NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • Jon Machota does not expect the Cowboys to pursue big-name free agents like Gerald McCoy or Eric Berry and instead sign “a player or two” when they are trimming down to the 53-man limit. 
  • Machota mentions safety and running back are two positions where the Cowboys could sign a veteran free agent. 
  • Machota believes that Dallas could sign a running back if they “don’t feel good” about seventh-round rookie Mike Weber. Machota predicts that the Cowboys will keep three running backs and a fullback on their active roster. 
  • As for signing a safety, Machota could see the Cowboys waiting until a veteran becomes available after roster cuts. 
  • Machota adds that a “long shot” addition the Cowboys could make is at quarterback if they feel uncomfortable with Cooper Rush and Mike White.
  • Per Clarence Hill, Cowboys S Kavon Frazier will be out until training camp following a knee scope. 

Eagles

In regards to the Eagles losing DEs Chris Long, Michael Bennett, and OLB Jordan Hicks, Eagles DC Jim Schwartz said he is not concerned and called it “business as usual.” 

That’s business as usual for us,” Schwartz said, via Paul Domowitch of The Inquirer. “There’s a challenge every year trying to replace certain production. We’ll miss those guys. They were an important part of what we did. But that’s just life in the NFL. Change is nothing new. You’re going to have some roster turnover and you have to deal with it.”

Schwartz added that the team is “excited” about adding DT Malik Jackson, LB Zach Brown, and DE Vinny Curry.

We’re excited about the new guys coming in,” Schwartz said. “We’ve added some experienced players. It’s good to get Vinny back. It really looks like he hasn’t missed a beat from where he was when he last played a game for us two years ago.”

Giants

Giants’ first-round QB Daniel Jones said there is “a lot more” learning at the NFL level and “it takes time” to learn the entire system. 

Well, you don’t have to go to class. I think the time is probably the biggest thing. You can be in the building all day and you can focus on what you need to focus on and the time constraint isn’t as restrictive. It’s just more, everything is a lot more. We are installing more and as a rookie its more, it takes time. It’s all been good and I feel like I’m learning a lot,” said Jones, via the team’s official site. 

Redskins

  • NBC Sports’ J.P. Finlay says first-round LB Montez Sweat should be locked in as the starter opposite Ryan Kerrigan and could contend for Defensive Rookie of the Year. 
  • The injury to LB Reuben Foster also make fifth-round LB Cole Holcomb a more important player, as he’s in line to start if there’s any more injuries. 
  • Finlay also says to keep an eye on undrafted S JoJo McIntosh to make the roster, as the Redskins are thinner at safety. 
  • Redskins HC Jay Gruden said OL Ereck Flowers is playing tackle currently because Washington doesn’t have enough bodies at the position, but the plan is still to move him inside to guard. (Finlay)
  • Gruden lobbied for HBO to choose the Raiders for Hard Knocks this year, saying they could choose the Redskins in 2020 if they missed the playoffs and were still eligible: “If we miss the playoffs, I won’t be here next year.” (Finlay)

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