Don Banks: Summer hasn't been kind to 2009 first-rounders; more Snaps
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Aug 27, 2013
There are plenty of his 2009 NFL draft first-round classmates who don't share his relative good fortune. In a stand-back-and-soak-it-all-in-kind-of-way, it has been a brutal summer of setback for the boys of '09. To wit: Jason Smith Released by the Saints last week after not cutting it in their competition at left offensive tackle, Smith is back with the Jets, the team he was traded to last year during the preseason in the Wayne Hunter deal. Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we mercifully count down the dying days of August ambiguity and await the refreshing clarity of the NFL's regular season. ... There will be clarity, right? • Mark Sanchez's battle-scarred psyche has endured another pummeling this preseason, and now he even has some physical pain to accompany his well-damaged reputation. But, hey, at least the fifth-year Jets' quarterback has a job, and his banged up throwing shoulder looks to be a short-term issue. As a group, that particular collection of once-elite prospects is faring worse by the minute.