Tag:Steve Smith
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:29 am

Hot Routes 12.14.10 no snow problems here

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton certainly wasn’t great in the first start of his career Sunday, but he was good enough to earn another start from Ken Whisenhunt.

Colt McCoy is optimistic that his return from a high ankle sprain is near.

If the Vikings want to play next Monday’s game at the University of Minnesota, they need to let the school know by today. It’s because removing the snow from the field would take 5-6 days.

Buccaneers rookie DT Gerald McCoy tore his biceps muscle vs. the Redskins on Sunday. He’ll need surgery to repair the damage.

Redskins SS LaRon Landry, who actually had been having a pretty strong season, has been placed on the IR list.

Is it really that big a deal that Tashard Choice got Michael Vick’s autograph after the Eagles-Cowboys game Sunday?

They just won a Monday Night thriller on the road…now John Harbaugh wants his team to get a Monday Night game at home for a change.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer questions the constructiveness of Steve Smiths’ comment about Jimmy Clausen. (He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore.)

The Bengals placed underrated run-defending safety Chinedum Ndukwe on IR (knee).

If Flynn had gotten hurt last Sunday, the Packers would have turned to Jordy Nelson at quarterback.

Dolphins NT Paul Soliai has had a surprisingly good season. Now there’s pressure on the Fins to pay the man.

Tom Cable refutes the report that he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye.

Mike Singletary intimated that Brian Westbrook’s time on the bench earlier this season was a blessing in disguise, as now the veteran RB is fresh. Westbrook doesn’t exactly agree with that, though he’s not raising a stink over it.

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:59 pm

Smith, Nicks questionable for Giants, should play

Posted by Will Brinson

Giants fans concerned about the team's wide receiver depth can breathe a little easier for the moment, as it appears as if both Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks will return Sunday against Minnesota.

For the moment, they're both listed as "questionable" (as noted by our Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin) but coach Tom Coughlin expects his star receivers to start in Week 14.

Smith apparently "fell hard at practice" Friday, but "bounced right up" and later told reporters himself that he expected to play Sunday.

Smith's missed a substantial portion of time with a partially torn pectoral muscle, while Nicks missed a few weeks due to compartment syndrome in his leg.

Even as freak as those accidents are, the craziest thing about the Giants WR situation is that, as they vie for a division title and a playoff berth, they're starting to get pretty healthy, which could mean they peak at the right time.

Add in a dangerous pair of running backs, one of the toughest quarterbacks in the game (Mike Freeman's words, not mine, but I'll agree), a stout defense with dangerous pass-rushing potential, and the Giants have "peaking at the right time" stamped all over them. Last time that happened (2007), things worked out alright for the G-Men.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:46 pm

Giants get stars back

Posted by Andy Benoit
H. Nicks (US Presswire)
A little while back, the injury bug bit the New York Giants passing game so harshly that even Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard probably felt it. Steve Smith was lost in Week 10 with a pec injury. Hakeem Nicks went out in Week 12 with a freak lower leg issue. The week before, Ramses Barden had been lost for the season with a foot injury.

To make matters worse, left tackle David Diehl battled a hamstring problem during this time and was out of the lineup. So the Giants were forced to turn to street free agent receivers like Michael Clayton, Derek Hagan and Devin Thomas.

After losing Smith, New York lost back-to-back games against NFC East foes Dallas and Philly. It looked as if the media would once again rush to the switch of Tom Coughlin’s proverbial hot seat.

But then the Giants renewed their rushing attack and won two-straight. True, home wins against the Jaguars and Redskins can be expected. But the bottom line is the Giants are now 8-4, tied atop the NFC East, and healthy at just the right time.

Smith and Nicks both returned to practice this week and appear set to play Sunday against Minnesota. David Diehl is also back after missing four games. Thus, Eli Manning once again has his reliable third down slot target, his most explosive catch-and-run deep threat and a veteran to protect his blind side. And, what’s more, he has a golden opportunity to quickly re-establish a rhythm with his targets, as the Vikings, because of iffy awareness from their safeties and a rotation of vulnerable No. 2 corners, have been inconsistent in the secondary this season.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:50 pm

Hot Routes 12.6.10: box score tidbits Week 13

Posted by Andy Benoit

Hot Routes
  • The Steelers and Ravens both converted four third downs, went 1/2 in the red zone and committed nine penalties Sunday night.
  • Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 19 times (45 yards) after handling the rock a whopping 36 times the previous week at Buffalo.
  • Anquan Boldin had five catches for 118 yards, seemingly all of them on the game’s final drive.
  • The Saints were just 1/8 on third down against the Bengals. They won because they generated 248 yards on their five biggest plays.
  • Roman Harper led the Saints with 10 tackles, a sack (on the final play) and two tackles for a loss.
  • Jay Cutler was 21/26 for 234 yards and a touchdown against the Lions. Cutler also went “interception-less” for the fifth time this season. On the year, he has a passer rating of 92.8.
  • Earl Bennett is quietly becoming a go-to receiver for the Bears. The possession target had seven catches for 104 yards.
  • Cliff Avril had three sacks for Detroit. That’s seven on the year and six in Avril’s last four games.
  • Troy Smith completed just 10/25 passes against Green Bay. His limitations in reading the field from the pocket were obvious at times.
  • For the second straight week, Tennessee had fewer than 50 plays offensively. They’ve now gone a franchise-record 12 quarters without a touchdown.
  • Dexter McCluster had five carries(11 yards) and two receptions (25 yards) in his first game back from a high ankle sprain. (He also had a fumble.)
  • Turnovers once again doomed Miami. They were minus-three against the Browns.
  • Browns tight end Ben Watson exploded for 100 yards on 10 catches.
  • Sidney Rice looks to be in top form. He had 105 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.
  • The Redskins did not convert once in the red zone against the Giants Sunday. Reason being, they were never in the red zone.
  • Derek Hagan led the Giants with seven receptions. No one else caught more than two passes for New York.
  • Jason Campbell was just 10/16 passing in Oakland’s surprising win at San Diego.
  • The Chargers fell behind early and ran the ball just eight times. The Raiders ran the ball 52 times (for 251 yards).
  • Peyton Manning completed 36/48 for 365 yards on what everyone agreed was one of his worst games as a pro.
  • The Cardinals had three different quarterbacks attempt passes Sunday. All completed 50 percent or fewer of their attempts.
  • Carolina’s Steve Smith had 39 of his 54 yards receiving come on one play. It was Smith’s longest catch of the season.
  • Marshawn Lynch punched in three touchdowns (and had 83 yards rushing) for Seattle.
  • One of Matt Ryan’s two interceptions was a result of the receiver slipping on bad turf. The Falcons turned the ball over for the first time in nearly five games Sunday.
  • Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes had an interceptions and six pass breakups.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 11:34 am

