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Geno Smith was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Week 8 loss to the Bengals after completing 20-of-30 passes for 159 yards and two interceptions.

Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns, one by Chris Crocker on the first play of the second half and the other by Pacman Jones at the start of the fourth quarter. The one to Jones ended Smith's day. Matt Simms came in with over 13 minutes to play and the Jets trailing 49-9 on the scoreboard. Gang Green generated all of one total yard on offense in the first quarter. Smith was harassed by the Bengals' ferocious defensive line all afternoon. Smith will in all likelihood get the start next week against the Saints at home. At the season's midway point, Smith is on pace to complete 59.3 percent of his passes for 3,764 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions. He's been as up-and-down as one can get through his first eight career starts.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 06:54:00 PM

Peyton Manning said Montee Ball is ready to be the starting running back.

The Broncos wouldn't have let Knowshon Moreno walk for pennies if Ball didn't have Manning's blessing. We saw that faith in the playoffs last season, when Ball played on 91-of-226 (40.2 percent) of the snaps across three games. Stubborn fantasy owners are going to remember Ball's blown blitz pickup from the preseason and back-to-back fumbles in Weeks 2 and 3, but the Broncos have forgotten about that long ago. Both the coaching staff and Peyton are ready to ride with the physical second-year man as their feature back.
Apr 16 - 10:05 AM

The New York Daily News reports there were "good vibes all around" for free Chris Johnson's Tuesday visit with the Jets.

According to reporter Manish Mehta, it was a "productive" day. It's unclear if the visit will extend into Wednesday, but the Jets remain the odds-on favorite to land the ex-Titan. If Johnson escapes the Big Apple without a deal, it's unknown where he'd head next.
Apr 15 - 6:59 PM

After speaking with "several sources involved with the (team's) decision-making," San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami believes embattled OLB Aldon Smith "probably won’t play for the 49ers in 2014."

According to Kawakami, there is a "weariness and frustration over Smith’s behavior that I’ve never heard involving any recent 49ers player." Smith has yet to officially be charged with a crime after allegedly making a false bomb threat at LAX, but that should soon change. Kawakami reports the 49ers do plan to let the legal process play out before making a decision on Smith's future. His next hearing is scheduled for April 29.
Apr 15 - 6:14 PM

49ers signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.

Lloyd's name surfaced again last week after he hadn't been in the news since September. He was released by the Patriots in a salary-slashing move last offseason and spent the 2013 season on the street. The soon-to-be 33-year-old was described as a bit of a locker-room lawyer in New England then went on to "star" in a direct-to-DVD zombie movie during his time away from the game. Lloyd will compete for a roster spot behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
Apr 15 - 1:18 PM

Free agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting the Giants.

Williams flew into New York on Monday night and had dinner with the Giants' defensive line coach. He'll continue his visit, his first of free agency, on Tuesday. Williams spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Vikings and was once considered one of the top three-techniques in the game. Our top free-agent defensive tackle left, Williams would give the G-Men another veteran presence.
Apr 15 - 9:08 AM

New Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and hired new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense than shotgun-obsessed Scott Linehan. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare. We wouldn't be surprised at all if Bell led the team in 2014 carries, with Bush in a "space back" role.
Apr 15 - 8:47 AM

A league source tells Profootballtalk.com free agent Sidney Rice (ACL surgery) has been cleared for football activities.

He got cleared by Dr. James Andrews. PFT's Mike Florio reports the Seahawks, Giants, Saints, and Panthers all have "interest of some degree" in Rice, who has been incredibly injury prone in recent seasons but is still only 27 years old. He played college football at South Carolina and would be an excellent fit with the Panthers. Long-armed Rice has always possessed a large catch radius, which would complement Cam Newton's somewhat erratic ball placement.
Apr 14 - 2:39 PM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio is "hearing more talk" in league circles that the draft stock of this year's top-rated quarterbacks is "dropping."

SI's Peter King added fuel to this fire in his MMQB column, stating the Texans, Browns, Jaguars, and Raiders are all "strongly considering" passing on signal callers at the top of the draft, "and waiting until their second or third selections." Both Florio and King are anticipating a second-day run on quarterbacks. We still expect Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel to be first-round picks, but Teddy Bridgewater is a candidate to slide to day two, where Derek Carr, Zach Mettenberger, Tom Savage, Jimmy Garoppolo, and A.J. McCarron may also go.
Apr 14 - 2:05 PM

Sources tell CSN Philly that the Eagles tried to trade for C.J. Spiller before dealing for Darren Sproles.

The Bills said they weren't interested in moving Spiller, so the Eagles never even made an offer. Chip Kelly then settled for Sproles, a player four years older and far inferior in the run game. It's another sign that the Eagles knew they'd be moving on from DeSean Jackson well before March 28, and also an indication that the Bills remain committed to Spiller despite last year's injury-marred disaster. Now that Buffalo has retained the explosive 26-year-old, hopefully Doug Marrone will utilize Spiller correctly with more touches in space, less banging between the tackles, and better injury management.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 14 - 12:49 PM

Lions agreed to terms with CB Rashean Mathis on a one-year contract.

Mathis was surprisingly the Lions' best corner last year, grading out 27th among 110 qualifiers per Pro Football Focus. But as he enters his age-34 season, he'll ideally be a stopgap No. 3 or 4 behind starters Chris Houston and Darius Slay. This signing shouldn't prevent the Lions from using a high draft pick on a cornerback, though we suspect they'll avoid one at No. 10 overall. There isn't a top-ten cornerback talent in this particular draft.
Apr 14 - 11:20 AM

According to SI's Peter King, the Jaguars "really like" Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

King is hearing that four QB-needy teams (Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland) are "strongly considering" passing on the position with their first picks and waiting for round two. Perhaps that's why there's so much buzz around guys like Garoppolo and Pittsburgh's Tom Savage right now. Garoppolo, from the same college as Tony Romo, has a lightning-quick release but gets noticeably rattled in the pocket and has some arm strength questions at 6'2/219.
Source: SI.com
Apr 14 - 9:11 AM




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