NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Eagles

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox injured his foot in a playoff loss to the Saints and missed the entire spring workout program as a result. Cox says he’s planning to return for training camp, however. 

“Everything is going good. I’m happy about that. Just taking it day-by-day,” Cox said in a radio interview via NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt. “The goal is to be ready for training camp. Just taking it day-by-day. Doctors got a schedule and I’m following what they’re doing. Everything is going good so far.

Giants

While the Giants no longer have a dominant, go-to No. 1 wide receiver after trading Odell Beckham, WR Cody Latimer believes that as a group with Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Evan Engram, Corey Coleman and Darius Slayton, they have what it takes to replace him. 

“Anybody can get the ball,” Latimer said via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “You’re open, you don’t get it, that means somebody else is getting it and you’re hoping they make a play. We got an unselfish room in there. We don’t really care or actually don’t talk about it at all, who’s getting the ball. It’s a group effort. The group can be dominant, period.”

Redskins

Former Redskins QB Joe Theismann believes starting first-round QB Dwayne Haskins early would be a “disaster.” Washington has a tough early-season schedule, starting at the Eagles, vs the Cowboys and Bears, at the Giants, then vs the Patriots.

“To put him out there early against those teams, it’s just a formula for disaster for the team, for Jay [Gruden], for the fans and everybody else,” Theismann said via 106.7TheFan’s Ben Krimmel. “…I think the young man is our future, and let’s protect the future, instead of throwing it out there right now and saying, ‘Okay, go get ’em.’ The schedule we’re playing is not a ‘go get ’em’ schedule.”

In fact, if Theismann was in charge of the team, he would strongly consider sitting Haskins out the entire 2019 season the same way the Chiefs did with Patrick Mahomes, and trusting either Case Keenum or Colt McCoy to get the job done.

“To me, the best scenario for Dwayne would be this — is to sit this year, Case plays, Colt comes back, is healthy enough to be able to be in competition and/or a part of the ball club … and give Dwayne a chance to process everything,” Theismann said via Adam Zielonka of the Washington Times.

  • NBC Sports J.P. Finlay writes that Haskins will compete for the starting job in training camp, but if he doesn’t win the job, he won’t start. 
  • Finlay adds he wouldn’t be surprised if Haskins doesn’t win the job by Week 1, as he showed he had a significant jump to make during spring practices. 
  • However, if HC Jay Gruden believes Haskins gives the team the best chance to win, he’ll be the starting quarterback no matter which point in the season that occurs, per Finlay. 

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