My five cents
1 Four rookie quarterbacks are starters, and none of them are named Johnny Football. But the Johnny Manziel watch began in Cleveland last week after the Browns lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Starter Brian Hoyer went only 16 of 41 for 215 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. Manziel has played only five snaps this season, but he could be part of the team’s plan this week with at least a handful of plays.
2 New York Jets general manager John Idzik previously signed two players — running back Mike Goodson and cornerback Dimitri Patterson — who eventually went AWOL. Now, he’s traded for a receiver who so disrupted the Seattle Seahawks that they appeared ready to cut Percy Harvin if they couldn’t trade him. There is a reason Harvin, who has 30 all-purpose touchdowns in 60 career games, has been traded twice in 19 months, costing the Seahawks three draft picks and the Jets one.
3 Receiver Michael Crabtree, who becomes a free agent after the season, has not picked the best season to be one of the San Francisco 49ers’ biggest disappointments. Colin Kaepernick has targeted Crabtree 51 times, and the former Texas Tech star has 32 receptions for 322 yards with three touchdowns and three drops.
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4 Buffalo Bills rookie Cyril Richardson has made four starts at left guard but has lost his job to veteran Kraig Urbik. The former North Crowley and Baylor product has allowed two sacks, with a hold and three false starts. The Bills have the worst guard play in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, with right guard Erik Pears rated 78th of 78 players and Richardson 75th.
5 Greg Hardy can work out at the Panthers’ facility, but the Pro Bowl defensive end has chosen to stay away since being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list in Week 3. Hardy’s jury trial on domestic violence charges begins Nov. 17. He reportedly has been working on his rap career while collecting almost $800,000 per game.