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NFC East Early Training Camp Notes

John Manuel

1-      Biggest news of the week has to be the Cowboys resigning of Tyron Smith to a massive extension over $100 million.

I don’t think the resigning of Smith at this point is a shock but maybe the value of the deal is.  The Cowboys have done a good job of resigning their own to huge deals which is good but also has put them into a salary cap crisis.

The key to look at is what does it mean for Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray’s futures?  To keep them the Cowboys will most likely have to push cap money around down the line once again with guys like Tony Romo.  They could be banking on the projections that the cap will rise big time the next few seasons and everything will be OK.  Then again it’s a lot of money going into the offense when everyone knows it needs to go onto the defensive side.


2-      Redskins camp has been quiet on the injury front (luckily for them), but the team still is not afraid to throw out some outlandish comments here and there.      grudenandjackson

Ryan Clark was brought in to help on the field as a leader to a very sketchy secondary.  But to him they aren’t as he called their corners the most talented he has played with.  I appreciate Clark’s ability to build up his fellow defenders but it always seems like the Redskins talk a big game with very little to back up.

As for the organization talking as a whole I think it is time to stop inferring the team was 3-13 just because of the Shanahans.  From Bruce Allen to Jim Haslett to Robert Griffin it is time to stop the shots at Mike Shanahan.  This season will be a big one for all three to see where they are at in the future of the Redskins.  It is on them for here on out so time to stop the talk and start doing their jobs.  Especially a guy like Haslett who has been a disaster for most of his time in DC.


3-      The Giants started camp with the news that Chris Snee would be retiring and ending his Giants career.

Losing a healthy Snee would be a huge loss but it seemed Snee was far from 100% going into camp which made his decision go through.  Snee will go down as one of the best lineman in Giants history as an anchor of two Super Bowl teams.

The other big injury news concerned two big names as well.  David Wilson looked as if he would be making a comeback to the Giants backfield but unfortunately it did not last long.  A reoccurrence of a major neck injury will most likely end his career very early.  It is sad to see because even with early fumbling issues Wilson showed signs as a possible game breaker.  Wilson may have been a longshot to contribute in 2014 but Odell Beckham, Jr. was looked at as someone who could jump in right away.  But hamstrings issues have limited Beckham and it will be interesting to see how it plays out for all of his rookie season.


4-      As for the Eagles I guess the only thing I can discuss is once again DeSean Jackson not being there.

Chip Kelly has made it clear so far that he thinks Jackson will not be missed in my opinion.  Kelly was very clear that he felt no one was doubled in his offense including Jackson last season.  And that Jackson didn’t open things up for a guy like Riley Cooper to have a breakout season.

Kelly is going to be analyzed all season over the move to release Jackson and get nothing in return and it probably wouldn’t have been this bad if he didn’t stay in the division.  If the Eagles offense isn’t the same as last season’s Kelly will hear it for sure.  Especially if guys like Maclin, Sproles or the two rookie receivers cannot fill the void lost by Jackson and his career year in 2013.  What the Eagles do and what Jackson does in DC looks to be the biggest storyline going into the season in the NFC East.



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