NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • Per the Athletic’s Jon Machota, Cowboys C Tyler Biadasz says he’s healthy despite falling to the third day of the draft reportedly from medical flags: “I’m healthy. I’m ready to go. I’m full-strength and everything. I had a minor AC scope, but I’m fully training, fully functional, everything like that. I’m ready to go.”
  • After Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said they believe they have some players who could play different positions in the secondary, Machota pointed out CB Chidobe Awuzie played part-time at safety in college at Colorado.
  • Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Dallas was able to sign seven of the 11 players that were left on their draft board as undrafted free agents. 

Eagles

  • NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo relays that Eagles GM Howie Roseman said his experience in 2012, when he missed out on drafting Russell Wilson in addition to Nick Foles, affected how he approached drafting Jalen Hurts in the second round. He didn’t expect Hurts to be there at their next pick. 
  • Garafolo adds one Eagles source thinks Hurts would be able to contribute even if they moved him to running back and he’ll be able to get on the field even if not as a starting quarterback. 

Giants

The Giants made the change from Pat Shurmur to Joe Judge after two years because they were dissatisfied with how the rebuild was going under Shurmur. While Judge might get some leniency as a first-year coach, Giants GM Dave Gettleman‘s seat will burst into flames if the Giants can’t improve in 2020 judging by what team owner John Mara said after the draft. 

“We should be a better team this year,” Mara said via Steve Serby of the New York Post. “We better be a better team this year.”

Mara was encouraged by what New York was able to do in the draft but he understands that winning the draft doesn’t immediately translate to winning games in the fall. 

“I do believe that we’re on the right path,” Mara said. “But I’m sure our fans are saying, ‘I’ve heard you say that before.’ So until we start winning games, I understand there’s gonna be some doubt. But I do feel good about where we are right now.”

  • Matt Lombardo of NJ.com takes offers an inside look at how the Giants landed OT Andrew Thomas, who was the most coveted tackle prospect in this year’s class. 
  • According to Lombardo, eight other teams had Thomas as the top-rated tackle on their board including the Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins and Panthers were six of those teams. 
  • The Athletic’s Dan Duggan says the Giants’ selections of OTs Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart make it clear 2020 is Nate Solder‘s final season in New York. 
  • While fifth-round rookie G Shane Lemieux has some flexibility, Duggan thinks the Giants will roll with some combination of Spencer Pulley, Nick Gates and Jon Halapio — assuming he’s re-signed after his recovery from a torn Achilles — at center. 
  • Duggan expects the Giants to exercise the fifth-year options for both TE Evan Engram and S Jabrill Peppers at about $6 million and $6.8 million for 2021. 
  • Giants seventh-round LB Tae Crowder actually could have made more as an undrafted free agent, as he had some offers on the table for as much as $150,000 in guarantees. (Matt Zenitz)

Redskins

  • NBC Sports’ JP Finlay points out the Redskins now have $35 million in cap space following the trade of LT Trent Williams
  • Finlay writes that frees up Washington to either pursue a starting cornerback or tackle or just roll that cap space over to 2021 and use it in free agency or on new deals for franchise-tagged G Brandon Scherff and DT Jonathan Allen
  • ESPN’s John Keim said the Redskins likely won’t sign many more than the four undrafted free agents who have been reported so far given the lack of pro days and rookie minicamps. It was harder for scouts to get a look at potential rookie free agents and it will be harder for them to make the roster. 
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