NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

     

Cowboys

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper said leaving the Raiders for Dallas absolutely helped revitalize his career.  

“Whatever the circumstances may be, there are certain reasons why one place might not work for a guy and another place will,” Cooper said in an interview with Pro Football Talk via the Dallas Morning News. “I think the change of scenery was really necessary. I really, honestly, don’t think if I would’ve stayed with the Raiders last season that I would’ve been able to flourish and reach some heights that I was able to reach as a Cowboy. It was definitely necessary.”

Among other factors, Cooper believes his struggles with the Raiders stemmed from the way he was utilized on the field. Cooper had only one touchdown in six games in Oakland and averaged 46.6 receiving yards per game. In his 11 games with Dallas, those totals jumped to seven touchdowns and 81.5 yards per game. 

“I don’t think it was a good fit for me,” he said. “I don’t think I was really able to showcase my skills there for whatever reasons, I’ll call it extenuating circumstances. But for whatever reason, I wasn’t able to reach my heights and I kind of knew that I needed to be gone in order to do some of the things that I wanted to do as an NFL player… I felt like there are things that I wanted to do out there on the field during the games, certain plays that I wanted to be called and certain routes that I wanted to run that just weren’t a part of the game plan.”

Eagles

Giants

Giants QB Eli Manning believes their offense can be even better in 2019, despite the fact that they’ll be without WR Odell Beckham Jr. 

I think we can be productive and score more points and be a better offense this year,” Manning said on NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk

Manning believes Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be a big part of the team’s offense with WR Sterling Shepard, TE Evan Engram, and WR Golden Tate being difference makers. 

Odell obviously has that tremendous playmaking ability, he can catch a slant and turn it into a touchdown at any moment,” Manning said. “But I think Saquon, in his second year, the way he came on — he played great in the first half but that second half he was coming on and doing everything. Running the ball, catching the ball, we learned how to use him. I think Sterling Shepard, getting him going, getting Evan Engram playing to his potential, and then Golden Tate, a run-after-catch guy, a playmaker. I think the offensive line we made some additions, bringing in [Kevin] Zeitler at guard and those guys, I think the second year of that offensive line together will make a difference and everybody going into the second year.”

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