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NFL Notes: Jets, Bills name starting QBs
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While the Eagles were busy finalizing their practice squad, a pair of AFC East teams named their starting quarterbacks for Week 1. 

Jets: Geno Smith gets the nod

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's Geno Smith's time.

The rookie quarterback will start for the New York Jets in the season opener at home Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team announced the decision through its Twitter feed Wednesday, finally confirming what had been expected since Mark Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 24.

Smith, who had an up-and-down preseason, was the team's second-round draft pick out West Virginia after he was projected by many to be selected early in the opening round.

"We are excited about that," Ryan said in an interview posted on the team's official website. "I'll tell you, Geno, before he had the injury to his ankle, really looked tremendous."

Bills: E.J. Manuel to start after all

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- It turns out Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will be ready to open the season against the New England Patriots, after all.

Following weeks of attempting to address an injury-depleted quarterback position, coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday that Manuel will start Sunday. Marrone made the announcement in a one-sentence release issued by the team before practice.

Manuel's status had been in question after he had what the team called a "minor procedure" on his left knee on Aug. 18. The first-round draft pick was injured two days earlier while scrambling in a 20-16 preseason win over Minnesota.

Goodell: Settlement 'significant amount of money'

NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is disputing assertions that the league's $765 million settlement with former players is a paltry sum compared to the sport's revenues.

In his first public comments since the settlement to the lawsuits was announced last week, Goodell said Wednesday that "this is a significant amount of money."

He says: "The plaintiffs also agreed it was an appropriate amount; the mediator felt it was an appropriate amount."

The settlement was announced last Thursday after two months of court-ordered mediation and is subject to approval by a federal judge. More than 4,500 former players, some of them suffering from Alzheimer's disease or depression, accused the NFL of concealing the long-term dangers of concussions and rushing injured players back onto the field.

Goodell says: "We were able to find common ground to be able to get relief to the players and their families now rather than spending years litigating."