First and 10: New faces visit old places

Steve Smith has left New York for greener pastures — Eagles green, that is. Smith’s signing means Giants-Eagles will join other NFL contests that feature high-profile homecomings this season, including Shaun Ellis lining up against the New York Jets in a Patriots uniform, and Pats DE Albert Haynesworth getting a crack at his old coach Mike Shanahan when New England visits Washington on Dec. 11. We asked our panel of experts which 2011 “revenge game” they’re looking forward to most in the latest Instant Debate. Look for that later today on

Here’s what else is on tap for Thursday:

  • Former Minnesota coach Brad Childress visits the NFL Network studios to talk about his turbulent 2010 season, and the coach isn’t too shy when assessing Randy Moss’ effect on the Vikings’ locker room.
  • Adam Rank applauds Maurice Jones-Drew for refusing to apologize after questioning Jay Cutler‘s toughness on Twitter. However, Adam can think of some other NFL figures who owe us an apology, as he explains in the latest Pick Six.
  • Rich Eisen took his podcast on the road for last week’s Hall of Fame festivities in Canton, and scored a treasure trove of interviews with HOFers, including John Madden talking about his recent meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jim Kelly on Scott Norwood‘s missed field goal, and Jack Youngblood and Jackie Slater on what it was like to play football in L.A. in the ’70s.
  • You don’t have to separate facts from rumors: NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora does it for you. Keep up with the latest buzz on free agents, trades and position battles by following Jason’s blog.
  • In addition to the free-agent frenzy, don’t forget the fantasy frenzy. Get ready for your draft with’s all-encompassing draft kit.
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