Thomas Rawls found a new home.
The ex-Seattle Seahawks running back signed with the New York Jets, the team announced Friday.
An undrafted rookie in 2015, Rawls burst onto the scene in Seattle as a between-the-tackles fill-in for an injured Marshawn Lynch. The 5-foot-9 wrecking ball averaged an NFL-high 5.6 yards per carry, going for 830 yards and four scores his opening season.
The rule just needed a re-write, McKay said. We needed to start over, re-write the rule, simplify it, narrow the window of time that was for a catch.
While the simplification is likely to go over well with players and fans, alike, there will likely be more debate around the league’s expansion of a rule that prohibits players from initiating contact with their helmets.
Any player who lowers their helmet to make contact with an opponent will be penalized 15 yards, as well as be subjected to possible ejection. During a Wednesday press conference, Goodell repeatedly expressed the importance of removing the usage of the helmet from the game.
This move comes months after Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury lunging headfirst into a tackle attempt. McKay insisted Shazier’s injury wasn’t a reason for the change, but an example of why it’s needed.
Smith probably needed a fresh start far away as much as any recent New York athlete.
After surprisingly slipping out of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he started all 16 games (8-8 record) as a rookie second-round pick in place of the injured Mark Sanchez. He went 3-10 in 13 starts the next season and never got a fair shake in 2015.
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Smith suffered a fractured jaw in a locker room altercation with teammate IK Enemkpali during the preseason, and Ryan Fitzpatrick took over as the starter. He appeared in just three games with one start in the 2015-16 seasons combined.
When Smith hit unrestricted free agency last offseason, he signed with the Giants to back up iron man Eli Manning. The job has provided limited opportunities for quarterbacks in the past.
And then the Giants’ 2017 season took a turn for the strange.