Morning Walkthrough: Eli elite? Really?

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Morning Walkthrough: Eli elite? Really?

Honestly, have you ever seen a fanmedia base so concerned with whether or not it can apply an adjective to a player? Here's a proclamation that Eli Manning is "elite." Let's define it like this: when your great games outnumber your average or bad ones by more than 2-to-1, you can be in that mix. Feel free to do the math. Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis fought Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall. I wouldn't recommend anyone fight Brandon Marshall. Huge, fast, strong, perhaps a little cuckoo? No thanks. Mark Sanchez remains a little enigmatic, which is not that hard for the Jets to deal with if their defense is going to play the way it did on Sunday in Buffalo. Chad Ochocinco, who's refused since the start of the season to speak to the media en masse, told Ian Rapoport of The Boston Herald he's "encouraged" by his progress after his third straight catchless performance. Dubious assertion that need not be swallowed with a nod and a thank you. But Ocho doesn't like to be challenged or asked to explain himself, so . . .
The Colts are winless. And they're not happy. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers explains that his pick-throwing binge is a random act of suckitude and not attributable to any one thing. Mike Smith didn't appreciate the timing of his Falcons' wideouts post-TD boogiedown. Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston noted that Albert Haynesworth didn't return to the field after getting wheeled out of the way by Giants guard David Diehl on a third-quarter run by Brandon Jacobs.

Do the Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver?

Do the Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver?

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry join SNC to give their opinion on whether or not they think the New England Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver, and which player will land the 5th receiver spot.

Deal is done: Patriots announce they've traded Stork for conditional 7th rounder

Deal is done: Patriots announce they've traded Stork for conditional 7th rounder

FOXBORO -- The Patriots didn't release third-year center Bryan Stork, though they informed him they would do so early on Wednesday. Instead, they traded him to the Washington Redskins. 

The deal was announced on Wednesday afternoon. In return for the former fourth-round pick out of Florida State, the Patriots received a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick from Washington.

Stork is reportedly mulling retirement. If he does not report to the Redskins, and the conditions of the deal are not met, the Patriots would not receive compensation.

The seventh-round pick would provide the Patriots with a seventh-rounder in 2017 that they didn't have when the day began. The team traded its original seventh-rounder to the Lions last season in exchange for tight end Michael Williams.

(The Patriots could, in theory, receive a seventh-rounder from the Lions since they received a conditional seventh in a trade for linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who was sent to Detroit in May. But because Bostic is recovering from foot surgery, the conditions of that trade may prevent the pick from ever making its way to New England.)

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but before that move was processed, the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal. 

Stork has had difficulty staying healthy as a pro, his emotions sometimes got the best of him on the field, and teammate David Andrews had beaten him for the starting center role with the Patriots. Still, Stork's teammate and friend Jimmy Garoppolo said it was tough to see Stork move on.

Despite the question marks that accompany Stork's arrival in Washington -- that is, if he decides to report -- the Redskins were more than willing to pay the modest price to acquire him. They are desperate for help at the center position.