NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Saquon Barkley



  • Tim McManus of ESPN points out that coaches have often praised third-year WR Quez Watkins so far this offseason and could see him being a surprise breakout candidate. 
  • Doug Kyed of ProFootballFocus could see the Eagles being a suitable option for free-agent DB Jimmy Smith given they require an upgrade at safety.
  • Per NBC Sports’ John Clark, Eagles RB Miles Sanders acknowledged he needs to be more consistent as a player, but he thinks the biggest thing he needs in 2022 is more touches: “I’m going to be honest: Opportunities. I’ll just say it simple like that. I need to be more consistent, but I need opportunities.”


  • Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post goes through the possible scenarios for the Giants and RB Saquon Barkley after the 2022 season, noting there are a number of pitfalls for how things could play out.
  • For instance, Barkley could return to full health and have an outstanding season in what looks like a more modern offense. But then the Giants would have pressure to re-sign him to a deal that resets the running back market, something that has proven to be a poor investment for teams that have made it in recent years. 
  • If the Giants don’t re-sign Barkley, Dunleavy writes, then keeping him instead of trading him this offseason starts to look foolish. The franchise tag is on the table at $13 million but that’s also a hefty commitment for one year. 
  • Dunleavy adds it’s possible Barkley could be a midseason trade candidate if the Giants start off poorly and they don’t think they’ll keep him in 2023. Whether or not New York can get much more than a fourth-round pick is another question. 
  • The worst-case scenario for both sides is Barkley struggles or his hurt again, nuking his market value in a contract year, and the Giants end up with nothing of consequence for the former No. 2 overall pick, per Dunleavy. 

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