- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The big story in scouting circles this week has been the latest incident involving talented but troubled Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
Scouts are taking close note of the profanity-laced incident on campus, where Winston stood on a table and shouted a few curse words (that were related to a popular internet meme) amid a slew of FSU students — all of whom know Winston's name and face.
Social media helped the story go viral, and Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher has suspended Winston for the first half of the game against Clemson in a key matchup.
Txt from NFL scout on Jameis Winston: "he keeps filling up the 'recurring stupidity' column."
Although Winston and his camp have said the third-year sophomore intends to stay in school past this season, some are more convinced now than ever that his days in Tallahassee are limted and that he could declare for the NFL draft.
But others think his draft stock has been hurt by this latest incident, reinforcing some of the character and maturity questions that have cropped up before during his checkered stay in school, and feel his best option might be to stay.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The NFL's ongoing struggles have put every single player in the spotlight, each one a de facto representative of the league and its policies. Some, like Tom Brady, have shrugged their shoulders and declined to speak about anything other than X's and O's. Others have addressed the questions of domestic violence and the league's image head-on.
Yes, it's fallen to Eli Manning to go where Brady refused to tread. (You can write your own Super Bowl-related jokes here.) At Wednesday's Giants media session, Manning was asked about the league's current problems with domestic violence, alleged child abuse, and other crises.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Jonathan Dwyer, who was arrested on allegations of two incidents of aggravated assault from July involving a woman and a small child, has been placed on the reserve/non-football injury list by the Arizona Cardinals, according to reports.
Reports indicate that the woman was Dwyer's wife and that he head-butted her.
This is fascinating because it differs from the transactions made by the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers with Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy, respectively, following their domestic-abuse incidents. Those two teams placed Peterson and Hardy on the cxempt/commissioner 's permission list.
Here's the main differences: The NFL needed to grant the Vikings and Panthers permission for those players to land on that list, and they're being paid while out. Dwyer's designation means the Cardinals could opt not to pay his salary.
But it begs the question: What's Dwyer's non-football injury? It appears the team could be fearful of his mental health.Sun, Sep 211:05 PM PDTSan Francisco at ArizonaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The bond between the Kemoeatu brothers is so tight that when Chris' career with the Pittsburgh Steelers ended because he needed a kidney transplant, that was it for Ma'ake and his Baltimore Ravens career too.
"He couldn't play anymore, and I didn't want to be in a position where he couldn't play but I'd keep playing," Ma'ake Kemoeatu , a former nose tackle, said according to the Associated Press. "As soon as my brother's health was at risk I wanted to stop everything."
Chris Kemoeatu's health was more important than football, and Ma'ake Kemoeatu helped him in an incredible way, not only quitting his NFL career but donating a kidney.
The kidney transplant surgery on Aug. 27 went well, and the two talked to the media on Wednesday. Ma'ake, now 35, quit the Ravens in 2012. Chris, now 31, was a guard for the Steelers for seven seasons before his health forced him from the game.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
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Now, before I get to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's outright lie about why Philadelphia cut receiver DeSean Jackson, I know why he did it.
Before Jackson's first game against Philadelphia since the Eagles cut him, Kelly was of course asked about why the team cut Jackson this past offseason. The Redskins signed Jackson shortly after he was cut. There were plenty of rumors about why the Eagles let him go, including one explosive story from NJ.com that said the team was worried about Jackson's possible gang activity.
Whatever Kelly's real reason, Jackson was gone after a 1,332-yard, nine-touchdown season. And it serves Kelly no purpose to say the real reason. He doesn't want to make Jackson any more motivated than he already is, not to mention that he doesn't need the union looking into what his reason was.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Peyton Manning is probably the most oft-interviewed NFL player in the game, and it's because he's a good, thoughtful quote no matter what the subject. Peter King took on the challenge of asking Manning questions he'd never been asked, and the result was an interesting and far-ranging, though not particularly controversial, Q&A in King's MMQB.
Best moment: Manning, who owns interest in Papa John's franchises, drops a broad reference to Colorado's new legalized-marijuana laws: "There’s some different laws out here in Colorado," Manning said, answering a question about his political awareness. "Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes." Why, Peyton, WHATEVER COULD YOU MEAN?
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith reflects:
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Kristian R. Dyer writes for Metro New York and is a contributor to Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KristianRDyer
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Tom Brady has one of the greatest quarterbacking résumés of all time: three Super Bowl titles, nearly 50,000 passing yards, a 361-134 TD-INT ratio, a 149-44 regular-season record, and plenty more.
As it turns out, Brady had a pretty decent résumé before his NFL career started, too.
Brady was a sixth-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2000, and he even considered selling insurance as he kept sliding in the draft.
So it's no surprise that he had his life experience well organized and ready to send out to prospective employers in case that football thing didn't work out. Brady found his old résumé and posted it on his official Facebook account on Thursday.
Some fun stuff in there for Mr. Thomas E. Brady, Jr. Among the highlights:Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTOakland at New EnglandPreview Game
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
It's been a string of bad news for the NFL — on the field and off — but here's a bit of good news for fantasy football owners and Cincinnati Bengals fans alike: A.J. Green appears healthy enough to play in Week 3.
The right toe injury that forced Green from Sunday's 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons "feels good," and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on a conference call to Tennessee Wednesday — and reiterated to Sirius XM radio Thursday — he expects his All-Pro wide receiver to take the field against the Titans.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTTennessee at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
For some, the Adrian Peterson controversy comes down to personal feelings about what is acceptable when disciplining your child.
Peterson, the Vikings star running back who was indicted for causing injuries to his 4-year-old son, faced physical punishment when he was growing up, and his mother didn't hide that fact. Peterson's mother Bonita Jackson, speaking to the Houston Chronicleon Wednesday, said her son was "trying hard to be a good parent" and stuck up for Peterson. The Chronicle story said Jackson said she " used her hand, switches and belts to occasionally spank all of her six children in order to correct their behavior ."
"I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Jackson, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, told the Chronicle. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world.
"When you whip those you love, it's not about abuse, but love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong."