Posts by Eric Edholm

  • Now-benched Robert Griffin III featured on Redskins' Week 1 tickets

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 7 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.

    The Redskins' Week 1 game is against the Miami Dolphins, and the face on those tickets ... is none other than that of RG3. (h/t @DarrenRovell via Washington Post)

    RGIII is on the game ticket (1st regular season game vs Dolphins) that he won't be starting in (H/T @dmeslar2)

    It always works out this way, does it not?

    So. Awkward.

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  • Flurry of NFL trades go down; should Lions' Eric Ebron be concerned?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 10 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?

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    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

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  • Has Trent Richardson carried his final ball for the Oakland Raiders?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    It has become fairly obvious based on training-camp reports and preseason performances that Trent Richardson has an uphill climb to make the Oakland Raiders' 53-man roster. 

    The former No. 3 overall pick has struggled, rushing 15 times for 42 yards. Yes, he burst through the hole, just like the salad days at Alabama, for a 15-yard gain late against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night. But it was a glimpse of what was, not what is.

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    Latavius Murray is the Raiders' starter, and it appears that Roy Helu, Taiwan Jones and even Michael Dyer, Richardson's former rival and counterpart from Auburn who has taken the roundabout way to the NFL as an undrafted rookie, look like better options in the backfield. Throw in versatile fullback Marcel Reece, and Richardson is a candidate to be slashed from the roster as early as Tuesday.

    That could have been Richardson. Instead, we're left to wonder if he even will get another chance this season in the NFL. 

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  • Chicago Bears cut longtime starting cornerback Tim Jennings

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    In a move that could kickstart the Chicago Bears' identity shift on defense, the team has released cornerback Tim Jennings.

    The 31-year-old Jennings had started 74 of the past 80 games for the Bears at corner and had four- and nine-interception seasons for them in 2013 and 2012, respectively. He has played nine years in the NFL, with his first four seasons coming with the Indianapolis Colts.

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    Jennings is not considered an ideal fit with the Bears' new defensive scheme, which promises to be more man-coverage heavy. His best skill is in zone coverage, and he might be able to fit a number of teams that play that as their primary coverage.

    Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith is running the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense and could convince Jennings to sign there. The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys also are possibilities, with both teams perhaps seeking more secondary depth.

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  • Chargers say Seahawks rookie Frank Clark tried to punch Philip Rivers

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    San Diego Chargers offensive players were unhappy with Seattle Seahawks rookie Frank Clark after they believe he tried to punch quarterback Philip Rivers on Saturday night, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    After a sack by Jordan Hill, Clark was seen scrapping with Chargers offensive players. Left tackle King Dunlap yanked Clark out of the scrum and received a 15-yard penalty, but it's one Dunlap said he'll take to protect his quarterback, whom his Chargers teammates believed was being mistreated.

    The U-T story quotes an unnamed Chargers player with the punching claim. Those who put their name to the story:

    "That guy was on top of Philip, and that's our quarterback," Dunlap said. "I protect the quarterback at all costs."

    Added right guard D.J. Fluker:

    "That's our quarterback. We're going to protect the jewel of our offense."

  • More preseason injuries: Three Packers injured, including Randall Cobb

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Green Bay Packers had to be holding their breath at the sight of yet another wide receiver going down.

    Randall Cobb suffered a shoulder injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, the severity of which is unknown. Just last week the team lost No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson to a season-ending torn ACL and cannot afford to lose Cobb to a major injury. The good news (for now) is that NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said a broken collarbone has been ruled out for Cobb and that it appears to be relatively minor, although Cobb's Week 1 availability against the Chicago Bears remains a question.

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    The Packers suffered two other notable injuries — starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and safety-corner-return man Micah Hyde (neck) also left the game.

    There were other notable injuries around the NFL Saturday night:

    • Likewise, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton left the game against the Chicago Bears with a neck injury but was "fine" according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

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  • Steve Smith ejected for fighting, then watches rest of game with oldest son

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    You knew Steve Smith wasn't going to leave football without one last scrap with DeAngelo Hall.

    Smith, the Baltimore Ravens receiver who said he plans to retire at season's end, has a long, sordid past with the Washington Redskins' Hall dating back to their days facing each other twice a season in the NFC South.

    In Saturday's preseason game, tensions grew between the Ravens and Redskins after Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson gave an extra hard tackle to Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken, essentially body slamming him at the end of the hit.

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    Both sides started scrapping and — yep — Smith and Hall found each other staring eye to eye. Naturally, they tussled. Smith grabbed Hall's jersey, and Hall did the same to Smith. No obvious punches were swung, but Smith was ejected from the game, saluting the crowd with a nice bow and brilliantly getting himself out of a night's work that really doesn't matter all that much.

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  • EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor shred Steelers, adding intrigue to Bills QB battle

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Well now, this Buffalo Bills quarterback battle just got a little more interesting.

    Matt Cassel started the preseason opener. Tyrod Taylor got his crack in the second game. And it was EJ Manuel's chance to start Saturday's third preseason game.

    All have performed almost stunningly well. But it has been fascinating to see how the playing time has been divvied up recently, with that division of labo

    r a better indication of who might actually win this job.

    Manuel, Cassel and Taylor ping-ponged in this game, and Manuel and Taylor combined to complete 19-of-21 passes for 292 yards and two TDs. On the Bills' second drive, Manuel found a wide-open Charles Clay to the post for a 67-yard touchdown.

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    To start the second half, Taylor again marched down the field — 10 plays, 78 yards — and capped the drive off with a 20-yard touchdown run. His scrambling ability gives Taylor an edge the other two quarterbacks (and Matt Simms) simply don't have.

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  • Falcons, Julio Jones reportedly agree to massive five-year extension

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones reportedly have come to an agreement on a five-year contract extension, first reported by MMQB's Peter King.

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the financial terms first — five years, $71.25 million, with $47 million of it guaranteed. Those numbers exceed the deals signed by franchise-tagged receivers Dez Bryant (five years, $70M, $45 guaranteed) and Demaryius Thomas (five years, $70M, $43.5M) earlier this summer.

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    That would make Jones the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL behind the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson in terms of guaranteed money and average salary per year.

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  • Taylor Swift, U2, country ... what music act does your NFL team like best?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The folks at StubHub have cross-referenced their NFL ticket sales with people in those various cities purchasing concert tickets and, wham bam, we have a pretty fun list. Yes, these musical acts are the ones that NFL fans are most flocking to in each of the 32 areas.

    Here they are:

    Arizona Cardinals — U2

    Larry Mullen Jr. is huge in the desert, apparently.

    Atlanta Falcons — The Rolling Stones

    What, no Widespread Panic?

    Baltimore Ravens — Florida-Georgia Line

    Geographically confused fans.

    Buffalo Bills — Garth Brooks

    Guessing Rex named-dropped him in his opening press conference or something. (Saving "Friends In Low Places" joke for later.)

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    Carolina Panthers — Taylor Swift

    Getting serious for a minute, Swift is not bad. Really. She's like the Panthers: You don't want to give them respect, but at some point you just relent.

    Chicago Bears — The Rolling Stones

    Cincinnati Bengals — Jason Aldean

    Got nothing. Don't listen to his music. Is Aldean the Andy Dalton of country music? No clue.