NFC Notes: Eagles, Giants, Washington

     

Eagles

Eagles’ seventh-round DE Casey Toohill believes his final season at Stanford as a fifth-year senior really helped him get drafted. 

You go into your last year with little-to-no NFL hype or recognition. So, I think coming into my last season, there were a lot of unknowns. But, I think I was able to stand out in a way that helped me get drafted and helped me get invited to the NFL Combine, so I’m happy about that. But, I still have a lot to prove and I have a lot of areas I want to grow in,” said Toolhill, via Mike Kaye of NJ Advance Media

Toohill compared the Eagles’ Wide-9 defensive scheme to what he played in college and believes it’s “very favorable” for defensive linemen.  

“I think it’s very favorable to the D-line. I think it’s very effective, but it’s also simple. I kind of had to do a lot at Stanford, and that can sometimes make you think about a lot of things or read (offenses) too much. I just love (this) style, which is different from what I played (at Stanford). You just get off the ball and go. That’s really exciting and I’m just excited to play in it and learn more about it.” 

Giants

  • NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt writes that if the Giants end up releasing 2019 first-round CB Deandre Baker, it will leave them thin at an already questionable position. 
  • Former third-round supplemental CB Sam Beal could be the leader for the No. 2 outside corner job by default. While the Giants had planned to move fourth-round CB Darnay Holmes to nickel, he played outside in college at UCLA. 
  • Giants 2019 sixth-round CB Corey Ballentine was given a chance to start at nickel last season and the results weren’t good. New York could also use 2019 fourth-round DB Julian Love as a nickel corner. 
  • Rosenblatt notes Giants CB Grant Haley, who opened last year as the team’s starting nickel corner, is just fighting to stay on the roster at this point. 
  • Some possible free-agent options Rosenblatt lists include CBs Logan Ryan, Trumaine Johnson and Dre Kirkpatrick.
  • Ryan would be the best of the bunch and have some familiarity with the system on defense, but Rosenblatt says New York won’t come anywhere near his reported $10 million per year asking price. 

Washington

  • Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio notes NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pushed Washington owner Dan Snyder “very hard” on changing the team’s name. 
  • Goodell had nudged Snyder in that direction in the past but used the current cultural climate to go “full force” on Snyder regarding the name, per Florio’s source. 
  • The process of Washington’s minority owners selling their shares is nowhere close to a resolution, per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
  • Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson says he spoke to one of the parties involved in a trademark fight over the name Red Wolves between Arkansas State and the United Soccer League and they had not heard from Snyder, the NFL or Washington. 
  • Washington hired former Panthers scout Don Warren as the assistant director of pro personnel. Warren played for Washington for 14 years. (Joe Person)
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