NFC Notes: Cardinals, Cowboys, Giants, & Redskins



  • Cardinals WR Michael Floyd‘s three dislocated fingers actually came through the left palm of his hand. (Kent Somers)
  • ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss does not expect the Cardinals to sign a free agent receiver following the injury to Michael Floyd unless this ends up being a long-term issue for him.
  • Weinfuss mentions that inside linebackers Gabe Martin, Alani Fua and Edwin Jackson are all in the mix for a roster spot behind Sean Weatherspoon and Kevin Minter.
  • Weinfuss expects the Cardinals to employ a rotation of Kareem Martin, Lorenzo Alexander and Markus Golden at outside linebacker.
  • However, if Arizona likes their depth with these players, it could cost veteran LaMarr Woodley his job, according to Weinfuss.
  • Weinfuss seems to think the Cardinals will end up keeping six receivers including: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, Jaron Brown, Brittan Golden and J.J. Nelson.
  • On the idea of the Cardinals potentially signing former 49ers OLB Aldon Smith, Weinfuss mentions that the chances are “slim to none.”


  • Todd Archer writes that “as much as everybody wants to believe La’el Collins will be the starter at some point, Ronald Leary has done nothing wrong to give up the job.”
  • Assuming the Cowboys’ linebackers are healthy, Archer expects Anthony Hitchens to play strong side linebacker with Rolando McClain at middle linebacker.
  • According to Archer, Sean Lee has looked good in his return from a knee injury, but the team is still being very cautious with him.


  • According to Dan Graziano, S Bennett Jackson has impressed to the point where he has played himself in position to possibly make the team’s 53-man roster.
  • Graziano writes that Marshall Newhouse “absolutely is the starting right tackle at this point.
  • If the Giants were to sign a free agent at this point in time, Graziano believes it would likely be for depth as opposed to a solution at right tackle.
  • In the end, Graziano does not expect the Giants to have a good defense this season, due to there being too many questions on their roster.


  • John Keim of ESPN seems to think first-round pick Brandon Scherff will likely end up playing guard for the Redskins this season, as he projects as a better fit inside and Morgan Moses has actually improved this summer.
  • Keim admits that there’s a chance that Sherrif could eventually transition to offensive tackle, but it appears as though he may start out at guard.
  • According to Keim, if Robert Griffin III’s play is trending up, particularly towards the end of the year, that could be enough for the team to keep him on their roster for the 2016 season.
  • However, a modest improvement from RGIII would be hard to justify paying him $16.2 million next season, writes Keim.

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