The New York Giants want in on this Seattle Seahawks cornerback thing. They have signed Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond, who helped form the league's best secondaries this season en route to a Super Bowl title. Thurmond took visits to the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins, indicating he was looking for a bigger role elsewhere. [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players , and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players ] He'll find that with the Giants, who also have bolstered their secondary with the signing of safety Quintin Demps, whose biggest role might be as a kick returner. The Giants might not be done, either. They still will meet with free-agent corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC is taking a New York, New York double dip, having already met with the crosstown Jets for a visit. If the Giants were to sign Rodgers-Cromartie, they'd suddenly turn a dearth into serious depth at corner, with Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride also in the fold. They have allowed Terrell Thomas, who gamely played 16 games a year ago following two lost seasons to ACL injuries, shop himself around in free agency. Aaron Ross also is unsigned and will not be back by all indications.   - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Admittedly, it had taken us some time to get used to Andy Reid coaching the Kansas City Chiefs after 14 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. Something about those red shirts Reid wears ... it still hasn't quite sunk in yet. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] Good to know we're not alone here with this. With just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter in Sunday's Chiefs victory over the New York Giants, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for what the referees marked off as a 17-yard completion and a first down on 3rd-and-17. But Reid challenged the spot, feeling it was short in what was a close game with the Chiefs leading 10-7 in Kansas City.
The New York Giants are 0-3 and must go on the road to face the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll be doing so without at least two-fifths — and maybe three-fifths — of their offensive line. Center David Baas and right guard Chris Snee are officially out for the game. In addition, right tackle David Diehl is listed as doubtful with a thumb injury. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Don't wait, sign up today! ] The Giants have allowed 11 sacks this season, but seven came last week (and six in the first 17 minutes of play) against the Carolina Panthers. The Chiefs have an NFL-best 15 sacks, including six last week.
There is not football every day. That is a crime against Man and Nature, but until it's properly rectified, we have to make do with columns like this one, where we kick around topics both sublime and ridiculous. Want in on the mailbag? Send your questions, quips, comments and queries to jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find me on Twitter at @jaybusbee . The best questions might just end up on our NBC Sports Network show SportsDash, too. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] Are you reading this at an NFL game? Or in line to get tickets to an NFL game? No? Well, why not? You're just not a loyal enough fan, fella! Let's hear from someone who's more loyal than you, because he's devoted his fandom to Jacksonville, the poor guy: Whenever anyone wants to talk about teams not selling out or struggling to sell tickets, the Jaguars are the first team to come up. The legendary Steelers sold 2,000 tickets more than us this week and the mighty Bears of that quaint, little town of Chicago sold 3,000 more than we did. I'm not asking anyone outside of Jacksonville to root for the Jags, but give it a rest. We don't have the tradition of Pitt or Chicago or even Miami, who really struggles to broadcast a home game, but we support our team. It's been rough enough the past few years with our GMs working OT to destroy this team through the draft, but to have this constant barrage of outright misrepresentation is just tiresome and irresponsible. -Michael Porter Proud Jaguars fan First off, Michael, thumbs up for being a Jags fan. And not ironic thumbs, either; support your team, so that when they do make a run in, like, 2104 or whatever, your grandkids can tell their grandkids that Grandpa Michael was a loyal one. Now, to your point. While it's true that Jacksonville has only sold a few thousand tickets less than the Steelers and Bears for home games, you've got to add some context. Those stadiums are filling up at over 100 percent capacity, while Jacksonville's is only at about 89 percent. In other words, if there were more seats available, those other cities likely would've WAY outsold Jacksonville. But let's use this as a chance to question the larger issue: how important is attendance? Obviously, gate revenue helps teams with all the elements of their organization, from infrastructure to signing that lunatic free agent who's going to sink the team and carry off $30 million. But given the fact that all NFL teams share in a phenomenally large television pie, attendance isn't the end-all, be-all that it used to be. The problem, of course, is that attending NFL games can be a serious pain. Parking, concessions, some idiot in a dated jersey picking a fight with anyone around him before puking himself into unconsciousness, plus the fact that you're missing all the other action happening at the same time ... you could buy season tickets, or you could buy a gargantuan HD TV and enough snacks to get you through all 17 weeks, plus