NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins



Cowboys DE Taco Charlton is entering a make-or-break year after being a first-round pick in the 2017 draft. 

“I’m expecting Taco to strap on his pads, put on his helmet and go out there and compete every day to prove that he belongs on this roster,” Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay said via Pro Football Talk. “The injury and all those things, he’s going to have to overcome that and be available. But I expect Taco to put his best foot forward and battle and compete for a spot. But you know what? We’re not going to hold the train for anybody. If you want to compete and roll down with us, here it is. Everybody is going to have that opportunity. I expect Taco to be a much better player and a much more productive player. He was turning the corner last year. Injuries happen, all that other stuff. I expect him to go and battle and compete, and if him or anybody else isn’t willing to compete, hopefully we have enough stuff there to keep us strong throughout the process.” 


  • Per Mike Garafolo, Giants sixth-round pick CB Corey Ballentine is expected to make a quick recovery after being shot Saturday night.
  • Garafolo says Ballentine was shot in the glute muscle and said sources called it “a relatively minor injury.”
  • According to Field Yates, Giants area scout Mike Murphy won’t return while area scout Steve Devine is retiring. 


  • NBC Sports’ J.P. Finlay says new Redskins RB Bryce Love is a candidate to replace RB Chris Thompson in the third-down back role after Thompson’s contract expires following this season. 
  • Finlay adds Love will likely start the season on the PUP list as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered late last year. 
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