NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

  • Per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he still has no doubt the team will be able to lock up WR Amari Cooper, who was traded to Dallas a year ago Tuesday: “I have no reason to think Amari Cooper won’t finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.”

Eagles

  • NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt mentions Broncos CB Chris Harris as a potential trade target for the Eagles if they’re looking for a boost for the rest of the season. 
  • Rosenblatt also says the Eagles could be interested in Jets DL Leonard Williams or WR Robby Anderson. He adds Philadelphia offered a fourth-round pick for Anderson last year. 
  • While fitting in the salary would be difficult, Rosenblatt mentions Falcons CB Desmond Trufant and DE Vic Beasley as players that would fill needs for Philadelphia. 
  • Dolphins WR DeVante Parker could also be worth a flyer, per Rosenblatt.
  • Eagles DT Hassan Ridgeway is expected to miss a few weeks, joining Malik Jackson and Tim Jernigan as other Eagles players at the position who are sidelined. (Zach Berman)

Giants

The Giants are taking their time bringing back WR Sterling Shepard from the receiver’s second concussion of the season. For his part, Shepard is trying to balance the known medical risks, with each concussion increasing the risk of another, with the way he feels and his desire to return to the field. 

“I’m just leaning [on the advice of what is said] medically, and I’m going to listen to my body,” Shepard said via Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com. “I know what my body is supposed to feel like, and when I feel like I’m ready to come back, then I’ll come back. But, I’ve been feeling that way for two weeks. It’s kinda them just protecting me from myself, I guess you can say, but I’m trying to get back as soon as possible, and just waiting to hear their thoughts.”

  • The Giants worked out DE Wes Horton on Tuesday. (Aaron Wilson)

Redskins

Redskins QB Case Keenum will make his return to Minnesota on Thursday when Washington takes on the Vikings. Keenum’s stint as the starting quarterback in Minnesota two years ago helped propel him to starting jobs with the Broncos and Redskins. However, he says he doesn’t have any extra motivation heading into this game given he’s already led a bit of a journeyman’s career to this point. 

“There’s really no need to get more amped up for any team in this league. . . . The fact that it’s my old team? I’ve played long enough that if I keep going like I’m going I might play my old team every week,” Keenum said via Pro Football Talk. “It’s adding up now, it’s just a normal game for me.”

  • Per NBC Sports’ JP Finlay, Redskins interim HC Bill Callahan said the team will stick with Keenum as the starter for at least the next two weeks: “Case is still our quarterback, and that’s where we’re at currently, and I don’t see anything changing in the future.”
  • Washington plays the Vikings on Thursday night, then has a 10-day break before a game against the Bills followed by the bye. Callahan confirmed the team will wait until at least then to consider starting rookie first-round QB Dwayne Haskins: “That’s the direction we’re heading in right now.”
  • Redskins RB Adrian Peterson says his ankle is “Night (and) day from yesterday. I should (be) ready to go,” for Thursday night’s game against his old team, the Vikings. (Tom Pelissero)

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