playoffs, just fine. That's why the NFL and teams are trying to lure fans back to the stadium with video screens, food deals, everything up to and including foot rubs. Empty seats are the dented fenders of the NFL; the product may be perfectly healthy, but it looks a little scrappy. Thing is, it's not your obligation as a fan to get shamed into attending games, not by the team and not by the media. The blackout rule is a horrible one, a Catholic-nun ruler-slap across your knuckles for wanting to enjoy your football Sunday. Don't fall for it. Make 'em make the team better, make 'em make the experience better. Don't be guilted by your own team. Also, if you have a cool HD TV setup and snacks, invite us over. _____________________ #NFL is so desperate to give #NFLNetwork Thursday nite games, but the quick turnaround is hurting the quality of the games $$ @jaybusbee — HakLove (@haklove) September 20, 2013 Thursday night football is kind of a careful-what-you-wish-for situation. On one hand, you're thinking, "hell yes! More football!" On the other, you're not quite to the weekend yet so you can't go to a sports bar and really cut loose, you're always forgetting to set your fantasy lineups appropriately ... oh, and the games tend to really suck. Obviously, the teams playing in the game have a significant impact on whether the game itself is any good; as we saw on Monday night, Oakland could have fielded 14 men and wouldn't have been able to hang with Denver. And the Thursday night game features a lot of dog teams because of the necessity of scheduling each team at least once on national TV. Over and above that, though, the fact that teams have to hypercompress their prep and recovery time leads to, well, some unspectacular matchups even between quality teams. As with everything involving football, though, this toothpaste isn't going back in the tube. A trainwreck of a football game still outdraws pretty much anything else on TV, so check your fantasy lineups right now and just deal with it. Me, I'm waiting for the time the NFL screws up and schedules one team on a Monday night followed by a Thursday night. They'd stay in game mode for 96 straight hours. They'd have to be locked in a barn somewhere. ____________________ Classic commercial break: Check out Deacon Jones debating a tub of Parkay margarine. Commercials were so innocent back then. You know that if they made this commercial today, somebody would be busting through the ceiling and there'd be a bare-knuckle throwdown with the butter tub. With a soundtrack by Skrillex. Got a classic commercial you'd like to see here? Hit us up with the link . ____________________ Most of us now have big screen, HD TVs. Yet with what do the networks fill the screens during football games? Scroll bars on top, scroll bars on the bottom. Why not give us a full screen of the game so we can enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed? The PGA Tour figured it out. A little bug in the top corner with some pertinent info, and then let the TV screen be filled with the sport. Take a hint, NFL! More game on screen, fewer scrolls, stats and scores! Use the technology we have to supplement the viewing experience, but let the viewing experience stand on its own. -Mike Well, it's not actually the NFL's decision on how broadcast partners arrange their screens. That's up to the various networks, though you can bet that if all four walls were covered with stats and info, the NFL would have a thing or two to say. (Full disclosure: we're partners with NBC Sports, which airs Sunday Night Football.) That said: I would love to see what would happen if we could bring forward someone from the past and see what they'd think with the information overload present on every screen. For me, it's almost white noise; I can tune it out until the moment that I need it, although I'm always catching the second half of the score I want to see right as it scrolls off the screen. For another angle, though, let's take a look back at what a broadcast was like prior to today's hyperconnected days. Here's a game from 1993, when a sprightly young QB by the name of Brett Favre was leading a Green Bay offense against the Los Angeles Rams: Where's the score? Where's the dancing robots? Where's the fantasy updates? Where's the rest of Mike Holmgren? Man, it's like watching home movies or something. So much information we're missing here. ___________________ Can Eli Manning get worse? -Adam McC "Can [anything] get worse?" is always a dangerous question. Ask the people who had Aaron Hernandez in keeper leagues. But while Eli would lead the list of Football Players Least Likely To Be Associated With Three Homicides (which is a perfect cover! ), it's unlikely his off-field exploits will make much news. On the field, though, it's a crime scene straight out of "Hannibal." Eli is providing Christmas gifts to opposing defenses every single week. Truth is, though, outside of the interceptions, Manning isn't really that awful of a quarterback. Which is to say, per the NFL's fancy Stats Lab, he's pretty average across the board . Interceptions are backbreakers, but so too is a defense that directs opponents into the end zone with airport flashlights. Still, Eli is the quarterback, Eli is a Manning, and unless and until the Giants turn around, he'll take the heat for New York's sub-sub-substandard play, and he'll deserve almost all of it. ____________________ And that'll do it for this week. Want to get in on the action? Write me at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find me on Twitter at @jaybusbee . And to kill more time between games, check out our Shutdown Podcast on iTunes right here . Enjoy your Sunday, friends!
