NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

Cowboys

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday that they haven’t a No. 1 receiver in “several years.”

“I’m basically giving you my definition of a No. 1 receiver and it is Julio Jones. It is the guy we played the other night (DeAndre Hopkins),” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “Those are the guys. There’s not but about a handful of those in the NFL.”

“We still have guys (that) in their way who can make the plays for us and we’ll continue to work the passing game,” Jones added. “Obviously we need to get better in the passing game.”

  • Jones also defended QB Dak Prescott, saying: “I firmly in the corner that we’ve got a quarterback that we can build with and have for years to come in Dak Prescott. Make no doubt about it.” (Todd Archer)

Eagles

  • Long-time NFL reporter John Clayton mentioned in an interview with 94 WIP that Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise and Bears RB Jordan Howard are also worth keeping an eye on for the Eagles, who are reportedly checking on available running backs after losing Jay Ajayi for the season.

Giants

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr told reporters on Tuesday that the team is moving forward after his recent comments about QB Eli Manning and the team’s offense.

“Just chatter,” Beckham said, via ESPN.com. “Same approach every single day, get up, be the best that I can be. We’re moving forward. My teammates, my brothers, there’s nothing that can come in between us. We’ve had these conversations and like I said, we’re all moving forward onto Philly.”

Beckham addressed his teammates over the weekend and believes the matter is behind them.

“Yeah, I think we all understand each other,” Beckham said. “Like I said, there’s nothing that is going to come in between my brothers, my teammates. This is something that is going to pull us closer. I felt very close as a team this Sunday, and that’s the way that we have to play. That’s the way we’re going to fight.

“Nobody in here likes to lose. We’re all tired of losing. We want to change that culture, atmosphere, whatever it is, because this is a place that has a lot of pride and we want to be able to be proud of what we display and do all those things.

  • Giants HC Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that TE Evan Engram will practice “full speed” today and Dan Duggan notes that a return on Thursday seems “highly possible.

Redskins

  • Redskins RB Adrian Peterson said he suffered a dislocated shoulder near the end of the first half and will undergo an MRI Tuesday morning. (John Keim)
  • According to Tom Pelissero, Peterson has a strained shoulder and will get a second opinion, but it’s not expected to keep him from playing in Week 6.
  • Regarding the decision to bench CB Josh Norman, Redskins HC Jay Gruden said it was his decision and not injury related: “It was between him and me at halftime.” (Brian McNally)
  • Gruden said that WR Josh Doctson was close to playing against the Saints and they’re hopeful he’ll return for Week 6. (JP Finley)

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