- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 mins ago
Roger Griffin III is trying to his get his life, his career and his passwords back.
According to SB Nation, Griffin's official Instagram account "liked" a post from another user that slammed the Washington Redskins, their "sorry ass team owner" and dropped an #ImpeachDanSnyder hashtag for good measure (in case the subtlety hadn't come through earlier).
Griffin then responded with a block-lettering mandate headlined "I JUST WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT" and then went on to throw "one of the interns" under the bus for authorizing the previous like, saying he didn't have access to his own passwords. (An aside: Has Hillary Clinton tried that one yet?)
The always-blame-the-intern routine might work for other folks in D.C., but Griffin's approval rating is hovering at Rick Santorum-esque levels currently.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Running back Trent Richardson didn't make the Oakland Raiders' roster. He didn't even make the cutdown to 75 players on Monday.
Richardson was released by the Raiders, as reported by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Richardson might be done in the NFL after his abrupt end in Oakland. The Raiders gave him a two-year, $3.85 million contract with $600,000 guaranteed, according to Spotrac, which seemed high because who were they bidding against? Richardson was traded from Cleveland and failed spectacularly with the Indianapolis Colts. The third overall pick of the 2012 draft averaged just 3.1 yards per carry with the Colts in 29 games.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The Jacksonville Jaguars spent big money on a splashy free-agent addition, former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. The Jaguars, though, are going to have to wait a while to see him in action.
Thomas is expected to need surgery on a tendon in his finger and will miss 4-5 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Thomas is seeking a second opinion.
This is another tough blow for a Jaguars team that already lost pass rusher Dante Fowler, the third pick of the draft, back in his first offseason minicamp.
Thomas suffered a broken middle finger in the Jaguars' preseason opener, but he was supposed to be ready for Week 1. Something changed in the diagnosis.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Amid the news that Kirk Cousins was 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.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 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 Corner18 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 Corner19 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.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 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.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Monday was a busy day in the NFL for trades, even if none of them involved major players.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dealt 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 unaffected by the news of the Wright deal or his status on the team.
Lol.. People So Concerned About Me
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner21 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.