NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, Redskins

     

Eagles

  • NJ.com’s Mike Kaye mentions that while the Seahawks signed RB Carlos Hyde, the Eagles could still pick up either LeSean McCoy or Devonta Freeman if they wanted to add a veteran running back. 
  • Former Eagles DE Vinny Curry is also still available should Philadelphia decide to bolster its depth at defensive end, per Kaye. 
  • Kaye points out linebacker is still the biggest hole on the Eagles’ projected roster and a place the team could look to add a veteran before the start of the season. 
  • Kaye thinks former Jets OT Kelvin Beachum might make more sense than LT Jason Peters if the Eagles wanted to add depth at the position, as Beachum would fill the swing tackle role to back up both RT Lane Johnson and projected LT Andre Dillard
  • Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald has the Eagles ranked in the bottom tier in his cap health index for 2021, which measures a team’s estimated cap space, cap flexibility and pending free agents. 

Giants

  • Per NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt, former Giants C Jon Halapio revealed on Twitter he’s moved to doing explosive work as he’s 21 weeks into his rehab of a torn Achilles. 
  • New York declined to tender Halapio as a restricted free agent but Giants GM Dave Gettleman has said they plan to re-sign him before camp if his recovery goes well.
  • Rosenblatt adds the team has talked about him like he is one of their options to compete for the starting center job even though he’s not on the team. 
  • A judge approved Giants CB Deandre Baker‘s request to travel for work, which means he can leave Florida to attend any of New York’s practices. (Dan Duggan)

Redskins

Redskins QB Alex Smith recently was the subject of an ESPN documentary that went into more, sometimes gruesome, detail about what he’s facing as he works his way back from a broken leg suffered in 2018. Redskins HC Ron Rivera left the door open that if Smith could get back onto the field he could factor into the team’s plans at quarterback but it appears that’s still a long ways off. 

“The one thing that he and I talked about, more than anything else, is he’s got to be able to protect himself out on the football field before anything can happen, before we can allow him back on the field,” Rivera said via Pro Football Talk. “He’s doing a great job, he’s working hard. He’s carrying himself the right way. He’s doing things the way he’s supposed to and we’ll see.”

  • Redskins OC Scott Turner says a lot of success in the NFL boils down to confidence and he saw 2019 first-round QB Dwayne Haskins start to gain confidence late in his rookie year. The goal will be to continue that in 2020. (Ben Standig)
  • Turner admitted the Redskins don’t know who will replace Trent Williams at left tackle yet. Some options include former third-round OT Geron Christian and fourth-round rookie OT Saahdiq Charles: “I can’t tell you who our left tackle is going to be, I know we have some candidates.” (JP Finlay)
  • Turner said there’s still a role for Redskins RB Adrian Peterson on the team in 2020. (Finlay)
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