He should have been great but he couldn't break into the Redskins' lineup and in October of 1963, barely more than a year after he helped integrate the team, he was cut. A few months later he retired, leaving almost no legacy and carrying with him for half a century the secret of his release.
Tim Tebow hasn't worn an NFL jersey since the final week of the preseason, but his spirit lives on in the league. And apparently, any religious player — white, black, or otherwise — will be compared to Tebow from here on out. New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara hasn't been shy about his celibacy and the fact that he doesn't drink alcohol. As a result, he tells Muscle and Fitness magazine that he sometimes gets compared to Tebow: "Yeah, some people call me the black Tim Tebow. ... "Yeah, I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that." Good for Amukamara. This is far from an easy thing to open up about, especially in a testosterone-fueled NFL that's prone to emasculating those who show certain qualities. [Watch: Overlooked fantasy wide receivers poised to explode ] Amukamara is also one of the better young corners in the league, engaged to a very attractive woman and he has put behind him a few unfortunate incidents, such as teammate Jason Pierre-Paul throwing him in an ice bath last year. But in the interview, Amukamara said the blame should go beyond Pierre-Paul. [It's game time! Play fantasy football from Yahoo Sports ] The whole cold tub thing wasn’t just JPP, it was like eight guys. And it definitely was not anything personal. That wasn’t the first time I was in the cold tub, it was just the first time anyone saw it. And what the video doesn’t show is what happened 15-20 seconds after that, which is all of us messing around. JPP is great. I just saw him this morning and he was congratulating me on my engagement because I just engaged this past Friday. So there’s no hard feelings. It wasn’t a personal situation.
The Falcons find themselves 0-1 heading into the Steven Jackson Bowl, with the running back facing his old team for the first time. Jackson is healthy, but two other key offensive weapons are not for the Falcons. Receivers Roddy White (ankle) and Julio Jones (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, and both are listed as questionable, although Falcons head coach Mike Smith said White would play. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Still, White couldn’t help issue his Twitter followers some salient fantasy advice for Sunday heading into the big game. As far as fantasy if I don't participate in practice than don't start me it's a red flag — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 9, 2013
On Tuesday, less than 48 hours after David Wilson 's nightmare game in Dallas, the New York Giants reunited with Brandon Jacobs . According to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Jacobs will be practicing on Wednesday . It sounds like the 31-year-old back could actually be in the mix on Sunday afternoon against Denver. "Quite frankly, we need him to play," said Coughlin. "He's here to contribute to our team." Jacobs was added over 19,000 times in Yahoo fantasy leagues on Tuesday, and, as of this writing, he'd been picked up another 55,294 times on Wednesday. Clearly, many of you are expecting Jacobs to play his way into a fantasy-relevant role. Or you're thinking Wilson has fumbled his way out of the fantasy conversation, or soon will. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Create or join a league today! ] Let's all just try to remember that Jacobs was an absolute bust for San Francisco last season, failing to carve out a meaningful role at any point — even after Kendall Hunter went down. Jacobs carried only five times total for the Niners, gaining seven yards. Seven . And then he was suspended late in the year , essentially for being bad and loud.
Maybe the big take away from Week 1 is that the Cowboys didn't collapse. That isn't much for the Super Bowl bandwagon in an NFC loaded with teams that put on impressive performances, but for the exhaling fans of America's Team here and around the country, it's something they gladly took.
There’s little doubt that the schedule is a huge factor in the NFL. The problem is determining which teams have tough ones at the start of the season. With so much change in the standings year to year, judging the strength-of-schedule metric can be deceiving. Since 1990, at least four teams that did not make the postseason the year prior did so the next season. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Plus, injuries can change everything in a heartbeat. If a star quarterback goes down, a playoff contender can fall to the ranks of the also-rans.With that it mind, let’s take a look at a smaller sample size of the schedule: the first four games. Getting off to a good start doesn’t portend automatic success (witness the 4-0 Arizona Cardinals last season), but it never hurts.

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