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Smith has been a blend of good, bad and ugly through his first eight games, but it’s silly to make a definitive conclusion after the next eight games. He deserves a chance to develop into the player that he has shown flashes that he can become. That will likely take longer than eight more games.
“It’s up to everyone around here,” Smith told the Daily News about whether he deserves more time beyond this season. “I know that as long as I’m here, I’m going to continue to lead and I’m going to continue to work hard. I try to show that every single day with my progress.”
From the moment Smith was named the Week 1 starter, there’s been a convenient narrative: The rookie only has one season to prove himself. If he’s great, the job is his entering 2014. If he looks lost, the Jets brass will select his replacement in what has been hyped as a relatively quarterback-rich draft.
Pyro's take: Geno Smith has been under the microscope in New York since being named the starter for the Jets. This past week Smith was able to lead the Jets over the high-flying Saints, and put his team back into playoff contention. It is not often that a rookie quarterback who has accomplished this, is still fighting for his life with the team that drafted him.
Geno was a second round draft pick, and has done well dealing with the pressure of playing in New York, but it is even more impressive with all the pressure from his GM who is considering dropping him to grab a quarterback in the 2014 Draft. The Jets are on a bye this week, but with this news I have become a bigger fan of Geno.
Ivory ran wild against the team that let him go in free agency last offseason, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He gashed Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense for big gains of 52, 30 and 27 yards to add to the misery.
"He had great numbers stats-wise but there wasn't anything in his way most of the time he ran and that is on us," Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton said via teleconference. "We didn't do our jobs and executing when we should have executed.
Pyro's take: We saw this one coming, as Ivory had been waiting for this game on the schedule all season. Chris is a hard runner, and with the Saints boasting the 26th rated run defense something had to give, and it was the Saints.
Ivory is still battling with Bilal Powell for carries, but he has emerged as the better inside the tackle threat. The problem is that Rex Ryan is still going to play them both and not commit to either one. Although, as long as Ivory stays healthy he should remain the lead dog in this race.
Mike Goodson to return, but has a hamstring injury
Mike Goodson’s road to the playing field took yet another step backward Friday when the running back hurt his hamstring in practice. Goodson, who can return from suspension this week against the Falcons, walked off the field with head trainer John Mellody and later headed for the bikes.
Rex Ryan confirmed that Goodson felt tightness in his hamstring, adding that he did not believe Goodson had participated in any team drills.
“He’s a little tight,” Ryan said. “The thing about Mike is, like we’ve said, we’ll see how he progresses during the week. It’s tough when you’ve been out that long. . . . I just will say, like I said yesterday, I hope he plays. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
Pyro's take: This is tough news for Goodson, who looked like a prime candidate to get a good amount of touches this week, but even if he does play you can expect Bilal Powell to shoulder the major load this week.
The Jets claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off of waivers from the Patriots. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Sudfeld, who was waived on Thursday when the Patriots signed wide receiver Austin Collie, is changing addresses in the AFC East.
Pyro's take: Sudfeld had a great preseason with the Patriots, but was unable to translate that into the regular season. With the addition of Austin Collie and the expected return of Rob Gronkowski the Patriots released the rookie tight end.
This is an interesting move for the Jets who are in need of play-makers and Kellen Winslow is not the long term answer for the Jets. He is still not trustworthy to start, but he has some low end dynasty value.
they saw No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes suffer a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wasn’t aware of the severity of the injury to Holmes. It remains unclear if he will be available for next Monday night’s game at Atlanta – a big one for the 2-2 Jets.
Pyro's take: It is never a good sign when a player is dealing with a hamstring injury, and even worse when that player is names Santonio Holmes. Holmes has been dealing with injuries during the preseason and just when it looked like he was hitting his stride and becoming a fantasy option again he gets hurt. Hopefully the hamstring won't keep him out long, but if you are looking for a point of reference, it sounds like the same type of thing Miles Austin is dealing with that kept him out this week.
09/30/13, 05:56 PM CDT by Houdini
Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill had the best game of his career in last week’s win over Buffalo. He never really got a chance to follow it up Sunday.
Hill sustained a head injury on the second play of the Jets’ 38-13 loss to the Titans and did not return. Hill was hurt when Geno Smith threw behind him – a pass that was picked off by cornerback Alterraun Verner and returned 34 yards to the Jets’ 18-yard line.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wasn’t aware of the severity of the injury to Hill. It remains unclear if Hill will be available for next Monday night’s game at Atlanta – a big one for the 2-2 Jets.
Pyro's take: Hill was looking like a nice pick up for those playing in long touchdown leagues, but now that he is dealing with a concussion he could miss a couple weeks depending on the severity of the injury. The Jets like to throw the ball down field and when Hill returns he will still have value.
09/30/13, 05:50 PM CDT by Houdini
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory left the game Sunday with a hamstring injury. Ivory left midway through the second quarter, and had 5 yards rushing before being checked out by trainers on the sideline.
