Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis says the new coaching staff led by HC Mike McCarthy and DC Mike Nolan plans to give their cornerbacks a “clean slate” this season.
“They said that everybody has a clean slate,” said Lewis, via DallasCowboys.com. “It doesn’t matter how big, tall, how long you’ve been here – it doesn’t matter. If you can play ball, they want to see you in that position to go and compete for that job.”
The Cowboys are looking to replace CB Byron Jones, who departed for a record deal with the Dolphins. Lewis is one of Dallas’ top options to step in, and he mentioned he isn’t thinking about his lack of production in recent years.
“Just not even thinking about my circumstance, just understanding the type of football player that I’ve always been and understanding that I have the ability to go out there and change games,” Lewis said.
Several anonymous league sources spoke about the New York Giants roster and it was a consensus that their best player is RB Saquon Barkley.
“Their best player is Saquon,” a current AFC scout told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “He can impact both the run and pass game, and he can flip field position with a single snap because of his big play-ability. It’s an endless laundry list of reasons.”
When asked who was the Giants’ best player aside from Barkley, the anonymous executives made several different choices. Some believe second-year QB Daniel Jones deserves the spot.
“I’d say Daniel Jones is their second-best player,” said former NFL executive Jeff Diamond. “I think he played well for a rookie quarterback, especially considering Barkley was out for several games. I like his mobility and poise. He looked like he got better as the season went on.”
One current NFL coach also believes that Jones is the team’s second-best player and that the Giants have likely found their franchise quarterback due to his athleticism.
“It has to be Daniel Jones,” said the anonymous coach. “From what I was able to watch of him last year, I loved his athleticism. You have to believe they’ve found a franchise quarterback.”
Other players who received consideration included T Andrew Thomas, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Golden Tate, TE Evan Engram, DE Dexter Lawrence, CB James Bradberry, LB Blake Martinez, G Kevin Zeitler, and G Will Hernandez. One current NFL GM called it a tie between Lawrence and Bradberry.
- Redskins RB Adrian Peterson is sick of the battle running backs in the NFL have to fight to get second contracts: “It’s disrespectful to be honest with you. It really is.” (TMZ)
- Peterson hopes the longevity he and Jets RB Frank Gore have shown will help teams view runners as less risky investments: “I think the change is going to come. Me and Frank Gore continue to show guys, ‘Hey, we are valuable. We can have 10, 14-year careers as well, so value us as well like you would value a quarterback, you know?'”