Around the NFC East
Below you will find links to some of the top stories from around the NFC east.
NY Giants Links
“Yes, surgery is definitely an option,’’ the source said. “The question is just if they can get the hip playable, like they did with the other one. He is a tough SOB, but if you can’t move, it doesn’t matter how tough you are. The last time, at least he was able to move.’’
Eagles coach marvels at Eli’s toughness, accuracy | New York Post
“Obviously they’re brothers, both extremely successful quarterbacks,’’ first-year Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday. “But it’s two different offensive systems in terms of what Denver is running and what the Giants are running. I don’t see an advantage that Peyton did this, Eli is going to do this.’’
Canty: Tuck should punch opponents, not coach bashers | New York Post
“He said he’d punch anybody in the mouth that had anything to say about Tom Coughlin in that locker room. Justin needs to worry about punching opposing offenses in the mouth. The way you show that you have your coach’s back is by going out there on that football field and performing.’’
Rolle: Giants can go 12-0 from now on | New York Post
“I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on. I truly believe that and I’m not just saying that and people may look at me like I’m crazy but I could really give a damn at this point.
Corey Webster aims to return vs. Eagles
“It’s always good to get back on the field, working with the troops, getting work done, and getting better,” said Webster, who had started 34 consecutive regular-season games before missing the Carolina game 10 days ago.
Roster moves may open door for RB Cox
“Well, certainly Jacobs can get more,” Coughlin said Wednesday. “Michael Cox has to learn everything. He’s been used more on special teams than anything else. But yeah, those two [Wilson and Jacobs], and in terms of blocking, the same combination of tight ends that we’ve always used.”
Safety Will Hill set to rejoin team
“He’s been conditioning and running and working and been in meetings, which is a huge plus,” Coughlin said. “So I’m expecting that he will fall right into the routine and certainly his contributions a year ago were major on special teams so I’m looking for that to be a plus. We’ll work him right back in.”
Victor Cruz putting up big numbers
Cruz has 26 receptions for 425 yards and four touchdowns. He has 10 catches, 195 yards and three touchdowns more than any of his teammates. Last Sunday in Kansas City, Cruz caught 10 passes for 164 yards and scored the Giants’ only touchdown on a 69-yard catch and run.
Philadelphia Eagles Links
Schedule Breakdown: How the Eagles Are Still In the Playoff Race | Fanspeak’s NFC East Blog
A look at why the Eagles aren’t out of the playoff hunt just yet.
All-22: Diagnosing Passing Game Issues | Birds 24/7
An All-22 look at the issues the Eagles are facing in the passing game.
Are the Giants a Trap Game for the Eagles? – Bleeding Green Nation
Most Eagles fans and writers are banking on a win Sunday against the 0-4 Giants. Don’t count on it.
Locker Room Ready To Bounce Back
“I feel like we get better every day, honestly,” Kendricks said after Tuesday’s practice. “The results aren’t there, but I have faith and I ask my teammates to have faith and the fans to have faith. We’re getting better every day, without a doubt in my mind.”
Defense: We Must Pressure Manning
“They’re both really good quarterbacks but they’re different,” said Barwin. “Eli’s a little bit more mobile. Peyton does more audibles than his brother, but they both can make every throw out there … When he gets hot, he’s as hot as anybody. He can throw the ball deep as well as anybody, but he’s gotten pressure a little bit here early in the season.”
A Search For More Points Scored
With Jackson’s stretch-the-defense damage limited, the Eagles haven’t had as many explosive plays in the passing game, and not so coincidentally the team went from scoring 33 and 30 points against Washington and San Diego, respectively, to posting 16 in a loss to the Chiefs and 20 in Sunday’s defeat at Denver.
Brandon Boykin Expected To Be Full-Go
Head coach Chip Kelly said on Thursday that cornerback Brandon Boykin is expected to be a full participant in practice. Boykin was limited on Wednesday after suffering a shoulder contusion on Sunday. Boykin said that Wednesday’s limited participation was only precautionary due to the fact that the team was in full pads.
Dallas Cowboys Links
Sims Working As Starter As Cowboys Prepare For Broncos
Whatever the Cowboys’ coaching staff is planning for Denver, Ernie Sims said he’s preparing for the Broncos as a starter at linebacker. “Right now the coaches got me, they got me starting right now, so we’ll see how long that goes,” he said. “Right now I’m just going to go ahead and keep doing what I’ve got to do and play football.”
Power Rankings: No. 18 Dallas Cowboys – Dallas Cowboys Blog – ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys remain the top-rated NFC East team by a decent margin. The Washington Redskins check in at No. 25, but the Cowboys’ two wins this year came against the No. 29 New York Giants and No. 26 St. Louis Rams.
