September 18, 2013

NFL's old faces in new places and yes, they're making an impact

Whether it's Alex Smith in Kansas City or Wes Welker in Denver, the change has been good.

By Dave Skretta / The Associated Press

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Alex Smith realized from midseason last year that he would be leaving San Francisco and looking for a new home. When the chance came to head to Kansas City, he jumped at it.

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Mike Wallace, left, wasn’t happy that he caught just one pass in the Miami Dolphins’ opener. So he came back Sunday to tie a career best with nine catches against Indianapolis.

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The 49ers acquired him from the Ravens for a sixth-round pick, and he's helped them overcome the loss of Michael Crabtree to a torn Achilles tendon. Boldin was shut down last week by Seattle, but had 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 win over the Packers.

"It's my job to catch the ball. And anytime (Kaepernick) throws the ball my way, I'm going to make sure to catch it," Boldin said. "For me, it's a business. I come out to do my job."

Wallace and Boldin weren't the only high-profile receivers who found new digs. Welker spent six seasons in New England before signing with Denver.

Strange as it is to see Welker in a new uniform, it may be stranger to see Jackson wearing Falcons threads. The running back had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Rams.

"He adds an incredible amount of leadership to this football team," Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said, "and his combination of on- and off-the-field abilities and passion for this game is right in line with how we feel we have built this football team the last few years. In our minds we couldn't have a more ideal fit right now."

 

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