NFC Inactives, Week 13

Posted by Will Brinson

As always, notable actives right here: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings (he was out on the field testing his mobility earlier and the Vikes apparently decided to give him a go). 


Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints - Thomas is inactive and will target Week 14 for his return. That means Reggie Bush and Chris Ivory get all the run against the Bengals.

Steve Smith, WR, Giants - No surprise here.

Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings - Now that's a surprise! Harvin was dealing with a "really strong" migraine earlier and won't make it on the field. Still waiting to hear on AP, but the Vikings are pretty banged up.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 3:31 pm

Hot Routes 12.2.10 emotional blowups are OK

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit and Will Brinson

Some Browns news for you: cornerback Joe Haden was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. And former Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli has now joined the team.

Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer counts down prospective candidates for Andrew Luck's services (read: does he like Charlotte enough to leave Stanford?)

Speaking of awesome places to play football, Bills first-rounder C.J. Spiller is loving that tropical Buffalo weather.

Jason Garrett, Jon Kitna defend Dez Bryant's sideline blowup.

Can you believe we’ve come to care so much about Derek Anderson this week?

It was finally discovered why Panthers high-priced cornerback Chris Gamble was benched this past Sunday: teammates say he missed practice.

Chad Ochocinco and Darren Sharper have been exchanging barbs via Twitter. It’s a an argument over #whichstarhasbeenlessrelevantthisse

Some believe Chad Henne is getting more comfortable in Miami.

Forget LeBron facing Cleveland. How about Woodhead facing New York!?!

The Giants got some good news about injured wideouts Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith. Neither will play against the Redskins this week, but both are very hopeful for Week 14 against the Vikings.

Click here if you’re interested in reading up on the Chargers ownership and possible relocation issues. The AEG rumors are interesting…you have to think AEG would know how to get a stadium built, right?

The Seahawks are retiring future Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones’ number 71 this Sunday.

The Bucs thought about filling their void at safety with cornerback/slot ace Ronde Barber, but they ultimately decided against it.

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 1:59 pm

Report: Giants sign ex-Buc Michael Clayton

Posted by Will Brinson

How desperate are the New York Giants for wide receiver help after injuries to Hakeem Nicks (compartment syndrome) and Steve Smith (torn pectoral muscle) submarined one of the best WR corps in the NFL?

Well, they've reportedly signed Michael Clayton and that should tell you all you need to know, since Clayton was cut by the Buccaneers and has spent the past few weeks kicking it in the UFL. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Giants inked Clayton to a one-year deal on Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk first reported that the Giants were bringing in Clayton for a workout.

There's some bizarre stuff going on with the timing of this, though, as Clayton (or any UFL'er for that matter, as Florio notes) isn't technically supposed to workout for any NFL team until after the UFL championship game on Friday.

However, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported earlier that, according to multiple sources, the Clayton workout was taking place Tuesday and that "a signing later today is a possibility." So Schefter's report makes total sense.

Once the reported news is finalized, if the Giants won't owe the oft-contested $150,000 UFL transfer fee because Clayton hasn't been on a UFL roster for four weeks.

Of course, that he was on a UFL roster at all, and the Giants needed him, is pretty indicative of what kind of injury troubles they're dealing with this year.

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:44 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 5:02 pm

Report: Hakeem Nicks out 3 weeks with leg injury

Posted by Will Brinson

The New York Giants got another bad break on Tuesday, as breakout wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been diagnosed with "compartment syndrome" in his lower right leg.

For those wondering what that means, it's basically when a heavy amount of pressure (usually resulting from swelling or bleeding) builds up in an enclosed space (hence, compartment) of the body. This leads to compression of nerves and blood vessels and is highly problematic if not treated. 

Fortunately, Nicks is in the hospital receiving that treatment.

According to Mike Garafolo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Nicks will miss three weeks with the injury.

It had previously been reported that Nicks was out for an "undisclosed amount of time," although that report appears to have been tempered.

Also tempered? The Giants chances of winning the NFC East without Steve Smith -- their top wide receiver from a year ago won't return until December because of a partially torn pectoral muscle -- or Nicks, who's been an absolute touchdown machine in 2010.

That puts the onus on Mario Manningham and Derek Hagen to catch Eli Manning's passes for the next few weeks if the Giants hope to hang with the Eagles in the division.

And yeah, oddly enough, ever since the Giants were crowned the "NFC's elite" (this was when they shattered Tony Romo's shoulder in the middle of that big blue star and almost mercy-ruled the Dallas the first time they met), things have really gone downhill for New York's "other" team.

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