NFC Notes: Eagles, Giants, Redskins



Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice takes a look at three running backs who could be suitable trade candidates for the Eagles this season:

  1. Packers RB Jamaal Williams
  2. Broncos RB Royce Freeman
  3. Browns RB Kareem Hunt



Redskins HC Ron Rivera and Patriots QB Cam Newton have been linked since 2011 when Rivera became a first-time head coach for the Panthers and used the No. 1 overall pick on Newton. But when Rivera brought a former Panthers quarterback to Washington, it was a trade for backup Kyle Allen and not Newton. Rivera said that’s not an indictment on Newton’s future in the league. 

“If the circumstances had allowed us, I would not have had an issue with that,” Rivera said on 670 The Score, via NBC Sports’ Mike DePrisco. “I would’ve been very confident and comfortable going after him and bringing him to be part of what we’re doing here.”

Rivera pointed out the Redskins had just spent a first-round pick in 2019 on QB Dwayne Haskins and bringing in Newton would essentially have meant giving up on Haskins. While Haskins was uneven in his seven starts as a rookie, the organization wasn’t ready to cut bait just yet. 

“That’s the benefit of being a new head coach is that we can be patient,” Rivera said. “We can put these guys through workouts and get to know what we have and feel good about it or don’t feel good about it. Then we have to go out and make some changes, but until we get that opportunity to know what we have, it would’ve been very hard to bring a guy in who’s had such a solid career, who was a league MVP at one time and expect the young guy to get his chances to grow.”

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