NFC Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Washington

Cowboys

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott believes second-year WR CeeDee Lamb is primed for a big year in 2021.

“My expectations are super-high,” Prescott said, via Cowboys Maven. “I’m so excited for CeeDee … He’s a special playmaker that we’re privileged to have and he’ll be big-time and definitely have a breakout season.”

As Prescott has built up his rehab this offseason, he has been looking forward to working out with Lamb.

“I’m so excited for just his growth from our five games together to just getting back out there in OTAs and throwing it to him and watching him get off the line, run routes, go up and get contested balls time and time again,” Prescott said. “It’s exciting. It’s exciting what he’s going to offer and it’s exciting what he brings to this whole receiving corps and this offense.”

Eagles

Former University of Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson is transitioning to tight end. Eagles TE coach Jason Michael, a former collegiate QB, believes that Jackson’s background will help him with the transition.

With the quarterback history, and the past that he’s got, he’s got a good football understanding and understands general football,” Michael said, via Mike Kaye of NJ.com.

Jackson had a stint with DC Defenders of the XFL as a QB. From there, the Eagles signed Jackson in January to a futures contract with one caveat, that he makes the switch to TE.
 
It’s all new to him,” Michael said. “You go back to the simple things like being in a stance, the releases and things. It’s new to him every day and he’s taken those strides, and obviously, he has a good mental aspect from football and that helps him be able to take them into the physical (aspect). He’s done a good job of that so far.”

Washington

With Washington S Landon Collins knocked out with a torn Achilles after seven games, 2020 seventh-round S Kamren Curl made the most of his opportunity and looked like a viable starter as a rookie. Now that Collins is coming back healthy, that gives Washington two candidates for one strong safety position. But HC Ron Rivera says both will play and get the chance to be on the field together because of Washington’s “buffalo nickel” hybrid defender role, which both Curl and Collins can play. 

“Now you’re talking about bringing in a safety-type player. You may have guys that are going to have to be able to play in the safety position, playing to half, the quarter, the post, or being able to come down and play the slot or even having to come in and play at the box. And that guy is going to play 65 to 75 percent of your snaps in the very near, near future,” Rivera said via the Athletic’s Ben Standig. “This is happening. It’s the evolution of football. Football is cyclical. Football changes, adapts to what’s going on, and (defense) typically is the one that has to change and adapt.”

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