Tag:Steve Smith
Posted on: October 23, 2010 5:42 pm

Nicks limited in practice, questionable to play

Posted by Will Brinson

The New York Giants have had their second straight wide receiver kickstart a breakout year, what with Hakeem Nicks going bananas this season (following Steve Smith's monster year in 2009), but there's a good chance they could be without their leading receiver against the Cowboys on Monday.

Nicks is listed as questionable (hamstring injury) to play against the Cowboys on Monday, and was limited in practice on Saturday.

If Nicks can't go, it's obviously not "good" for the Giants -- he's been their best receiving option and Eli Manning's top target thus far in 2010. Nicks, for the record, has 57 targets (with 36 catches) and Smith has 54 targets (with 34 targets). The biggest difference, has been the end zone, as Smith's scored just once, and Nicks has six teeters on the season.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:59 pm

Clements out for Niners 'probably the situation'

Posted by Will Brinson

Things haven't been easy for the San Francisco 49ers this year, and despite playing a winless Panthers team on Sunday, they might not get easier -- looks like starting cornerback Nate Clements could miss the game in Charlotte.

"Yes, that's probably the situation," Mike Singletary said after Clements participated in limited practice on Friday.

Clement's likely absence means Will James gets the nod, and Steve Smith, returning from injury, should see a boost in production and targets.

It probably doesn't help, either, that the Niners are en route to London for their Week 8 game against Denver in the now annual Fog Bowl.

Lest you laugh at the travel aspect, think about this little factoid that Darin Gantt dropped on Twitter Saturday morning -- the 49ers are 7-38 since 2003 in 1 PM EST games (after all, that's like kicking off at 10 AM their time).

Additionally, Carolina's been the stopping point for two teams on their way across the pond each of the last two years -- the Saints swung by in 2008 and the Buccaneers in 2009, with the Panthers winning both games.

So, yeah, really, they probably shouldn't even bother playing; we can just move the Panthers to 1-5 now.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:03 am

NFL Trade Deadline: 'Skins lower price for Albert

Posted by Will Brinson

The Washington Redskins don't think that they'll be able to find a trading parter open to giving up a hefty price for Albert Haynesworth by the time the trade deadline passes at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday.

But that's not going to stop them from continuing to shop him, possibly at a discount, according to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Reportedly, the Redskins want a second round draft pick in exchange for the defensive lineman, but "the price could be dropping" according to La Canfora's sources.

Any drop in price symbolizes two things. First, the Redskins are pretty intent on moving Haynesworth if they can, duh.

And secondly, it's become pretty transparent to everyone else in the league that Washington will get rid of Haynesworth at some point and they're not so desperate to acquire the talented defensive tackle for the remainder of the season that they'll mortgage the future.

Other names of note from the trade deadline and the possibility of them getting moved: 
  • DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith of the Panthers aren't going anywhere.
  • Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins are disgruntled RFA guys, but seem unlikely to get moved at this point.
  • Willis McGahee's name is being bandied about for RB-needy teams like the Packers. But if they weren't willing to pay a reasonable market rate for Marshawn Lynch, will they really cough up for McGahee? Plus, Baltimore might not even want to move him.
  • Everyone on the Raiders, you may recall, is available. But they're clearly tainted, so they'll probably stay put.
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Posted on: October 17, 2010 12:28 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 12:47 pm

Report: Panthers' Smith not available on market

Posted by Will Brinson

Logic says that the Carolina Panthers would be willing to trade their high-end veterans in order to start rebuilding. Logic, as usual, is wrong -- the Panthers won't be dealing Steve Smith or DeAngelo Williams before the trade deadline Tuesday.

That's according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who says that Smith and Williams are off the table and that Jerry Richardson's team will be quiet on the swappin' front through next week.

In fact, the phrase "not ... under any circumstances" got attached to Smith's name -- it's odd that the Panthers would simply hang up on a team calling to ask if he's available. 

After all, Carolina lacks a second-rounder in the coming draft, and it's pretty clear that, even if they get Jeff Otah and Thomas Davis back, they need an injection of talent into their defense.

Of course, the argument that losing Smith would be painful for fans and make the passing game completely irrelevant. As opposed to, you know, "almost entirely irrelevant."

