Football briefs: Coles’ concussion problems justify Jets' decision

Pro Football Weekly staff

The Way We Hear It: Coles’ concussion problems justify Jets for declining extension request

Veteran WR Laveranues Coles is a head case. Not that he can be blamed. No, this has nothing to do with the cold war waged between him and his club this offseason. Rather, it’s about Coles suffering yet another concussion in Week Seven, his third concussion in less than two years. Although the Jets appeased Coles slightly this offseason when they agreed to guarantee him the $11 million he’s due over the next two years, his latest head trauma has vindicated the club’s decision not to grant him the long-term extension he was seeking. Even though the writing was on the wall beforehand, the notion that Coles is not in the team’s plans beyond 2009 is now cemented even further. And given the Jets’ high opinion of young talents Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney, it appears that the club might not need to look to the draft or free agency to find Coles’ eventual replacement.

NFL whispers

BEARS: One of the biggest surprises on the Bears so far this season has been the emergence of second-year RB Garrett Wolfe as a flat-out stud on special teams. “It’s really kind of shocking considering how little he had played on special teams before this season,” a team insider told PFW. “He hadn’t covered kicks since back in his days as a freshman at Fenwick High School in Chicago. Last year they tried him there, and it was clear his heart wasn’t in it. But this year he was told it was something he had to do to solidify a roster spot, and he hasn’t missed a tackle in kick coverage.”

BUCCANEERS: The Bucs are far from giving up on WR-RS Dexter Jackson, but he has confirmed the critique that Tampa Bay reached for him in the second round of this year’s draft.

CARDINALS: We were interested to learn from our Cardinals insiders about SS Adrian Wilson’s keen sense of team history. We hear Wilson, one of many key players angling for a new contract, has a genuine desire to one day be mentioned in the same breath as former (St. Louis) Cardinal and Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Wilson, who is widely considered the standard-bearer of the modern-day safety position. We’re told Adrian Wilson got to know Larry Wilson while the former Cardinals safety still worked for the team before retiring.

The Fantasy Buzz

It took roughly a season and a half, but Dolphins WR Ted Ginn Jr. finally showed Sunday why the Dolphins invested a first-round pick in him in the 2007 draft. After catching just 20 passes for 177 yards in this season’s first six games, Ginn exploded for seven catches for 175 yards in a win over Buffalo. We’re not saying you should expect this every week, but the speedster at least has proven that his upside is fairly huge. With QB Chad Pennington playing as well as ever, Ginn could be in line for a solid second half.

Redskins QB Jason Campbell has exceeded expectations all season, playing very efficiently and throwing no interceptions through eight contests. The schedule, however, is about to get really tough. With games against the Steelers, Cowboys, Giants, Ravens and Eagles still to come, Campbell will have difficulty keeping up this high level of play. After his 328-yard game Sunday at Detroit, this might be the pinnacle of his fantasy value in 2008.

With Plaxico Burress seemingly in the doghouse as of late, the “other” Steve Smith quietly has led all Giants wide receivers in yardage in each of the past three games. As his rapport with QB Eli Manning improves, Smith should continue to see increased targets, likely at the expense of Amani Toomer. The USC product is not going to be a fantasy monster, but he’ll have value down the stretch, especially in PPR leagues.

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