NFC Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Washington

     

Cowboys

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said he views WR Michael Gallup as a “No. 1 receiver” and feels fortunate to also have Amari Cooper and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb. 

“Let’s make it clear: Michael Gallup’s a No. 1 receiver in my view,” said McCarthy, via ProFootballTalk. “I think we’re very fortunate to have three players with that level of potential to go out and play at that level. I’ve been so impressed not only with what Michael’s done on film last year. He was definitely one of the players that really jumped off the video during the offseason study, because I didn’t know a whole lot about Michael until last year. He’s primed to take that next step.”

Gallup said he appreciates McCarthy’s words and he prepares like he’s the No. 1 receiver.

You definitely want to think of yourself as a No. 1 receiver,” Gallup said. “I’ll never tell myself or anyone else that I’m the No. 1. But always practice like you are, and you play like you are. I appreciate it from coach [McCarthy], but I would never say that about myself.”

Gallup believes it’s realistic that the cowboys could have three 1,000 yard receivers with Cooper, Lamb, and himself. 

“When we drafted him, I’m already thinking, Amari went over 1,000 yards. I went over 1,000 yards and then you pick up one of the best wide receivers coming out. This is a three-headed monster.”

Giants

  • Albert Breer mentions that Giants TE Evan Engram has impressed in practice and could have a breakout this season if he is able to remain healthy.
  • Breer also says that G Shane Lemieux has exhibited good traits and while he may not start right away, he could be a staple for the Giants’ offensive line in the future.
  • Another player who has been impressive so far is DL Leonard Williams and Breer adds that he would not be surprised if Williams plays well and receives a large contract next offseason.
  • Per SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, Giants K Graham Gano says his leg feels “better than ever” and he’s completely healthy after missing over a year with a broken femur in his plant leg. 

Washington

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Washington coach Ron Rivera is hoping to coach out the 2020 season as he receives treatment for squamous cell carcinoma.
  • However, the team’s Plan B option if he’s unable to do so would be to have DC Jack Del Rio assume head coach duties, considering that he has more than a decade of head coach experience.
  • According to Ben Standig, Washington rookie OT Saahdiq Charles is battling a calf injury and is expected to miss some of training camp. 
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