NFC East: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

Cowboys’ veteran TE Jason Witten said he has not ruled out the possibility of playing in 2020, but he must “prove” he can still contribute this season. 

I think it’s still up in the air,” Witten said, via Ryan Osborne and Mike Leslie of WFAA Sports. “You’ve got to let it play out. Look, it’s a show me game, and I approach it like I’m a rookie because those 1,100 catches don’t matter. I truly feel I’ve got to prove it, and not with a chip on my shoulder or anything like that, but you’ve got to go show it. That’s the challenge.”

Witten said he still has “gas in the tank” and believes it’s important to prove he can still play at a high level. 

I know what kind of standards I put for myself. The last thing I want to do is be a bad version of that coming back. I knew when you make a decision like that, it’s not to just come back. The most important thing I can do in this return is be the best football player I can be,” said Witten. “I think there’s some gas in the tank.”

Giants

Giants QB Daniel Jones said he’s already spoken with QB Eli Manning following the draft. The two already had a relationship before New York selected Jones No. 6 overall. 

“I understand he’s got a job to do, I’ve got a job to do,” Jones said via Art Stapleton. “We’re gonna do the best we can to help the Giants win as many football games as we can, and certainly, with whatever my role is.”

According to Bleacher Reports’ Matt Miller, the Giants leaked multiple plans for the No. 6 overall pick to different reporters in order to conceal their plan to draft Jones. However, Miller said the consensus around the league was Giants GM Dave Gettleman panicked and took Jones too early. 

“There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks,” said an executive for an AFC team. “We run mock drafts and run through the scenarios and I hadn’t heard of one team that wanted Jones other than them.” 

The same executive said the smart move would have been to take a pass rusher at No. 6 and then trade up for Jones, though he doubts Gettleman would have had to. 

  • Undrafted free agent LB Josiah Tauaefa received a $15,000 signing bonus and $95,000 in guaranteed base salary. (Jordan Raanan)
  • Undrafted free agent S Mark McLaurin received a $10,000 signing bonus and $20,000 in guaranteed base salary.
  • Undrafted free agent S Jacob Thieneman received a $4,000 signing bonus and $10,000 in guaranteed base salary. 

Redskins

Trading up for DE Montez Sweat at No. 26 was a no-brainer move for the Redskins with how high he was on their draft board. 

“High. Very high, yes. Very, very high,” HC Jay Gruden said via Les Carpenter of the Washington Post. “I think he’s a perfect fit for us.” 

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John Storch
1 year ago

Hey Matt Miller! You keep preaching the TRUTH my BROTHA. That AFC executive source of yours is 100% correct that NO other team(s) above the 17th pick wanted Daniel Jones. And Dave Gettleman did PANIC and make Daniel Jones the 6th pick of the draft with pass rusher extraordinaire Josh Allen, a consensus TOP 3 pick sitting there for the GMEN taking at #6. The same thing happened to former GMEN GM Jerry Reese in 2016. Reese had his sights set on 2 players in the 2016 draft, one was Leonard Floyd and the other was Jack Conklin. Then! The… Read more »