Sunday News & Notes

25 10 2009

by Michael DeLuca

  • Miles Austin looks like he’s the real deal. After being thrust into his first start of his career last week due to an injury to Roy Williams, Austin busted out with 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs.  He was inserted into the starting lineup week 7 after that performance and didn’t disappoint, torching the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of 6 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He seems to have an amazing knack for running after the catch.  If he somehow slipped through your fantasy league’s waiver wire last week, make sure you put in a claim for him this time around.
  • Leon Washington of the New York Jets suffered a fractured fibula in Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Washington had surgery on Sunday night and Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting that the Jets do not plan to place him on injured reserve immediately and are holding out hope he can return this season. Shonn Greene took over for Washington and ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Jets snap a three-game slide by beating the hapless Oakland Raiders 38-0. “When we took the young man, this is really how we visualized our team. Ground and pound it and let this young kid hit you when you’re on your heels in the fourth quarter,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan, “He’s a talented back. We’ve been saying it all along.” Green has some nice upside and there are plenty of touches to go around in the Jets backfield while Mark Sanchez learns the game. With Washington likely out for the year, Greene is an excellent waiver wire addition this week.
  • Jake Delhomme’s time as a starter for the Carolina Panthers may be coming to an end.  After another horrendous performance which saw Delhomme throw three more interceptions, upping his season total to 13, coach John Fox had this to say “Like all positions we’ll evaluate it and whatever changes we need to make, we’ll make.”  Delhomme also acknowledged the possibility, saying “I’m not a dummy, when you’re not playing well offensively, you always have to look at the quarterback. I don’t think there’s any doubt. I’m certainly not looking to give it up by any stretch of the imagination, but let’s be real here. Two big turnovers today really affected us.”  The hesitancy to bench Delhomme in the first place stems from the fact that he was just giving a massive contract this offseason (which nobody really understood) and the fact that Matt Moore would likely be the starter, although A.J. Feeley, who was added to the team earlier this season, could get the nod.  Neither are solid options, but hey, they can’t do much worse than 13 picks in 6 games.
  • Down 21-0 against the Houston Texans, Shaun Hill was benched and former #1 pick Alex Smith led a valiant effort from the 49ers almost getting thewin. Smith found tight end Vernon Davis, who’s also shaking the bust label, three times for touchdowns. Smith completed 15 of his 22 passes for 206 yards. He did throw one pick. 49ers coach Mike Singletary wouldn’t declare a week 8 starter saying, “I just thought it was time to make the switch. It was as simple as that. No long, drawn-out thought process. But let’s make the change.” One would have to assume that after the impressive performance that Smith would get the nod. Michael Crabtree looked impressive in his debut, catching five passes for 56 yards. “Do I think Crabtree did a great job today? Absolutely,” coach Mike Singletary said. “It seems like he’s been here a while.”
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