Romo talks about tweak to throwing motion – Dallas Cowboys Blog – ESPN Dallas
“Well, I think I’m doing a couple of things different, a couple of things I worked on this offseason that have allowed certain things in different situations to be a little bit easier,” Romo said on the call. “I found something pretty important, I think, in the throwing motion that’s allowed me to throw from a little bit different position. That’s calmed certain things down. I think a lot of things go into play. We’re getting good offensive-line play. A lot of different things come into play with that stuff.”
Orlando Scandrick excited for another Wes Welker challenge – ESPN Dallas
“It’s going to be a great challenge for me,” Scandrick said. “I think I competed and battled the whole way that game. I look forward to these kinds of games and these kinds of challenges.”
Kyle Wilber ready to start on Cowboys’ defensive line – ESPN Dallas
With end George Selvie dealing with the effects of a concussion, Kyle Wilber could take over at the spot. He would be the third different starter on an injury-ravaged defensive line. Selvie is playing because of the knee issues of Anthony Spencer; Nick Hayden is in at defensive tackle because Jay Ratliff is on the physically unable to perform list; and if Selvie cannot meet the NFL concussion protocol, the Cowboys will have to start Wilber in his place.
Cowboys notes: Supplanted Claiborne feels as though he, Scandrick are both starters | Dallas …
“I feel like we’re both starters,” Claiborne said Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter who goes out first. We’re both getting the same amount of plays. Mainly teams are in 11 [one running back, one tight end and three receivers] and coming out like that where they’re spreading everything out, so we both have to be in the game at all times.”
Cowboys owner says Bryant is open even when he’s covered | Dallas Cowboys | Latest new…
How do the Dallas Cowboys beat double coverage on Dez Bryant? Jerry Jones says you throw it to him, anyway. “The same kind of throw you throw to him in the end zone the other day that he made that catch — he can make that catch with two people on him,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan” on Tuesday. “You throw him the ball when he’s double-covered. You can do that.”
Cowboys’ defense statistically worse than last season, with Manning up next | Dallas C…
The bad news is the Dallas Cowboys gave up 506 yards Sunday, including 401 passing to Philip Rivers. The worse news is Peyton Manning comes to town next. Manning threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the Denver Broncos’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Did the no-huddle save the Redskins’ season? | Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins
With an 0-4 record staring them in the Washington Redskins in the face, Kyle Shanahan decided it was time to try something different. The 0-3 Redskins trailed the Raiders 14-0 late in the first quarter. At that point the offense had mustered just one first down in three possessions.
Uniform inspector violated spirit of rule in confrontation with DeAngelo Hall – Washington Times
Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall was incensed after Sunday’s game with the Oakland Raiders when an NFL uniform inspector stopped a group interview because Hall was wearing an unauthorized logo on his polo shirt. The inspector, however, over stepped his bounds in this case, according to a league source.
Bryant: RGIII is ‘more commercial than competitor’
Never, though, was he covered by that magazine in quite the same way Howard Bryant covered him this month. The magazine’s upcoming issue features a brief commentary by the former Washington Post writer on the marketing of RGIII, and goodness, Bryant isn’t messing around. Among his observations:
Tapp: London Fletcher ‘Hands Down’ Best Player on Redskins’ Defense « CBS DC
Linebacker Darryl Tapp, in his first season with Washington, says after four games, 38-year-old London Fletcher has been the best player on the Redskins’ defense in 2013, “hands down.”
Washington Redskins Hope Bye Week Will Heal Injury-Plagued Tight Ends « CBS DC
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington Redskins’ early bye week is coming at the right time for three tight ends battling injuries. Logan Paulsen revealed Tuesday that he has a sprained left knee. Paulsen said that an MRI revealed a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Joe Theismann has harsh words on Giants – NFC East Blog – ESPN
“To be honest with you Mike, if you look at this football team over the three years you’re talking about, really the three years, even though they’ve won championships, they’re not that good a football team,” Theismann said. “They’ve been inconsistent at the wide receiver position, whether it be by play or injury. The running back position has been suspect for quite a while, now you got guys putting the ball on the ground. Their defensive line has been hurt at times, and there’s been a great change there. And we know that their linebacking corps has been in flux, and their secondary has been average.”
The Outsider: A position-by-position look at how the defense performed against the Raiders
Mark Bullock has joined The Insider as our Outsider, where twice a week we’ll feature his insights. Here’s the second part of his review of the Redskins’ play against the Raiders.
New book reveals the moment the NFL could no longer ignore concussion science – ESPN The Magazine – ESPN
In ESPN The Magazine, an excerpt from League of Denial reveals the moment the NFL realized it could no longer ignore the concussion science it had spent years trying to dismiss.
L.C. Greenwood: The Smiling Badass Of The NFL’s Baddest Front Four
“The announcers would be saying ‘Joe Greene on the tackle,’ but I had made the tackle,” he said. When an ankle injury forced Greenwood to play in high-top shoes, he and equipment manager Tony Parisi decided to paint them gold, and his signature style was born. Nike paid NFL fines against the Steelers of $100 a game when he wore the non-regulation shoes.