NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

     

Cowboys

  • Per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie will miss multiple weeks with his hamstring injury. 
  • Cowboys LT Tyron Smith (neck) worked to the side and DE Demarcus Lawrence (personal reasons) also missed practice. 
  • While Awuzie is out, Cowboys DB Brandon Carr will likely see more time at corner than safety. (David Moore)
  • Cowboys DE Everson Griffen will go back to rushing out of a three-point stance after experimenting with rushing from a two-point stance: “That’s what I’m more comfortable with.” (Gehlken)

Eagles

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Eagles’ 0-2 start has been the regression from QB Carson Wentz. Despite the work Philadelphia did to upgrade his wide receivers, Wentz already has four interceptions after throwing just seven each of the past three seasons. His completion percentage is also just 58.8 percent. The Eagles’ offensive line has been hit hard with injuries but HC Doug Pederson acknowledged they need more from their franchise quarterback.

“I just don’t want Carson to feel like he has to make all the plays every single time,” Pederson said via the Athletic’s Bo Wulf and Zach Berman. “I want him to just be Carson and you guys know him, you’ve been around him, you’ve heard him, his demeanor. He wants to do everything right and we’ve given him control to do that, but we just have to continue to work to get better. I don’t think anybody can totally master the sport. You’re constantly learning and getting better, and that’s what we’ve got to do and continue to coach that.”

Giants

Giants QBs coach Jerry Schuplinksi believes QB Daniel Jones struggles are a part of his “growing pains” in the NFL. 

“We all hope we don’t have to wait too long,” Schuplinski said, via Tom Rock of Newsday, “but it is part of the process and it is part of the growing pains sometimes.”

Schuplinski says they’re seeing glimpses of Jones’ potential and are hoping he will soon be out of the learning phase of his career. 

“I think I’m seeing a lot of that to be honest with you,” said Schuplinski. “I love coaching this guy, I love the way he competes. I mean, this guy is a tireless worker. I would say he works as hard if not harder than any young quarterback I’ve been around for sure and close to any quarterback I’ve been around.”

Schuplinski added that he will continue to focus on Jones’ fundamentals in order to make “good decisions on every play.” 

“We’re just going to continue to harp on the fundamentals, being strong with the ball in the pocket, making all of the good decisions on every play,” Schuplinski said. “I think the big thing is just focus on every play, you know? He’s a focused kid. He works hard. We just need to have that focus and concentration on every play … Every single play is so important. We can’t give anything away right now. We just have to keep stressing it and keep working on it.”

Schuplinski said the Giants are putting a “big emphasis” on Jones’ ability to make plays in the pocket. 

“I’m impressed by what I’ve seen from him so far,” Schuplinski said. “We’re putting a big emphasis on him stepping up in the pocket, protecting from inside-out, being able to step up, get the ball out on time. Taking what the defense gives you. I think he’s done a really good job of taking those things on and improving on those each week. We’ll continue to do that with him and obviously try to clean up some of the mistakes.”

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