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Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game. Certainly, Pace and the Rams winning Super Bowl XXXIV was the high-water mark for both the player and the franchise. Pace was three years into what would become a dominant career — and the first of his five All-Pro awards and seven Pro Bowl invites — as a cog in the “Greatest Show on Turf” offense that changed the way the NFL viewed the passing game starting in that 1999 season.
Ron Rivera is a student of history, which is why he has been quick to address the elephant in the Carolina Panthers locker room. The two-time NFL Coach of the Year reminded players that the last team to return to a Super Bowl after losing it the previous season was the 1993-94 Buffalo Bills. The road ahead will be difficult, but he wants to avoid being another NFL statistic.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey practiced Thursday for the first time since tearing cartilage in his right knee.
Jimmy Garoppolo spent the first two years of his NFL career firmly in the background of the Tom Brady Show, a role as the understudy least likely to be used. If he needed any reminder of that status, he got it Thursday when he was greeted by cheers as he walked onto the field for his third NFL training camp. There was a fleeting moment last season when the spot Garoppolo now finds himself in nearly played itself out.
Not long after they were drafted this spring by the Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry got a call from the fiery leader of the defensive line. Mike Daniels was on the phone, and he needed them to get ready quickly. The Packers will be down a veteran up front early in the season because of the four-game suspension of Mike Pennell, so Clark and Lowry must be ready to play right away.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the season, which is bad enough for the Bengals. Burfict was suspended by the NFL for games against the Jets, Steelers and Broncos for his history of illegal hits. The final straw was hitting Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown in the head during the playoffs.
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said he will name his starting quarterback for this season before the team's first exhibition game next month. The Browns will open the preseason on Aug. 12 at Green Bay and Jackson said he will ''definitely'' have his starter in place by then. Robert Griffin III is expected to win the starting job over veteran Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler.
Joe Flacco eased back into the pocket, surveyed the field and lofted a pass that zipped 50 yards through the air into the waiting arms of rookie receiver Chris Moore. Flacco practiced with his Baltimore Ravens teammates Thursday for the first time since he tore his ACL and MCL last November. Not every pass was as impressive as the one to Moore, but hey, he was plenty sharp enough to get through the opening day of training camp.
Peyton Manning is everywhere.
Retired defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who last year was charged with three counts of domestic violence after he allegedly bit and stepped on the face of his then-girlfriend, got some comeuppance on Wednesday thanks to a hungry shark. Via Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman, Sapp was on a charter, diving for lobster off the Florida Keys, when he and a shark went after the same lobster. Sapp got the lobster, but the shark got a piece of Sapp (the lobster was probably a tastier bite, if we’re being honest).