great. The Chargers won their only AFC championship in the final minute when linebacker Dennis Gibson batted down a fourth-down pass deep in San Diego territory.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
NO. 6: DENVER BRONCOS
When you have a quarterback like Peyton Manning, everything else is just the previews before the movie starts.
The story lines around the Denver Broncos all revolve around Manning's fade last season, if this is his last year and how he fits in Gary Kubiak's run-centric offense. Other questions on the first couple days of Broncos camp seemed like an intrusion. (When I visited Broncos camp, I wrote about Manning and the offense too, here and here.)
And you wonder how Denver's third-ranked defense feels about all of that.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
When the NFL asked Maine's Scarborough Police Department to keep an eye on commissioner Roger Goodell's $6.5 million coastal vacation home, "the shield" probably didn't anticipate an aerial attack.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Life around the Dallas Cowboys is just a little different.
If you didn't know that already, it probably became clear when the Cowboys' Twitter feed proudly shared a clip of star receiver Dez Bryant and cornerback Tyler Patmon throwing haymakers at each other when tempers got hot at practice.
And what did owner Jerry Jones think of Bryant, his new $70 million investment, fighting a teammate at training camp?
“That’s good stuff," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "That’s training camp. Now that’s not new. That’s been happening at our training camps for years and years and years. It is a throwback to the years when you saw Michael Irvin out here, Deion [Sanders] and those guys.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The San Diego Chargers have been given a soft deadline of the next 10-14 days to sign quarterback Philip Rivers to a contract extension, and yet Rivers is hardly the only Chargers free-agent-to-be of note in 2016.
Tight end Antonio Gates and safety Eric Weddle also are set to enter the final years of their respective contracts, and with the state of the franchise — this whole L.A. business and all that — up in the air, it's not clear if there's room for all of them to return.
Weddle seems to have realized this, and he's talking like a man who might already have come to the mental grips of playing for a new team in 2016. In an interview with NFL Network, Weddle made it sound like he might have packed a bag or two — and not just for training camp.