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Patriots signed WR Matthew Slater to a two-year, $4 million contract extension through 2016.

Slater, 29, was set to become a free agent following the season. The premier kick coverer in the league, Slater doesn't play offense whatsoever. Slater has gone to three consecutive Pro Bowls, and will likely head to another in February. Slater leads the league with 11 special teams tackles.
Nov 26 - 9:13 AM

The Jets have named Geno Smith their starting quarterback for Week 13 against the Dolphins.

Unfortunately, we'll all be subjected to this nightmare of a quarterback situation on Monday Night Football. At this point, it doesn't even matter who starts under center for the Jets. Both Smith and Michael Vick are beyond horrible, having nothing but a negative effect on the entire pass game. Eric Decker and Percy Harvin don't receive a boost or downgrade, while Smith is obviously not even an option in two-quarterback leagues. GM John Idzik likely forced coach Rex Ryan's hand here to get one last look at Geno.
Nov 26 - 8:58 AM

Marshawn Lynch (back) was limited in Tuesday's practice.

Beast Mode will be fine for Thanksgiving night despite lingering back issues.
Nov 26 - 1:15 AM

Cooper Helfet (ankle) did not practice Tuesday.

Helfet sprained his ankle in Week 12. He caught a 20-yard touchdown in the game, but his status for Thursday night is up in the air on a short week.
Nov 26 - 1:14 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins will announce Wednesday that Robert Griffin III has been benched for Colt McCoy.

After watching Redskins tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently noted that RG3 "needs to go back to QB school." He is a mess mechanically and seems to have lost all of his confidence during an abysmal third NFL season. Per Schefter, the Skins still view Griffin as a "significant" part of their long-term plan, and hope to add better talent around him this offseason. With LT Trent Williams (knee/ankle) banged up, they'll throw McCoy to the dogs. Griffin is safe to drop in fantasy leagues of all sizes. It's fair to wonder if he will ever mesh with first-year coach Gruden. Despite Schefter's optimistic report, we suspect they won't.
Nov 25 - 11:22 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy in Week 13 at Indianapolis.

Schefter reports Robert Griffin III remains "a significant part" of the Redskins' long-term plan, but it appears the coaching staff has decided McCoy offers a better chance to be competitive at this moment. Coach Jay Gruden has not been able to run his offense with RG3 under center. McCoy has appeared in two games this year, completing 85.7 percent of his throws for 427 yards with a touchdown and an interception, engineering an upset of Dallas and leading the game-winning drive versus Tennessee. We suspect McCoy will close out the season as the Redskins' starter.
Nov 25 - 11:14 PM

When discussing the signing of RB Michael Bush, coach Bruce Arians said, "We need a guy who's gonna pound it in there and close out games for us."

It can be taken as a sign the Cardinals are going to use Bush in goal-line and short-yardage situations. With Andre Ellington averaging over 20 touches per game and looking like he may need a breather, it's not out of the question that Bush will step into a prominent role. It's a hit to Ellington's value, but we could also argue it's a boost. Ellington is most effective when he's fresh, and less touches would make him more explosive. He's still a solid RB1/2.
Nov 25 - 8:41 PM

Vikings signed OT J'Marcus Webb.

J'Webb Nation announced the signing on his Facebook feed. Webb appeared in eight games for the Chiefs last season. He'll serve as the Vikings' emergency tackle after RT Phil Loadholt (pec) was placed on injured reserve.
Nov 25 - 6:54 PM
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