Josh Shaw

Browns Work Out Three RBs

The Browns have one of the best running back pairings in the NFL, but that didn’t stop the team from auditioning some backs this week. According to Aaron Wilson (via Twitter), the Browns worked out running backs Brian Hill, Ryquell Armstead, and Artavis Pierce. That trio was joined by five other players, including linebacker Reuben Foster.

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Hill, 25, has the most experience among that grouping of running backs. The veteran had spent most of his career in Atlanta, and he finished his stint with the Falcons by having a career year. Hill finished the 2020 campaign having collected a career-high 664 yards from scrimmage to go along with one touchdown. Hill signed with the Titans this past offseason but landed on IR before the conclusion of the preseason. He was released from IR earlier this month.

Armstead got into 16 games as a rookie with the Jaguars in 2019, finishing with 252 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He sat out the 2020 season while dealing with issues from COVID-19, and after getting claimed by the Giants in May, he was waived by his new team in June. Pierce, a 2020 undrafted free agent out of Oregon State, saw time in five games with the Bears last season, rushing for 34 yards and one touchdown on six carries.

The Browns also worked out safety Josh Shaw and guards Tristen Hoge, Sam Jones, and Chad Slade.

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Extra Points: Jackson, Fans, Colts, Shaw

DeSean Jackson just signed a one-year deal with the Rams, and before that we hadn’t heard of much known interest in the speedster. That doesn’t mean that interest didn’t exist however. Speaking to the media after signing in Los Angeles, Jackson revealed he had other suitors. “There were other options out there,” Jackson said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com.

Jackson also explained his thought process in signing with the Rams, and it turns out their head coach was a big factor. “I could have went to other teams, other places. But my focus was really reuniting with Sean McVay. Talking to McVay once I was a free agent and really kind of having those open conversations, talking about the possibilities, it was something that was intriguing for me. So, I think that outweighs everything.” McVay coached Jackson during their time in Washington together, and it was reported at the time of signing that he played a role in recruiting Jackson to LA.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • We’ve only got a little over five months until the start of the 2021 regular season, and it sounds like the league is planning on having things back to normal by then. Commissioner Roger Goodell told the media on Tuesday that the NFL is planning on having all stadiums with full fan capacity for the 2021 season, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link). Obviously we’ve got a long way to go before the season actually starts and anything can happen, but it’s great to hear the league striking such an optimistic tone nonetheless. Here’s to hoping everything goes smoothly.
  • Frank Reich loves to feature tight ends heavily in his offense, so it might not surprise you to learn the Colts are covering all their bases at the position. Indy had free agent Jeremy Sprinkle in for a workout on Monday, Pelissero tweets. A fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2017, Sprinkle made a bit of noise with Washington in 2019 when he had 26 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. This past season he appeared in all 16 games and played on over 20 percent of the snaps, but was mostly used as a blocker and only caught one pass.
  • The last time you heard about Josh Shaw, he was getting suspended for allegedly betting on Cardinals games while he was on the team’s injured reserve list in November of 2019. The defensive back was suspended for the entire 2020 season, but after serving his ban has now been reinstated by the NFL, the league office announced last week. Shaw started 12 games for the Bengals in 2016, but never made too big of an impact outside of that. He only just turned 29, but teams aren’t exactly going to be beating down his door to sign him now that he’s available.

Cardinals DB Josh Shaw Drops Appeal

Josh Shaw has dropped the appeal of his gambling suspension, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. ESPN’s David Purdum had previously reported that the Cardinals defensive back would appeal the ban, but Shaw has obviously changed his mind.

We learned at the end of November that the 27-year-old allegedly made a three-team parlay bet on Nov. 10 at Caesars Sportsbook. Shaw’s bet included three Week 10 games’ second halves, including a Cardinals-Buccaneers contest. The wager is not believed to have been successful. Nevertheless, Caesars contacted the Nevada State Gaming Control Board later on Nov. 10 and subsequently alerted the NFL.

Shaw was hit with a suspension that will last through the 2020 campaign, as the NFL strictly prohibits all personnel from betting on NFL games. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in February 2021.

