NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

     

Cowboys

  • According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the health of the 2021 salary cap is not a concern in talks between the Cowboys and QB Dak Prescott
  • While league revenue and thus the future cap is expected to be adversely affected by the pandemic, Gehlken points out the new CBA should allow the NFL and NFLPA to borrow from future growth to keep the cap relatively flat in 2021. 

Eagles

  • The Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski says because of the unique circumstances this offseason from COVID-19, the Eagles won’t train most of their rookies at different positions this year and instead have them focus on just one. 
  • For instance, Eagles first-round WR Jalen Reagor will learn just the “Z” receiver position to start, though HC Doug Pederson left open the possibility of him learning the slot as well. 
  • Eagles second-round QB Jalen Hurts will focus just on quarterback and not necessarily a diverse, Taysom Hill-style role. Kempski adds third and seventh-round rookies Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley will each learn WILL linebacker first. 
  • While the Eagles drafted S K’Von Wallace in the fourth round in part due to his versatility in the secondary, Kempski expects him to back up Rodney McLeod at free safety at first. 
  • Kempski notes Eagles fourth-round OL Jack Driscoll would have gotten some reps at center in a normal year. He played guard and tackle in college but will focus on guard to start camp. 
  • Kempski thinks Eagles sixth-round WRs John Hightower and Quez Watkins will also start out learning the “Z” receiver position. He adds the Eagles could let sixth-round OT Prince Tega Wanogho focus exclusively on left tackle since that’s where he played in college. 

Giants

Giants rookie OT Andrew Thomas has been mentored by former NFL G Kynan Forney, who says that Thomas is a coach’s dream.

“I see tremendous improvement in him,” Forney told Dan Salomone of Giants.com. “Let’s be clear about this, Andrew is a very smart football player. One thing that I’ve noticed with him is that when I show him something on film … I correct it right there on the field and he’ll see it and he’ll make the correction right then. There’s been some times when he’s blown me away when I say, ‘Hey, look here maybe you not want to flare your elbows back as much because it’s taking too much time, let’s keep them nice and tight.’ Whatever the situation is, as soon as we do the next rep, he corrects it and fixes it. He’s very smart and will correct it. He’s a coach’s dream. He’s a coach’s pleasure. I know the Giants will be very happy with him when they get him coming up this fall. I’m trying to get him ready for Sunday, and he’s very coachable, very smart, and he’s trying to work it.”

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