Pyro's take: Well here we go again with another player that just seems to get injured all the time. Ivory left the game after being ineffective and then BAM..here comes Bilal Powell who goes off for 149 rushing yards and 158 total yards. This is the problem with these injury prone players, they go down and their replacement goes off. Ivory was in a committee backfield to start this season, but when he comes back he may find himself fighting to get back to 15 touches a game.
Jeremy Kerley has a concussion, week 2 availability in doubt
The Jets are preparing to not have wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for Thursday night’s short-week game at New England.
Kerley took a helmet-to-helmet hit from strong safety Mark Barron, for which Barron was penalized, in Sunday’s season-opening win over Tampa Bay. Kerley returned to the game because he was medically cleared, according to the Jets, who said he also passed a concussion test after the game.
“Then when he came in on Monday after the trainers looked at him, we got another evaluation of him and determined that it was a concussion that he has,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan.
Kerley did not practice Tuesday and his status for the New England game is in doubt.
“You have to be prepared for that scenario (that he won’t play),” Ryan said. “We’re not going to officially announce anybody being out until tomorrow.”
Pyro's take: Kerley is not a recommended starter in week 2 even if healthy. The Jets are a complete mess, even though they escaped week 1 with a win, thanks to a dumb penalty. The offense for the Jets is going to be so erratic that it will be hard to count on any Jets player for consistent fantasy points.
09/10/13, 07:31 PM CDT by Houdini
Zach Sudfeld most likely out Thursday Night with hamstring injury
Rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, may not be able to play Thursday night against the Jets after pulling a hamstring Sunday, according to a league source.
Pyro's take: Sudfeld went down early and only played in 20 of 91 snaps on Monday. The fact this is an extremely short week makes the chances of him playing even slimmer. This is tough news for the Patriots who are already going to be without Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola. This also means that if you have a better option than Tom Brady...this is the week to use him.
Santonio Holmes looked good Monday, participating in practice and running routes, but the wide receiver has repeatedly said, “looks can be deceiving.” Despite that, it appears Holmes will be ready to play against Darrelle Revis and the Bucs, and Stephen Hill said he believes that to be the case.
“I think so,” Hill told the News. “Yeah I mean, he was practicing today, so...”
Rex Ryan would not speak to the possibility of Holmes playing in Week 1, saying he will address the injuries on Wednesday.
Pyro's take: So it looks like Holmes will be ready for week 1 and that is good news for Geno Smith, but that is about it. Holmes is not a recommended starter, especially since he is going to see a heavy dose of Darrell Revis.
If Mornhinweg had to vote between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith as the Jets starter, that vote would 'unequivocally' go to Geno Smith, according to NFL.com.
And this isn't a 'Mark Sanchez is injured so I'm voting for Geno' vote, it's an 'even if Sanchez were healthy, I'd still vote for Geno' vote. According to NFL.com, Mornhinweg loves the thought of Smith at quarterback and 'gushes about him.'
The same can't be said for Rex Ryan though. Ryan was asked about the Jets quarterback competition on Friday and he didn't name Smith the starter or Sanchez or anyone, "I guess you can assume it's ongoing if we haven't announced anything yet." Ryan said.
Pyro's take: Rex Ryan may not be sure, but I am not sure if Rex Ryan is going to have a job 6 weeks from now, so he better listen to Mornhinweg and go with Smith.
We have felt all along that Smith is a better fantasy prospect than Sanchez. If you still think Sanchez can make the next step in his career, all I can say is lay off the kool-aid. Smith is not going to be targeted in most leagues, but he could have a chance to do some fantasy damage if he ends up running the ball a lot.
Zach Sudfeld has been one of the shining stars of Patriots training camp, but that hasn’t made the rookie tight end any less humble. Sudfeld had a monster day in his first action at Gillette Stadium. The stat sheet may only read two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown, but he was taking plenty of first-team reps, his blocking looked improved and he pulled in a two-point conversion from Tom Brady.
Sudfeld wouldn’t take any credit for his catch on the two-point conversion, though.
“It was good coverage for that play and a great throw,” Sudfeld said. “It was probably a better throw than anything else.”
Sudfeld has been getting open all summer for his quarterbacks. In practice, he’s always one of the top performers, and in both preseason games, the former Nevada standout has shined. Sudfeld smiled, passing the buck on to his quarterbacks once again, about his ability to find space in the defense.
“I don’t know if that’s me,” Sudfeld said. “I think that it’s more of the quarterbacks being able to put it in there, and fortunately there are a lot of guys on this team that are very good at that. It’s been a great thing for me.”
Pyro's take: Sudfeld is quietly making a name for himself and looking like a good sleeper candidate this season. Sudfeld has also been working in the role that Aaron Hernandez used to occupy in the offense.
The Patriots and Tom Brady have a ton of new faces in town, but this has been a strong offense for tight ends, and Sudfeld has been focused and making plays. He is a very humble young kid, which fits in well with Brady, Belichick and the Patriots. Sudfeld should still be on the field when Gronkowski returns and is a young tight end with a lot of upside.
