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NFL News Roundup: Jets quarterback situation, trades and post-draft dead zone news

The draft was the last real big event before the preseason so the NFL has entered a somewhat dead period. There is still plenty to talk about, though.

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The last thing standing between a long and somewhat boring rest of the offseason was the NFL Draft, and now that it's over football fans will have to find something else to keep them entertained for a while. However, the NFL never really sleeps, it just slows down. There is still plenty going on if you pay attention.

Here's what you may have missed on Wednesday.

Despite their need for a new quarterback and despite the fact they selected Geno Smith in the second round, the Jets aren't going to pressure their rookie signal caller to start right away. Even after releasing Tim Tebow, there are still four other quarterbacks on the roster and Smith isn't going to start until he's ready. Considering the other quarterbacks, he may be ready soon.

The folks at Gang Green Nation reported on general manager John Idzik's comments that there will be an open competition at every position, including at quarterback.

I fully expect either Garrard or Geno to be starting day one, but if Sanchez comes in and excels in Marty's offence, well then play him. Right now I think it's time to clean the slate at all positions and just tell everyone, whoever performs will be playing.

The Chicago Bears are hoping that rookie linebacker Jon Bostic, selected in the second round, will be able to not only push the current starters, but be a starter himself down the line and possibly be the replacement for long-time Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Emmanuel Sanders is happy the Steelers decided to match the Patriots' offer and keep the restricted free agent around. However, he's hopeful that he can lock up a long-term deal with the team and wouldn't mind retiring one day as a Steeler wide receiver.

The guys at Behind The Steel Curtain believe Sanders will be the team's starting split end.

He will likely be the Steelers' starting split end this season, barring a push from veteran Plaxico Burress or rookie Markus Wheaton. Burress, 35, isn't expected to challenge, and Wheaton's role will likely be at both split end and in the slot.

Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs suffered an injury to both knees in August, and even though he has made significant strides to get back on the field, he isn't ready to put a date on his return. Childs had to go through surgery and rehabilitation is going well, but he doesn't want to come back until he's actually at 100 percent.

Tennessee Titans offensive tackle David Stewart had hopes of being ready for OTAs after breaking his leg six months ago, but it seems that he may miss all of the team's organized workouts this summer. Stewart has started 104 games for the Titans at right tackle.

More: Titans blog, Music City Miracles

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had an MRI on his right elbow, which may lead some of the team's fans to question his ability to stay healthy. The quarterback went to the ER because an injured triceps swelled up to the point that he worried he may have a blood clot. The MRI showed that Ponder, luckily, wouldn't need emergency surgery.

KJSegall at The Daily Norseman thanked the fast action of the team's trainer Eric Sugarman, which helped Ponder avoid surgery.

Luckily (and not surprisingly) Ponder had contacted the medicine man quickly when he noticed the issue. Sugarman called the ER just in time to prevent needless surgery, insisting first on an MRI- which revealed that there really wasn't any dire issue (and certainly no need for surgery on our QB's throwing arm), and that rest and ice would make the problem go back away. Which it did, and has stayed that way.

The Arizona Cardinals traded fullback Anthony Sherman to the Kansas City Chiefs, who want Sherman to compete for their fullback job. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has said that he doesn't typically use a fullback in his offense, which made Sherman somewhat expendable.

The Steelers were in need of a new running back and they got one when they selected Le'Veon Bell on Day 2. The team's general manager, Kevin Colbert, believes Bell can be the Steelers' starting running back right away. The team is especially impressed with his ability to gain yards after contact.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz isn't overly concerned about the past weight problems that the team's third-round pick, Kentucky guard Larry Warford, has had. Warford was one of the biggest lineman, weighing in at 330 pounds, heading into the draft, and, amazingly, that was after he shed 20 pounds.

More: Lions blog, Pride of Detroit

Even though Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy on Tuesday, Jacksonville won't be releasing the wide receiver, even though they could do so without paying him.

Big Cat Country's Alfie Crow says it's not in the team's best interest to release the former first-round pick.

While some fans and media have called for the Jaguars to release Blackmon, it's not in their best interest to do so. This is Blackmon's second strike with the team, but his salary and the Jaguars' cap situation do not make him a burden to hang on to and he's showed ability on the field. Talent trumps almost everything in the NFL, so it's in the Jaguars best interest to see if they can help Blackmon with his off-the-field issues rather than releasing him after his rookie season.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan says that fans will see the best version of Mark Sanchez they have ever seen in 2013. However, Smith wouldn't need to be fantastic to be the best version of himself. He will have plenty of competition from rookie quarterback Geno Smith and veteran David Garrard. There is also no guarantee that Sanchez will even make the team.

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