NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, a source has told him it would be a “huge surprise” if the Cowboys and QB Dak Prescott agree to a deal in the near future. 
  • Fowler reports the Cowboys have missed their window to sign Prescott, who’s seeking to be one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, unless the momentum changes again. 
  • Cowboys WR Amari Cooper underwent an MRI on his ankle on Wednesday, though a source termed it as precautionary. (Calvin Watkins)

Eagles

Part of the Eagles’ surprise early-season struggles have been due to a defensive unit that was expected to be strong underperforming through three games. Philadelphia has only three sacks so far this season, including none from star DT Fletcher Cox. In fact, Cox played 46 snaps on Sunday without recording a statistic, which was the first time he’d been shut out since playing only three snaps in a 2017 game. 

“I can’t be disappointed in myself, because at the end of the day, I’m out there giving everything that I have,” Cox said via NBC Sports’ Dave Zangaro. “I’m just doing my job and doing what the coaches have asked me to do. Sometimes a player can try to do so much and he can end up making a mistake or you feel the pressure and end up doing way too much. I just try to do my job and be as disruptive as I can be. At the end of the day, I have to get to the quarterback, and I’m not doing a good job there right now.”

Cox had offseason toe surgery and spent most of the offseason, camp and preseason rehabbing instead of practicing. However, Eagles HC Doug Pederson says he’s not concerned about Cox and expects him to be back to his game-wrecking form in short order. 

“I think Fletcher, he’s coming [along] and I’m not concerned with him at all,” Pederson said. “I’m excited actually of where he’s at health-wise and how he’s practicing and things like that. He’s obviously a top defender, top player for us, and I think his best ball’s ahead of him.”

  • Pederson told reporters Eagles TE Dallas Goedert would be a full-go for Thursday night’s game against the Packers. Goedert was limited in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. (Dave Spadaro)
  • Pederson confirmed Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery was also expected to play and will be a major part of the gameplan. (Jimmy Kempski)

Giants

Redskins

  • Redskins HC Jay Gruden told reporters on Wednesday that Dwayne Haskins is the backup right now. The plan is for Colt McCoy to practice on Thursday but Gruden admitted that he hasn’t seen him throw a ball in about a month. (JP Finlay)
  • Gruden did, however, say that Case Keenum remains the team’s starter if he can play. Gruden is unsure if Keenum will practice tomorrow. (JP Finlay)
  • Gruden says the team was drawn to sign S Landon Collins in free agency this year because of how disruptive he was while playing for the Giants: “We wanted him because he was a pain in the ass with the Giants, really.” (Pat Leonard)
  • Seahawks TE Luke Willson was actually at the airport on the way to work out for the Redskins when he got a call from the Seahawks. (Bob Condotta)
  • Redskins signed TE Jerome Cunningham. (NFLTR)
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