08/18/13, 08:00 PM CDT by Houdini
Geno Smith suffered an injury to his right ankle, after going down untouched while rolling away from pressure in the third quarter of the Jets' preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.
Smith told reporters after the game that his ankle was a "little sore," but said that he expects to play in the Jets' preseason home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Aug. 17.
Pyro's take: Geno Smith did not need this injury while he is in a battle against Mark Sanchez for the starting job with the Jets. Before the injury Smith was 6 of 7 for 47 yards. He checked down most of the time and had trouble moving the Jets offense effectively.
He will still have a chance to win the starting job, but he needs to get back on the field and show that he can be counted on for 16 games.
Chris Ivory is dealing with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of training camp. He attempted to practice in his first full practice of training camp, and had to come out early with his hamstring acting up again.
On top of that, Ivory is not being viewed as a workhorse back by the Jets. ESPN New York reported that the Jets will ‘in all likelihood’ have a committee backfield and that ‘privately’, the team is only counting on veteran running back, 1st year Jet, Chris Ivory to have 15 carries per game.
Pyro's take: This is setback upon setback for Ivory, who seemed like he was primed to be given his first chance to be a 3 down back, but that now does not seem to be in the cards for him. Ivory has dealt with many injuries in his short career, and this hamstring injury is a major setback, especially with a new team. The Jets seem to be comfortable going with running back by committee approach, which hurts Ivory's fantasy value in a major way.
"I'm a f'n soulja" was out of the league last year due to injuries that he hasn't been able to shake, but he's back with the Jets and seems to think he's going to be a big part of the offense. He says he's aiming for 100 catches, "My goal is always to catch 100 balls. Haven’t done it yet, but that’s my goal. I want to come close.”
Pyro's take: Um, ok - I want to score a 1600 on my ACT test and come home to Olivia Munn tonight. Crickets… I hope Kellen can rebound and have a productive season, I do. But I'm not going to be the one that's drafting him thinking it may actually come true. My guess, is he's down with injury by week 4 or has to retire again because his legs can't hold up to the punishment. I wonder how this all could have turned out had he not gone Ruff Ryder into a curb or was able to do his treatment and rehab in a non-Contagion causing locker room like the one they had in Cleveland 5 years back. That place seemed to infect more players than a Rocco Siffredi casting call.
The San Diego Chargers decided to release veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday. The move had been anticipated since the end of the season as LT21 would have been paid a $2 million roster bonus in March and was set to make $3 million with the team in 2010.
Pyro's take: As logical of a decision as it was to make, it's still tough to see a surefire Hall-of-Famer let go from the only team he ever played for. LT will have no problem latching on with another team, but with his game in a steep decline over the past couple of years, the suitors aren't likely to be within the parameters he has set. LaDainian has mentioned that he won't go to a team unless it has a proven QB and legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl. At best, that leaves him with Dallas, New Orleans, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indy, and Houston (all unlikely), along with Green Bay, Philly, and New England (all possibilities).
Due to the Colts being in the Super Bowl the following weekend, quarterback Peyton Manning has been replaced on the Pro Bowl roster for Sunday by Jaguars QB David Garrard.
Pyro's take: This could possibly the worst Pro Bowl selection ever. 15 TDs, 10 INTs, and a QB rating of 83.5 on the season, for a losing team no less, just doesn't cut it in our book. However, with Manning in the Super Bowl, Rivers, Brady, Roethlisberger, Flacco, and Palmer all injured, and Schaub and Vinsanity already on the team, there's not much left to choose from. Kyle Orton would have been a better choice here, especially considering the numbers: 21 TDs, 12 INTs, 86.8 QB rating, and an 8-8 record wins out.
01/27/10, 02:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed Manhattan "Revis Island" for as long as the Jets stay in the playoffs. The move was made to honor all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis as he looks to shut down All-Pro wide receiver Reggie Wayne once again.
Pyro's take: WOW what a cool move by Mayor Bloomberg! In fact, we'd be 100 percent behind him if he decided to make the change permanent.
Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason is undecided about his future at this point, but has said that retirement is a good possibility.
Pyro's take: Mason first said that he was done for sure, but the 13-year veteran came back to say on Monday that he's now 60-40 in favor of retiring, thus forcing the Ravens monetary hand as they desperately need him to stick around next year.
If Mason has indeed played his final down in the NFL, he will have ended up with 863 receptions (14th all-time) and 11,089 yards (23rd all-time).
01/18/10, 11:30 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Beat writer Ed Bouchette for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes that Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be getting a contract extension this offseason.
Pyro's take: Holmes was seventh in the NFL in receiving yards this year with 1,248 and put up career highs in receptions (79), first downs (63) and yards. He played all 16 games and is set to make just $755,000 in the last year of his rookie contract in 2010. We expect a deal to be reached before training camp as well.