With each running back injury or team’s realistic, even brutal, evaluation of its existing talent, the name of Ray Rice keeps getting mentioned. However, while the Browns are apparently kicking the tires on Rice the Houston Texans would rather roll with Alfred Blue and Chris Polk. Texans owner Bob McNair told ESPN he didn’t know if Rice would be a fit in the locker room, then added, “We’ve got four good running backs. I don’t know that he’s as good as any of the four we’ve got.” McNair also noted that the fact Rice hasn’t landed anywhere in the league supported his assessment of Rice’s talent… or lack thereof.
Another back looking for work is BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Law Firm didn’t play last season, but he told ESPN that the “phone’s been ringing” as he sorts through what must be myriad offers. BJGE added that the year away from football left him “fresh, rejuvenated and actually faster” than when he last took the field for the Bengals. Whether that’s enough to earn him another shot in the NFL remains to be seen.
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When the Colts drafted Phillip Dorsett in the first round it appeared as if the writing was on the wall for the future of TY Hilton in Indianapolis. Instead, the Colts just inked Hilton to a five-year deal worth $65 million, just a tick behind the monster contracts recently landed by Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. Fantasy owners have to love the fact that the Colts remain firmly committed to eschewing defense and simply asking Andrew Luck to outscore opponents; now the only issue is, which of Indys’ bevy of receivers will score each week?
Former Colts receiver Da’Rick Rogers, currently between teams, will have to sit out the first two games if he does land somewhere as the league has suspended him following a recent DUI. The former SEC receiving leader from Tennessee has been plagued by off-the-field issues, beginning with failed drug tests that got him kicked off the Volunteers and ultimately kept arguably the most talented receiver in his class from being drafted at all. A two-game rip isn’t likely to endear him to potential future teams, either.
Finally, you have to love the gamesmanship in the AFC East. Just two days removed from slugging Jets quarterback Geno Smith and breaking his jaw, linebacker (now defensive end) IK Enemkpali signed with… ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan and division rival Buffalo. There’s still the very distinct possibility that Enemkpali will face league discipline for deflating Smith’s jaw, not to mention the position change as he moved upstate. What next, the Dolphins hiring ex-Patriots ballboys to monitor the air pressure?