NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington



  • Per the Athletic’s Jon Machota, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones is optimistic S Xavier Woods‘ groin injury won’t be serious: “Never felt a pop, never lost strength in it, so overall we feel we’ll get a good report.”
  • NFL Media’s Jane Slater says the Cowboys still have not reached out to S Earl Thomas‘ camp. 
  • She adds if there’s any news on DE Randy Gregory‘s status regarding his suspension, it’s expected to come in mid-September. 


  •’s Mike Kaye writes it’s unlikely if not impossible the Eagles will be a fit for former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette
  • Kaye cites Fournette’s ineffectiveness, maturity issues, price tag and durability questions as reasons the Eagles will likely roll with their own running backs. 


  •’s Matt Lombardo says he was told the Giants were never involved in trade discussions with the Jaguars for DE Yannick Ngakoue
  • The Athletic’s Dan Duggan notes fifth-round OL Shane Lemieux has looked good enough that it raises the possibility of the Giants cutting G Kevin Zeitler in 2021 to avoid a $14.5 million cap hit. 


When Washington drafted RB Antonio Gibson in the third round, the team had already signed a number of backs in free agency to go with a full roster at the position. But partially due to attrition on the depth chart and partially due to Gibson’s versatility and dynamic play-making ability, the rookie has seen a heavy dose of work at training camp so far. 

“Definitely more than I expected coming in as a rookie. I always expect to play no matter where I go, but sometimes you’ve got to work your way to that,” Gibson said via NBC Sports’ Ethan Cadeaux. “I’ve been getting a lot of reps. I don’t know if that’s just a rookie thing with them throwing reps at me, but that just shows that they see something in me.”

  • NBC Sports’ JP Finlay expects Washington to look for help at offensive tackle and tight end after final cuts this weekend. 
  • An NFL personnel evaluator mentioned Washington as a potential destination for former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette. (Jason La Canfora)
  • Even though Washington QB Dwayne Haskins has taken all the first-team reps, HC Ron Rivera wouldn’t commit to naming a starter before Week 1. (John Keim)
  • He also hedged when asked if QB Alex Smith would start the season on the active roster: “Well, we like what Alex has been doing, we like the growth we’ve seen. And as we progress with about a week to go before we start really gearing up for the opener, we’ll continue to work with him.” (Nicki Jhabvala)
  • Washington first-round DE Chase Young said his hip is at about “97 percent.” (Jhabvala)
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