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Most observers would immediately point to his interceptions as the biggest cause for concern, but that is not addressing the root of the problem. The real issue here is Smiths deep ball accuracy, and that is area in which he must improve. Smith has thrown six interceptions this season, including one where Chris Ivory ran the wrong route and one where Smith simply never saw the linebacker on the slant. As far as the former goes, mistakes happen, and for the latter, Smith will learn to read defenses better as he gets more experience. What that leaves, however, is four more interceptions which were all caused by an inaccurate deep throw. All three of Smiths interceptions against the New England Patriots were the result of under-throwing a deep pass, including the pick by Aqib Talib that cost the Jets their final chance at tying the game. It was the same story Sunday against the Buffalo Bills , when Smith was short on a ball deep down the middle that was intercepted by Jim Leonhard. However, Smith did throw two perfect deep passes to Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill for touchdowns. The pass to Holmes was dropped right over the outside shoulder against tight coverage, in a place only Holmes could get to it. On the throw to Hill, Smith hung in the pocket and took a shot as he hit the speedster Hill in stride. Those two throws give reason to be optimistic that Smith can fix his deep ball accuracy.

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“It was a well-maintained facility, it was very clean and organized, it was a business,” Krieger said. By the numbers: Pets Parrinello kept an online website, “Snakeman’s Exotics,” which advertised a collection of pythons, boa constrictors and hognose snakes available for sale both domestically and internationally. After weeks of investigation into alleged workers compensation fraud, the town of Brookhaven, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Police and the SPCA executed a search warrant in Parrinello’s home, where he lives with his wife and 10-year-old son, according to a news release from Brookhaven. Undercover investigators spoke to Parrinello, who claimed to have $500,000 in inventory stored on the premises, including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs, the news release said. Authorities also say they found a few tarantulas and a couple of freezers with frozen mice and alligator carcasses. Krieger said Parrinello wasn’t arrested or charged with any criminal activity, but he was running a business out of his residence in a residential area, which is a violation of the town code. Town Law Department officials are still investigating and will likely issue numerous violations in the coming days. When reached by telephone, Parrinello declined to comment. “What makes this case especially egregious is that this individual was allegedly operating this reptile business out of his home, posing an unknown threat to the neighbors of this community,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine. Peter Constantakes, spokesman for the DEC, said Parrinello was interviewed and issued two summonses for possessing wild animals without a permit and for possessing alligator parts without a permit, each one carrying a maximum fine of $250. The U.S.

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