CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15:  Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets watches the scoreboard during the final minute of a loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Well, Steve Smith wasn’t actually there to throw the punch, but I’d like to think that in loving memory of Smith’s brilliant and punch-happy career, reserve linebacker IK Enemkpali (which, coincidentally, is the name of a Somali pirate ship boat dinghy…) sucker-punched Geno Smith, breaking his jaw and sending to the sideline for six-to-ten weeks.

“It was nothing to do with football. … It was very childish,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He got cold-cocked … sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He’s got a broken jaw, a fractured jaw.”

The Somali ship boat dinghy was a sixth-round pick back in 2014, and was immediately released by the Jets. I don’t know about you guys, but a successful career in the NFL is usual predicated with not knocking out your own quarterback for more than half the season. I’d have to think this is the last time we hear the name IK Enemkpali. Unless the Patriots sign him as a reclamation project, only to see Tom Brady sucker-punched. Then his name would be: Hero.

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While the fantasy impact is minimal, I’d argue that this may have saved some deep format owners from drafting what is probably one of the most frustrating starting quarterbacks (in both fantasy and the real game) that exists. Though, there is still E.J. Manuel… but I guess he’s not a starter anymore. So there’s that. I always joke that watching one Geno Smith game was the equivalent of Tony Romo’s career in a nutshell. He’ll quickly coordinate a 70-yard drive inside the five, then promptly throw a pick-six. I’ll say that it’s hard to question his “gusto”, as he clearly has a fierce competitiveness and wears a gauntlet of emotions on his sleeve, but his erratic accuracy and sometime questionable decisions seems like something that will always dampen his ceiling.

But hey, that means we get to see Ryan Fitzpatrick in a starting role once again. That can’t be that bad, right? Eh, no comment.

  • In other news, the Cardinals are pursuing Chris Johnson, which doesn’t seem like the most terrible idea. I personally think Johnson is done, but in a limited role, I could see some relevance at some point. Whether it’s actually fantasy relevant, well, we’ll see? (Probably not.)
  • Steelers have signed Garrett Hartley after Shaun Suisham tore his ACL during last Sunday’s preseason game. He made 22/30 field goals back in 2013, which I guess isn’t terrible. I mean, we are comparing him to Shawn Suisham after all, right?

 

 

  1. Duke says:
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    Yo Jay what’s up man?

    Hey in a 12-team PPR auction we get 1 keeper that doubles in salary every year–I tried to get it raised to two but they don’t want to see me shine.

    So would you keep Odell Beckham Jr. for $1 – ($2/$4/$8 going forward) or
    Antonio Brown for $12 – ($24/$48 going forward)

    I’ve been thinking Beckham but it makes me just a little nervous and Antonio Brown has a track record and I’ve watched him kill it for a few years here

    thanks!

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Duke: Gotta go Odell with your keeper format.

      $48 compared to $4 down the road.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Duke: yeah, gotta go with OBJ there. The value is just too good.

  2. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Heard a report that it was over a gambling debt.

    When keeping it real goes wrong.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: P.S.
      “Unless the Patriots sign him as a reclamation project, only to see Tom Brady sucker-punched. Then his name would be: Hero” ….Thank you

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: jesus, i’m sure it was more than the millions he’ll lose by being drummed out of football, right? this could indicate that geno is really a bigger douchebag if he’s the kinda C&#@ who renegs on bets though. While it’s stupider to end one’s career for punching out somebody who owes you money i’d much rather have that guy on my team than a guy who doesn’t own up to his own bets. Of course we’re not sure this is what happened, but, if true, how likely you think it is that anybody on a team plays hard for the kind of person who’s word is worth that little?

  3. Bro Jackson says:
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    Based on your ranks (which I love), I keep ending up with Forte, CJ, Evans, Hopkins and eventually Stewart and Tannehill in all of my mocks. I am very very ok with that.

    Why not more love for Charles Johnson? I feel like the romance he and Teddy had will continue this year and he could be a wr2.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bro Jackson: I agree. I do like Johnson a lot, and love WR depth in general this season. Not a knock on him, just a lot of great names around him.

  4. Allan says:
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    Jay I would much rather stream defenses each week than waste a draft pick on one of the top d’s. With that in mind I see you have the Colts D ranked way low but what do you think of their first 5 matchups and then dropping them? I mean Bills, Jets, Titans, Jaguars, Texans?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Allan: yeah that’s gotta be one of easiest scheds in entire first 5 weeks.

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