NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

     

Cowboys

  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that a large number of Cowboys’ players are forming their own virtual training camp bubbles prior to on-field practices this Friday and will begin checking into the Omni Hotel next to the team’s practice facility. 
  • David Moore of the Dallas Morning News confirms that Cowboys’ veteran players will join rookies and newly signed players at the hotel. Their decision to stay there was not mandated by the organization, but “encouraged.” 
  • Per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott indicated he’s fine playing out the tag without the security of a long-term deal: “I’m not a guy that looks at my future, to be honest. I really don’t…. I can’t look at tomorrow without taking care of today, and that’s just the way I’ve been my whole life.”
  • Prescott added he doesn’t hold any ill will against the Cowboys from negotiations: “No, not all. I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy and I have dreams of being a Dallas Cowboy until I’m done throwing a football.” (Jon Machota)
  • Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said the team is still easing G Connor Williams back into the mix, so Joe Looney is working as the first-team center and Connor McGovern is the first-team left guard. (Machota)

Eagles

  • Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice outlines some trades he thinks makes sense for the Eagles, including swapping EDGE Genard Avery with the Steelers for RB Jaylen Samuels
  • Avery is light to be anything but a situational pass rusher as a 4-3 defensive end in Philadelphia and could have more use for Pittsburgh, while Samuels is reportedly on the bubble in Pittsburgh and could be a versatile piece for the Eagles as a backup running back and tight end. 
  • Kempski adds the Eagles could trade OT Jordan Mailata to the Chargers for LB Kyzir White, as they need help at linebacker and the Chargers could use a backup tackle. 
  • The final trade Kempski outlines involves Philadelphia sending either CB Sidney Jones or CB Rasul Douglas to the Jets for LB Blake Cashman.
  • Kempski notes Jets GM Joe Douglas has some connection to Jones and Douglas from his time with the Eagles front office. While Cashman was solid last year as a rookie before going on injured reserve, the Jets are deep at inside linebacker, less so at corner.
  • Eagles C Jason Kelce says it looks like QB Carson Wentz has bulked up going into 2020: “He’s got some Dad weight going on that I’m sure will be very good for injury prevention.” (Berman)
  • Kelce noted Eagles LT Andre Dillard appears to have gotten stronger going into his second year: “His weight room numbers are very impressive.” (Martin Frank)
  • Eagles HC Doug Pederson returned to the team facility Wednesday after needing to quarantine following his positive COVID-19 test. (Berman)
  • Pederson says Eagles WR Greg Ward is “in the rotation, in the starting mix” at wide receiver: “We expect some really big things from Greg.” (Berman)

Giants

  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano explains the deal between the Giants and CB Ross Cockrell fell apart because the team believed it had already agreed to terms with him before he arrived for his physical and COVID-19 test Saturday. Cockrell declined to sign the contract on Tuesday. 
  • Vacchiano says something similar happened in 2018 when the Giants thought they had an agreement but Cockrell signed a two-year, $6.8 million deal with the Panthers instead. 
  • Giants HC Joe Judge downplayed the deal falling through, saying adding a veteran corner wasn’t a priority for the team: “It doesn’t always work out when you do a negotiation.” (Dan Duggan)
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