New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan liked what he saw from rookie quarterback and second-round pick Geno Smith, which was more than he could say for his 2012 first-round pick, Quentin Coples.
Ryan's assessment of Smith's first practice: "He can really spin it," Ryan said of Smith's tight spirals to open the Jets' minicamp Friday. Smith, who was drafted 39th overall, wasn't quite as positive.
"I'm going to be tough on myself," said Smith, surrounded by multiple rows of reporters. "I'll let the coaches do the grading. But if I say it, it's an F because I want to be an A-plus ... that's just the way I do things."
Smith was projected as a first-round pick but was bypassed by every team but the New Orleans Saints before the Jets used their third pick in the 2013 draft to add Smith to a depth chart that includes five quarterbacks.
Ryan voiced his displeasure with 2012 first-round pick Coples, who Ryan said at the end of last season would be one of the team's breakout players in 2013. Apparently Ryan wants to see more commitment to conditioning from the massive defensive lineman after observing him Thursday.
---The Jets announced they signed four draft choices: third-round guard Brian Winters, fifth-round offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, sixth-round guard Will Campbell and seventh-round fullback Tommy Bohanon.
The team also signed 14 undrafted free agents.
---The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents signed an agreement to allow the Minnesota Vikings to play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium for at least the 2014-15 seasons, according to the Minneapolis-Star Tribune.
The Vikings are entering the final year of their lease with the Metrodome and are waiting for the construction of their new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
The Vikings say they will pay the University $300,000 per game, with a maximum of $3 million for each NFL season."
---Linebacker Karlos Dansby has a chance to finish his career where it started after signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Dansby was released by the Miami Dolphins in March but has started 91 of his last 92 games.
The Cardinals are seeking insurance with Daryl Washington suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season. Washington was also recently arrested on domestic assault charges.
---Linebacker Aaron Curry, who has had a motley career since the Seattle Seahawks made him the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, tweeted that he signed with the New York Giants.
Curry's original contract with the Seahawks, a six-year, $60 million deal that included $34 million guaranteed, reportedly the most guaranteed for a non-quarterback to that point in NFL history.
---San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates does not like being rated No. 73.
Gates took issue with his ranking on the NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" countdown Thursday night.
"Apparently they don't watch football," he told host Lindsay Rhodes, NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, NFL.com's Dave Dameshek, defensive back Charles Woodson and Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver.
--The San Francisco 49ers announced that they signed five draft picks: fifth-round defensive tackle Quinton Dial, sixth round linebacker Nick Moody, and seventh round quarterback B.J. Daniels, tackle Carter Bykowski and cornerback Marcus Cooper.
Dial signed for $2.34 million with a signing bonus of $181,000, Daniels' signing bonus was $46,512, and Bykowski and Cooper each got $45,896. Each were four-year deals.
Also, former Oakland Raider and Green Bay Packer defensive back Charles Woodson said his chances of becoming a 49er are "pretty much out the door."
---The Buffalo Bills signed four more of their picks from the NFL Draft. Third-round wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, fourth-round defensive back Duke Williams, fifth-round defensive back Jonathan Meeks and sixth-round kicker Dustin Hopkins signed deals with the team.
---The Kansas City Chiefs signed two picks from the NFL Draft: sixth round offensive lineman Eric Kush and seventh round linebacker Mike Catapano.
The Chiefs also signed rookie free agents Tyler Bray, Darin Drakeford, Otha Foster, Frankie Hammond, Demetrius Harris, A.J. Hawkins, Colin Kelly, Rob Lohr, Brad Madison, Josh Martin, Brad McDougald, Rico Richardson and Ridge Wilson.
----The Cincinnati Bengals announced they signed two players they selected in the recent NFL draft.
They signed offensive tackle Reid Fragel, a seventh-round pick out of Ohio State, and center T.J. Johnson, a seventh-round selection from South Carolina.
---The Green Bay Packers signed their nine draft picks drafted after the third round, including fourth-rounders running back Johnathan Franklin and offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and JC Tretter.
Fifth-round selections Micah Hyde (Iowa) and Josh Boyd (Mississippi State) also signed, as did sixth-round pick Nate Palmer (Illinois State) and three seventh-round picks: wide receivers Charles Johnson (Grand Valley State) and Kevin Dorsey (Maryland) and linebacker Sam Barrington.
The Packers also signed nine undrafted free agents.