Geno Smith: I’m auditioning for 32 NFL teams right now

So here we are, a year after the team hired a coordinator who would work well with Smith’s skill set but Smith couldn’t play because he was cold-cocked by a sixth-round pick named IK Enemkpali for a $600 debt. Smith worked all offseason as the presumptive starter while coach Todd Bowles essentially reserved a spot for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Smith rolls into training camp second on a four-man depth chart that includes Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg — a pair of young draft prospects.

To say Smith is pissed is probably the understatement of the century, but he’s handling it well. He deserves a chance to see what life is like somewhere else and no one should be surprised that he feels this way.

Now, we wait to see just how long of an audition this really is. Clearly, the Jets hope to have a long-term solution at quarterback next year. Smith presumably will drift into free agency. Until then, are the Jets really willing to carry four quarterbacks? Or will Smith’s crisis management skills earn him a ticket out of town before the season starts?

“I’m not disappointed. I’m kind of pissed off, but it’s not a detrimental thing,” he said. “It’s not something where I’m pissed off at anyone, because we all want to be in there. … This just adds fuel to the fire, but not in a negative way.”

Darren Sproles isn’t going anywhere.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday they agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep the running back in town through 2017.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the added year is worth $4.5 million, per a source. The sides have been working on an extension since Sproles reported to minicamp in June. The back was set to make $3.5 million this season, but Philly moved some money into 2017 with the extension, per Rapoport.

“When you talk about leadership, work ethic, character, and then production — he’s made the last two Pro Bowls — he just exemplifies everything that we want to be and as we look at it,” said Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations, to reporters Friday. “He’s so important to this team on and off the field, it’s a no brainer from our perspective.”

The move to add a year for the shifty back and explosive return man comes on the heels of the Eagles fielding trade calls for the running back during the NFL draft, Rapoport reported in May. At the time, Sproles wasn’t frustrated or peeved by the trade news. His willingness to sign an extension shows he understands the business.

Jeff Fisher hopes Rams are the next ‘Hard Knocks’ team to make playoffs

“It’s just a camera in your face,” he said. “The game we play, there’s always a camera in your face.”

Meanwhile, punter Johnny Hekker sounds less worried about the video than the audio.

“I’ve got to make sure that my grandmother doesn’t have to hear me bleeped out,” he told Farmer.

‘No guarantee’ Danny Amendola will be ready by Week 1 after surgeries

This hasn’t been the best offseason for Danny Amendola. Not only did he accept a substantial pay cut to remain with the Patriots, but he also reportedly underwent two surgeries that could sideline him until — or into — the regular season.

As the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported, Amendola’s left knee and ankle were operated on earlier in the offseason. The timeline for his return, according to Howe, could be as soon as training camp, which is scheduled to commence at the end of July. But there’s apparently “no guarantee” he’ll be ready by the start of the regular season, Howe wrote. The worry seems to be directly related to the knee surgery — not the ankle.

The Patriots are, at least, prepared for the worst case scenario. They signed formerBills wideout Chris Hogan and added depth in the form of Nate Washington this offseason. They also traded for Martellus Bennett, but that deal most likely has nothing to do with Amendola’s injury considering Bennett gives the Patriots a lethal tight end combination that even had Rex Ryan at a loss for words. In other words, that trade was a no-brainer for the Patriots, regardless of Amendola’s health.

They then reworked Amendola’s contract last week so that he lost out on $4.4 million. Perhaps the surgeries played a role. After all, if Amendola had tested the open market, he probably wouldn’t have lucked into a lucrative contract considering his health is in doubt and he’s 30 years old. Staying with the Patriots was his best option and the organization likely knew that when they entered negotiations.

Because he’s familiar with the system, Amendola shouldn’t experience any difficulty transitioning back into the offense. He’s clearly not Brady’s top option, but he’s a reliable target. Last year, Amendola brought down 65 passes for 648 yards and three touchdowns.

The summer of Gronk is rapidly approaching. But before Rob Gronkowski lets loose one final time this offseason, he has some important matters to attend to: video games and Deflategate.

During Gronk’s SportsCenter appearance on Thursday, which served as EA Sports’Madden 17 cover announcement, he was asked about the latest developments in the Deflategate saga. According to Gronk, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be playing all 16 games this season, even if he’s currently suspended for the first four games of the year.

Oh, and Gronk also called the latest developments in Deflategate “stupid.”

“I was actually surprised. It was a surprise to everyone,” Gronkowski said of Brady’s suspension that was recently reinstated, according to NFL.com. “I thought it was totally done and it was crazy to see it happen again. It’s kind of getting stupid to the point where it’s at now. Why it’s still going on now … but I think he’s going to play 16 games again. That’s the way it’s been going on, that’s the way it’s worked, so hopefully that’s true.”

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Go look at the full listing and scroll through all the pictures — it’s impossible to imagine Manziel living in this house.

The dude spent the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft watching guys get selected to the NFL from a bar while prepping for a Justin Bieber concert. He is painfully lacking in self awareness.

Josh Norman steers clear of trash talk war with Odell Beckham

Josh Norman showed remarkable restraint.

You’d figure that after New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham told GQ that Norman was only relevant because of him, Norman would to respond in kind. Norman is not afraid of mixing it up. But the Washington Redskins cornerback didn’t address Beckham’s comments when asked by Yahoo Sports.

“Really, there’s nothing to talk about,” Norman said. “It’s just like beating a dead horse in a sense … asking me what I take on it. Like, come on man, everybody who knows me knows what I take on it. Am I going to say it? No. We’ll just have to see when the times get here.”

Norman has not backed down from Beckham before, on the field when the two had numerous scraps during last season’s Carolina Panthers-Giants game, or after the game when Norman was asked about Beckham. And Norman seemed to indicate that he might address the topic down the road, before the Giants and Redskins play this season.

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot was named a suspect in a domestic violence police report by a woman believed to be his girlfriend, according to TMZ Sports. TMZ reported that it obtained the police report from the incident in which Elliott claims he never hit the woman.

The NFL will look into the matter, Pro Football Talk reports, even though Elliott was not arrested or charged with any crime after being questioned by police.

Although TMZ never mentions the woman’s name in its report, Deadspin displayed Instagram posts from a woman named Tiffany Thompson (whose account is private) showing off bruises on her body that she claims was the result of domestic abuse. On the second of the two posts, she tagged Elliott’s Instagram account (which is not private).

According to the TMZ report, the female accuser filed the report with Columbus (Ohio) Police on Friday morning, stating that Elliott assaulted her while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle. The photos Thompson displayed on her Instagram post were taken in an automobile.

The TMZ report adds that responding officers indicate the woman had pain in her wrist but declined medical treatment. The police spoke with Elliott, who allegedly claimed he did not hit her. Larry Brown Sports also reports that Elliott told police that Thompson’s injuries were the result of a bar fight she was a part of Thursday night. The police also spoke with four witnesses on the scene, but none — including one who was in the car — said they saw any type of assault.