NFC Notes: Cowboys, Redskins, Vikings



According to Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, LB Jaylon Smith is “ahead of the game” this summer, as he returns to the practice field after working his way back from a devastating knee injury.

He’s ahead of the game,” said Eberflus, via NBC DFW.  “He was able to learn the system and schematically what to do (during last season).  Now he needs to learn on the field how to do it.”

Smith added that the speed of the game is clearly faster and something he’s getting use to.

“The speed of the game is a little bit faster, and at the next level everyone’s good,” Smith said.  “That’s the biggest difference.  There’s no drop off.  That’s what I’m getting adjusted to.”


Kirk Cousins has been impressed with Terrelle Pryor’s experience playing quarterback and reading defenses, as it gives them an interesting quarterback-receiver dynamic.

“I like it because I’ve never had a conversation with a receiver like I’ve had with him where he said, ‘Yeah, it was two-invert, so I took it to the post. It was quarters on the backside,’” Cousins said, via CBS DC.  “He really can see it and he’s going to hold me accountable, so you take the good with the bad. I love it.”

“He’s an enthusiastic guy. He’s always wanting to run another route. ‘Let’s try it again, let’s do it again,’ just a positive attitude and he’s been a joy to work with thus far.

“I’m really looking forward to trying to get him as many touches as possible and allow him to impact our team in any way he can.


Despite a breakout season that earned him a new three-year, $27 million contract, Vikings WR Adam Thielen says he isn’t looking back and is instead focused on continuing to get better.

“I’m waiting until I’m done playing to reflect,” Thielen said during OTAs last week, via the Pioneer Press. “I’ve got too much to work on, too many big goals, to reflect on anything. I’m just going to come out here every day and try to get better and bring the same mindset I’ve brought since I got to the league.

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