Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

More Ends and Odds (and a couple of Tackles, WRs, and RBs)

Yep, that’s Nick Fairley of the Detroit Lions drinking Gatorade.

Unfortunately for him, he drank a lot stronger liquids last Saturday night before getting behind the wheel of his automobile. Apparently he was in his Cadillac Escalade doing triple digits (that’s MPH, not KPH) when he was tooling down the highway past an Alabama state trooper. All that money he makes and he couldn’t even provide proof of insurance, either?

I guess he couldn’t let the month of May go by without his monthly arrest. Last month, he was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Oops.

At least fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn’t get arrested in his old “stomping grounds.”

In other news, the NFL owners agreed to bump the trade deadline from week 6 to week 8 for the upcoming season. This may not seem like much of a big deal, but it gives teams a full half-season to make trades for the stretch run.

This should make things a whole lot more interesting as those two weeks can really make a big difference in a team knowing if they have a chance at a playoff run or not. It’s very hard to tell by week 6 if a particular talented team is off to a poor start or has just been playing badly due to poor coaching.

It also will wind up favoring some teams over others in perhaps yet another application of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Some teams will not have had their bye week by week 8; many others will have.

The rule change should help those that have NOT had their bye week more as they’ll have had one additional game under their belts and the accompanying added chance for injuries to occur. By contrast, by week 6, very few teams have had their bye weeks and all will have had played fewer games – if only by one.

What it means is that we should see more player movement during the season in that midseason period while the trade clock starts winding down.

Meanwhile, the RB competition in New England was fierce during their OTAs. So far, Shane Vereen got the carries with form Indy Colt RB Joseph Addai being used as a veteran backup. Danny Woodhead should still keep his role from last season as a 3rd-down back. Reporters more “in-the-know” than I could possibly be are saying the situation is shaping up to be a four-headed rushing attack like the Saints used last year.

Since both offenses are similar, being pass on first, pass on second, and pass on third downs, their receiving ability will be as much a factor as anything. If I know Bill Belichick, that and pass protection are probably the two main things he looks for. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Going from the 2012 Super Bowl victims to the victors, it looks like Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks won’t be available to start the 2012 campaign due to a fractured metatarsal (foot bones just behind where your toes start). NOT a good injury for a WR who has yet to play in all 16 games in any season. Interestingly enough, Victor Cruz will likely want a new contract after this season if he performs anywhere near the level he did last season.

Since the Giants drafted help at WR, it’ll be interesting to see how much they work LSU rookie WR Reuben Randle into the offense in the early going. Keep an eye on their situation at the position in the pre-season as Nicks’ injury will keep him sidelined. Presumably, this opens the door very wide for Randle to contribute immediately. It also throws a monkey wrench into the works for Fantasy Football managers with all Giants’ WRs – except Cruz.

Speaking of wide receivers, Chad Johnsochocinco of the Pats is apparently picking up where he left off with the Patriots’ offense last season: completely clueless. With the talent they’ve added in the offseason, he could be cut. It would be pretty funny if he wound up in Miami, where they would be replacing one diva WR (Brandon Marshall) with another. At least the price would be much more palatable for them if that does happen.

Three former star wideouts are still without teams: Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens, and Braylon Edwards. Burress and Owens are ancient (36 and 39 now I think), while Edwards is a career underachiever that is aging. I wouldn’t be surprised if all three are without a team on opening day, but I do see Edwards as the one most likely to catch on someplace first. Injuries will always happen, even in the preseason, and Edwards could be a stopgap player who can and does shine brief flashes of his ability once in a while. If he comes cheaply enough, he should find a job.

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