NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington



  • Per USA Today’s Jori Epstein, Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy didn’t have much detail on what’s been ailing WR Amari Cooper, including whether it’s maintenance or an injury: “It’s training camp — everyone has something.”
  • McCarthy said the dynamic between him and OC Kellen Moore has been good despite McCarthy not taking control of being the primary play-caller: “I’ve gone out of my way to make sure that Kellen doesn’t feel like I’m stepping on his toes.” (Michael Gehlken)
  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is the latest member of the team to wax poetic about first-round WR CeeDee Lamb: “My confidence is to the roof with him. …I think he’s had as good of a camp as anybody on this team.” (Gehlken)
  • McCarthy has been impressed with Prescott during the short time they’ve worked together so far: “I really like the person. He’s just such a natural leader…I heard nothing but great things about him and everything has been so true…He can walk in any room and be part of any conversation, and I think that’s a tremendous compliment to him as a person.” (Jon Machota)
  • Lamb also had good things to say about playing with Prescott: “I’m enjoying it, man. His knowledge on the field is impeccable. Just going in there, knowing I can ask him anything and he’ll have the answer for me, that builds my confidence as a rookie wide receiver and just as a wide receiver in general.” (Machota)


  • According to NFL Media’s James Palmer, Eagles S Will Parks will be out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury. 
  • Eagles DC Jim Schwartz said it’s been a less-than-ideal start for DT Javon Hargrave after missing most of camp with an injury in his first season with the team: “It’s just been…an imperfect storm …If we would have had a complete offseason and he would have missed the time in camp, you’d feel real good about just plugging him in. But you combine no offseason, new to the scheme, new to the team.” (Zach Berman)
  • Schwartz expects the Eagles to get Hargrave on the field making an impact like expected eventually, though: “When he’s healthy, he’ll be up to speed pretty quickly. I’m excited about him. I think he’s going to be a great addition to us. He’s a great complement for the other guys we have.” (Berman)


After the Giants put together a 9-23 record and went through one head coach in his first two seasons, it’s no secret GM Dave Gettleman is feeling some heat this year. His fingerprints are all over this New York team and team owner John Mara made it clear the results need to show in 2020, even if he didn’t set a specific goal of making the playoffs or hitting a certain win total. 

“I want to feel like when we walk off the field after the last game we play — whenever that is — that we’re moving in the right direction,” Mara said via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “That we have the pieces in place to compete for a Super Bowl, and that the combination of people we have is going to work going forward. That’s what Steve (Tisch) and I need to feel like. You can’t pin it to a certain win-loss total. We just want to feel like this group that we have together right now is building something that’s going to compete for a championship.”

  •’s Zack Rosenblatt says the Giants and DB Logan Ryan had discussions earlier in the offseason but the veteran’s $10 million price tag was too much for New York. 
  • After injuries hit the Giants’ secondary, though, the two sides met again and were able to come to terms. 
  • Asked if Gettleman and new HC Joe Judge are on the same timeline, Mara responded: “One of the things that sold us on Joe. He seem the big picture. He sees the long-term picture. I think they are on the same page. That’s all I can expect. So far I’ve been very pleased.” (Vacchiano)
  • Mara said he and Tisch are not interested in selling the team: “We’re in this for the long haul.” (Ryan Dunleavy)
  • Mara seemed to indicate the Giants planned to release 2019 first-round CB Deandre Baker, calling his situation “disappointing” as he faces armed robbery charges: “A decision will be made sooner rather than later on that.” (Pat Leonard)


  • NBC Sports’ JP Finlay thinks Washington is a potential landing spot for former Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu, as the team desperately needs receiving help and Sanu is close with starting QB Dwayne Haskins
  • Washington HC Ron Rivera said the team is looking for a complete tight end and is hopeful Logan Thomas can be that player: “Do we have that? Maybe. Logan Thomas has done a great job. … I like the direction he’s headed.” (Nicki Jhabvala)

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