NFC Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Packers


Cowboys veteran RB Darren McFadden said he has no issues whatsoever serving as Ezekiel Elliott’s backup this season.

Obviously I’m going to be a backup guy,” McFadden said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Whatever they need me to do, I’m going to do it. If it’s special teams or whatever, I’m up for it. At the end of the day, it’s a team sport. I’m a team guy. That’s what I love about the game.

McFadden admitted that’s tough not being the team’s featured running back, but he also understands where he is in his NFL career.

“It’s tough [not to be the feature back],” McFadden said. “…But at the same time, it’s a team sport. I’ve been around the game long enough to know that eventually someone is going to come in who is going to try to run you out.

“I’m blessed to be 10 years in the league as a running back still playing. It’s one thing I’m very happy about.”


Giants owner John Mara mentioned during an interview with WFAN Thursday that he wishes they had “another dozen players” like Odell Beckham.

“I wish we had another dozen players like him,” Mara said, via Dan Duggan of

Mara added that they do want Beckham to mature and control his emotions better moving forward, but they like his competitiveness.

“He knows that he’s got to mature and learn to control his emotions better,” Mara said. “He’s working on that. But one thing about that kid is that when he shows up at work, nobody works harder than he does. He’s so competitive, even in practice. He wants to win so badly.”


  • Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports could “absolutely” see former Chiefs GM John Dorsey eventually succeeding Packers GM Ted Thompson in Green Bay.
  • Robinson mentions that he’s spoken to Dorsey several times and he is still “very fond” of the Packers organization and has “overwhelming respect” for Thompson.
  • Seahawks GM John Schneider removed the escape clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave Seattle for the Packers’ job upon signing his recent contract, but Robinson says that the belief was that Dorsey could be in play for the Packers someday.

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