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Sam Darnold has been a fan of Aaron Rodgers

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 for years and wouldn't mind following in his footsteps on the field.And Jimmy Moreland Jersey 2019 , on the small screen.The New York Jets rookie quarterback watched film of NFL stars while he was developing his own skills as a signal caller in high school, in college at USC and even now as a pro himself. One of the most frequently viewed players in Darnold's studies has been Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers' two-time MVP."Just the way he's able to see the field so fast," Darnold said. "It's almost like he knows what the defense is going to do before the snap. For him, it looks so easy and so effortless. He has probably the best arm talent that I've ever seen, debatably, in NFL history."Darnold also gives Rodgers a rousing review for his work over the years in a series of TV commercials for an insurance company."He's a great actor," Darnold said with a big smile. "I think he'll be a good actor one day and his TV commercials look pretty funny. So yeah, I envy his ability to go in front of camera and do that kind of stuff. Hopefully one day I can do that, too. I think one day actually he'll be a great actor."The Jets (4-10) host Rodgers and the Packers (5-8-1) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in game that has no playoff implications with both teams out of the postseason picture. Rodgers still expects to play despite dealing with a sore groin that very well could have had the 35-year-old star decide to pack it in for the season."I'm super competitive," Rodgers said, "and I want to be out there with the guys, and I look forward to being out there."The Packers are 1-1 under interim coach Joe Philbin, who replaced the fired Mike McCarthy. They are trying to snap a nine-game road losing streak, dating to last season. A loss to New York would mark the first time Green Bay would go through a season winless away from Lambeau Field since the 1958 squad, and the sixth time in franchise history."Yeah, I think it's important for us to not be a statistic next to the (1958) Packers," Rodgers said. "It's disappointing. It's frustrating. It would be good for our confidence and for the young guys to feel what that post-win locker room, bus ride, plane flight back feels like, and take it with us in the future."Here are other things to know about the Packers-Jets matchup:TAKING OFFDarnold has two straight solid games after missing three with a foot injury. The No. 3 overall draft pick has thrown three touchdown passes and just one interception since returning , and has made plays with his legs while giving the Jets leads in the fourth quarter of both games."I didn't want the time off, I wanted to keep going, I wanted to keep getting experience," Darnold said. "But that's what happened. I felt like for me, I truly believe everything happens for a reason."ADAMS' ASCENTHere's one reason for Rodgers to play even if the Packers are already eliminated: receiver Davante Adams has a chance to set a couple franchise records.Already at 100 catches for the first time in his career with two games left, Adams needs 13 to break the club mark set by Sterling Sharpe in 1993. At 1,315 yards, Adams is 205 away from breaking the single-season club record held by former teammate Jordy Nelson (1,519 in 2014). Adams also earned his second Pro Bowl nod this year, though his first as an original selection."To be able to rise and do the things that I've dreamed of, obviously I feel like I'm still scratching the surface now, I'm nowhere near my prime," Adams said.VERY SPECIAL TEAMSPerhaps the Jets' biggest surprise has been the overall play of their special teams unit. Two of the standouts on that squad were selected to their first career Pro Bowls.Return specialist Andre Roberts , a nine-year veteran, leads the NFL in kick return yards (912) and ranks second in punt return yards (312). He has eight returns of 40 or more yards to lead the league.Jason Myers missed two extra points vs. Houston, but will also be headed to Orlando 鈥?the first kicker to represent the Jets at the Pro Bowl 鈥?after a season full of long kicks. He has five field goals of 55 yards or more , the most in one season in NFL history.HANDOFF HEADACHESThe Packers have some big-time backfield question marks.Leading rusher Aaron Jones went on injured reserve this week with a knee injury. Jamaal Williams, the only other running back who has been on the active roster all season, was limited in practice this week with a toe injury.Williams, who started at the beginning of the season, would likely take back the job 鈥?if healthy. Kapri Bibbs, claimed off waivers from the Redskins this week, may be pressed into service if he can get up to speed quickly in practice.ON THE LINEA defensive line considered a strength at the beginning of the year has been ravaged by injuries. Muhammad Wilkerson and Mike Daniels went on injured reserve earlier this year, and emerging third-year player Kenny Clark missed last week's loss to the Bears with an elbow injury.That has left coordinator Mike Pettine starting third-year player Dean Lowry and undrafted rookie free agent Tyler Lancaster. They have been solid, but Green Bay is 22nd against the rush, allowing 124.1 yards per game.AP Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas contributed. The Redskins have a 26-year-old former 1st round draft pick on the defense that most Redskins fans probably don’t know about"The Hogs Haven profile had Smith projected for the 3rd or 4th round, and listed the Redskins as one of the four “best fits” for the player.Bleeding Green...It may be coincidence or fate, but the most complete draft profile I found on Marcus Smith was published on Bleeding Green Nation in early February of 2014.The BGN piece was higher on Smith, listing him as a mid-to-late second round pick, but that projection was a far cry from the eventual decision made by the Eagles to draft him 26th overall in the first round.Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesYahoo! Sports contributor Rob Hoff said the following about Smith’s performance at the Senior Bowl practices:SB Nation’s own Dan Kadar also noted Smith’s ability in coverage at the all-star game:The BGN writer closed out the article by suggesting that the Eagles might be interested in Smith at the 54th pick in the draft.Almost immediately after the draft Cheap Jimmy Moreland Jersey , Eagles fans were wondering what Chip Kelly was doing.Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesPhoto by Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesThe cracks were already showing for Chip Kelly in 2014, as he struggled to deal with the difference between being a college Head Coach, where recruiting is king, and life in the NFL, where every draft pick is scrutinized and questioned.You don’t have to read too much between the lines to see that there was a lot of criticism of the Smith pick.Analysts had him in the second round or later, and Kelly and the Eagles were largely roasted for picking him at #26.Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesApparently the analysts were right that Smith was over-drafted.They were probably wrong about him being a second round talent.Marcus Smith had a brutal rookie season.He looked a lot more like a Saturday draft pick or UDFA.The challenge was there for Smith in his sophomore season.He responded by securing 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 13 games. Ooof.The good news (sort of) is that he nearly doubled his production in 2016, racking up 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 16 games.The Eagles had seen enough.The 26th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft was released by the Eagles after just 3 seasons.He had been active for 37 games and amassed 23 tackles and 4 sacks.The content of the next article, published in 2017, is pretty easy to predict.Biggest. Draft Bust.In Eagles History.Wow.That’s a big statement.Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesBut even in an article titled, “Marcus Smith got kind of a raw deal with Eagles” where the author tried to act as an apologist for Smith and discuss mitigating factors (having to play for Chip Kelly), the writer couldn’t quite pull it off, saying:The writer did manage to put Smith’s failure into the context of an Eagles staff who may have failed him:Bleeding Sea Dark Blue, Sea Gray, Sea White and Sea Light Green...In 2017, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks decided that Marcus Smith might provide the situational pass rush that would make him an asset to the roster.They signed him to a one-year deal.At the end of the season, they re-signed him for 2018, then did an about-face and released him in August, in the midst of the pre-season.Here’s the post mortem on that move:Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsSo, after being drafted in the first round by the Eagles, after four rocky years and two teams, Marcus Smith was back on the street for “personal reasons”.Reports surfaced that Smith was questioning his own commitment to the game and considering retirement when the Seahawks released him.So, in August, 2018 — just seven months ago — Marcus Smith was questioning his commitment to football and contemplating retirement.Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPNSomehow, he ended up on the Redskins roster before the 2018 season was finished.When you get to the point that you’re looking for a December replacement for Cassonova McKinzy, I guess it’s a bit like looking for loose change under the sofa cushions in the hopes of being able to buy a 7-11 hot dog for lunch — you take what you can get.Smith was active for two games in December, but didn’t record any stats in the box scores.Is there a place for Marcus Smith on the 2019 Redskins?Ryan KerriganRyan AndersonCassanova McKinzyMarcus SmithMarquis FlowersThis is a very thin OLB depth chart now that Preston Smith is a Green Bay Packer.There is no doubt in my mind that the Redskins will be looking for a pass rusher in the draft.But even if they find him, it appears that Marcus Smith still could have a chance to salvage his career by putting his physical skills and 4+ years of NFL experience together in a good pre-season performance.Marcus Smith is 26 years old.Redskins.com says he stands 6’3” and 258 pounds.Here are Marcus Smith’s combine results:Preston Smith is 26 years old, 6’5” and 265 pounds.Here are Preston Smith’s combine results for comparison:When it comes to athleticism, it looks like Marcus Smith compares favorably to Preson Smith, and, in every report from college, the Eagles and the Seahawks, he is praised for his speed and agility. The most consistent criticisms seem to revolve around Smith’s technique and hand placement, and the question of whether he’s got the mental and emotional makeup to be a professional athlete.Overdrafted in the first round and playing for the megalomaniac Chip Kelly under the white hot spotlight of the Philadelphia fan base, Marcus Smith became known as the biggest draft bust in Philadelphia Eagles history.That alone should be enough for any Redskins fan to love him.But it may be worth remembering that, after a year with the nurturing ‘player’s coach’, Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks re-signed Smith last year, and were counting on him in their team plans for 2018.They wanted him on the team.His release came for ‘personal reasons’ at a time when he was reportedly considering retirement from pro football.Whatever happened between his release from the Seahawks in August and signing a contract with Washington in December, the fact is, Marcus Smith didn’t quit.He came back.Bleeding Burgundy & Gold...So, who is the real Marcus Smith?Was the pressure of being an unexpected first-round draft pick and the atmosphere created by Chip Kelly just all too much for a young player from Louisville who ended up overwhelmed?Should Redskins fans be encouraged that Smith, for a time, seemed to have found a home as a situational pass rusher in the supportive and positive atmosphere of Pete Carroll’s Seahawks team?Or is the reported consideration of retirement just seven months ago a sign of mental and emotional frailty that simply underlines Smith’s failure to launch in the NFL?Is it possible, on a Redskins team that needs depth at outside linebacker and speed on defense, with energetic and positive coaches like OLB coach Chad Grimm, Rob Ryan, Jim Tomsula and Head Coach Jay Gruden, and with nearly zero pressure or expectations, that Marcus Smith could find a place as a situational speed rusher and thrive in 2019 with the Redskins?Or is he just a camp body?
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