- Shutdown Corner at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Get ready for some bonus Wednesday preseason football.
Instead of having all 16 games this week on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their preseason finale against the Washington Redskins has been rescheduled for Wednesday. They’re trying to avoid Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to hit the Tampa area.
What about all the fans who planned their weeks around the Buccaneers-Redskins game? What about the folks who were anticipating … oh, I can’t do it anymore — nobody cares about the fourth preseason game. Very few starters see the field in the last preseason game and most teams approach it like they wish there was a running clock. But there are probably some fans who were looking forward to attending and won’t be able to with the last-minute change, and there are a lot of logistical issues for Washington, as the road team.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is the oldest player in the NFL at 43 years old, and will turn 44 just before the end of the regular season. But he hasn’t really been showing his age: last year he made 25 of his 27 field goal attempts, and actually missed more extra points than three-point tries (he was 32-for-35).
Despite that, Vinatieri revealed on Monday that he’ll play just three more seasons – or fewer.
Appearing on the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take,” Vinatieri was asked how much longer he’ll keep kicking.
“We’ll see,” he said. “Maximum would be three years, minimum would be day-to-day.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is under a lot of scrutiny and pressure after sitting for the national anthem as part of a political statement. He has said he understands the possible ramifications. He has played long enough to be secure financially if this ends up negatively impacting his career.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres might share Kaepernick’s feelings on how black people are treated in the United States, and he said he wanted to join in the protest, but his agent talked him out of sitting down like Kaepernick.
Tavarres, who was undrafted out of Incarnate Word but most Eagles writers have said has a shot at the 53-man roster, initially said on Monday he’d join the protest and sit during the national anthem. He said he thought about doing it last week.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers, but this isn’t your everyday punter trade.
First of all, the timing is fascinating. Not on the Panthers’ end; their expected punter, Mike Scifres, suffered a knee injury against the New England Patriots and had to leave the game. But for the Browns, they could not have enjoyed watching Lee, their former Pro Bowl punter, completely dog it on a 73-yard punt return touchdown by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Adam Humphries.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
The Colin Kaepernick controversy has stirred up quite the discussion. Even two brothers, one of whom coached Kaepernick, took slightly different tacks on the matter.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem on Friday and his intention to continue doing so. Harbaugh then went all Age of Enlightenment on us, via ESPN.com.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
The torrent of opinions on Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the National Anthem as a silent protest to racial injustice in the United States has not yet begun to slow, and Monday we saw NFL players on both sides of the discussion weigh in.
In Miami, Dolphins running back Arian Foster was supportive of Kaepernick, particularly his reasoning behind his protest, though Foster said he wouldn’t have taken the tack Kaepernick has chosen.
Like many African-Americans, Foster can point to at least one incident of racial profiling.
As a teenager, Foster and his father were driving north on Interstate 5 between San Diego and Los Angeles when they were pulled over.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Joey Bosa won’t be re-entering the 2017 draft after all. His holdout didn’t even last through the fourth preseason game.
The San Diego Chargers announced they’ve signed Bosa, the Ohio State defensive end who was the third pick of this year’s draft, to a four-year contract. That came a week after the holdout included some public angst from both sides, and it looked like Bosa and the team were further apart than ever.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
The Dallas Cowboys say they’ll look for veteran quarterback help to back up Dak Prescott while Tony Romo is out.
Prescott will be a Week 1 starter after Romo was knocked out of the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with a broken bone in his back. It’s not known how much time Romo will miss, but estimates say it could be half the season. The Cowboys have yet to decide whether to place Romo on injured reserve, with the option to bring him back later in the season.
- Henry Bushnell at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Two weeks before the 2015 NFL draft, on a blustery mid-April morning, I sat across from Trevor Siemian in the lobby of McGaw Hall, just across the way from Northwestern University football’s ragged yet cozy home, Ryan Field. Siemian’s hair was unkempt, his stubble at least a day old.
In his own monotone words, Siemian admitted to being a “fringe” NFL prospect. He was less than five months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL. “I’m not Todd Gurley, who’s got a knee [injury], but knows he’s gonna be going somewhere,” Siemian said.
After the interview, as Siemian rose to his feet with a slightly pained exhale, I asked him how his rehab was going, how his knee was feeling. He needed just three words to answer:
“I feel old.”
Seventeen months later, Siemian is the starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. He’s the heir to one of the greatest QBs in NFL history. And he’s one of the unlikeliest Week 1 starters the league has ever seen.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
The defending Super Bowl champions will open the season with a quarterback who has one regular-season snap’s worth of experience.
Trevor Siemian has beaten out Mark Sanchez and first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the Denver Broncos’ starting job, the team announced on Monday. It will be Siemian against league MVP Cam Newton in a Super Bowl rematch of the Broncos and Carolina Panthers on opening night of the NFL’s regular season.
The writing appeared to be on the wall after Siemian started the team’s third preseason game and did nothing to lose the job. Sanchez’s snaps and play were in decline after a two-fumble performance in the Broncos’ second preseason game.
Siemian was the 250th overall pick in the 2015 draft and earned a Super Bowl ring as the No. 3 quarterback behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. When Manning got hurt last November, Siemian was elevated to No. 2 — and earned one end-of-half kneel-down snap against the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the regular season.