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Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – Steve Smith has a shoulder injury which should keep him out most of the preseason. There’s even a chance that Steve Smith might miss the first game or two of the season. Smith has been quoted saying he wouldn’t play if he’s not ready.

At the moment, I wouldn’t downgrade Steve Smith on your draft list, assuming you’ve already factored in that Smith tends to miss 2-3 games per season.

Steve Smith – New York Giants – The other Steve Smith, playing for the New york Giants, is talking like he’s the #1 wide receiver with the Giants this season. Sports Illustrated even ran a story to that effect.

But Steve Smith hasn’t shown the big play ability that’s normally associated with #1 NFL receivers, averaging just over 10 yards per catch. Still, the future of the New York Giants receiving corps are Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, but both receivers are rookies and are likely to have the growing pains that most NFL rookie receivers have.

It will be intersting to see who the big play guy in New York will be – if there is one. You can bet it won’t be Steve Smith, but Smith should have the most receptions of any Giants receiver in 2009. If you play in a receptions league, grab Steve Smith in the middle rounds. Any #1 NFL receiver is worth having in a receptions league, and the New York Giants have a Super Bowl champion quarterback and a running game that should open up passing lanes for the receivers.

Thomas Jones – New York Jets – One report suggested that the New York Jets may be looking to trade Thomas Jones: well, they’ve been “gauging interest” other teams might have in Jones. If Thomas Jones is moved on along, suddenly Shonn Green becomes a major factor in the running back rankings.

Sure, Leon Washington will see a lot more carries in 2009 than he had last year, but the New York Jets have always seemed to think Leon Washington is a complimentary back. Seeing that the Jets traded up to grab Shonn Green as the 1st pick of the 3rd round in the 2009 NFL Draft, the rookie runner could be the main man as early as this season. Keep an eye on the Jets running back situation in a redraft league, but go right ahead and pull the trigger on Shonn Green in dynasty leagues.

DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – Fantasy football owners should take notice that the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff is raving about DeSean Jackson’s improvement in the offseason. There had been whispers out of the Phillie media for a while now, but Andy Reed came out the other day and stated that DeSean Jackson is ready to take the next big step.

Apparently, Reed is impressed that Jackson has learned how to make adjustments in the offense. I heard a radio interview with DeSean Jackson the other day and he’s mentioned that he’s learned to read NFL defenses in the offseason.

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