NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Redskins

     

Cowboys

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says his focus is more on the upcoming 2019 season than the ongoing contract negotiations he’s been having with the team about an extension. 

“I’m not here to talk about my contract and that stuff,” Prescott said via Pro Football Talk. “Talks, I’m sure, at this point are continuously happening. For me, it’s to come out here and focus on this, not be distracted by any of that stuff, any of that conversation, just focus on being better, just being the best player I can be and making sure everyone around me is as well.”

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper says he hasn’t thought about his contract situation much and felt it was best for him to be with the team for training camp, even though negotiations are ongoing. 

“I just want to be here. I really haven’t been thinking about my contract situation,” Cooper said via DallasCowboys.com. “I don’t know why, but I want to be here running routes, catching balls from Dak [Prescott]. I think it’s necessary because I think it’s going to help me achieve what I want to achieve this season.

“I really think the media thinks about it more than I think about it. I just think it’s going to come naturally. Whether it happens in the offseason or not, it’s really not a big deal to me.

Cooper added that he’s “optimistic” that a deal will get done in time. 

I’m just optimistic about it. It’s something that’s going to happen,” Cooper said. “Whether it happens today, tomorrow or whatever. I’m not worried about me getting hurt or anything and it not happening. I just don’t think like that.”

  • Prescott is one of a number of prominent Cowboys negotiating extensions with the team, the others including RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper. Per Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones, all three have “solid” offers on the table from the team. 
  • NFL Media’s Jane Slater says there’s still no counter-offer from Elliott’s side. Elliott has not reported to the team two days into training camp. 

Giants

Redskins

Redskins RB Derrius Guice pushed back against the sentiment that he’s injury-prone. Guice missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL suffered during the preseason, and there were reports he’d be limited with a hamstring injury to start training camp this year.  

“Do y’all know what ‘injury-prone’ means? …,” Guice said per WUSAS via Bleacher Report. “Somebody that has different injuries every other day and cannot do nothing. I had one big injury. So, man, kiss it.”

  • CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reiterated an earlier report that Redskins OT Trent Williams doesn’t trust Washington GM Bruce Allen or the team’s medical staff and doesn’t intend to play for the team again. 
  • However, Redskins VP of Communications Tony Wyllie issued the following statement regarding the latest Williams report: “100 percent false.” (JP Finlay)
  • Redskins WR Trey Quinn has the starting slot receiver position locked down, per ESPN’s John Keim.
  • Redskins HC Jay Gruden said seventh-round DE Jordan Brailford was likely still a couple of weeks from being activated from the PUP list. (Keim)
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