June 2016


After skipping the Buffalo Bills' entire spring schedule of voluntary workouts, cornerback Stephon Gilmore provided one good reason why he showed up for practice on Tuesday. ''It's mandatory,'' Gilmore said. Rather than risk being fined by the Bills for refusing to report, Gilmore was a grudging participant in opening the team's three-day mandatory minicamp.
After missing all of last season, wide receiver Victor Cruz is inching closer to playing for the New York Giants. Cruz surprised many by running routes and catching passes during individual drills on Tuesday, the opening day of a three-day minicamp. It was a big one for Cruz.
Defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, who had a 14-year NFL career, has died at age 41. According to the Chicago Tribune, Robinson was found in a Milwaukee, Wis., motel room and pronounced dead late Saturday night. Milwaukee Police said they are investigating the situation as a sudden death.
Curley Johnson, who punted for the New York Jets in their Super Bowl victory in 1969, has died. The team announced that Johnson died at his home in Granbury, Texas, on Sunday, a day after celebrating his 61st wedding anniversary with his wife, Janet. Johnson, who also played running back, tight end and returned kickoffs during his career, signed with the then-Titans as a free agent in 1961 and played for the Jets franchise through the 1968 season.
Denver made a clear statement about its evaluation of Miller. And those who have spoken with Miller say he's not pleased with it.
The Twitter crowd will have to find someone else to make fun of on NFL Sundays, because it won't have Mike Carey to skewer anymore. Bob Raismann of the New York Daily News reported on Saturday that CBS would not be brining back Carey , its in-studio rules analyst, for the 2016 season after two less-than-stellar years. The Big Lead has a network spokesperson confirming the news , saying CBS and Carey have "mutually agreed to part ways." CBS hired Carey in 2014, after he retired from a 23-year career as an NFL official, to give it a rules analyst to compete with Fox Sports, which had hired former official and NFL vice president Mike Pereira in 2010. But where Pereira has been a fantastic hire for Fox, Carey was the opposite for CBS. He was frequently wrong when asked to predict what the verdict would be on challenged plays, and he was also stiff on camera. It was not a good combination. USA Today ran down some of Carey's frequent flubs and problems last November, and during the broadcast of Super Bowl 50, Carey was brought in just once, when Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera challenged a call of an incomplete pass. After saying it was a good challenge by the Panthers and that based on replays he would reverse the call, game referee Clete Blakeman announced the call of a non-catch would be upheld. It was Carey's television tenure in a nutshell. And his mistakes have not been forgotten: just this week, after the NFL's Twitter feed was hacked to announce that commissioner Roger Goodell had died, Yahoo's Andy Behrens tweeted this: Mike Carey says the commish is dead, tweet stands. — Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) June 7, 2016 As an official, Carey was well-respected, and was the first African-American to be named referee of a Super Bowl. He was referee of Super Bowl XLII between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.
So much for Von Miller's prediction of peaceful contract talks this offseason. An impasse in negotiations has uncorked the startling possibility that the Super Bowl MVP could sit out the 2016 season. It's a remote possibility, to be sure, one that could harm his popularity and marketability that have skyrocketed since he wrecked the Carolina Panthers' coronation at the Super Bowl.
A year after being moved to receiver by the Seattle Seahawks, B.J. Daniels is once again trying to make it as an NFL quarterback. This time it's with the New York Giants, and the odds are against him. The Giants have traditionally carried two quarterbacks, and both Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib are back.
The six-year, $114.5 million deal offered is far less committed than it sounds.
This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history. For most of the 1960s, it felt like America was at war. But just as the Vietnam conflict was starting to reach its apex, one long-waged battle came to an end on June 8, 1966 after a long battle.

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