NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Eagles

  • The Athletic’s Bo Wulf writes to keep an eye on Titans QB Marcus Mariota or Redskins QB Case Keenum as potential backup quarterback options in free agency for the Eagles given how the sudden glut of changing quarterbacks could lower the prices for second-tier options. 
  • Other options include Rams QB Blake Bortles, Texans QB A.J. McCarron, Chiefs QB Matt Moore and Chiefs QB Chad Henne. Wulf also mentions the possibility of Philadelphia trading a late-round pick for Dolphins QB Josh Rosen.
  • Wulf says there’s a good chance the Eagles could re-sign RB Jordan Howard or add a mid-round power back. 
  • At wide receiver, Wulf highlights Jets WR Robby Anderson and Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman as two deep threats the Eagles could be interested in, particularly after trying to trade for Anderson the past two seasons. 
  • Cheaper options include Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson, Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett and Chargers WR Travis Benjamin.
  • If the Eagles look to trade for a receiver, Wulf lists Bengals WR John Ross, 49ers WR Dante Pettis and Bills WR Robert Foster as some potential options. 
  • Wulf also notes speculated cap casualties like Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins, 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin and Bears WR Taylor Gabriel could find new homes with the Eagles. 
  • According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Eagles will go into 2020 without an offensive coordinator. With HC Doug Pederson calling plays, the remaining duties will be split between passing game coordinator Press Taylor and new additions Rich Scangarello and Andrew Breiner

Giants

There’s a saying that organizations are only as good as the people at the top, and that often proves to be true in the NFL. The Giants have long been considered one of the NFL’s best-run franchises with four Super Bowl wins and 15 championship appearances in the pre-Super Bowl era. However, in the eight years since their last Super Bowl victory, the Giants have just two winning seasons and one playoff appearance. Added to the recent coaching instability and some have begun to question the caliber of the Giants ownership. 

“I don’t fear that I’ve lost the touch,” Giants co-owner John Mara said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “But I certainly understand our fans’ lack of trust in what we’re doing right now. And the only way to win that back is to start winning games. I get that. The record is what it is, and I can’t defend that. I don’t feel any differently about myself and my judgment now than I did in February of 2012. Certainly, the record doesn’t bear that out. But I have just as much confidence in myself now as I did in 2012.”

  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano says that while the Giants could cut LB Alec Ogletree to save $8.25 million, given their lack of experience at the position it’s possible they try to get him to take a pay cut instead. 
  • Though the Giants could save money by cutting OT Nate Solder, C Spencer Pulley and WR Golden Tate, Vacchiano anticipates New York holding on to all three players. 
  • Vacchiano lists Giants TE Rhett Ellison ($5 million), LB Kareem Martin ($4.8 million) and S Antoine Bethea ($2.75 million) as relatively easy cuts. 

Redskins

Redskins RB Derrius Guice was hoping for a rebound in 2019 after a preseason ACL injury knocked out his entire 2018 season. Instead, Guice’s knees again kept him from proving himself on the field, as meniscus and MCL injuries landed him on injured reserve twice this past season. Heading into his third year, Guice has played in just five of 32 possible games. 

“The main thing is getting through games healthy,” Guice said via Matthew Paras of the Washington Times. “I’ve been a practice all-American so far. I’m trying to bring that to the field. . . . When it comes to constantly being injured and . . . knowing how tough you are, but everybody else is looking at you as just soft who can’t stay on the field, it’s gonna frustrate you. You just have to realize where you are and realize where they are in a sense. It’s always the people behind you talking the loudest.”

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