NFC Notes: Cardinals, Cowboys, Eagles

     

Cardinals

The Cardinals are setting themselves up to be one of the trendy picks as a team poised to make a massive improvement in 2020. While some teams try to deflect from offseason hype, the Cardinals have been embracing it and are confident that even while playing in a division that includes the NFC’s last two Super Bowl representatives they can make some noise. 

“I feel like the hype is warranted, to be honest,” Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake said via NFL Media’s Nick Shook. “When you add arguably the best receiver in the league in DeAndre Hopkins, the most electric quarterback in the league in Kyler Murray, you add me to the fold, you add a couple more pieces to the O-line, on defense, you draft a (Swiss Army) knife in Isaiah Simmons, shore up the D-line and bring in other people to build a great puzzle… (That’s) what we have in Arizona. I feel like we’re going to go out there and really take the league by storm, especially our division.”

Murray said he is excited to improve Arizona’s results from last season of 5-10-1. 

With the addition of a couple guys, obviously some good players to join us, I think like I said the sky’s the limit. If we were to capitalize on a couple plays here and there this past season, I think our record would have been a little different. So, I’m excited to see what we do this season,” Murray said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic

  • Murray coordinated a minicamp with 20 other players, including most of Arizona’s offensive skill position players, in Dallas this coming week. (Pro Football Talk)

Cowboys

  • According to Ed Werder, the Cowboys offered the Jets their first-round pick at the trade deadline last year. 
  • When asked about the possibility of the Cowboys signing veteran free-agent QB Andy Dalton instead of extending Dak Prescott, Jay Glazer of The Athletic says he “absolutely” could not see that being a possibility and expects Dallas and Prescott to finalize a deal at some point. 
  • As for the Cowboys’ playoff chances, Glazer writes that Dallas will be a “strong contender” and thinks their overall potential is “flying under the radar.”

Eagles

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said they had an opportunity to sign Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde as a free agent this offseason. 

We had the opportunity to possibly grab a player and he slipped through our fingers,” Pederson said, via Mike Kaye of NJ Advance Media

Despite missing out on Hyde, Pederson said he is comfortable with the current running backs on their roster, including Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, Michael Warren and Adrian Killins

We’re always looking to add that depth and value, but I am pleased with that running back room right now,” Pederson said. “And Duce [Staley] does a great job of preparing these guys.”

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