NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons


Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli praised veteran DE Robert Quinn and compared his run defense to DE Demarcus Lawrence. 

I’ve just really been impressed with his work habits here. He’s a real pro. “I’m telling you, he’s really going to be a good run defender, just like D-Law. We got racing lizards over there that can play the run,” said Marinelli, via Jon Machota.

Regarding Marinelli calling second-year DT Trysten Hill the “perfect fit” for his system, Hill believes Marinelli likes his playing style as a three-technique tackle.  

I think just the way I play, my play style, and what he wants out of his three-techniques and how they play the game. I think that’s kind of what he means. Being a perfect fit can mean a lot of things. I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

Marinelli added that he’s had Hill watch tape of Hall of Fame linemen such as Warren Sapp, Henry Melton, Tommy Harris, and John Campbell. 

What does it look like? That’s what it looks like,” Marinelli said. “You present it to them with the end in mind. That’s the end right there. Here we are starting here. Now, how do you progress to that? But you have a clear visual picture of what it looks like.”


Dave Zangaro of NBC Philadelphia takes a look at five winners and losers from the Eagles’ spring practices. 


Falcons HC Dan Quinn mentioned that Falcons DE Takk McKinley appears “lighter, faster, and more explosive” after recovering from multiple shoulder injuries. 

I think he’s lighter, his speed and versatility seem ramped up. For him to go through his first offseason, as you know he missed with his left shoulder, his second year with his right shoulder. To see him lighter, faster and more explosive, that to me was someone who jumped out.”

Quinn also said that DL Tyeler Davison, CB Desmond Trufant, and LB Foye Oluokun stood out as “leaders” of their position groups. 

Those were the few who stood out to me as leaders amongst a group that really did a nice job,” Quinn said.

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