NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Washington

     

Cowboys

  • Per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys practice squad CB Rashard Robinson is a strong candidate to be elevated again to the roster for Thursday’s game against Washington. 

Eagles

With how poorly Eagles QB Carson Wentz is playing, the questions about benching him are understandable, especially after Philadelphia spent a second-round pick this past April on QB Jalen Hurts. But with the Eagles still barely in the lead in the NFC East, HC Doug Pederson made it clear they’re all in on Wentz, for better or worse. 

“At that position, this late in the season when that happens, sometimes people take that as we are looking into next year or preparing for next season and giving some of these young guys an opportunity to play,” Pederson said on 94 WIP radio. “Jalen is preparing himself each week to play and that’s what a backup quarterback should do. My perspective is we have to get it fixed with Carson Wentz. That’s where my trust and faith lies, we can get it done. That’s where I am at. By no means am I saying that I don’t have trust or faith in Jalen. It’s a matter of getting the corrections done with Carson.”

  • Pederson said there are no plans to bench LT Jason Peters: “He’s our left tackle moving forward.” (Zach Berman)
  • He also added there is “nothing more” to the decision to deactivate OL Nate Herbig and they just thought G Sua Opeta was the better option: “Each week he’s competing for one of those backup spots or a starter spot if there’s an injury.” (Berman)

Washington

Sunday marked another amazing milestone for Washington QB Alex Smith, as he notched his first win as a starting quarterback since before his gruesome leg injury. Smith didn’t have to put up the numbers he did last week when he set a new career-high with 390 yards passing, but he was an efficient 17-25 passing for 166 yards, one touchdown and an interception as Washington topped the Bengals 20-9. 

“Another step, another thing I never thought I’d be doing again,” Smith said via ESPN’s John Keim. “It’s one thing to come out and get that first playing time and a whole other deal to play winning football as a starter. It’s amazing to get a win.”

Another incredible nugget from Smith’s journey is his injury occurred two years ago on a game four days before Thanksgiving, just like this week. Washington was even wearing the same throwback jerseys Smith was wearing when he went down. 

“The last time I wore them I got them cut off me in the ambulance,” Smith said. “It’s fun to be where I am now. The week before Thanksgiving and the same uniforms, I’m grateful to be here today.”

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