June 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With each passing offseason workout, the New York Giants' new offense is starting to fall into place, with more clues as how coordinator Ben McAdoo plans to run his scheme. Peyton Hillis revealed that there will be a lot more check-down passes under McAdoo than there were under predecessor Kevin Gilbride. Meanwhile, Rueben Randle said the receivers no longer have to make sight adjustments on the ball, which he thinks will help them play faster. Coach McAdoo has done a great job of putting us into position to make plays and use our abilities.
New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason was carted off the field with a right foot injury during the team's organized team activity Thursday. ESPN.com reported that Beason was able to limp to the sideline, but then was carted out of the Giants' indoor practice facility after being examined for several minutes. "I really don't know much about Beason," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. The Giants re-signed Beason to a three-year, $16.8 million contract which contained more than $6 million in guaranteed money.
Manny Ramirez had a season to remember and a Super Bowl to forget. Playing a full season at center for the first time in 13 years, he anchored Denver's offensive line and helped Peyton Manning post the best statistical season of his unparalleled career in 2013. Keeping up with Manning's famed audibles and offensive coordinator Adam Gase's frenetic pace, Ramirez's on-the-fly line adjustments helped keep his quarterback's jersey clean right through the AFC championship. On the first snap of the Super Bowl, Manning lined up in the shotgun and called for the ball from his 14-yard line, but his center couldn't hear the cadence.
HBO approached the Cleveland Browns about being the subject of this year's "Hard Knocks," not even knowing that the most talked-about player of this spring and summer would be joining the team. Coach Mike Pettine, who is in his first year with the Browns, said no to "Hard Knocks," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That came before the draft. Just imagine the ratings had HBO already locked in the Browns and then chose rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.  Pettine told the Plain Dealer that he wasn't sure if HBO asked the Browns again after they drafted Manziel, but the answer apparently would remain no. The reasons for Pettine turning down the show were sound. "It was for the same reason we didn't feel super comfortable having a camera in the draft room," Pettine told the Plain Dealer. "Let's get through the first time, let's get through the first year." There's a reason the NFL allows exemptions for teams with first-year coaches if there are no volunteers and the league has to pick a team. The term "distractions" is used way too often (seriously, NFL players and coaches aren't that fragile) but managing life as a new coach with a camera crew in all your meetings might be a bother. It's early June and there's still no word on who will be the "Hard Knocks" team. Either the NFL and HBO are picking among multiple volunteers (unlikely), there is one volunteer and everyone has kept it quiet perhaps to heighten interest (possible), the league is still hoping a volunteer emerges (doubt it), or the NFL is figuring out how to force a reality show on a team that doesn't want it. There are 24 teams that have at least one of the exemptions and can't be forcibly picked to do the show, so the eight possible candidates that can be selected to do the show whether they want to or not are the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams. It will be interesting to see if one of those teams has to do it because nobody else wanted to. The show, which follows a team around in training camp and is popular among fans because it's a great inside look at NFL life, is not as popular among teams it seems. Well, teams might love the show, as long as they aren't the subject. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
This is the dullest time for the hardcore NFL fan. You can only read so many "At minicamp, (late-round receiver you'll never hear of again) looks like the team's next star!" updates before you pass out. Every four years, something fills the void: The World Cup. Maybe you, Mr. Football Fan, don't watch futbol. Too little scoring, too much flopping, too many vuvuzelas. Well, you're missing out. The World Cup is a tremendous event. Put it this way, the world cares as much about this soccer tournament even more than you care about that preseason opener against the Bills. Crazy, I know! We're here to help. We've paired all 32 World Cup teams with a NFL counterpart, to give you a reference point as you watch the matches in Brazil. Arizona Cardinals – Algeria  World Cup qualifications for Algeria have been scarce, as this is just its second trip since 1986. Should sound familiar to Cardinals fans. Atlanta Falcons – Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina weren’t on the soccer scene until very recently, but come in pretty well respected, like the 2012 Falcons. Hopefully they don't have a 2013 Falcons run coming. Baltimore Ravens – Greece Greece plays a really unappealing but relatively successful defensive-first style, leading to many awful low-scoring games but a fair share of wins. Ray Lewis would be proud. Buffalo Bills – Netherlands The Netherlands have finished as the runner-up in the World Cup three times but never have won the title. In 1978 the Netherlands played in the title game against Argentina, was bothered that their opponent stalled, and had a chance to take a late lead but a kick hit the left post. Not exactly “wide right” and the Giants controlling the clock in Super Bowl XXV, but close.
Jadeveon Clowney has his rookie contract with the Houston Texans. The top overall choice in last month's draft, Clowney signed a four-year contract with the Texans on Friday. Houston has an option for a fifth year, as in all NFL contracts with first-round picks under the current collective bargaining agreement. A star defensive end since entering South Carolina in 2011, Clowney will become an outside linebacker with the Texans.
First overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and the Houston Texans on Friday agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $22.72 million guaranteed, including a signing bonus of $14.518 million. Clowney is expected to instantly become a key chess piece in the Texans' 3-4 defense under coordinator Romeo Crennel. Clowney will play outside linebacker in the base defense, then drop down and rush with his hand in the dirt on obvious passing situations. Now that I'm in the NFL, hopefully, I'll be a Hall of Famer someday."
Former New York Giants safety Will Hill signed with the Arena League's Arizona Rattlers. Hill, who was slated to start in the Giants' secondary this season, was waived by the team on Monday after reportedly getting suspended six games for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. According to reports, Hill had a year-long ban reduced to six games after his third violation following an appeal. The Giants then cut ties with him.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. -- New York Giants running back David Wilson is still trying to stay positive after learning Wednesday that results from an MRI were not as good as he hoped -- although they weren't bad either. Wilson has made no attempt to hide his anxiousness regarding gaining medical clearance to resume a full range of football activities that includes contact. "There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion," Giants team physician Dr. Russell Warren said in a statement.
The New York Giants recently learned two members of their secondary were suspended by the NFL for failing drug tests during the offseason. Starting free safety Will Hill received a six-game suspension, and the Giants quickly waived the talented player on Monday after his third drug-related offense in as many years. On Wednesday, third-year cornerback Jayron Hosley was slapped with a four-game suspension that begins at the start of the regular season. The loss of Hill and Hosley - players who both started at one point in the Giants' secondary last year - was a blow to the Giants.

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