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:14 pm

NFC inactives, Week 5

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: It's not going to be easy for Jimmy Clausen when he has to throw to players like Brandon LaFell and David Clowney and David Gettis.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears - No surprise here. But it simply confirms to Chicago fans that they're starting quarterback is, indeed, Todd Collins.

Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants - New York was fine without one of its best defenders last week, sacking the Bears nine times. But still, at some point, the Giants would enjoy having Kiwanuka back in the starting lineup.

Mark Tauscher, OT, Packers - This opens the door for Bryan Bulaga to get his first NFL start.

Albert Haynesworth, DL, Redskins - His half-brother died this week in a motorcycle accident, so this is not at all surprising.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:31 am

Hot Routes: Could Devin Hester play quarterback?

Posted by Will Brinson 

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  • Todd Collins is starting and Caleb Hanie is the backup for the Bears on Sunday, but they also have a super-secret "emergency" plan, and will list someone as a third quarterback in the event that both those guys are sucked into the concussion vacuum that is the Bears' offensive line. "I'll just say without going into that and giving away too much more about our game plan, we have a guy in mind, maybe a couple of guys in mind, if we get down to No. 3," Lovie Smith said. So who is it, you wonder?  Apparently either Devin Hester or Matt Forte, which is actually way scarier than Collins or Hanie -- either/or would play the wildcat the entire game
  • Could Aaron Hernandez lead the Pats in the receiving the rest of the way? Sure -- Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston notes that only 36 percent of the Patriots snaps this season have been in "pure three- or four-receiver packages," whereas they ran nearly 56 percent in those sets last year. In other words, the team was moving towards utilizing their young tight ends even before trading Moss.
  • What one word would you use to describe Danny Amendola? (Note: please don't say "Welker.") Because the rest of the Rams would say stuff like "fiesty," "electric," "quick," "tenacious," and "energetic." David Eckstein is a huge fan, duh.
  • It's 2010 and athletes announce stuff on Twitter, so it should be no surprise that Chad Hall dropped his promotion off the Eagles practice squad vis-a-vis social media.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:11 pm

Steve Smith day to day but probably won't play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers coach John Fox told reporters today that WR Steve Smith, who sprained his ankle in Carolina’s close loss at New Orleans, is day to day. But the Charlotte Observer slightly disagrees with that notion, writing that Smith is unlikely to play next week vs. Chicago.

After making a catch in the third quarter, Smith rolled over his ankle and had to be taken off the field with a cart. The X-rays taken Sunday were negative, but that doesn’t mean Smith can suit up for the Bears game.

Here’s a nice exchange with reporters and Smith after the game.

Asked how he felt, Smith shook his head: "I feel like a trillion dollars ... I feel like a money order, that's what I feel like."

When asked if he feared the injury would keep him out of next week's game against Chicago, Smith's eyes shot wide with dismay.

"Go next week? I'm just trying to walk to the bus," Smith replied. "I'm having trouble walking. Is it serious? I can't walk. That's pretty serious. It hurts to walk."

Without Smith, the Panthers game, it figures, might as well shut down. They have a rookie quarterback who has two games of experience, WR Dwayne Jarrett and three rookie WRs. Not that Carolina with Smith was anything other than a last-place NFC South squad, but without him … oh boy, it ain’t good.
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Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:14 pm

Report: Steve Smith has high ankle sprain

Posted by Will Brinson

Haha, no, don't freak out -- you can still start "Steve Smith 2" Sunday night on your fantasy team when New York and Chicago square off . But you should be concerned about the Panthers' star wide receiver, because he apparently has a high ankle sprain.

Jay Glazer reported on television that Smith's X-rays came back negative, but that the injury is initially being diagnosed as a high ankle sprain; Adam Schefter reported the same injury on Twitter.

That's very bad news for the Panthers, clearly, because Smith is their only primary weapon in the passing game.

However, the extent of the injury still isn't known, and won't be fully known until Monday, when Carolina doctors get a chance to take a look at the wideout's ankle.

Additionally, as seen with someone like Andre Johnson, it's possible to play the next week. But it's also possible for a high ankle sprain to limit a player for several weeks -- fortunately for the Panthers, their bye week is just one Bears game away, which means that Smith's timetable for recovery will likely come during their week off.
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