Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, David Nelson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, New York Jets, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Willis McGahee
Holmes suffers hamstring injury: New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to miss “at least a few weeks” after suffering a hamstring injury in last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. That leaves a hole in a thin Jets receiving corps with Stephen Hill missing nearly all of Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion. The team is expected to sign free agent David Nelson to fill in the gaps. While a matchup against a woebegone Falcons secondary on Monday night is somewhat appealing, the Jets offense is far too inconsistent to make any pass-catchers in green a viable option.
Jackson still not practicing: Steven Jackson was one of several key Atlanta Falcons not practicing on Tuesday. Julio Jones and Sam Baker were other key offensive cogs sitting out, but Jackson’s status is most worrisome to an offense that has struggled on third downs and in the red zone this season. With a matchup against a good Jets rushing defense this week and a bye coming in Week 6, the Falcons might take this opportunity to get Jackson two more weeks of rest. That means more of Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling this week — not that either is a safe option against Gang Green.
McGahee ‘ain’t Trent Richardson’: Since dealing Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns are 2-0 — even if the running game hasn’t exactly popped. Recent veteran addition Willis McGahee summed up his role in the offense by saying “I know I ain’t Trent Richardson, but I’m here to play.” Don’t sell yourself short, Willis. McGahee ran the ball 15 times Sunday for 46 yards, averaging 3.1 yards per carry. By contrast, Richardson has averaged 3.5 yards per attempt in his short NFL career … and 3.0 yards per carry in Indy’s Week 4 win over Jacksonville. The name on the back of the jersey might be different, but so far, the production remains about the same. That probably says more about Richardson than it does McGahee.
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