Posts by Eric Edholm

  • Patriots release damning emails from NFL on leaks of false deflate-gate data

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    The New England Patriots played a trump card on Friday, releasing a string of emails (on their site) between club counsel Robyn Glaser and NFL general counsel Jeff Pash that appears to implicate the league of failing to correct blatant misinformation that helped shape the public narrative in the deflate-gate case.

    Pash oversaw the investigation by Ted Wells, whose report clearly indicated that the PSI figures for the Patriots' footballs in the AFC championship were nowhere close to the bunk ESPN report that 11 of 12 balls tested by officials that night were 2 PSI or more under the legal limit.

    The NFL never set that record straight thereafter, and it was too late. The public already had decided that Tom Brady was a cheater — and a blatant one. By the time Wells' report came out, perception already had become reality, and minds were made.

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  • Photos show Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand heavily wrapped, arm in sling

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    The New York Daily News landed the photo scoop of JPP’s damaged right hand, the result of a July 4 fireworks accident, and it certainly doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies about his ability to play anytime soon, much less effectively.

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First look at Jason Pierre-Paul after fireworks incident.

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    The franchise defensive end’s thoroughly wrapped right hand and arm supported by a sling (what’s that all about?) certainly change the narrative a bit. What's underneath that wrap? How bad is it exactly?

    A day after New York Giants owner John Mara surreally admitted that he had no idea how many fingers his unsigned player had, we know why: there are a few pounds of Ace wrap covering up the hand in question.

    All we have is a still-silent defensive end with an unknown number of digits and no clear path to a resolution in his contract — or playing — status.

  • Redskins gamble on Junior Galette with big character risk, small price tag

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    The Washington Redskins are taking a risk in signing troubled Junior Galette, who landed a one-year deal with the team, even though the reward could be significant.

    Galette was cut by the New Orleans Saints less than a year after he landed a massive contract extension from the team and was named one of its captains. Off-field issues, including a domestic violence arrest and a disturbing video from 2013 surfacing of Galette hitting a woman with a belt, proved too much for the Saints, who took a massive salary-cap hit before cutting him last week.

    The one-year deal, according to Galette's agent, is for the league minimum. That spells out how scared other teams were for a player who notched 22 sacks the past two seasons combined. 

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  • No hesitation: Lovie Smith names Jameis Winston Buccaneers' starting QB

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    Bad news, Seth Lobato fans: Jameis Winston will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback, per head coach Lovie Smith.

    "Jameis Winston will be our starting quarterback," Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Friday. "He'll take first reps tomorrow. We're excited about that."

    “It’s what we already knew, what we saw in camp, what he has done on and off the field here.”

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    Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft, and the Buccaneers' only other quarterbacks on the roster are Mike Glennon (whom the Bucs have dangled in trade talks in the past) and the aforementioned Lobato, he of the zero career pass attempts.

    Smith said he wouldn't have made this move — especially this soon — if he didn't think Winston was ready. The early reports are that Winston has done everything he needs to, preparation-wise, and that he's winning over his teammates to date, which would back up Smith's quick decision.

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  • Brandon Graham says Tim Tebow will not only make Eagles but play a lot

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Why hasn't there been more Tim Tebow talk this offseason? We're kidding — sort of.

    On the one hand, Tebow always will generate buzz, and it reached the point of exhaustion before. But on the other, it has been a bit tame all things considered, especially since Tebow is on a team coached by Chip Kelly with a teammate named Mark Sanchez.

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    Perhaps the tame Tebow talk is because people are suspicious — they simply don't think he'll make the roster, similar to how he was cut by the New England Patriots after the 2013 preseason.

    But you might want to consider the words of Brandon Graham, Tebow's Eagles teammate, who says you might want to recalibrate your expectations for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

    "Tim Tebow is going to shock a lot of people, because he is going to make the team," Graham said on WGPR 107.5 FM. "And I think he will play a lot."

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  • Report: Russell Wilson will become NFL’s second-highest-paid QB

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson agreed to a contract extension that will make him the NFL's second-highest-paid quarterback, according to MMQB's Peter King.

    Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have agreed to a 4-year, $87.6-million extension, per source.

    The contract also includes a $31 million signing bonus, and total guarantees of approximately $60 million. According to Pro Football Talk, the deal is a four-year extension for a total of five years, so Wilson is locked in through the 2019 season.

    Wilson's deal comes in just south of the average of $22 million per season, which the NFL's leading man, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, makes. Wilson and the Seahawks had agreed to a self-imposed deadline of 10 a.m. PT on Friday to agree to an extension.

    Blessed to be w/ this organization for 4 more years! Can't wait to get on field w/ the fellas! @Seahawks #ChampionshipMindset #GoHawks

    Can't keep everyone

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  • Ron Rivera to skip Panthers practices this weekend to attend brother’s funeral

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will miss practices this weekend to attend his brother’s funeral.

    Mickey Rivera, 56, died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, and Coach Rivera sent out a tribute to his brother on Twitter that day.

    My brother Mickey passed today. He was one of my 1st & best teammates. Love u bro #RIP #Riverabrothers4ever

    Rivera will miss Panthers practices on Saturday and Sunday to attend funeral services in Reno, Nev., according to ESPN. Panthers assistant head coach Steve Wilks will run the show in Rivera's absence.

    "It's been a series of ups and downs," said Rivera, who received the news while moving back into his house, which was heavily damaged by fire that happened during the Panthers' playoff run in January. "We got back off of vacation and we were moving back into our home, and then we got the word about my brother, Mickey.

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  • Report: Kam Chancellor will hold out from Seahawks camp, seeking new deal

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The biggest question about the Seattle Seahawks entering the 2015 season seems to be: How will they bounce back following the disappointment of losing the Super Bowl in haunting fashion?

    But that might need adjusting.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor intends to hold out from training camp in search of a new deal. Money, it would appear, is the biggest worry in Seattle right now.

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    In addition to Chancellor, defensive end Michael Bennett is also unhappy with his contract — staying away from volunteer workout and perhaps even requesting a trade — and might join Chancellor as a no-show at the start of camp.

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  • Packers not backing down from Super Bowl talk despite so-so start to camp

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Super Bowl favorites (at least according to many Las Vegas betting houses) got off to choppy start during the pressure portion of practice Thursday, and this was after Aaron Rodgers had thrown an interception to an undrafted rookie cornerback.

    But, being the Green Bay Packers, they still found their groove offensively in the first training camp practice of the year. Dressed in shorts and shells, Rodgers led the first-team offense in the no-huddle session and shook off the earlier rust following a first-down incompletion.

    Then, off it went: The reigning league MVP hit Jordy Nelson on a fade stop for a first down. Eddie Lacy then took an inside zone run for 6 yards. Jeff Janis beat Sam Shields for a chain-mover. Lacy for 6 more. Even after a Bryan Bulaga false start, Randall Cobb made a diving catch from the slot to convert a third-and-11.

    “It wasn’t pretty early, but we got it cranked up there,” center Corey Linsley said.

    In three minutes, the Packers salvaged a rough patch with the first-team offense and at least started to evoke thoughts of what this offense might accomplish again in 2015.

    Or as Linsley said, “We’re shooting for the stars now.”

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  • Packers say Jordy Nelson's hip is no concern after offseason surgery

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers couldn't help but throw a little shade at his friend and leading receiver when asked how Jordy Nelson looked after entering training camp with questions about his surgically repaired hip.

    "Was he even out there?" the Green Bay Packers quarterback playfully asked after Thursday's practice.

    Rodgers, of course, knew. He hit Nelson on a few quality passes during the two-hour session, and in an otherwise uneventful camp-opening practice, Nelson's presence on the field was a sign of good news for the Packers. He had missed parts of OTAs following hip surgery, and even though he took part in drills in June, there was speculation that Nelson could open up camp on the Packers' active/PUP list.

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    But Nelson was a full go. He ran in shells (no pads) at what appeared to be close to full speed, made nice cuts and worked on sharpening his Pro Bowl form. 

    Head coach Mike McCarthy appeared impressed.

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