The former Chiefs and Bengals DB signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason. The fifth-year veteran has been on Arizona’s IR list all season, and he is not believed to have spent time with the team during that span (which is important in regards to inside information and the compromising of NFL games). However, his chances of returning to the league obviously took a major hit with these recent developments. The most recent known NFLer suspended for gambling on an NFL game while active was Ravens rookie quarterback John Stark in 1996. He did not return to the league.

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Josh Shaw Bet On Cardinals Game?

In one of the most unusual Friday news dumps in many years, Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended for the 2020 season for betting on NFL games. One of the bets Shaw made appears to have included the Cardinals.

Shaw is believed to have made a three-team parlay bet on Nov. 10, with the wager including a Cardinals-Buccaneers game, ESPN.com’s David Perdum reports. Made at Caesars Sportsbook, Shaw’s bet included three Week 10 games’ second halves. The wager is not believed to have been successful, per Perdum.

Nevertheless, Caesars contacted the Nevada State Gaming Control Board later on Nov. 10 and subsequently alerted the NFL, Perdum reports. Shaw is believed to have been open about his status as a pro athlete when filling out his betting account with Caesars, with Perdum adding that Shaw listed “professional football player” as his occupation.

The NFL did not conclude that Shaw used inside information to bet on games, but the initial release indicated the 27-year-old defender made at least three wagers on NFL games. The former Chiefs and Bengals DB signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason.

The fifth-year veteran has been on Arizona’s IR list all season and is not believed to have spent time with the team during that span. But his chances of returning to the league obviously took a major hit with these recent developments. The most recent known NFLer suspended for gambling on an NFL game while active was Ravens rookie quarterback John Stark in 1996. He did not return to the league.

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Cardinals DB Josh Shaw Suspended For Betting On NFL Games

Josh Shaw will draw a season-long suspension. The NFL suspended the fifth-year defensive back for the entire 2020 season for betting on NFL games. An appeal must be filed within three days.

Currently stationed on the Cardinals’ IR list, Shaw bet on multiple games this season, according to the NFL. While a league investigation did not find Shaw to have used inside information, this is still a major development. The nature of this infraction certainly makes the Friday after Thanksgiving a logical target for this news dump. Shaw cannot apply for reinstatement until Feb. 15, 2021.

The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything possible to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league,” Roger Goodell said in a statement. “At the core of this responsibility is the longstanding principle that betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances. If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”

While this will not register on the same level as Paul Hornung and Alex Karras‘ season-long gambling bans in 1963, with Shaw being a journeyman, it’s still quite the late-season development. It is not known if Shaw bet on Cardinals games, though Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic tweets Shaw is not believed to have been around the team since going on IR in August.

Shaw, 27, was a 12-game Bengals starter in 2016. The 2015 fourth-round pick played at Florida and USC and has spent most of his career as a backup with the Bengals, Chiefs and Buccaneers. The Cardinals signed Shaw to a one-year, $895K deal in March. This ban certainly puts the veteran defender’s career in jeopardy.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 8/25/19

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

  • Released with an injury settlement: OL Garrett McGhin

Green Bay Packers

  • Claimed off waivers from Ravens: LB Nicholas Grigsby
  • Signed: LB James Folston, CB Jocquez Kalili

Houston Texans

  • Signed: OT Christian DiLauro

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/20/18

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Indianapolis Colts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chiefs Waive DB Josh Shaw

The Chiefs have waived defensive back Josh Shaw, according to a team announcement. Shaw hooked on with the Chiefs in October, but his time with the club is up after appearing in just four games. 

Shaw served as a reserve and special teamer in Kansas City, compiling four total tackles in his short run. Prior to that, he spent three years with the Bengals, including the 2016 season in which he started 12 contests.

With experience at cornerback and safety, Shaw could find interest from teams for the final half of the season. If he clears waivers, he’ll be free to hook on with any club.

The Chiefs, says the former fourth-round pick, will face the Rams on Monday night in one of the year’s most highly-anticipated matchups. Barring another roster change, the Chiefs will have five true corners on the roster in Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson, Orlando Scandrick, Charvarius Ward, and Tremon Smith.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/2/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

  • T Andrew Nelson (link)

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans