Monthly Archives: August 2015

Flurry of NFL trades go down; should Lions’ Eric Ebron be concerned? (Shutdown Corner)

Monday was a busy day in the NFL for trades, even if none of them involved major players. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded 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? [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Wright got off to a nice start early last season with the New England Patriots after coming over 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 rather unaffected by the news of the Wright deal or his status on the team. Lol.. People So Concerned About Me — Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) August 31, 2015 The Denver Broncos shipped offensive tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans for a seventh-round pick in 2016. Clark will provide the Texans with depth behind starters Duane Brown and Derek Newton after Clark was deemed a poor fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense in Denver. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] And the Pittsburgh Steelers now are on their third kicker of the year. The Jacksonville Jaguars traded Josh Scobee, who has been with the team since being a fifth-round pick in 2004, to the Steelers after the injury Garrett Hartley suffered was found to be more serious than expected. Hartley was signed during training camp after Shaun Suisham suffered a season-ending injury. As NFL teams start whittling their rosters down from 90 to 75 players on or before Tuesday, there might be a few more minor deals that happen. – – – – – – – 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

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Rookies Abdullah, Zenner filling in nicely for Lions (The Associated Press)

Detroit Lions rookie running backs Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner have made good impressions so far in training camp in the absence of last year’s starter Joique Bell. Bell has been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of camp after undergoing procedures on his knee and Achilles in January. ”It was just a nagging injury that had to get done,” Bell said.

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Falcons, Julio Jones reportedly agree to massive five-year extension (Shutdown Corner)

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. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] 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. Jones has been injury-prone over his four-year career, missing 15 of 64 regular-season games. But he’s the active NFL leader — over even Johnson — at 88.4 receiving yards per game. Last season was Jones’ best, catching 104 passes for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] Jones had been scheduled to enter free agency, or be subject to the franchise tag, after the 2015 regular season. – – – – – – – 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

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Mad Dash: NFL fanbases’ favorite musical acts revealed (NBC on Yahoo Sports)

If you had to guess what music most fans of your favorite team like, would you know the answer? What about rival teams’ fans? Thanks to our friends at For The Win, we were alerted to the fact that StubHub attempted to pair up fanbases with musical artists , based on which events they bought the most tickets to attend. The answers in some cases weren’t all that surprising, but some were true head scratchers. We weren’t at all surprised by Houston Texans fans loving Kenny Chesney or Detroit Lions fans throwing down for Kid Rock. On the other hand, who knew Philadelphia Eagles fans love Maroon 5, or Jacksonville Jaguars fans were all about Elton John? And why does everyone (the Rams, Vikings and Colts) love Ed Sheeran so much? That’s not a criticism, we’re really just curious. The full list is pretty fascinating if you have the time.  Russell Westbrook really loves Taylor Swift. How much? He’s posted videos of himself jamming to her songs in the past , and this week he was back at it, but with video from a concert he attended . We particularly like when he lifts the camera to suggest the crowd join him in singing along, as if they weren’t already.  The new Madden 16 is out, and the reviews are in: It’s pretty awesome, except for those random glitches that turn it into a haunted football game . Invisible players sacking quarterbacks, or intercepting the ball and returning it for a score is one spooky error. Another disturbing surprise is Aaron Rodgers not having eyeballs, just hollow sockets. There’s a patch available now to fix the glitches, but hey, keep it this way if you like your football extra creepy. – – – – – – – The Yahoo Sports Mad Dash is a roundup of the morning’s trending stories from across the sports landscape. Check it out every day to see what’s buzzing.

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